the July meeting, Judith Walker, the President, introduced visitors
from Bearley and Sue Musson from County. Judith also reported
that the Village fete had raised approx. £3000, which
will be distributed amongst village concerns. The WI stall raised
£130 with the sale of homemade marmalades, jams and chutneys,
together with various hand crafted items.
had enjoyed her visit to the AGM in Liverpool, together with
4500 other members of WI from the whole country. She enjoyed
singing Jerusalem and listening to some very interesting speakers
. Of the resolutions, the one about saving libraries was supported
almost unanimously, but the mega farms resolution was thrown
out, because there was too much controversy about the wording.
In 2015 WI will celebrate it`s Centenary.
Barbara Shepherd, the speaker for the evening, created three
beautiful arrangements of flowers. The first she called contempory
and was composed of all white lillies and a new variety of chrysanthimum.
Barbara grows most of the greenery she uses, such as fatsia,
choisya, alchemilla mollis and camellias. The second was a more
traditional table arrangement. In fact, it was two almost identical
pieces, which she called "Mother and Baby". The colour
scheme was orange gerberas and peach roses. The final arrangement
was traditional with a modern twist. The basis of this one was
a shiny golden vase with deep pink gladioli rising in a stately
fashion from the oasis taped to the top. Barbara then added
greenery, purple larkspur, roses and alstroemerias. A truly
fitting finale .
was an entertaining speaker, who threw out some interesting
tips whilst creating her arrangements. Flower stems should always
be cut at an angle preferably with a knife. A special foliage
spray can be bought to give the foliage a healthy looking shine.
Oasis, the basis of all the arrangements was invented about
50 years ago. It should never be used twice and it is now impregnated
with plant food. Four lucky people each won an arrangement of
flowers to take home.
We don`t meet in August, and, therefore, the next meeting will
be September 14th, when Lucy Reid will talk about "The
Throckmortons of Coughton Court". This talk is open to
visitors for a small charge of £2.