The Annual Meeting can hardly be supposed to set hearts beating with anticipation but that would take no account of our Committee, who conducted the necessary business in a warm and welcoming fashion. Angela, our president, Carol, her secretary and Liz, the treasurer, presented an overall view of the last year and were thanked, along with the committee members, most of whom have elected to serve for another year.

We were reminded of flower and food demonstrations, the mercy ships of West Africa, card making and knitting activities and thoughtful talks, ranging from New Place to colour therapy and a splendid safari in Tanzania.

The WI had been involved in the village fête and the tea party after the Remembrance Sunday service. On November 24, an expert will tell us about our own antiques, in support of the village shop which has suffered as a result of road closures.

From visits to cinemas and museums, country walks to poetry evenings, making marmalade and paper bowls – to say nothing of a barbecue – there has always been something for all members to enjoy.

As a delightful surprise, Angela revealed the new notice board, commissioned from the talented men of The Moseley & Kings Heath Shed, whilst French bread, wine and cheeses rounded off a very satisfying evening.