Stretching brains and enjoying puds
FIVE of our members were among the ladies who had a thoroughly good time at Woolavington's 70th birthday party.
This successful evening had a music hall entertainer, a belly dance performed by two of their members, a quiz, which our members won, champagne and an impressive spread of food.
Speaking of spreads, at our 'Puzzles and Puds' evening there was a large array of very tasty and varied puddings. Although the attendance was lower than hoped, those who came had a very pleasant evening stretching their brains by solving fascinating teasers and puzzles posed by Liz Brown, our president, helped by Sheila Speed. Potted plants were won by the 'Walton Wanderers', Chris Essam, her daughter, Bridget, Jenny Lewis and Jocelyn Haydon, who amassed 118 points in a very closely fought contest between six teams. Several members received worthwhile prizes in the raffle, run by Marie Callaghan and Mary Witney.
Tennis is now underway thanks to fine weather and croquet is continuing to be well supported. Indoors, table tennis remains our most popular pastime with craft a close second, both held weekly. There have been two 'Ladies Who Lunch' sessions this month, one at our regular venue, the Elms, and the other at the Rose and Portcullis in Butleigh as we now investigating possible venues for our annual dinner in January.
The skittles social evening was enjoyed by nineteen members who had a very amicable evening in the Ring O'Bells in Ashcott. After five hard fought rounds the winner was Rita Green amassing 40 points, which included a spare, with Janice Davies and Ruth Stacey second and third, respectively. After devouring a tasty spread of sandwiches and freshly cooked chips, many stayed on to play 'killer' which was won convincingly by Liz Selway with all her three lives remaining.
Eight walkers assembled in Martock for a walk around the village but, on their way round, they spotted the open gardens signs and decided to support this instead. The ten gardens in the exhibition displayed many different aspects of horticulture which were of great interest to our walkers and were shown off to great advantage in the warm afternoon sun. When coupled with the cider tasting and tea and cakes available there this made their time there extremely pleasant.
Three of our members' names were drawn in the lottery with other W.I.s to attend a County organised guided tour of the huge Hinkley Point Power Station. This proved to be very informative and showed safety was top priority.
The President's Open Day was a great success with thirty five members and friends popping in for delicious homemade cakes, strawberries and cream and her very special 'strawberry surprise' along with tea or homemade lemonade. As well as our ever popular well stocked raffle, there was a bring and buy stall. Relaxing in Liz's garden or sheltering from the hot weather indoors, members were able to socialise and look through our archives which stretch back through forty years with many older members able to fill in interesting information not recorded.
At our July meeting thirty seven members and two visitors were lucky to have the very talented Sarah Bailey with her talk 'Chrysalis to Caricaturist'. She had us enthralled with her amusing potted history illustrated by her caricatures and sound effects.
During business she had produced a caricature of some committee members which also illustrated a few of our activities. Afterwards she drew caricatures of four of our members which, I am sure, they will treasure. Liz Selway received her County Scrabble Cup from Liz Brown and we all sang 'Happy Birthday' to Dorothy Jeffries who was celebrating a 'special' birthday. The competition 'A Cartoon Character' was won by Sheila Speed with Dorothy and Liz S second and third, respectively. Denise Flexer, a visitor, Jane Willcox, Dorothy and Liz B. all received raffle prizes.