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Lindsey Smith

Telephone: 015242 51649
E-mail: lindsey@austwick.org


Elizabeth Booth

Telephone: 01729 823058
E-mail: davelizbooth@gmail.com

Our W.I. meets in the Parish Hall at 7.30pm on the second Thursday of the month. Why not come along and see what is on offer? Visitors are always welcome.

Thirty members enjoyed a delicious post Christmas lunch at the Traddock in January.

In February there was much laughter when members of Austwick W.I. surprised President Elizabeth Booth and her team with ‘Death by Chocolate’, a murder mystery evening set in Paris. A cast of nine likely suspects enacted the drama before, after, and between courses of a delicious meal of coq au vin followed by chocolate brownies and ice cream. So convincing was the acting and storyline, that only one member of the audience identified the true murderer.

The first of the W I monthly walks unfortunately had to be cancelled as storm ‘Doris’ threatened to spoil the morning. However a very pleasant lunch was enjoyed by eight of us at The Punch Bowl in Lower Bentham. Watch out for notification of the next walk.

Caroline Eames gave an interesting and enlightening talk on her work during 30 years as a Forensic Scientist. She explained the advances that have been made in forensic techniques including issues relating to cross contamination and DNA profiling.

At the April meeting, we enjoyed an entertaining talk from local author, Julia Chapman (aka Julia Stagg), on the importance of character and place names in fiction. The evening culminated with members being invited to help name a new character for the third book in Julia’s Dales Detective Series. The WI has assurances from the author that their literary offspring won’t turn out to be a killer!

At the May meeting members and friends were treated to a cultural tour of Russia. Helen Jarvis gave an illustrated talk about the lives of ordinary Russian families with an insight into life in Russia today.

On the following Wednesday seven members had a pleasant walk from Malham to Airton where afternoon tea was enjoyed by all.

The Rev Canon Ian Greenhalgh was the guest speaker at the June meeting. The talk entitled ‘Forty years and still counting ‘ took place in Austwick Parish Church. Ian gave a very interesting and fascinating talk about his past life, in the forces, his present role in Austwick and what the future holds for him as his retirement approaches.

This year’s outing was to Cartmel. The first stop was at Low Newton for coffee and a look around the reclamation centre and antiques. This was followed by a guided tour of The Priory at Cartmel. Several members braved a Segway experience whilst other enjoyed a meander around Cartmel.

We all enjoyed ‘A Summer Evening Buffet’ at The Knoll, Austwick courtesy of  Pip and Alec Rigby. Luckily the weather stayed fine and guests were able to wander around the garden and eat outside.

Members and friends enjoyed an evening of bowling at Austwick assisted and coached by Austwick bowls club. It was most entertaining  and was followed by supper at The Gamecock Inn.

On a very wet Wednesday some hardy members turned out for a walk around Settle guided by Pat Broadhead. Despite the weather it was a most interesting and informative afternoon and refreshments were most welcome at The Folly afterwards.

Paul Underhill  was the guest speaker at the August meeting. Paul demonstrated to members the martial art of Tai Chi. Members were then given the opportunity of practicing some of the moves.

Pat Ashcroft was the guest speaker at the September meeting. Pat recounted humorous anecdotes from her trip aboard a steam boat. The ‘puffer’ Vic 32 was her home as she travelled from Crinan around Jura and back taking on roles such as stoker, berthing and steering in the wheelhouse.

The AGM was held at the October meeting. The President Elizabeth Booth thanked members and committee for all their help throughout the year. The Secretary’s report had been circulated earlier and Janet Huck gave an account of the finances. Sandra Wormington stood down from her position and we welcomed two new members onto the committee, Jane Stockdale and Mary James. Light refreshments provided by the committee were served at the end of the evening.

The November meeting was a ‘hand’s on’ experience given by Rosie Jackson from Temptations in Bentham. Rosie demonstrated how to make fabric Christmas trees and afterwards members were given the opportunity to make their own using the technique shown. The evening was enjoyed by all.

The next meeting will be on Thursday December 14th at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall and is entitled Seasonal flower arranging.


Sue Dewhirst  (Press Secretary)



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