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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.

Members and friends were taken on a ‘pub crawl’ at their January meeting courtesy of Alan Hemsworth. Alan gave a humorous, informative and fascinating illustrated talk on ‘Inn Signs’ concentrating on ancient and modern signage.

At the end of January 22 members enjoyed a belated Christmas Lunch  at The Traddock.

In February, members thanked the Committee for their hard work during the year by organising an evening’s entertainment and refreshments. Heather Slater gave a very interesting talk about her life as a nanny to the children of Prince Alwaleed in Saudi Arabia. At the time she lived in his Palace and met several celebrities as well as caring for the young Prince and Princess.The evening concluded with a light buffet and drinks which had been organised by Kathleen Morphet.

Roger Moore was the guest speaker at the March meeting. He talked about his passion for bridges, their structure and construction, not only concentrating on those in the locality but as far away as the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

David Tomlinson was the guest speaker at the April meeting. David was the technical advisor for Warburtons and he began his talk with the history of the company. During the evening he described and demonstrated the ingredients needed for bread making and as a conclusion numerous bread products were raffled to members.

Lizz Cook was the guest speaker at the May meeting. Her talk entitled ‘Threads – A history of fascination’ was complimented by numerous samples. She began with knotting which dated back to ancient times through to modern techniques which showed the skills she has mastered over the years.

A small group of members enjoyed an interesting walk around Stainforth guided by Pat Broadhead. The walk concluded with afternoon tea at Knights Stainforth.

At the beginning of June several members enjoyed an afternoon of flower arranging with Melanie Greenhalgh.

At the June meeting Shirley Crisp talked about her journey from selling underwear to manufacturing it. Unique British Underwear is made to exacting standards entirely in the United Kingdom. Building on years of experience, Shirley created Unibu to offer great fit and quality, using natural materials for a variety of shapes and sizes. She brought along samples of her work.

Members enjoyed ‘A Summer Evening Buffet’ at Old Hall Cottage, Feizor courtesy of  Elizabeth and David Booth. Luckily the rain that threatened to spoil the evening came to nothing and guests were able to dine al fresco.

In August Jenny Wheeler began her lively and informative talk with a brief history of how she came into the jewellery business. She discussed the process of making jewellery and the magnetic clasps that she uses to fasten her products and brought samples for members to try.

Jo Lister, Headteacher at Austwick Primary School gave an enthusiastic and motivating talk about the school’s links and work to support education in Uganda via the Jinja Educational Trust (JET). Her talk was illustrated with slides of her visit to Uganda and showed the money raised here was used to fund work in Uganda.

Two teams from Austwick entered the Group’s fun night at Low Bentham. Both teams did well coming first and second on the evening.

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. We welcomed Elise Wright onto the committee. Light refreshments provided by the committee were served at the end of the evening.

We had a very inspiring, interesting and entertaining evening, in November when John Walker, deputy manager of North West Blood Bikes Lancs and Lakes, came to talk about the work of his organisation. John is a keen motor cyclist and is part of a team of other riders and volunteer organisers who are committed to providing a completely free out of hours emergency service for the N.H.S., by transporting samples and supplies between Hospitals and Blood Banks. Everyone gives generously of their time and although North West Blood Bikes has 14 bikes which are owned, maintained and fuelled through fund raising and sponsorship, depending on demand, riders often use their own machines and fuel without any reimbursement.


Dates for your diary

Dec 13th           Farming and Family Life                                                                 John Dawson

Sue Dewhirst ( Press Secretary )





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