Etching Hill Women's Institute

PRESS REPORT December 2018

A diary full of events and activities has been enjoyed by the Members this month. The lunch club celebrated their last gathering of the year at Weston Hall, Stafford. A group of ladies visited the festively decorated Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton. The Manor had originally been built in1887 by the local paint manufacturer Theodore Mander and was subsequently extended to its current size in 1893. At the end of the guided tour, the ladies made their way to the nearby Mermaid Country Pub for a Christmas fayre lunch.
Etching Hill WI were invited to take part in the Christmas Tree Festival at St Augustine’s Church. Several members produced hand made decorations to adorn their tree. These ranged from gingerbread men, hand knitted decorations, bows, button wreaths, angels and a few calendar girls! The tree was duly decorated and remained on display at the Church along with many other local contributors until Christingle.
At the monthly meeting, Guest Speaker, Christopher Knight, made merry with snippets of history
from the music hall era to variety theatre, interspersed with humourous gags in vaudeville style. Much to the relief of all, Christopher successfully recited the poem A Pot to Hiss In! Warm mulled wine and mince pies followed along with the singing of Christmas Carols.
An evening of merriment to celebrate Christmas, was held at The Barns Restaurant, Huntington. A Christmas quiz and games of bingo followed the fine three course meal. Christmas Carols were sung bringing the party to a close.
Dates for 2019 include the popular lunch club get-together at the Dun Cow, Colton; a County WI Quiz at the County Show Ground and the Spring Council Meeting also at the Show Ground.

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