Etching Hill Women's Institute

The Annual General Meeting commenced with President Ann Ingleby welcoming WI Advisor Helen Mancy, who assisted with the proceedings of the Meeting. Ann advised Members that she had attended The Collegiate Church of St Mary, Stafford, for the Centenary Service of the Staffordshire Federation Women’s Institute.
Following the reading of Etching Hill’s By-laws and bursary funds agreed, the Secretary reported on the programme for the past twelve months. Informative, educational and entertaining Guest Speakers on clog dancing, music boxes and music hall to historical, wildlife and SSRT. The very inspiring Guest Speaker Janice Burton, along with her guide dog, preceded the visit of members to the Guide Dogs National Breeding Centre, Leamington Spa. A trip to Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton, the Christmas Party at The Barns Hotel, a skittles evening and the luncheon club sampling the menu at venues around the local area.
The Helen Dawson Trophy was awarded to Joyce Setterfield as the overall winner of the Competitions held throughout the year. Christine Pemberton won the competition at the recent Group Meeting for her LP Cover design.
Voting commenced to elect Committee Members and the incumbent President was re-elected for a further year. Plans for the next twelve months are well underway with the lunch club’s next gathering at the Forester’s Arms, Yoxall: a visit to Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire and a stall at this year’s Rugeley Charter Fair. Photographs and Minutes from past WI events/meetings were brought in and displayed for Members to enjoy and reminisce.

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