At our Annual Meeting we stood in memory of our much-loved former President Marjorie Power who died earlier this year aged 96. Afterwards our Committee was re-elected en bloc and we thanked all our officers for their hard work throughout the year, particularly our President Elaine Partridge, Secretary Jane Hewitt and Gill Tyers who has been our Treasurer for nearly 20 years. Elaine presented her with a colourful bouquet in recognition of her long service to the WI. Brenda Sheard received a gift token to thank her for preparing WI posters for display in the library and on the Institute noticeboard in the High Street, a job she has done for nearly 50 years. Jane Mills has organised our programme of activities and talks for several years and will hand over the role in a few months’ time, having already arranged a varied and exciting series of meetings for 2019. We particularly hope these will attract more new members.

During social time, members enjoyed creating hand-made Christmas and greetings cards using a variety of shiny and sparkling collage materials. Our next meeting on December 11th is the Christmas party with a festive spread provided by the committee. Afterwards we will be playing old-fashioned party games and singing carols. The competition is for ‘Your Christmas Outfit!’

Members from Wishaw and Curdworth WIs will be joining us for the Group Carol Service on Wednesday December 12th at Coleshill United Church at 7.30, with mince pies and mulled wine to follow.

The New Year kicks off with a version of the ever-popular ‘Antiques Roadshow’ at our meeting on January 8th when auctioneer Steven Bruce also be appraising antiques brought in by our members and judging the best for the monthly competition. Members and any interested visitors are very welcome to attend and bring along their intriguing antique pieces to find out “What’s It Worth!”

On February 12th we are holding a Games Evening and the competition will be for a bowl of home-grown bulbs – so members are reminded to plant up their bowls in good time.

In March Steve Allen will take a musical trip through the 1800s and the competition is for ‘Something Your Mother Used to Say’.

Our meetings are held at Coleshill Town Hall on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm and visitors are always very welcome. 

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