At our October meeting , we thoroughly enjoyed a thought-provoking session of sitting yoga run by local practitioner Lisa Colclough from Nether Whitacre. Although only a handful of us had tried yoga before, Lisa soon dispelled our fears of having to tie our legs in knots behind our heads and demonstrated a series of gentle exercises, including breathing control, balancing and suppleness techniques. Several of the stretches helped to extend our muscles and loosened our spines and the session proved a great success with members of all ages and different fitness levels.
Our President Elaine Partridge, an expert flower arranger, won the competition for an arrangement of autumn leaves with her atmospheric creation in tones of russet, copper and gold which included a cute (model) baby hedgehog. Gill Tyers was second with her delicate arrangement of green and yellow foliage and seed heads.
Next year’s programme is now decided and includes an interesting variety of talks and activities which we particularly hope will attract more new members. Among these is Steve Allen’s musical trip through the 1800s, the chance to learn beadwork, including making a suncatcher plus ‘The Story of a Restoration’ with Coleshill Civic Society. The New Year kicks off with an exciting ‘Antiques Roadshow’ talk on January 8th from auctioneer Steven Bruce who will also be appraising antiques brought in by our members and judging the best for the monthly competition.
We are holding our Annual Meeting on November 13th when we elect next year’s committee who then vote to decide our new President, Secretary and Treasurer. We are encouraging as many members as possible to consider standing for the committee, particularly relative newcomers to the WI, to add fresh ideas and perspectives. The competition is for a winter soup recipe. Our meetings are held at Coleshill Town Hall on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm and visitors are always very welcome.