At our August gathering, we organised a Pudding Evening and Social for members and visitors that proved hugely popular. Committee members provided more than a dozen mouth-watering home-made desserts, including chocolate roulade, traditional trifle, gooseberry fool, cream gateaux and red fruit cheesecake, plus a non-alcoholic fruit cocktail.  We all enjoyed sampling them, everyone agreeing that the puds on offer more than met the WI’s high culinary standards and there were few left-overs. Talented musician Jake Foster, grandson of Town Hall caretaker Deanna Baker, entertained us wonderfully throughout the evening with a medley of piano pieces. Our visitors included Anne Bufton-McCoy who chairs the Warwickshire WI Federation and members of her the county executive. Mrs Bufton-McCoy told us about the forthcoming events and activities to celebrate the remainder of the Warwickshire Federation’s centenary. She also showed us the county’s new centenary cookbook ‘Kitchen Wisdom’ of over 100 favourite Warwickshire recipes.

We remembered our lively and popular former President Marjorie Power who died on June 20th , two weeks before her 96th birthday.

On October 3rd, the Warwickshire Federation of WIs is organising a group walk at the Middleton Lakes Nature Reserve, old sand and gravel workings, which since 2011 have been s landscaped, creating different habitats and nesting areas for numerous animal and bird species, including bitterns. The walk is already attracting a lot of interest.

We are staging a fund-raising coffee morning on October 13th from 10am in the Town Hall in aid of the Air Ambulance.

At our next meeting  at 7.30pm on September 11th Jo Carter will be recounting ‘True Tales of a Tour Guide – what happens behind the scenes” and the competition is for an unusual paper-knife. Visitors welcome as always.

WI Aug Jake Foster WI Aug 18 Pud

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