PRESIDENT Lilian Nash welcomed Members. She thanked Heather for providing the Anniversary cake, and Barbara Russell and Rosie Dias for the table flower decorations.
Lilian thanked Heather for organising the Bakewell Pudding Shop Visit which had proved a lovely evening with everyone making a Bakewell Pudding.
More thanks to Wendy Frearson, ably assisted by Arlene Mortimore, for another successful fundraising stall at the Indoor Market.
Wendy will be attending this year’s Autumn Federation. Anyone else wishing to support the Branch Team at the Group Quiz should speak to Heather.
Secretary Kath Horsley read the Minutes from September’s Meeting then ran through correspondence: a request from Hulland Ward Parish Council for help planting bulbs on 19 October; Shottle Gate WI will host the ‘Celebration of Christmas’, this year’s theme ‘Christmas around the World’. Social Secretary, Heather Westerman announced the date for this year’s Christmas Lunch at Carsington. Menus available, money to be in next month.
The business part of the evening over, the 75th Anniversary celebrations began with superb entertainment provided by the children of Belper Junior Musical Theatre who sang a medley of songs from Disney and other films. Adult members joined them for a beautiful rendition of ‘Shine’.
Jean Gardner and Cherry Dennison read illuminating highlights of old minutes, including the first meeting on 19 October, 1938.
Raffle winners were Ann Salisbury, Muriel Bennett, Rosie Dias, Muriel Paton, Jackie Martin, Jacqui Tatler, Brenda Lee. Winners of the Party Hat competition were Jacqui Tatler (first), Ann Salisbury (second), and Joan Barber/Wendy Frearson (joint third).
The anniversary cake was provided by Heather Westerman and cut by Jean Redfern (longest-serving member) and Chris Metcalf (oldest member present). The delicious buffet was provided by Sue Smedley of Fairfields Farm Shop.
The next meeting, including the AGM, will be on Wednesday, 13th November at 7.30pm. The Competition for the Elizabeth Gray Shield is a decorated box. As always, visitors are most welcome.