October 2023

After weeks (or so it seemed) of warm sunny weather Friday 13 October was dull, chilly and rainy but the forty-one members and eight guests who made their way to The Lads’ Club were in high spirits because it was Castle Green WI’s 50th birthday.

President Julie Andrews welcomed everyone and thanked Mary Wheatley for the celebratory flower arrangement and Kate Dilks who had made two birthday cakes. A traditional iced and decorated fruit cake and a gluten free sponge cake. Apologies were accepted and the record of the last meeting was approved and signed. Julie then welcomed two new members on our special day.

Having dealt with the business part of the meeting Julie invited five previous Presidents, Gill Roffey, Kate Dilks, Jean Lewis, Margaret Gradden and Margaret Alcock to join her for a photograph with the cakes.

We then settled back to enjoy cake, Prosecco served by Elisa and her team. There was a display of past photo albums and a slide show on the screen of photos of our more recent activities and meetings.

Kate was presented with a basket of cyclamen to thank her for all her work making the cakes and some of her famous meringues

Two members of the Patchwork group, Dee and Christine displayed a table runner the group have made depicting the four seasons and which with four placemats will be raffled with proceeds going to the Air Ambulance.

The second half of the morning was given over to Jeff and Sylvia Wagner who entertained us with a modern Magic Lantern show. Jeff explained the history of Magic Lantern Shows and presented a series of short films with varying themes. All the photographs used had been taken by Jeff and Sylvia who are very talented.

Romany Cowans gave the vote of thanks which was heartily endorsed by all present.

This celebratory meeting had been a time to look back and a time to look forward.