Former Royal Navy Commander at WI

YVONNE Bryson presiding welcomed Robert Ferguson, an ex Commander in the Royal Navy, to the monthly meeting of East Barkwith Women’s Institute held in the village hall and he gave an interesting and informative talk on Holistic Therapies.

His interest had begun initially as a hobby and he was now running a business and using a sketchpad to illustrate his talk, he described how holistic therapy can work for patients.

He was thanked by Mary Hoban for sharing his interest and expertise with the members.
Birthday posies were presented to Jessie Skellern, Grace Clark, Maxine Gibson, Yvonne Wilson and Mary Merivale who will be celebrating in July and August when there is no formal business meeting as it is recognised as holiday month.

The arrangements were finalised for the social occasion which members are looking forward to at the end of August, rather than the regular meeting day when they are to visit a local garden which is to be opened up for them.

Provisional plans were also made for September when the harvest meeting is traditionally held with an auction sale of produce for charity and this will be confirmed later. An invitation had been received from Hainton and District Women’s Institute to their harvest meeting at South Willingham Parish Hall in August and names were taken of those interested in accepting.
The Witham Group of Women’s Institutes Treasure Trail was centred on the village of Branston this year and the East Barkwith WI team of Yvonne Bryson, Kate Wright and Jean Best were congratulated on being placed second after following the clues provided.

They had a delayed start but managed to catch up the treasure trailers from neighbouring branches of the WI and claim a prize before all met socially together afterwards as they enjoyed the Faith Supper together, to which they had all contributed.