MARTA Reis, a young veterinary surgeon from Portugal working in Market Rasen made a debut as a speaker when she went along to join the members of East Barkwith Women’s Institute and their guests at their annual harvest meeting in the village hall and she delighted her audience.
She shared her talent and professional expertise with the local zoo in addition to her regular duties and compared this with the practice in Market Rasen and district where her patients are usually farm animals and domestic pets – and afterwards she had the opportunity to answer the many questions she had expected from the members.
She was thanked by the president Yvonne Bryson, a domestic animal lover herself who provides a home for all the local strays, for her “brilliant talk with her natural ability making it even more interesting and one of the best the WI had enjoyed for a long time, made even more commendable as Marta had never addressed a meeting in public before” and her words were acknowledged with appreciative applause from the audience. Yvonne had earlier welcome guests from Wragby, Tetford and Hainton and District Women’s Institutes and presented a birthday posy to Julie Griffiths. Business was kept to a minimum as there was the produce auction to follow but a report was given on the lovely afternoon tea party in the delightful garden which they had explored for their annual summer social. Members agreed not to enter a team in the Quiz being organised by the County Executive Marta who stayed to the end of the meeting declined the invitation to help with selling the donated produce during the auction sale but took the opportunity to make bids as Mary Hoban and Yvonne shared duties assisted by Maxine Gibson and Yvonne Wilson who distributed goods and collected the cash. The proceeds are to be donated to charity and the raffle was run by Julie Grifiths, Margery Smith and Rosary Wright for WI Funds. A total of £200 was raised and every one enjoyed the lovely buffet supper provided by the hosts to end a very successful evening as Margaret Kane, president of Wragby Women’s Institute expressed thanks on behalf of all the guests.