East Barkwith WI ladies learn about Venice

MEMBERS of East Barkwith Women’s Institute were transported in comfort to the continent as Ray Woodburn conveyed them on his travels to Venice through beautiful slides and a very interesting commentary.

For several members of his audience who had already been there it was a reminder of just how beautiful and romantic it is while for others it became a dream destination for a holiday in the future as he shared his obvious affection for Venice and its delightful waterways with them.

Julie Griffiths thanked Mr Woodburn on behalf of the members for an enlightening evening with recollections of lovely summer sunshine to brighten up a cold winter night. The competition for a holiday postcard attracted many and varied entries, illustrating a wide range of interests. Yvonne Bryson presided and welcomed the members to their first meeting of 2012, thanking everyone for their contribution of party food and hospitality in December as they had welcomed many guests to what had been a very successful and happy social meeting. She also presented a birthday posy to Sue Johnson. During the business part of the meeting details were given of a Lincolnshire North County Executive Weekend at Denman, the Women’s Institute College with a choice of four courses for study and four members expressed interest in attending. A party of members are to join the audience at the Festival Hall, Market Rasen for the Lincolnshire North Choir Festival evening and there was interest too in a day course of Ty Chi at Wragby Town Hall which is being arranged. Provisional arrangements were made for attending the Lincolnshire North Annual Meeting at Skegness when the entertainment is to be provided by Anne Barnes and Jackie Cheetham the retiring County Chairman who will present a demonstration of Floral Art and Fashion.

Plans were also made for taking part in the National Federation of Women’s Institutes National Walk Day and members who walk regularly are to make the disabled friendly arrangements possibly in the Bardney area which is popular with good food available afterwards. The usual surplus sales stall with a percentage of the proceeds to WI funds was available and refreshments were served to round off the evening. Visitors are always made most welcome at the WI meetings and further details can be obtained from Yvonne or any member.