The Lions Club of Leek
On THURSDAY, January 9 members of the Lions Club of Leek visited the local firm of Cottage Delight to present Chairman Nigel Cole and the employees with certificates of appreciation.
This is in recognition of the support that the company has given the Lions and other good causes over a considerable period.
Nigel commented that he was absolutely delighted and was extremely impressed at the work carried out by not only Leek Lions club but all Lions based both in the UK and Internationally.
Leek Lions would also like to thank everyone in Leek and the surrounding areas who helped in any way making December a bumper fund raising month.
The Lions wish also to remind everyone that every penny raised will go to good causes.
Lions do not take out anything for administration. Finally we wish everyone a very Happy and peaceful New Year, and look forward to another great year.
OUR president Vera opened the meeting and wished everyone a Happy New Year.
Jerusalem was sung, and the minutes were read and signed. Everyone had enjoyed the Christmas party last month. Vera congratulated Thelma on reaching her 80th birthday.
Meerbrook are hosting the Group Meeting this year which is on March 26th in the village hall. The competitions are a handmade Easter card, and a piece of jewellery.
Our institute will be 90 years old this year, so will be something special to celebrate.
The History of Arighi Bianchi was the subject for tonights speaker.
Arighi Bianchi are an Italian family who originated from a silk weaving town near Lake Como in Italy, which links them to Maccclesfield, a silk waving town in England.
Antonio Bianchi started the business selling barometers and clocks, which he transported around on a horse and cart. The first shop he acquired was in Mill Lane in Macclesfield, where he started a furniture business, he also had a small shop in Buxton, and another in Wilmslow.
In 1883 the shop moved to larger premises on Silk Road, where they still remain.
Cynthia Hill gave the vote of thanks. The competition for a favourite cushion was won by Joan Ball and 2nd was Christine Ball.
Wetley Rocks WI
IT WAS a very rainy evening for our first meeting of the year which was reflected in there only being 18 members attending.
President June Sherratt welcomed everyone and wished them a Happy New Year.
New member Margaret cut the New Year Cake which was given out later with a glass of wine.
June continued by reading out a Thank You note from the Church Food Bank Group which said they had passed on over 1,000 items in the past year.
We had also received a lovely home-made Xmas card from Warmingham WI our exchange group.
June read out the schedule for this year's Leek Show and encouraged members to have a go at making an item from a square yard of gingham or entering the floral art 'A Season'.
Two members gave very interesting brief talks as part of the Members Night Meeting.
Monica recalled her childhood days when she lived in the School House at Wetley Rocks.
How, when she was too young for school, she longed to join the older children in the playground.
When the day came for Monica to start school she wasn't at all keen, in fact she had to be persuaded with a little cup and saucer which she brought along to the show us.
She also brought the school bell which had been rung each morning but it had been taken down from the roof many years ago for safety reasons, then it was very black, but now it is bright and shiny.
Gladys, then told us about her childhood memories living in Consall Village which only had seven cottages and five farms at that time.
She recalled taking the Accumulator to be recharged in Wetley Rocks so that they could listen to the radio. Luxury was when they had piped water installed as previously they had to carry it from a large water storage tank in the centre of the village.
Another treat for the children was when the Ice Cream man on a motorbike occasionally visited the village.
This was followed by a fun game of 'What's my line', with lots of audience participation.
The mimes were a print lithographer, coal merchant's helper, cinema usher, and a telephone exchange operator.
After more refreshments the competition was judged, the result being 1st Barbara Hughes, 2nd Margaret Pritchard and 3rd June Sherratt.
Cheddleton and Leek Chess club
CHEDDLETON 1 stay on top of the Premier Division of the National Chess League.
On Saturday they played King's Head – one of the many strong London teams.
Within three hours of the seven hours allotted for the match, team captain Fiona Steil-Antoni, grandmaster Keith Arkell and grandmaster Simon Williams were all back in the analysis room with wins under their belts.
It was not long before Elisabeth Paehtz – fresh from leading the German International women's team in the European Championships – joined them with an equally emphatic victory.
The top four boards proved a more difficult task and all went into the fifth and sixth hours before a final convincing match win was assured by six and a half boards to one and a half.
On Sunday, there was more success. Cheddleton 1 had a long and tiring victory over Wood Green 2.
As on Saturday, Cheddleton's lower boards were responsible for an early lead with Vlad Hamitevici winning within two hours to be soon followed by Keith and Fiona.
After that, it was a war of attrition and no other victories were forthcoming.
Luckily, the early wins were enough to secure the points although reigning champions, Guildford, are ominously on the same number of match points and now only half a game point behind in second place in the League table.
NEW Year wishes were expressed to all members by President Lynne Garner at Cheadle WI's first meeting of the year.
All agreed that the Christmas lunch at The Parks, Uttoxeter, had been excellent and had been greatly enjoyed by all.
Members were informed about the Group meeting at Draycott WI on 26th March and there followed considerable discussion about the planning of the October Group meeting which will be hosted by Cheadle.
There were many County events to inform members about including plans for the County WI's 95 years celebration this year.
There's also a 'Day of Inspiration' for Presidents on 12th March and the Spring Council Meeting is on 18th March, both at the County Showground.
Of the four resolutions for this year's AGM, members voted for the one concerning Organ Donation.
Outings were again discussed and it was decided to wait until the Stoddards programme is published.
We were pleased to welcome back our Treasurer, Norma Hancox after a long illness. Norma, in turn, thanked Kathryn Kent for helping out in her absence.
After some delicious refreshments, served by Janet and Joy Cope, the evening continued with our mini auction which gave the opportunity to purchase each others' unwanted items! This proved to be entertaining and profitable as usual!
Our next meeting will be on Monday,10th February 2014 when we look forward to meeting Jackie Roberts whose talk is entitled 'The Chocolate Tailor'. We can't wait!
To find out more, join us at the Oakley Room at The Guild Hall at 7.45pm. New members and visitors are very welcome. For further details please contact Secretary Sue Clare on 753585.
Bramshall and District Gardening Club
THE last gardening club meeting must have been one of the most hilarious on record, as Ian Hingley related some very amusing anecdotes giving us the origins of some of our sayings.
Many of us were not convinced by the seemingly fantastic stories he told, but it is interesting that his description of the origin of 'eavesdropping' (standing listening at windows under the eaves of houses) agrees with one of Britain's leading lexicographers. It makes one think that Ian's description of the origin of toasting the King might just be true – a flagon of wine was shared with the King after he had floated some burnt toast in it!
Altogether, Ian explained the origin of about 30 sayings and provided us with a very entertaining evening.
The next meeting was to be the first meeting of a new Gardening Year and it was to take place on Monday 27th January at 7:45pm in Bramshall Parish Hall when Clive Tuck presented an evening visiting 'Burma – Land of Splendour'.
At the meeting, there was an opportunity to join the club for the 2014 season and the membership fee is £12.
For this, there is the opportunity to enjoy interesting and informative meetings and there is also a financial benefit. Once again, we are grateful to Russell Heath of the Strawberry Garden Centre who is offering Bramshall Gardening Club members a 10 per cent discount on purchases above £10 (excluding discounted items) on presentation of the Membership Card.
Walton Chasers Orienteering Club
A NEW year, a new set of league races. Finishing 4th in the 2013 league left local club Walton Chasers hungry for better success in 2014.
The first race of the year was hosted by the Coventry club, Octavian Droobers at Brandon Wood, a flat, fast running area.
Some great performances by Chasers helped the club off to a good start.
On the Blue course, Ray Collins finished in 5th place with Allan Williams in 6th and Andy Yeates in 9th.
Elizabeth Clayton, making a welcome return to orienteering, was 7th on the Green course with Ian Turner in 9th.
On the Orange course, Holly Craig took 10th place, while Amy Mitchell finished in 2nd place on the Yellow course. Finally, Olivia and Fraser Stamp went around the White course together and finished in 5th place.
The next Walton Chasers open event is on Sunday, 2nd February, at 10am from Beaudesert Scout Camp. See www.walton-chasers.co.uk for details.