THE President Mrs Marg Orme presided at the July meeting of Denstone WI and welcomed the speaker for the evening, Mr Matt Dixon, who with his three beautiful dogs talked of their work in Fire and Rescue operations.
His job with these highly trained dogs is to go into buildings which had been on fire and investigate the source and cause of the fire, where often people have lost their lives.
The dogs are trained and are able with their great sense of smell to trace the source of inflammable liquids where arsonists may have deliberately started a fire.
Mr Dixon with his dog Pepper did a demonstration within the hall where Pepper picked up the scent of several very small amounts of white spirit placed around the room.
The dogs know when they are asked to work when they are fitted with a special harness and after the find are trained to be rewarded with a tennis ball to play with.
Members were most enthralled with these very intelligent dogs and Mr Dixon was warmly thanked by Gill Brown for an amazing demonstration of how the dogs work and an insight into Mr Dixon's work.
After refreshments the business of the meeting followed.
Following the acceptance of the resolution on Organ Donations put forward at this years NFWI's AGM members of the WI are asked and encouraged to sign up to the National Register, as not enough people are offering to donate their organs after their death and express their wishes to their families.
The president reported that a letter of thanks had been received from the members of the County Office following the visit to Alton Towers for the receiving of the Centenary Baton.
Alton Towers had most generously provided transport with an excellent lunch, and access to the Towers complex where many photographs were taken to record this special event.
Jane Mack, the Two Rivers Group Co-ordinator, was thanked for organising the event.
The Annual Sports Evening organised by Rose and Ed Barker was due to take place on Tuesday, 5th August, at Wootton Cricket Club.
Names were taken for the County Annual Council Meeting on Tuesday, 14th October, at the County Showground when the main Speaker will be Anne Diamond.
Jenny Brindley was thanked for organising the buffet at the recent Group Meeting and Mrs Brindley also asked for volunteers to serve refreshments at the Denstone Show to be held on 30th August.
Dot Sneyd along with her Husband Brian was thanked for organising the recent evening walk, and arrangements were made for a walk at Bradnop around the Combes Valley Nature Reserve on Wednesday 30th July. The Bank Holiday walk organised for 25th August will be a local walk starting at Denstone Village Hall at 6pm.
A visit to the Potteries Museum to see the Staffordshire Hoard has been arranged by Muriel Parker for Monday, 27th October, travelling to Hanley by coach starting at 9.15am from Denstone Village Hall with time for shopping in the afternoon.
The next meeting is to be held on September 15th, when speaker Christina Liddle will talk on 'Doing it in Wellies' and the competition will be, 'an arrangement of hedgerow flowers and berries'.
New members and visitors are always most welcome.