A SOMEWHAT reduced number of members attended the first 2014 meeting of Endon WI, with several members being unwell.
President Mrs Wells wished everyone a happy new year, and invited them to sing Jerusalem.
After a busy December, there was much less to report for January, but members were told that the room used for their meetings would become a pancake kitchen for the period of their February meeting, which will therefore take place in the chapel itself.
The Group meeting is now Thursday 17 April when the competitions are for a button picture and a sausage plait.
The February speaker is Alan Hopkin, telling us about the history of the orchestra.
During the welcome tea break, members were invited to partake of cakes and pastries baked and brought for others to sample, with a small donation going to WI funds.
This being a members' meeting, it was then handed over to Mrs Erica Martin, who opened proceedings by reading an amusing item – the wording of a hotel brochure from Beijing – which had the ladies in stitches.
Then on to the main event, a word game devised by Mrs Martin, based on an idea from another member.
Members were asked to think of something beginning with a specific letter, connected with each month of the year.
There was much puzzling, but when the scoring began, it became obvious that only those who had come up with something original would score well.
The ladies who had been in the kitchen washing up, and came back after the game had begun were appointed adjudicators, whose decision was final.
Some members tried gamely to have their suggestions approved, not always successfully.
The winner was Mrs Dorothy Bradbury, who received the prize, and also gave the vote of thanks saying it had been harder than the version they had enjoyed last year!
President Mrs Wells received a small booby prize, much to everyone's amusement.
With repeated new year wishes, the meeting sang the national anthem before going home.