PRESIDENT Joan welcomed us to the March meeting, it was a while since we met as the February meeting was cancelled due to the gales that evening.
After singing Jerusalem, and the minutes were read, Joan told us that she had been to a talk and lunch "Inspiring Women" which she will tell us about next month.
As part of the Centenary celebrations of the WI , the WI Baton will be passed to all the Institutes in the country.
It will be in our possession for a couple of hours ,10am until 12 noon on Saturday 28th June at Froghall Railway Station where we are putting on a display.
Then, to celebrate the 95th year of the Staffordshire Federation, Barbara Daykin MBE is giving a talk "Oh Mum, What have you done" at Whiston Village Hall on Wed 30th April.
We have inquired about Ukulele lessons and have found one brave person who is willing to try to teach anyone interested, names were taken.
The Group Meeting is on 24th April at Wetley Rocks. The competitions are a novelty pen and three cup cakes.
We are doing the entertainment and Joan has rounded up her "volunteers".
Our speaker for the evening was Roger Warrilow who told us about "Chimney Pots" The Chimney Pot Preservation Society was started seven years ago to save the old pots in danger of demolition.
As his screen was missing, he could not show his slides so he told us a little of the history and that John Doulton from the Potteries spoke in Parliament to say that if he made drainage pipes in heavy glaze to drain away the sewage in the streets of London, it would improve the sanitation and risk of disease and from this, as more people had proper chimneys for their fires, he developed the chimney pot.
Boys were sent up chimneys to sweep them, some as young as five, and the last prosecution for using under age sweeps was in 1855 and the fine was £10.
As he could not show his slides he read passages from his book, the proceeds from which go toThe MacMillan Nurses. He was thanked by Joan.
The competition "An Old Key" was won by Jeanne Cookson, second Joan Mitchell and third Sue Whymark.
The raffle was won by Gwen Richardson and Sheila Leeson.
Teas were served by Chris Hunt and Rosie Dunn.
Next month is our AGM but as Members Night was cancelled, we are incorporating that, so we are bringing a plate of food and drinking the wine from last month.
We have some entertaining talks lined up, so come and join us on Wednesday, April 9, at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall.