OUR first meeting of the New Year, held on Tuesday 21st January, was a well attended and lively meeting despite the poor weather on the evening.
Members were pleased to welcome representatives from the First Responders and Community Transport teams to accept cheques for £170 each, the proceeds of our 2013 fund-raising, from our President, Joyce Mycock.
Each year members who have not entered competitions held at our monthly meetings are asked to make a small contribution to the 'Sin Bin'.
In the past twelve months £30 has been gathered in and Helen Smith, our Treasurer, reported to members that this had been sent to Sailability at Rudyard Lake who would put it towards the facilities at their new boathouse.
Helen also updated members on the success of the monthly Whist Drives run by the Institute over £500 has been over the last 12 months despite the first event having to be cancelled because of the snow.
This year will be the 50th year of WI involvement in the annual Leek Show.
Joyce told members that this year's theme for the Institute competition was 'A Season'.
Joyce kindly offered to host the first meeting on the Tuesday following the meeting for members who will be involved in producing Waterfall's entry.
The first meeting of the year is traditionally a 'Members Night' and this January was no exception.
Maureen Marshall shared with members the variety of needlework and patchwork she had produced as a result of attending her village craft group.
Members were admiring of the quality of the beautiful and innovative projects and inspired to have a go themselves.
Jo Melville shared with members ways to upcycle books and sheet music and encouraged members to have a go themselves there and then by producing a quick and easy letter-rack from a paperback.
Members took on the challenge with enthusiasm and everybody went home with the proceeds of their efforts.
Ellen Poole was the winner of the January members' competition of a handcrafted photo frame.
Please remember that although the Sin Bin money always goes to a good cause it is great to see a good variety of competition entries each month.
The February competition is for your own photograph of a 'Local Event' so get looking through the album or your PC and bring your entries along to the meeting.
Members left the meeting looking forward to celebrating their 68th Birthday with friends and family at a party held at Cauldon Low Village Hall on Friday 24th January.
At our February meeting on Tuesday 19th February at 7.30pm we will be welcoming Ray Elkes as our speaker whose talk will be 'The Royal Secrets of Spode'.
We are already working on a varied programme for the next 12 months and always welcome visitors to our meetings.
So why not come along and join in the fun.