THE number 13 was lucky for some as this was the winning ticket in the Werrington Lottery's fourt draw.
The photograph shows Samantha Bernard from the Windmill Inn with members of the Werrington Community Volunteers Group who organise the lottery drawing the winning number.w
LAURIE Bradley New Year's Day Score Event. Well done to a great turnout of 26 Chasers who brought the club into second place behind OD at Kingsbury Water Park on New Year's Day.
The conditions were somewhat "difficult" (gales, heavy rain, tough underfoot running) but a great result, nevertheless.
Kingbury Water Park has a set of lakes covering approximately two-thirds of its area.
Deciding how to reach the most number of controls within one hour becomes a difficult task with so much water in the way of the direct line.
The best score by a Chaser was 330 points scored by both James Bennett and Simon Webb, just 50 points behind the top scorer, Matt Elkington of OD.
Other great Chasers performances were by Jon Howell, 320 points, and Ray Collins and Matt Hartland, both scoring 310 points. Brilliant work by all Chasers that took part.
The next Walton Chasers open event is on Sunday, February 2, at 10am from Beaudesert Scout Camp.
Please see www.walton-chasers.co.uk for details.
THE evening was opened by our president Sheila Quipp who wished everyone a happy New Year.
The members sang Jerusalem, and the apologies were given for those absent.
We had four visitors this month. They were Juliet Morris-Gell, Vanessa Drew, Pam Clarke and Irene Moss.
Happy Birthday was sung to the birthday ladies who were Jula Turner, Doreen Hughes, Chris Carter and Ange Cookson.
Mal Smith read the minutes of the last meeting and the correspondence from Head Office.
Sheila introduced the speaker and welcomed her to the meeting. The speaker was Hilary Peele - To Sleep - Perchance to dream.
Hilary discussed sleeping and dreaming. She is a psychologist and she said it is not fully understood why we need to sleep and dream, but both are needed for our mental and physical state.
We have to have a certain amount of quality and quantity of sleep to keep us healthy.
Hilary also explained about the condition SAD. She also explained that we have four stages of sleep ranging from one to four. One being just falling to sleep to four being in a deep sleep. We learnt that you get a better quality of sleep before twelve o'clock because you get a longer period of stage four sleep.
Hilary explained about Rapid Eye Movement - R.E.M - and said that if we were dreaming and woke suddenly if you remembered dreaming when you awoke it was because you had woken after R.E.M.
Every animal as do humans dream and if you think you haven't its because you didn't wake after rapid eye movement.
Why we don't know, but we do find it hard to explain a dream when retelling it to someone.
Dreams can last up to 10 minutes long. Hilary also explained what our brain does when we are asleep.
Hilary answered questions from the members throughout the evening.
Mal gave a vote of thanks to the speaker as we had, had a very good evening, with interesting questions and discussions throughout the night.
Competition winner - Linda Wheawall. Raffle winners - Chris Horton, Juliet Morris-Gell, Irene Moss and Jules Roache.
Sheila closed the meeting and wished everyone a safe journey home.
PRESIDENT Joan welcomed everyone to the first meeting of the new year and after singing Jerusalem she invited us all to join her in toasting the New Year with a glass of Sherry.
The minutes of the last meeting were read. It was agreed that the shopping trip Chester and the Christmas Dinner at Dilhorne were a great success.
The ladies who decorated the church window for the festival of lights were congratulated on the wonderfull job they had done.
The Spring Council Meeting is on 18th March and names were taken.
The next Group Meeting is at Whetley Rocks on 24th April and it is our turn to do the entertainment.
Names of the volunteers??? to take part were taken.
The Resolutions were read out and we were asked to vote on the one we thought most worthy.
Increase in organ donation, end female genital mutilation, provition of more acute hospital beds and provision for female offenders.
We were informed that Waterhouses Swimming Club needs more members for their Wednesday morning session 9.30am - 10.30am in their warm pool at £3 per session. Joan introduced our speakers for the evening, some members of The Churnet Valley First Responders.
Tracey told us that they are trained by the Ambulance service and First Responders were formed in 2002.
They are all volunteers and are not paid, and rely on donations to run and pay for everything, even their Land Rovers and the diesel.
They are usually the first on the scene, followed by the Paramedics.
Theirs is the only group in the county allowed to carry certain drugs and to use the flashing light.
The long training by the ambulance service goes through to Enhanced status, with training throughout the year and three yearly exams.
It is hard but rewarding work which is enjoyable and friendly.
Of course there is the usual paperwork at the end of each job.
They also have Buddies and Inactive members who accompany volunteers who maybe don't want to go on a callout on their own or need someone to stay with a patient who no longer needs medical attention, but needs someone to stay with them for support for a little while.
The do have special satnavs which do guide them to their destination, but they stress the importance of clear names on houses and farms in remote rural locations.
All volunteers who had served five calendar years on The Queen's Diamond Jubilee were awarded a medal and a certificate of which they were very proud
We were then shown a DVD on what to do in an emergency if someone collapses, has a heart attack or is choking, because as they said,"The first person on the scene is the first responder and may be able to save a life".
The concentration of everyone showed the interest in the talk and the volunteers were thanked by Joan.
The competition of "A Lovely Christmas Card " was won by 1st Jean Lowndes; 2nd Sheila Brookes; 3rd Julie Riley.
The raffle was won by Helga Bridgewood and Julie Mycock.
Our February meeting on the 12th is "Members Night" when we bring a plate of food and have a glass of wine (we don't drink at all our meetings) and member tell of expeiences, adventures, read a poem or anything entertaining, and it usually is (very).
So if you want an entertaining, friendly evening, do join us.
AS SPEAKERS go, a man in uniform isn't a bad way to start the WI year, and as we cast an appreciative eye over Master Aircrew Andy Gillett, RAF, MBE, we all hoped his talk would live up to the way he looked.
There was a good turnout for the January meeting as President Monica Mills welcomed everyone at the beginning of yet another busy WI year.
She quickly disposed of the business of the day before introducing Andy to the ladies.
Now, a man who risks life and limb during the course of (to him) a normal working day deserves to be listened to – and listen we all did.
Despite his talk being almost twice as long as many other speakers, it is a credit to him that he held everyone's complete attention throughout.
He described what has been an action-packed career with a deceptive calm which belied the furious action which was being projected onto the screen in front of us.
He has seen action in the Falklands, the Gulf, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Beirut and the Lebanon.
He recounted the difficulties of working in hostile terrain and presented slides and sections of video of his helicopter operating in impossible situations very often under enemy fire.
He described matter-of-factly how, owing to the noise and the dust, they often weren't aware of just how close they were to being brought down until they landed and were able to count the bullet holes in the fuselage.
It was a privilege to get an insight into the modern military, still functioning all day and every day in another part of the world.
It was a reminder that not everyone can go home to a warm house and family at the end of the day and that, somewhere, British men and women are grateful to receive basics like food, fuel and ammunition flown in to hostile places by the likes of Andy and his colleagues.
Elsewhere in the meeting, the competition of a military caption was won by Annita Mobbs and the raffle by our new member, Val Fletcher.
Meanwhile, Andy is heading off to Afghanistan at the end of the month for yet another tour of duty.
Our thoughts and prayers will go with him – and no doubt the odd food parcel or two!