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Woodcroft (Leek) WI - April 2014

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 30, 2014

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ANNE and I had a taste of celebrity recently, when we went on air at the Moorlands Radio.

A big thank you to Dave Fuller, who made us laugh and put us at ease, and helped us to achieve yet another of our 40 challenges.

We would also like to thank Leek Leisure Centre, once again, for the Pilates session.

Special thanks to Sam Eardley, who very patiently led a group of our members through moves that used muscles we had forgotten were there.

We had a fabulous walk to Three Shires Head, even if it did remind me that I am not as young as I used to be.

The country stiles seemed higher, the boggy ground trickier and the steep, stony path hard on the knees.

However, it was well worth it just for the views, the black grouse and curlews and, of course, the tea and cake at the end.

Lynda gave out plenty of information at the meeting. There are Members Open Days to visit WI Headquarters in London, information about helping bees and notice of the AGM in Leeds.

County are encouraging us to design a programme of events and to create a mobile phone cover, as well as informing us of a wine tasting evening and a day at Uttoxeter races.

We congratulated Janet Goodwin for winning first prize with her wonderful Easter card at the Group Meeting and Rowena reported on the Spring Council Meeting, which sounded a good day.

Members are gearing themselves up for our coffee morning on May 2nd, at Trinity.

We need those 40 cakes, 40 jars and 40 plants to sell. We have a July outing to Ford Green Hall and a summer trip to the Lake District in August.

Some of us are to take part in a two hour heart stop course which sounds useful.

Our April walk on the 28th started at the Cheddleton tearooms and went through the tunnel at Wetley Rocks.

This month's speaker, Graham Woodhouse, has been a butcher since he left school.

Coming from a farming family, he spent some time on a farm while learning to become a butcher.

He astonished us by bringing in a whole lamb carcass in a black bag. We found this amusing as we meet opposite the Police Station. Graham proceeded to dissect the carcass into different cuts using a saw, a sharp knife and a chopper.

He let us into some of the secrets of the meat trade and also about how EU regulations were affecting independent butchers, making it difficult to encourage new people into the trade.

He showed his skill and experience when he produced various cuts of meat from the lamb carcass, with very little waste.

I just wish I could afford a decent-sized lamb joint for the family these days, especially when you see so many lambs in the fields around us.

Our next meeting on May 12th is our AGM. There will be wine and cheese to help it along and we will all have put 40 different items in a matchbox, for the competition.

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