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STRADBROKE W.I. JULY AND AUGUST REPORTS July seems a long chilly time ago and our meeting a distant memory. Actually it was a straightforward evening of business followed by an interesting talk from …

STRADBROKE W.I. JULY AND AUGUST REPORTS

July seems a long chilly time ago and our meeting a distant memory. Actually it was a straightforward evening of business followed by an interesting talk from a lady called Denise Billinghurst who told us of her time in Africa where she frequently travelled . The main purpose of her visits was to assist at a lion orphanage where rescued lion cubs were raised and helped back into the wild on a safe reserve . We were treated to some fascinating photos of lion cubs at various stages of their care and rehabilitation and, surprisingly, photos of Denise up close and personal with some oversized pussycats. Denise was obviously an enthusiast and had also embroiled her husband in her fund raising and visits to Africa. An interesting lady and a pleasant evening for us all.

Now we are in August and that means our summer supper organised and served by the committee. The members played their part by turning up in their summery finery ready for a special evening and happily partook of a splendid glass of Pimms or fruit drink to get the party going. Before we got down to the serious business of having fun Moira Gibling put forward her suggestion for a resolution to be sent to headquarters for consideration. This resolution says that the W.I. consider the ritual slaughter of animals without being stunned for religious purposes is barbaric and inhumane and totally unacceptable in this country. The resolution says this practice should be banned and urges the government to act urgently. Moira spoke eloquently on this most unpleasant of subjects and a vote at the end was unanimous in agreement with her proposition and that it should go forward to headquarters. Business over we moved on to serving up a delicious summer salad buffet to our members who were all in great form as they took their food back to beautifully decorated tables for a good chat and satisfying supper . All went well and we moved on to the entertainment . Now hold on to your hats folks as I tell you that we gathered in teams for a tournament of tiddlywinks , yes that’s right tiddlywinks and it was so much fun and there was so much laughter that the rest of the evening disappeared in a flash. The raffle was called and thanks were expressed to the committee and to Wendy and her marigolds plus others who swept in and washed up as if they had done this for years which of course they have. A great evening and we all left feeling good.

Our next meeting is on 14th September when Patricia Woodward will be doing a craft demonstration titled “Poppies” ,do come and try us out.

    Prue Rush

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