Women's Institute

PUBLISHED: 15:23 09 February 2007 | UPDATED: 22:34 28 May 2010

BURNS Night without the haggis was celebrated by the WI in the Dale lounge. Prior to the entertainment, the business was conducted by president Jean Toms, assisted by secretary Marjorie Cotterell and treasurer Betty Stone. Birthday greetings and pens were

BURNS Night without the haggis was celebrated by the WI in the Dale lounge. Prior to the entertainment, the business was conducted by president Jean Toms, assisted by secretary Marjorie Cotterell and treasurer Betty Stone. Birthday greetings and pens were given to Trudy Gann, Joan Hollis, Betty Stone, Peggy Stoppard and Olive Spurr. Trudy Gann was thanked for providing the flowers for the officers' table. It was reported that Doris Harvey was out of hospital but unable to attend meetings yet. She was taken some fruit by sick visitor Barbara Smart and Doris sent her thanks verbally as she is currently unable to write. A photograph of the Federation choir, including some Elm members, was shown. It is hoped it will be in the new WI Life magazine, which replaces Home and Country. Names were taken for a 'try-it-whist' day to be held in the WI Centre, Wisbech on February 27. The council meeting will be at Neale-Wade Community College, March, on March 21. Notice of the Friday Bridge quiz night was also read out. A bouquet and gift were presented to Barbara Smart to mark her 80th birthday. She received a card signed by members. After the appropriate Burns Night refreshments, prepared by Sheila Ward and Sally Johnson, it was time for the entertainment. Betty Stone dressed for the occasion and presented a comedy act, Jean Toms read poems and the life history of Robert Burns and a copy of his marriage certificate, both prepared by Bernadette Mortimer. Scottish songs were sung by the members. Eileen Lock gave an account of her Scottish holiday at Christmas. Jean Toms organised a proverb quiz. The evening was concluded with wine provided by Jeanie Hellon. Duties for the evening were: Pianist, Marjorie Cotterrell; bring and buy stall, Peggy Stoppard; raffle and convalescence coins, Bernadette Mortimer; competitions, Jean Corker. The competition for something beginning with the letter I was judged by the president. Points awarded were: Five, Marjorie Cotterell, Eileen Lock; four, Barbara Smart, Jean Corker, Peggy Stoppard, Jeanie Hellon; three, Joan Hollis, Bernadette Mortimer and Sheila Ward. Subscriptions were taken by treasurer Betty Stone.

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