February is members’ night, The members organise the entertainment, including supper, while the committee have a well-earned and much-appreciated evening off. Joint president Joy Bannister welcomed members, as well as group convenor Jean White plus a guest from Scotter WI. The speaker was Rebecca Nelson, granddaughter of founder member Ann Purdy. Rebecca studied history at university and is currently working towards a PhD at Hull. As part of her training she spent two months on placements at Buckingham Palace and Balmoral doing inventories of the royal collection. Her audience was fascinated to hear of her experiences and enjoyed taking part in a quiz featuring the royal family. The winning team, Charlie’s Angels, all received an individual prize. The lucky draw winner was Hilary Harris and Lesley Bird won the lottery.
The next cliffside group meeting is on Monday, April 11 at Blyton Village Hall starting at 7.30pm when the speaker will be TV gardener Doug Stewart who will be pondering ‘Why plants talk to insects and why pumpkins can’t fly?
Admission is £4 by ticket in advance or on the door. The competition, open to all, is for a garden on a plate (maximum 10” diameter).
Laughton WI plans to hold a party in June to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. More details nearer the time. Four members are to attend the spring council meeting at Skegness on March 9. Names were taken of those interested in going to ‘Oklahoma’ at The Trinity Centre on April 29. The first walk and lunch of the year will be on Monday, March 2, starting from Blyton ice cream parlour at 11.15am. Next month is Laughton WI’s annual meeting and an appeal was made for a new president or joint-president.