Sunday, 22 February 2015

Life of a Park Ranger revealed at the February WI

There was a good attendance at the February meeting of Natland and Oxenholme Women’s Institute meeting. President Kirsten Cannon welcomed the 35 members present.

Joan Airey reported on her recent weekend at Denman College.  The crochet course was both enlightening and enjoyable.

Marley Hunter outlined various details about the forthcoming walk planned for 24 February, and Joan Ratcliffe thanked all members for their contribution towards the Centenary Year Shoe Box appeal. The collection of gloves and socks received during the meeting was exceedingly generous.

The guest speaker for the evening was Peter Farrand, a former Lake District National Park ranger, who gave us a very interesting and illustrated talk about his role as warden/ranger in the Coniston area. His extensive and varied background included mountaineering and agriculture. He then read an amusing short passage from a book written by former Chief Ranger John Wyatt.

Lynne Pritchard gave the vote of thanks.

The monthly competition was won by Chris Nacey, with second Marion Thornton.

Next meeting will be Wednesday 18 March (7.30pm) in the Village Hall.
Barrie Atkinson will give  a talk on ‘50 Years of Ups and Downs as a TV Engineer’.

Visitors welcome.