Thursday, 22 September 2016

Changing landscapes for September's WI!

For the 31 members and one guest who attended the September meeting of the Natland and Oxenholme WI it was a left turn as they entered the Village Hall last Wednesday night. It was our first meeting in the big Hall – our new venue. 

The extra space was much appreciated as we had our cooperative and individual entries from the County Show on display. It was quite the ‘home grown’ meeting as our booked speaker had to cancel at very short notice. President Kirsten Cannon stepped in and gave us a talk on The Alaskan Highway complete with slides from the twenty years plus she lived there – a completely different landscape and climate to the one she calls home now. The Yukon is a vast, imposing province with ‘neighbouring’ communities having more than a hundred miles between them. The Highway is some 1,500 miles long. An internet search provided me with the fact that a similar length road would stretch from Kendal to Sorrento in Italy! Kirsten blended history, facts and personal reminisences into her very enjoyable talk.

Marion Thornton told us of her recent trip to Denman after receiving the Dorothy Rawson bursary. She brought some of her work from Patchwork for Beginners to show us.

The competition winners for a Lakeland recipe were 1st Marley Hunter and 2nd Lynne Procter Midge Fairhurst won the raffle. We wound up the evening with our usual tea, coffee and biscuits and looking forward to the October meeting when we celebrate our 95th birthday with special guests and a party. Do join us!