Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Report of the W.I. meeting in August

The August meeting of Natland and Oxenholme WI was well supported following the  summer break.The outing in July organised by Joan Ratcliffe was a great success, members enjoyed a beautiful summer afternoon on the Lancaster canal with afternoon tea. Joan was thanked for her time given in putting this event together. Following the WI business, guest speaker Dr Julia Piggot was introduced and welcomed. Dr Piggot is local education officer for beekeepers and gave her advice in  a very interesting and  illustrated talk relating to the ' Identification of Bees'.  Members learned how to identify various species including bumble , honey and  cuckoo bees, they also learned how to distinguish between bees and  hoverflies, the latter resembling bees in many ways.   Dr. Piggott, a founder member of the Brigsteer Bee Reserve,  also teaches nationally in the education of both children and adults in the subject of beekeeping.The vote of thanks was given by Diana Dickinson.Marion Thornton won  the competition for a 'bee friendly posy' with Lynne Procter Second. Rosemary Bateman won the raffle.
The next meeting will be on September 20th 7.15pm in the village hall. We invite you to an  'Open Meeting'  where the  guest for the evening will be Maurice Steele, his subject entitled ' It should have been stopped'. Maurice will be well known to many as a retired hill  farmer and  a very popular guest speaker from  the Eskdale area of Cumbria. The cost will be £3.50 ( for non WI members) to include refreshments. Everyone most welcome.