New Barkby W.I.

President Shirley Franklin welcomed members and visitors to their March meeting.

The speaker was Madelaine Loftus, who demonstrated the art of Flower Arranging. The first one consisted of aspidistra leaves rolled up and placed into oasis and then filled with white carnations.

Number two was foliage from Veronica leaves and Cupressus, plus white forsythia and heather. A new rose was put into this arrangement called ‘Amnesia’ an unusual colour of dusky pink, bronze, a hint of lemon, so could blend into any background.

The third arrangement was of a mini size, shaped in a circle of foliage and small leaved flowers complete with a candle.

Number four fitted on to a table, made with Bergenia leaves and other foliage, decorated with red carnations and red roses and also adorned with union flags.

Underneath the shelf was a smaller shelf with a complimentary arrangement already made up. This whole arrangement was the piece de resistance, as Madelaine informed everyone that she had been chosen to make the table arrangement for Her Majesty The Queen at her luncheon party on the following day when she visited Leicester at the beginning of her Diamond Jubilee tour.

The vote of thanks was given by Pat Warren, thanking Madelaine for her beautiful arrangements and interesting chatter.

The arrangements were raffled afterwards and the winners were Mrs A Montague, Mrs A Taylor, Mrs P Smith, Mrs J Bishop and Mrs F Hales.

The competition for an item beginning with the letter ‘E’ was Mrs A Taylor and the tea hostesses were Mrs J Goulden and Mrs B Lancaster.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 4th April at 7.30pm in Syston Community Centre when June Davis will give a talk on ‘A Weakest Link Competitor’ and the competition for an item beginning with the letter ‘W’.

Visitors are always welcome.