Barkby W.I

Shirley Franklin, President, welcomed New Barkby W.I. members to it’s October meeting. Speaking for the evening was Mrs Elaine Burgess, who spoke of ‘The Road To Camelot’, not a book for King Arthur, but about ‘knight school’, a scheme run for young people, to teach them old fashioned values of pride, courtesy and respect. The classes run for about one hour a week for six weeks and participants are given outfits to wear and certificates and awards as they proceed through the course. They each choose the name of a knight or maiden as they learn about the medieval book of conduct.

The scheme originated in Lincolnshire in 2003; in the Rutland area it covers Ketton, Oakham, Uppingham and Whissendine and the word ‘fail’ is never used, a child is given another chance. There is role-play, working in the community, healthy eating and a ‘knighting’ ceremony at the end of the course for the successful children. It is a non-profit voluntary organisation, so donation and volunteering are to be welcomed.

The vote of thanks was given by Mrs C Grant.

Competition winner for the letter ‘B’ won by Mrs V Cobb.

Raffle prize won by Mrs B Gamble.

Tea hostesses – Mrs J Bishop and Mrs S Gamble.

Thank you to everyone who knitted items for the Premature Baby Unit at Leicester Royal Infirmary. Mrs J Webbon delivered 234 hats, 62 comforters and 20 cardigans.  A big thank you goes especially to Mrs J Goulden for knitting a considerable amount of these items.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday the 7th November at the Syston Community Centre at 7.30pm. Visitors are always welcome.