President, Shirley Franklin, welcomed members to New Barkby W.I.’s June Meeting.

After the business matters, members and visitors watched a display of folk dancers, some based on Morris Tradition, performed by the W.I. ‘Garland Dancers’, formerly known as the ‘Jerusalem Jammers’.

There were nine dancers, led by Sue Crockett and accompanied by Mr Peter Brine and his band, playing accordions and drums. The dancers originated in different parts of the UK, including one which came from Cadeby (home of the steam railway). This was a Shaker tune, now more familiarly known as Lord of the Dances.

The dancers were costumes of red, white and green, the colours of the W.I. and were first worn in 1982, which was National Heritage year.

After eight different dances, the troupe enjoyed light refreshments, provided by New Barkby institute, plus cake from the birthday celebration of one member, Mrs Aideen Talbot.

The vote-of thanks was given by Mrs A. Montague, Competition for the letter ‘N’ was won by Mrs V. Cobb, with a sheet of stenciled music notes.

Raffle prize was won by Mrs J. Brutnall. Refreshments were served by Mrs A. Smith and Mrs J. Smith.

The date of the next meeting is Wednesday 3rd July at the Syston Community Centre, 7.30pm. The topic will be ‘Gimson and the Arts and Crafts movement’.

Visitors are welcome to attend.