New Barkby W I

New Barkby WI President, Mrs B. Saunders welcomed members to the June Meeting. Members held a two minute silence to remember Mrs B. Wheatley and Mrs J. Bindloss both past members, who passed away recently.

After business matters had been discussed, the speaker for the evening was Glenice Wignall, who is the W.I.’s own college ambassador for Leicestershire and Rutland Federation. Denman College was opened in 1948 and Lady Denman was the first chairman. Sir Richard Livingstone, a vice-chancellor at Oxford University, promoted the idea of education for women, and lady Denman too, was instrumental in setting out this ladies only residential college. With a Powerpoint presentation, members were able to see the Georgian house with its outstanding gardens and lake, the exceedingly comfortable bedrooms and the teaching blocks.

There is a comprehensive list of courses and times available, and in recent times, night porters for security purposes.

The vote of thanks was given by Mrs V. Cobb.

The competition for the letter ‘A’ was won by Mrs Mary Gamble, her art work of a Hosta plant, painted during an art course she attended whilst at Denman College. The raffle was won by Mrs P. Smith. The tea hostesses were Mrs P. Elson and Mrs R. Foster.

May’s social evening was attended by 18 members who took advantage of the May sunshine and enjoyed a pleasant mile long circular walk in Syston. The walk incorporated historical recall of buildings of a bygone age. Many members remembered the cinema, assembly rooms and various green grocers. They discovered the oldest brick built house in Leicestershire and that the Green was never ‘green’ but always cobbled. The WI ladies were surprised that Syston had so many pubs and butchers. The walk was led by Biddy Saunders (President) and Felicity Austin, a former WI member. The walk was rounded off by a supper in the Conservative club kindly arranged by Rosemary Foster.

The July Meeting will be held on Wednesday 2nd July in the Syston Community Centre at 7.30pm when speaker Pauline Wainwright will give a talk entitled ‘Life on the canals’.

Visitors are welcome to attend.