New Barkby WI

President, Mrs K. Fryman, welcomed the New Barkby members and friends, plus an especially warm welcome to Mrs Anne Allison from the Leicestershire and Rutland (L&R) Federation’s Board Of Trustees.
First on the evening’s agenda, was a talk given by Julian; Baker-in-Chief and Mark; Sales Manager from Hambleton Bakery at Exton near Oakham. The Bakery was founded in 2008 and now distributes its produce over a wide area, to wholesalers and retail shops.
Juian’s family have been keen bakers for several generations and he is also a keen Chef, working at Hambleton Hall Hotel and at Downing Street (when John Major was Prime Minister) aswell as at Chequers.
The flour for the different types of bread comes from the different types of mills and the dough is made into a national loaf. They also make Eccles Cakes, Teacakes, Scones and Cheese Twists, using different types of pastry. All very delicious to hear about and there were plenty of breads, including Sourdough, for members to take home.
Mrs J. Bruntnall gave the vote of thanks. The men then had to leave fairly quickly before their night shift started.
W.I. business matters followed. There was a one minute silence in memory of the late Rosemary Foster, who passed away recently. Rosemary had been a member for many years, also serving as Committee Member, Secretary and President for many years until health problems caused her to have to give up her membership.
We sang ‘Jerusalem’ – unaccompanied. Following on from that, our delegate at the AGM in Bournemouth was Mrs Wendy Taylor from Queniborough WI. The two resolutions on ‘never fear the smear’ and ‘the decline in local bus services’ were given overwhelming support. Wendy sent in a written report.
A recent craft day in memory of the late Mary Gamble raised money for Age Concern, Syston and a thank you letter has been received from that organisation. This was a WI event, but was attended my members and friends plus the local community.
Competition for the letter ‘T’ was won by Mrs J. Oliver with a slice of tea loaf and recipe in a WI saucer.
The winner of the raffle for a tea towel and wooden spoon, plus Ciabatta loaves from Hambleton Bakery was Mrs L. Chapman.
The Tea Hostess were Miss E. Loder and Mrs P. Smith.
Next Meeting:
Wednesday 7th August 2019, 7.30pm at Syston Community Centre where there will be a talk on ‘Herbal Medicine for the 21st Century’. Competition letter will be ‘Y’.
Visitors always welcome.