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Lower Withington WI March

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Quite a full meeting which is nice to see. There were quite a few notices and the report from the Winsford Annual Meeting was read by Gwen Hayhurst who was the delegate.

There were two presentations this evening, one to Karen Taylor who has a big birthday and one to Sheila and Ron Gallimore who will soon be celebrating their Golden Wedding.
Barbara and Hill Hides will once again be opening their garden for the Cream Teas on 21st. May and requests were made for prizes for the raffle and bottle bola and items for the bric a brac stall.

Lower Withington will be holding a street party on 12th. June for the Queens 90th. birthday.
The speakers for the evening were John and Annette Christopher from Albrighton Pottery. John told us about the history of potting from its possible origins in pre-history to the present day. He also talked about the huge industry that once thrived in the Potteries and one of our members was actually present when the last firing of the remaining working pot bank was done. He talked about the many uses of clay today and we were surprised to know how much it is used in industry. One of the examples was that it is mixed with graphite to produce pencils, the amount of clay used denoting the hardness of the pencil.

We were all given a piece of clay and talked through making a small plaque which were then handed to Annette who was working away in the corner and revealed at the end a planter for the garden with all our initials on it. This was going to be taken away and fired and then we could have it back to raffle to keep for the W.I. We are looking forward to see the finished article.
The competition of an unusual jug was won by Ann Daughtrey with Lynne Bradley second. The raffle was won by Janet Jones.

Our next meeting will be on 27th. April and is our open meeting when Kathleen Williams will be demonstrating flower arranging. The competition will be a vase of spring flowers and refreshments will be provided by the committee.

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