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Lower Withington WI Meeting Report

This was our A.G.M. and nominations were put forward for Committee as some members including our chairman Lesley Waddington were standing down. After voting Ann Daughtrey was nominated chairman and a new committee was formed.
Ann Daughtrey gave the Treasurers report for the year and Janet Jones gave a resume of the meetings throughout the year. A presentation was made to Lesley for all her work as chairman over the last three years.

Wendy Stoddart has fallen and badly broken her leg and is in hospital and will remain there for quite a few weeks. The plant was sent home for her on her return and a card has been sent with all our good wishes for a speedy recovery.

We were entertained by the Ringheye Morris Dancers from Mobberley. The name derives from Ringhay which is an old name for the area and a "hey" is a movement in North West Morris dancing. They performed a number of local dances some of which were very complicated. They explained the costumes, again which are local to different areas and they wore clogs as they are from mill areas. Some of the dances are a progression of the movements the mill workers made to ward off fatigue in moving their feet rather than just standing. There were two very young dancers one of whom was celebrating his ninth birthday and we all sang Happy Birthday. He enjoyed lots of cake afterwards when we had a splendid tea. We all enjoyed the evening very much.

Our next meeting is our party in December and on January 21st. we will be entertained by Gordon Bayley the head gardener of Arley Hall. The competition will be an old gardening book.

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