As usual there is a huge amount on offer for members to enjoy. In May there is a food safety course, a clay pigeon shoot and a tennis taster session which may be enjoyed by those who are interested. In June there is the chance to visit Chatsworth House, a Summer Soiree at Hartlebury Castle with supper, a guided walk round the historic town of Droitwich and our own trip to the Carpet Museum in Kidderminster on the 9th June where we should see the looms working. July sees the opportunity to attend another one of the very popular preserving days which this time will focus on preserving soft fruit and later in the month there is the annual Lucy Hingley Memorial Lecture – a talk with a medical theme given by Sally Robertson Smith, Clinical Lead for Women’s Health at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. She will be giving a light-hearted talk on a serious subject entitled Who Cares about the Pelvic Floor?

There was news of the County Quiz. The team came 9th out of 21 and the four team-mates really enjoyed themselves representing Astley WI.

Members are now starting to record their miles walked for the ‘Moon Mission’ run by Worcester University. The idea is to log the miles walked over a set period which once tallied up with others, will be enough miles to walk to the moon and back. All walking counts: it doesn’t just have to be those miles covered on organised walks. Having said that, a few planned walks are being organised to add to Astley’s total over the next few months which will factor in a light lunch too!

Once business had been dealt with, Ray Sturdy entertained attendees with a See and Hear Quiz. In teams of four, great fun was had identifying pictures and logos in part one and then in the second part, listening to music and sounds from the distant (and not so distant!) past and answering questions on them. An enjoyable evening was had by all.

The next meeting will be on May 6 which will be the Resolutions and Annual Meeting and when the judging for the Dorothy Ellis Cup Competition will take place. This year members have been asked to make a commemorative baton to celebrate 100 years of WI.