The National Federation of the W I Centenary Annual Meeting was held June 4 at the Royal Albert Hall London, what a fabulous day, the Queen, The Princess Royal and the Duchess of Wessex attended the opening with the Queen addressing the meeting.

The WI hosted a viewing of the event; Areley Kings Village Hall was beautifully decorated inside and out, a total of 88 members attended from 8 local WI groups. The newly installed media system in the Village Hall enabled everyone to follow the proceedings live throughout the day.

A delicious two course luncheon was supplied by The Hop Pole, Bewdley.

Kate Reid created a beautiful handmade lace broche for each member attending. Congratulations and thanks to Patsey Anderson President and committee members for their hard work.

Following on with the Centenary year celebrations, Areley Kings WI current total ‘Moon Miles’ are 543, far exceeding our original target of 100, well done ladies.

The speaker this month was Rev Mark Turner, a talk on how he become a Curate and then ordained as a Rector, for Mark this was a 4 year process culminating in him being ordained at Lincoln Cathedral in 1993. Pam Roberts gave a vote of thanks.

We welcomed a new member to the WI, Val Osborn.

A group of our members visited BBC Mailbox, Birmingham, the tour included The Cube and the Midlands News set.

As a bonus the ladies attending the tour were given the opportunity to record their very own Hammer Horror radio mini-play featuring all the members present.

The competition this month was a Dr Dr or a Vicar Joke. First and second places went to Jacki Clark, third place went to Margaret Cook.

The next meeting will be held July 13 7.30pm.

The speaker will be Richard Kendrick.

‘Behind the scenes with a film set caterer’, which will include slides and a talk.

The competition will be a list of films with a food in the title.