ARELEY KINGS WI: The Women’s Land Army in World Wars One and Two was the subject of Robin Hill’s Talk at the February meeting of the WI. He spoke of girls in World War 2 as young as 17 from towns and cities having to adjust to an outdoor life in remote areas. Some girls worked in the fields while others milked the cows twice daily, kept the dairies clean and also delivered the milk in horse-drawn floats. It was a hard life and their pay was 28 shillings a week with 14 shillings deducted for keep. After the war many Land Girls did not return to their home towns. In fact a good number became farmers’ wives.

Patsy Anderson, the president, reported on the success and enjoyment of the New Year

Lunch held at Wharton Park. The draw for the Annual Denman College Bursary was made at the lunch and was won by Linda Lane.

The new Breast Unit in Worcester is due to open on March 3 and three members were invited to attend a preview. They were impressed with the buildings, furnishings and facilities, and felt we are fortunate to have such a Clinic in Worcestershire.

Patsy announced that Patchwork Classes are being arranged under Brenda Banner’s tuition . Eight members wished to join the course.

Speaking on future events Patsy said that an Outing is being planned to Redditch Needle Museum. A Street Party to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday is planned for June 12 and a village hall lunch to celebrate Areley Kings WI’s 90th birthday on November 2. Areley Kings is also hosting the group meeting on September 23.

The competition for a photo from either World War was won by Pam Eves with Lin Edwards and Jacki Clark. second and third.

The next meeting will be held on March 14 at 7.30pm at the Village Hall when Jo Rush will speak about Abberley Hall and Clock Tower.