Carole Anne Carr, a children’s authoress from Shropshire, gave her first talk to a Women’s Institute at the April meeting.

She worked in banking in South Africa before teaching for 25 years in Shropshire schools. After taking early retirement, she set up her own art and craft business, became an actress, and trained to hold the Office of Reader in the Church of England.

She is now a full-time writer of historical fiction and fantasy and undertakes school workshops. Several members were invited to read poems written by her former pupils and Carole read extracts from her books.

President Val Evans reminded everyone that the spring rummage sale will be held at Mamble Village Hall on Saturday, May 5, starting at 2pm.

Donations of items can be left at the hall from 12.30 pm.

Pauline Blumer is arranging the outing to Highgrove on August 24 and there are still places available on the coach.

At the meeting on Monday, May 14, the resolution for more midwives will be discussed, followed by a Members’ ‘ taste and tell’.

Members will bring their favourite recipe and, hopefully, a sample for all to share, or, alternatively, a recommended household hint.

The competition is a fresh flower and items are required for the trading stall. The meeting at Mamble Village Hall starts at 7.30pm and visitors will be made very welcome.