MITTON WI: At the monthly meeting on March 17, members and visitors received a visit from award winning toastmaster, Howard Jones. Mr Jones has been trained to a royal standard and has attended conferences, corporate gatherings and even prestigious events at the Dorchester Hotel, London; meeting high profile personalities as part of his work. The role of a toastmaster is a very British tradition following etiquette and tradition. Howard recounted funny stories and anecdotes from his career, particularly from wedding breakfasts that he has presided over and stressed the importance that wedding speeches should be short but definitely from the heart.

The WI meets on the third Thursday of the month at 7.30pm in St Michaels and All Angels Church Hall, Stourport on Severn and new members and visitors are always welcome. To find out more please visit our Facebook page 'Thoroughly Modern Mitton WI' or email

The next meeting will be on April 21 when the group will receive a visit from the Melting Pot, Bewdley when members will have an opportunity to decorate a ceramic item.