AFTER a warm welcome to members and visitors from Wychbold WI, our October meeting commenced with a delicious harvest buffet lunch followed by warm apple pies and cream.

Once everyone was suitably satisfied, it was time for the speaker and entertainer for the afternoon. John Tearne, of  Coventry, regaled us with some history of monologues and the stars famous for reciting them.
He continued with singing some of the Olde Time songs together with recitations.

This was a most enjoyable and entertaining afternoon. The only trouble was we could remember the words to many of the old songs.
We also had many of our crafts on display and we all judged them by placing pennies alongside our choice.
Grace Harris was the winner with her tapestry. The pennies were then put in the Pennies for Friendship collection.

We also held a competition for floral table decorations and this was won by Maureen Lewthwaite.
Robena Lambe had brought a copy of the journal prepared for the Big Walk, Little Splash national competition recording our journey of walking a total of 1,478 miles between us throughout the summer. Our entry has been delivered to the Worcestershire Federation Office for the next stage of judging. We had organised a competition to guess the mileage and Maureen Lewthwaite was the closest with 1,500 miles followed by Margaret Urquhart with 1,446 and they received £7 and £5 respectively.

President Val Dowler reminded everyone of the future events which include a visit to see Sister Act at Birmingham Hippodrome and the luncheon club will be visiting Worcester College of Food for a three-course lunch. In November, in addition to the meeting when Mercia Inshore Rescue will be the subject, and luncheon club, there is a trip to Abbey-cwm-hir in Wales when the house will be dressed for Christmas.

In December we will be making Christmas cards at our meeting followed a week later by a Christmas meal at the Ewe and Lamb and a trip to Chatworth House for its Christmas theme. If you would like to join us at one of our meetings you would be most welcome. We meet on the first Thursday of the month at 2pm at Stoke Prior Village Hall and we always finish the afternoon with a cuppa and a chat.
For more information, call Val Dowler on 0121 4391354.