UPDATE ON MAY'S ACTIVITIES
May was an extremely busy month for our WI, the highlight being the Powys Montgomery WIs' Spring Show which this year was held in Berriew Community Centre on Sat. 6th May. After weeks of preparation - knitting, sewing, jam making, cooking, etc. - the day arrived, our entries were delivered and judged. We then had a nail biting few hours until the Show opened to the public at 2.30pm to see how we'd done. And, we'd done very well indeed. All the entries from the various WIs in the area were of their usual high standard and Llandinam gained a 1st (Jan Jones) in the Staging & Display section and 3rd (Mandy Havard) for the Mini Display of Preserves and Cookery. The theme for both these sections was 'The Good Life'. There was also a 3rd for Three Fruit Marmalade (Hilary Davies) and a 2nd (Mandy Havard) for Five Assorted Pastry Nibbles.
Llandinam came joint 2nd overall in the individual Produce Classes, which is a great achievement for a small WI. WELL DONE TEAM! Despite feeling quite exhausted and saying 'Never Again', we'll surely be back again next year full of enthusiasm.
Pam Evans, President, received the glass trophy on behalf of Llandinam WI awarded for 1st place in the Staging & Display section. (Apologies for her hands covering the trophy, but it is very nice!)
After the business part of our WI meeting on Thursday, 11th May, Dave Williams from the Aberdyfi Search & Rescue Service gave a talk, with slides, on the vital work they undertake. They not only rescue people, and animals, from the mountains, but also help find missing people and were very involved with the search for April Jones.
Dave explained that the dogs used by the service are usually Collies and Alsations (Labradors tend to have health problems and Spaniels often go 'loopy' after half an hour). Dave had bought some of the rescue equipment along but, unfortunately, time did not permit him to show us this.
On Friday, 12th May, two members joined the coach for the PMFWI shopping trip to Cheshire Oaks. After a reviving cup of coffee (and visit to the loo) we embarked, purses at the ready, on a few hours of browsing the shops. Our two then enjoyed a very pleasant lunch at Carluccio's before setting off on another tour of the shops. By the end of the afternoon we were all shopped out and ready for home.
On Sunday, 14th May, our President took part in the Cancer Research Race for Life in Aberystwyth. She and a friend undertook the 10K walk and finished in a very respectable 1 hour 40 minutes. A big thank you to everyone who sponsored her.
On Wednesday, 14th June, our Walking Group set off on a lovely walk around the fields of Newtown which ended with a very nice lunch at Duo's. The evening saw four members taking part in the darts doubles at Cefn Coch Inn. Sadly, yet again we didn't win but it was a great evening, full of laughs, and a delicious supper was laid on for us all. Two meals out in one day .... not good for the waistline!
On Thursday, 25th May, 11 members attended the Plynlimon Group Meeting in Caersws. Following the business part of the meeting, we were entertained by a talk given by two members of History Matters on "Middle Classes in the Middle Ages". They had brought along a vast array of domestic items which were really innovative in their time.
Our President attended the first of six social media classes being run by the PMFWI with a view to setting up a Facebook page for the group. But such a page is a good way off yet!
During May, members also supported the Lunch Club, Tea & 3 and various coffee mornings.
WHATS HAPPENING IN JUNE ....
At the time of writing, June is a rather quieter month but, as we all know, things can change!
On Wednesday, 7th June, three members will be attending the NFWI Annual Meeting at the Echo Arena, Liverpool. After the recent tragic bombing in Manchester, it is with some trepidation that members from all over the UK are attending, but extra security will be in place and we must not stop going about our business.
Due to the elections, our meeting on Thursday, 8th June will be held at 7pm in the Chapel Schoolroom. Geoff Meredith from Morgan's Tea, Welshpool, will be our speaker and he will be bringing along samples of tea for us to try. So, ladies if you would like to join us for a cuppa and see what we get up to, do please come along. You can be assured of a very warm welcome.
On Sunday, 11th June, members of the WI will be providing puddings for the lunch which will follow the Community Service to be held in the Church at 11am. This event is being organised by the Gardening Club and is a village iniitiative to raise money for the Church's 'Spend a Penny' appeal.
On the afternoon of the 11th, three members will be taking part in the Federation Walk setting out from Llanbrynmair.
Our Walking group will be stepping out on Wednesday, 14th June. Non-members are always welcome to come along. Meet at 9.30am in the village car park.