At the W.I. meeting on April 4th, instead of a guest speaker there was a much-anticipated ‘home-grown’ entertainment. This began with a hearty singalong accompanied by Doreen Flowers on piano. Next, Jo Cotton expertly showed us how to compose an Easter Basket flower arrangement, using spring blooms from hedgerow and garden. Then Joyce Perry brought alive a piece of local history, taking the role of Mrs. Perriam in the monologue ‘The Powder Monkey’ by Ralph Rochester.

Finally, the 9-member WI Drama Group performed a dramatic presentation of Martin Armstrong’s poem ‘Miss Thompson Goes Shopping’. The audience was hugely amused by the various shopkeepers encountered by Miss Thompson in her day’s ‘retail therapy’ 1920s-style. Members will long remember, with delight, Maura Johnson as ‘Miss Thompson’, Joan Denison as ‘Mrs Watson’, Diana Winterton-Young as ‘Miles the Fishmonger’ and Bobby Brunt as ‘Wren the Chemist’, ably supported by Jan Waldren, Ann Briers, Adrienne Hebdige, Dorothy Livingstone and Terry Scott. Drama Group leader Jill Hearn had recently retired after 26 years, and Maura Johnson read a warm tribute in verse, and presented a gift and flowers on behalf of the members.

In a short business meeting President Anne Frampton thanked members for their love and support in her recent bereavement. Secretary Jo Cotton gave reminders to members including-

The regular Litter Pick on 30th April at 2.30pm starting a the bottom of Church Road; The Work of a Forensic Scientist’, a talk by Dr. John Tribell at Kennaway House, Sidmouth, on 11th/25th May; A walk at Slapton Ley Nature Reserve on 19th/23rd June.

The next WI meeting, at 2.30pm on Wednesday 2nd May in the Village Hall, will be the Resolutions/Annual Meeting. Members were reminded that although the current committee was willing to continue, there was a need for a new Treasurer.

Brenda Courtie