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Af­ter sev­eral days of in­ter­mit­tent rain, we were re­lieved it stayed rel­a­tively dry for the WI an­nual gar­den meet­ing.

Mem­bers past and present en­joyed each other’s com­pany and de­li­cious food. A cake made by past mem­ber Joy Mer­ri­man and dec­o­rated by Margo Par­tridge mem­ber since 1961, was pre­sented to Avice Townsend a mem­ber for over 66 years.

Avice told us how she had wanted to join the WI ear­lier but be­ing in her mid-teens she was con­sid­ered too young and had to wait!

Dur­ing her time with us Avice has held ev­ery of­fice within the lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Margo had put to­gether a col­lage of WI ac­tiv­i­ties and gave a short and in­ter­est­ing talk.

Thalia our cur­rent pres­i­dent thanked Avice for her ef­forts over the years and pre­sented her with an orchid.

Col­lec­tions of pho­to­graphs and items brought back memories.

Other ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded a group walk around Chacely and vis­its to see films in Tewkes­bury.

The next meet­ing on Au­gust 21 is a visit to Den­man Col­lege, the WI’S cen­tre for learn­ing near Ox­ford

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