The Women's Institute in Salterforth have held their Annual General Meeting to discuss the last 12 months and look forward to the year ahead.
Meeting on March 8th, the President, Mrs Mary Mitchell, welcomed members to the AGM and thanks them for their hard work and continued support, with Fiona Robinson reading out her first report as Treasurer before Secretary Eloise Sunley recapping the past year's main events.
While the group's 50th Anniversary celebrations last December had been a huge success, Mrs Mitchell expressed her desire to increase membership this year after the aging group's numbers had dwindled somewhat, and with the village's population growing, she said she hoped some new residents would consider joining.
With Mrs Mitchell having agree to stay on as President, Ann Williamson - who was herself recognised for delivering flowers to anyone who has been ill or celebrating a special birthday or anniversary - thanked her on behalf of the group.
The annual trophies for the consistent winning of the monthly competitions went to Joyce Wilson (1st), Mary Mitchell (2nd), and Jean Lustig (3rd), before a cake auction was held with members supplying a beautiful array of home-made cakes and bidding for them. The proceeds will go to The North West Blood Bikers.
The next meeting will be held on April 12th at 7.30pm in Salterforth Village Hall when the speaker will be Christine Clancy, one of the “Calendar Girls”.
"Members are reminded to bring donations for the hampers being raffled at the Group Rally on April 27th which Salterforth are hosting this year with Judith Hibbert (mother of Eleanor Tomlinson, Demelza in Poldark) being our special speaker," said Press Secretary, Marie Potter. "The competition will be "A sunflower in any medium', and all are welcome."