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NESTON RIVERSIDE W.I. COMMITTEE REPORT 2015

2015 has been a very special year for the WI and we have been
fortunate to have been represented at the two major events; the
AGM at the Albert Hall attended by the Queen and the Garden
Party at Buckingham Palace.
We are now nearly 5 years old and celebrated our Birthday on WI Day
in September at The Cricket Club, Parkgate where we put on our best
frocks and enjoyed each others company, with excellent catering,
entertainment and a beautiful Birthday cake. we now have our Christmas
Meeting to look forward to next month - with fun and games it promises
to be a, shall we say, less formal occasion!!
We have certainly had busy year so far, two of our members have kindly
once again hosted very enjoyable fundraising afternoon teas in their
homes and the home made cakes were appreciated by all.
We have stretched our legs with a walk around Harwarden finishing with
tea & scones at the Gladstone Library. We had an interesting visit to the
Hoylake Lifeboat Station, in May and Members enjoyed a memorable
second trip to Southport Flower Show in August. More recently we have
enjoyed sharing cars to visit Putting on the Glitz at Port Sunlight.
Your donations of small coins have filled the ACWW container and will
help women and children in the 3
rd
world. Some of our members have
volunteered their free time again to help at a luncheon club in Neston.
Most recently, due to the generosity of Members, we managed to fill 29
shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child and nearly £90 was given to
cover their transportation.
We have again been fortunate to have had a variety of speakers. June
Corner got the year off to a good start, when back in February she
produced her baskets of ‘unusual items’! We were in stitches when she
revealed their uses. Neil Mc Grath skilfully tempered his chocolate in
front of us whilst a generous quantity of samples were passed around.
And retired teacher of the deaf, Pauline Mac Donald delighted us with
her signing of Jerusalem. The admiration was mutual, and she has now
joined our WI!
Our rendition of Jerusalem is often commented on by our speakers and
when Adviser Katrina Hartley visited us she said that it was one of the
best she had ever heard.

Four of our members took part in the WI County Quiz earlier in the year
and came joint 3
nd
in the final at Comberbach with only 3 points less than
the winners!. Several of our members have attended the Spring and
Autumn meetings of the Cheshire Federation, where they have enjoyed
hearing a variety of speakers, most notably Anne Diamond who was
excellent.
We have had an amazing 10 Diners Club outings to local restaurants this
year, where we have taken advantage of ‘Early Doors’ discounts and
generally relaxed and enjoyed ourselves, and there are 2 more meets
arranged for the run up to Christmas!
For the fourth year we were represented on Remembrance Sunday and
lay a wreath from our WI at the War Memorial at the Parish Church.
Riverside Readers are going strong. Riverside Rhapsodists have had a
wonderful year and their performance in July at Gawsworth was a
triumph, gaining them much admiration. February saw the birth of
Riverside Clikkers and the fruits of their labours helped to fill our Shoe
Boxes with cosy knitted items that won’t fail to comfort a needy child.
Our membership at present is 56 and our average attendance is 40 per
month.
Thank you for attending each month and making such a friendly
atmosphere at our meetings. Please keep supporting all the events that we
have and do let us know if you have any suggestions - we love to have
your feedback. Thank you especially to members who have responded so
positively to a challenge – whether it be presenting the NFWI resolution
to us all, taking on the running of the book club, writing the lovely reports
for Neston Local, producing our superb banner, supervising the teas &
coffees all year or baking mince pies and knitting surprises for everyone
to enjoy at the December Meeting .
If all of this is hard to believe, take a look at our Visual Diary and you
will see it all beautifully recorded and photographed - a fitting momento
for the Centenary year of the WI.