Balkanics Band return to perform in Whalley

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Patchwork - A fascinating talk was enjoyed by members of Whalley with Mitton WI when guest speaker Mrs Anne Sandwell, of Croston, told of her passion for quilting and patchwork. She displayed items of her work in different materials and tools which helped to create the colourful designs, many taken from wall hangings at Hampton Court. She was thanked by Mrs Jo Kirby.

President Mrs Marjorie Mitchell welcomed members and visitors to the meeting in Whalley Abbey and gave a special welcome to Mrs Gorner following a recent fall. Best wishes were sent to Mrs Dorothy Dixon during her stay in hospital and thanks were given to Mrs Olwyn Laycock for a bowl of snowdrops.

After the business and news from LFWI, interesting outings and events were discussed. Congratulations were given to Mrs Lyn Jones on having her humorous poem printed in the LFWI Hot-Pot Magazine. The recent quiz evening had been an excellent fun event.

Winner of the competition was Mrs Margaret Manning and raffle winners were Mrs Nora Howe and Mrs Elizabeth Ingham.

The next meeting is on March 2nd at 7 p.m. when speaker Alison Fleming will talk on “Dolls and doll’s houses”. New members welcome.

Crib packed - The end of the Christmas season was marked at English Martyrs’ RC Church, Whalley, by a celebration of Candlemas. The crib was packed away until next year.

There has been a good response to the appeal for fund-raising ideas. A group will co-ordinate the ideas and plan a programme for the future.

There will be a planned giving renewal in the parish on the weekends of March 19th and 20th and the following weekend.

Folk sounds - Folk trio Isambarde brought their repertoire of traditional English songs and dance music to a large audience at Whalley Village Hall.

The next Saturday event in the vhillage hall will be on March 5th, when Lancaster group Balkanics Band, return with their blend of Balkan and Klezmer music. The band was a big hit with the village hall audience on their last visit 18 months ago.

Coffee cash - Whalley Christian Action Group will hold a coffee morning in Whalley Methodist Church Hall on Saturday, February 19th, to raise money for Christian Aid and Cafod. Tickets, at £1 are available from the churches. Lent lunches start at Whalley Methodist Church Hall on Thursday, March 10th.