WI laughter - Members of Gisburn WI were asked to wear something comical for the competition to set the scene for speaker Dennis Moore who talked on why “Laughter is the best medicine”.
This provoked much amusement with a varied and colourful assortment of hats, wigs, slippers, ties, an original black and white minstrel mask, fairy wings, a pair of huge golden dollar spectacles, red and black striped tights and a grass skirt.
Dennis commented it was the most original WI competition he had ever judged, which prompted an amusing retort about the competition secretary.
Dennis told humorous stories from his career as a schoolteacher, with many comical anecdotes about his pupils. He explained his interest in laughter as a natural and powerful means of successful pain reduction, prevention or cure for many ailments.
A donation of £100, raised at the Christmas coffee morning, has been sent to Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Service which operates throughout Lancashire, as a skilled voluntary service supporting the 999 emergency services. The winner of the Search for a Genius quiz was Lynn Addersley.
An update was given on the Country of Origin Labelling and Mission Milk campaigns in which members are asked to keep buying British dairy products and look out for items not clearly labelled or don’t carry the red tractor logo.
One member inquired about the origin of Booths own brand butter and cheese, which no longer carried the 100% British milk claim, it transpired their supplier had been unable to guarantee 100% British produce so the claim had to be removed.
Booths Supermarket has now assured members they have made policy changes and will change their packaging as soon as possible to reflect that all own brand butter and cheese will once again be made from 100% British milk. Booths thanked Gisburn members for bringing the matter to their attention saying they were anxious to maintain their normal high standards.
The magazine sale basket continues to be a popular recycling feature with £25 raised for WI funds so far.
Following the success of the sewing workshop, where pennants were made to be presented to 2012 Olympic athletes from around the world, another workshop has been arranged for Saturday, March 12th. A choice of takeaway lunch will be available from the village deli.
Young farmers - On Monday members of Gisburn Young Farmers’ Club met in the Festival Hall to hear a talk by Alistair Macintyre on pest control. Tea and biscuits followed.
The previous week, members travelled to Waves at Blackburn, stopping off at McDonalds on their return. An excellent evening enjoyed by all.
Next Monday is a surprise evening organised by Richard Hartley. A good night is promised in the Festival Hall at 7-30 p.m. New members welcome.
Mothers’ union - Guest speaker at the meeting of Gisburn Mothers’ Union, the Rev. Pam Nicholson recalled her early years as curate in inner-city Birmingham. As part of her pastoral ministry she worked with the Anawim Project, whose purpose is to reach out to girls and women trapped in lives of drug taking, violence, vice and crime. At their refuge centre workers offer one-to-one support on issues that affect them. They run courses in literacy, basic cookery, money and life skills management and aim to help vulnerable women and girls to move on to live settled and productive lives.
At the meeting on March 8th the speakers Mr and Mrs Trevor Marklew will take members on a filmed journey “From East to West”.