Panto dame gives talk in Grindleton

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Panto dameMartin Wrench (Dame Dolly Dishcloth) entertained 48 members and guests of Grindleton WI with a talk on the ancient art of pantomime.

A competition to design a panto poster was won by AnnMarie Proud, with Sue Hargreaves and Catherine Taylor second and third. A jacket potato supper was prepared by the committee.

President Judy Cowling presented the competition prizes for 2010 to members who had scored the most points. Gisela Seed took first prize and AnnMarie Proud and Sue Hargreaves (two newest members) second and third.

A number of members have January birthdays so a special "Happy Birthday" was sung to Hilda Simpson, who will be 90 later this month.

Hilda has been a member of the WI for 57 years. Mrs Cowling had baked her a cake, decorated with white icing dotted with pink spots in various hues and sizes and finished off with a pink ribbon and bow.

Mrs Cowling conveyed thanks from the Pavilion Project committee for the WI's support at the Christmas fair. Members have chosen this project as the charity for 2011.

Grindleton WI is fielding three teams in the LFWI fun quiz in West Bradford Village Hall on January 31st. Members are also in charge of teas on the night.

Following last year's national resolution on the clear labelling of food, members are asked to check food labels, particularly on supermarket's own brands, and note whether the labelling is clear and includes the country of origin.

Diary dates include a theatre trip to see "Yes Prime Minister" on May 11th. Contact Mandy Brennan to book seats. A mini-cruise from Hull to Holland has been arranged, to visit the Keukenhof Gardens and bulb fields on April 5th to 7th. Sue Hargreaves would like payment (195 cash or cheque to Bibby's of Ingleton) and passport details as soon as possible. The cost is inclusive apart from lunch at the gardens.

Members are collecting first night packs for Preston Women's Refuge. Any donations of toiletries, toothpaste, toothbrushes, baby clothes, new underwear will be gratefully received and should be brought to the next meeting on February 10th.

The Chinese New Year, the year of the rabbit is the theme for February. Members are asked to bring anything about China, souvenirs, heirlooms, poems or anecdotes. Chinese snacks will be served, with a quiz about China and the competition is for the cutest bunny.

Dog foulingIt has been brought to the attention of Ribble Valley dog wardens that there is a problem of dog fouling on Whitehall Lane, Grindleton.

Dog owners are reminded it is their responsibility to clear-up any mess left by their pet. It is an offence to not pick up the offending droppings and people can be fined.

The problem is mainly at the start of Whitehall Lane on the grass verge and lower down near the salt and sand pile. The problem will be discussed at the next parish council meeting, but in the meantime residents are asked to make it safe for young children to walk along the road by picking up their pets' mess.