Unanimous backing for chairman

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CHAIRMAN Alison Inglis was unanimously re-elected as president of LEENSIDE (HUCKNALL) WOMEN’S INSTITUTE (WI) at its annual general meeting (AGM).

The committee for the coming year will be Heather Beardall, Carol Curtis, Wendy Garner, Judy Gow, Jenny Holmes, Kath Hurt, Cecilia Poxon, Helen Smith, Denise Stubbings, Thelma Turton and Margaret White.

An annual report was presented by outgoing secretary Sandra Green, who highlighting events the WI have been involved with in the last year, including the WI county quiz where Leenside teams finished fifth and 28th of 199 entrants.

In her own annual report, Mrs Inglis thanked the retiring committee and presented Mrs Green with flowers for her work as secretary over the last four years.

Mrs Green then spoke on a resolution that will go to the national WI AGM in London calling for an increase in the number of midwives.

Jenny Holmes was picked out of a hat for a bursary to allow her to attend a course at the WI College in Oxfordshire, thanks to funds from the Leenside coffers and a grant from Ashfield District Council.

After refreshments served by Carol Curtis, Doreen Hunt, Janet Reynolds and Judith Wilkinson, a light-hearted debate between Mrs Green and Mrs Poxon on whether chocolate should be banned because it causes increase in weight was, needless to say, not supported by the members.

There was then a reading by Mrs Holmes from the first edition of the Dispatch from 1903 about a breach of promise court action. This proved interesting and the plaintiff was awarded £175 because she had been engaged for ten years.

The next meeting is tomorrow (Saturday) when there will be a ‘faith supper’ in the form of a street party to celebrate the Queen’s Doiamond Jubilee.