‘Ask Panel’ grilling by Leenside ladies

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A GOOD-humoured grilling awaited a trio of Hucknall ‘celebrities’ during the latest meeting of Leenside (Hucknall) Women’s Institute (WI).

For former Dispatch chief reporter Denis Robinson, ex-Hucknall Labour MP Paddy Tipping and Brenda Shelbourne, chairman of the town’s Under One Roof centre, took part in an ‘Ask The Panel’ session. WI county chairman Maureen Ashby completed the line-up.

A variety of questions included: “What would the panel members have done differently in their lives?”

Our Denis endeared himself with this verse:

Here is something to perplex,

If I was of the female sex,

If somehow I could arrange,

To obtain a gender change,

If I could become a lady,

Perhaps to be re-christened Sadie,

Then I could reach for the sky,

And join Leenside WI

Also on the night, reports were given by Judy Gow on a charity stall held on Hucknall Market, the group craft sessions and the bee garden at Titchfield Park, Hucknall. Members were also reminded of the open evening at Marks and Spencer, Nottingham and a WI evening at the Hucknall branch of Bon Marche, both in November.

An autumn supper and a fundraising auction were also enjioyed at the meeting. Tea hostesses were Maureen Adams, Rita Daniels, Muriel Lippiatt, Angela Underwood and Margaret White.

The secretary, Sandra Green, asked everyone to consider donating to the shoebox appeal organised by the Samaritan’s Purse charity. Donations can be taken to the next meeting, which is at the Central Methodist Church, Baker Street on Tuesday October 18 when the focus will be on crafts, including origami and cake-decorating.