Herefordshire People: Womens Institute Women in the Community

PUBLISHED: 17:16 09 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:41 20 February 2013

The Big Tidy Up

The Big Tidy Up

Angela Southwell looks back at some of the branches' achievements over recent months.

Orleton takes the prize

Members of Herefordshire WIs showed their competence and flair in the skills of cookery, needlework, photography, painting, and flower arranging in the annual Competitions Day held recently. As always, the standard was phenomenally high. The exhibits filled the hall at Bartestree and the colours of the flowers and vegetables were stunning.

The cookery class always includes a special cake of some kind, and what other variety could it be in Herefordshire but an apple cake? Over 100 entries had to be judged! Craft items included a picture worked in cross-stitch and, being ever mindful of waste, a patchwork bag had to be made from recycled material.

The overall winner of the Competitions Day was Orleton WI, who received the Eileen Dilley Trophy. The co-ordinator, Barbara Griffiths, was understandably thrilled. "We've come second several times, so it's great to be first this year. We have a very talented group of ladies and everyone worked really hard to achieve this."

Tidying up Eardisley

Meanwhile, Eardisley WI were busy cleaning up their village by taking part in "The BIG tidy up 2008", a nationwide campaign launched by Keep Britain Tidy together with the WI, which itself was the driving force behind the formation of Keep Britain Tidy in the 1950s.

Eighteen members donned their "BIG tidy up" tabards and went round the village in three groups; up the lanes, around the church and Millennium Green and onto two small modern estates. The litter was sorted, the final total being six bin-bags filled with general rubbish, and one bag with 23 cans and numerous plastic bottles. "This is a good community and we take pride in keeping it tidy," said Ann Wood, Eardisley WI President. "We felt we'd earned our tea and scones afterwards."

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