Reports of WI Meetings held over the last 12 months – despite Covid Restrictions!
June 2021 – garden meeting
The weather was much kinder for our outdoor meeting this month which was a social afternoon the the garden of the President. Tea and cakes were served and everyone enjoyed catching up after the prolonged break in traditional meetings.
May 2021 – outdoor meeting
In place of our usual evening meeting, a hardy group of Lickey WI Members met at the Lickey Hills Visitors Centre to go in search of the famous Lickey Bluebells. They were accompanied by 2 husbands and one dog and endured all weathers, from sunshine through wind and rain to a hailstorm! The walkers were eventually rewarded with a view of the bluebells beneath the trees before returning to the Visitors Centre for refreshment.
April 2021 – online meeting
Sunny Ormond who plays Lilian Bellamy, gave Lickey Members a fascinating insight into recording of The Archers in normal times and over the past year when the programme stayed on air throughout the periods of Lockdown. Even those Members who do not normally follow the programme were captivated by the inside stories of the longest-running soap opera which is now referred to as “a contemporary drama in a rural setting”. Sunny answered many questions and offered to make a personal visit when we are again able to hold indoor meetings.
March 2021 – online meeting
Gina Maddison gave a fascinating presentation about growing up in Birmingham Back-to-Back Housing in the late 1950s/early 1960’s. Members could identify with many of Gina’s reminiscences. Gina has written several books and the Lickey WI Book Group will be reading “Tales of Guildford Street” for a forthcoming review.
February 2021 – online meeting
Julian Hunt of Romsley and Hunnington History Society gave an excellent presentation to Lickey Members on Tuesday 2 February. The subject was “Coaching Inns of Worcestershire” and covered the many inns that existed along routes between Birmingham, Kidderminster and Worcester when horse-drawn coaches provided regular opportunities to commute. The examples shown included details the Old Rose & Crown at Lickey and some of the Bromsgrove establishments. All the images shown were explained for the benefit of participants including those Members who accessed the meeting through their landline so could only hear the presentation. Inventories of the contents of some of the Inns were very enlightening.
Lickey Members were able to ask questions and chat to each other and we look forward to our next online Meeting on 2 March.
December 2020 – two online meetings
An extra online meeting was held on the evening of Thursday 17 December when local singer Devon Mayson entertained Members from her home studio. Devon sang a mixture of well-known Christmas and other songs which Members could join in with from the comfort of their own homes.
More than half the Lickey WI Membership joined a virtual Christmas Quiz on Zoom on Tuesday 1 December. The Quiz was run by WI Member Jean Whitehead who tested our knowledge on all things Christmas. Everyone who took part enjoyed the Quiz and seeing fellow-members on screen. Prizes were subsequently safely delivered to the winners.
October 2020 – online meeting
Phillip Bowen from Droitwich made a return visit to Lickey but this time virtually as his excellent presentation on “The History of Christmas” was given over the Zoom platform. The presentation contained many interesting facts as well as quotes from literature and images of paintings relating to Christmas.
Sixteen Members and 3 guests enjoyed a private guided tour of the World War I Gun Proof Range on the Lickey Hills. Two members of the Lickey Hills Local History Society explained how the guns were tested during 1918 before being returned to active service.
Several Members enjoyed a private visit to the NGS Open Garden at Wythall for their first meeting since March. Members meandered through the garden which is dedicated to woodland, shade-loving plants but which also holds many surprises and some tropical and foreign species.
July 2020 – BIRTHDAY MEETING CANCELLED OWING TO CORONOVIRUS RESTRICTIONS
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