The Gleaves Hill Group of Women’s Institutes recent annual meeting saw members from Forton welcoming fellow members from Cabus, Cherestanc and Thurnham WIs to Forton Village Hall.
The evening was themed ‘Let’s Celebrate’ to coincide with the centenary year of the founding of the movement.
Guests were the Lancashire Federation Vice Chairman, Ann Phythian, and WI Adviser Pam Wade who joined the Presidents of the four institutes for the introductions.
The main speaker was Joan Bentley B.E.M. from Cartmel, an expert flower arranger, who created six wonderful arrangements depicting anniversaries from wood, through ruby and gold to diamond, which were raffled later.
Joan gave some useful tips on which flowers to use, how to get the best from them and how make them last, tellling jokes and humorous anecdotes along the way which kept everyone well entertained.
A sumptuous buffet supper had been prepared by members of Forton WI.
The Joint Presidents of Forton, Pat Murgatroyd and Ann Helme cut the centenary celebration cake which had been baked by Mary Proctor and expertly iced by Hilda Dugdale.
Musical entertainment from Sue Bousfield and Ian Gartside followed. Ian played the guitar as they both sang rousing Lancashire songs with some audience participation. Sue also entertained with clog dancing.
With spirits uplifted and a smile on every face it was reported a good time had been had by all.