Pillaton WI Report - January 2012

Pillaton WI began the New Year with a swing – literally! The guest speaker at our January meeting, Gil Jefferies, had us up on our feet and burning off all the Christmas calories, with a fun evening of barn dancing.

We “dos y dos’d” our partners, promenaded and swang our way around the room as Gil called out the moves – which needless to say we all got wrong every time, to much laughter and merriment. As member Jan Simms put it bluntly, the dancing would have been improved by a few handsome young men in kilts, but we had to imagine those as we danced the “Gay Gordons”.

Gil proved a patient teacher, explaining the background to the dances and telling us how the gentlemen always held the lady on their right to allow room to draw their sabres if they needed to, while the ladies needed room to accommodate their wide skirted frocks as they paraded in the dance.

All in all, it was great fun, leaving us well and truly ready for a cuppa at the end of the session.

The business meeting recorded that our carol singing efforts around the village had raised enough money to donate £95 each to ShelterBox and the Children’s Hospice South West, a worthy result. Secretary Pam Lowther reminded us that we should be considering our choices for the 2012 Resolutions, the final selection to be debated at our May meeting, and Treasurer Sue Archer reminded us that subs for this year are now due.

Dates for our diaries included the village meeting on 30 January to think about how Pillaton as a community might celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee and the celebration dinner in the Village Hall for Pillaton WI’s 65th birthday on 24 March. Lists were circulated for some County events, including the County lunch on 22 March, “Let’s Party” with Alison and Dot on 29 March and the Gershwin Day on 30 March.

Our next meeting on 13 February will see the welcome return of Giovanni Sponziello to tickle our taste buds with his wonderful Italian cuisine. Mmmm! I can smell the aromas now . . . come hungry!

Pillaton WI is a friendly group and welcomes new members. Come along and meet us! If you would like to know more about Pillaton WI, please contact me on 351289.

Ann Henderson

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Last updated: 17 January 2012 Contact Us