Audlem Online has received the following report from Audlem WI:
"Pat Smith, vice president, took the May meeting of Audlem WI which was tinged with sadness as we remembered the much loved and respected Ann Marshall who died recently. The singing of Jerusalem was just for her and the memory of all she had done for the WI and village.
"The speaker, Diane Eely, enlightened us on the funding and activities of St Luke's Hospice. This caring establishment has a dedicated support group in Audlem and it was good to hear how the money raised was used – not only for tending the sick, but for providing aftercare and therapeutic services for both clients and carers.
"Two resolutions were introduced. The first one was a request to re-examine the plight of mental patients unsuitably imprisoned and therefore a danger to themselves and this was explained and illustrated by ex-nurse Anne Pearson. The second resolution called for a ban on bottom trawling in the fishing industry – a barbaric and disastrous way of fishing which serves no purpose and wipes out entire species of aquatic life. This was explained by Irene Cunliffe and both resolutions were passed unanimously.
"It must be remembered that the WI have a direct voice to Parliament and have been responsible for many useful laws being passed – the first one being the instigation of assisted housing back in 1917 becoming the first council houses. Many more have followed like the marking of all public footpaths, the reduction of unnecessary food packaging and the most recent one being the awareness of child obesity by parents and schools.
"The Mastermind outing to Granada Studios was shared with Audlem Probus and took place on 29th May and a visit to Rode Hall has been organised for the 11th June. Lyn Nicholas presented the birthday flowers and the next meeting is due on 5th June when visitors and new members will be welcome."
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