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President Margaret Jeffries began by wishing everyone a Happy New Year.

Tuesday, 23rd January 2018, 8:00 am

Jan L’Agent reminded us of our annual soup and sandwiches event on February 8. Also in February The Horncliffe Bulb Show where we will enter with a fruit cake made by Jan L’Agent, a wrapped parcel by Babs Gibson and Marjorie Grahamslaw will make a jar of tomato chutney. We are still waiting for a volunteer to make a corsage.

We are going to the Cross at Paxton on January 18 for our belated Christmas lunch and we all chose our meal from the menu Margaret brought from the restaurant.

Four members have been invited to a centenary lunch at Powburn on March 21. We decided against holding another Down Your Way this year as we couldn’t fit it in with our arrangements.

Throughout the WI’s 102-year history, members have voted on resolutions which go forward for more discussion and voting at the year’s annual meeting, which will be held in June. The WI. has been renowned for vigorous campaigning on issues such as equal pay, banning smoking in public places and many more in past years. This year’s resolutions are:

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(1) Ensure that government and the media industry promote healthy body images that are not distorted or unrealistic by the impact of advertising.

(2) We urge the NFWI to use its collective voice and influence to raise awareness of traumatic health consequence of Female Genital Mutilation and end this practice.

(3) Raise awareness of modern slavery in the UK, which includes complusory labour, sexual exploitation and human trafficking.

(4) Mental Health Issues and recognise the importance of mental as well as physical health issues.

(5) Healthier mouth healthier body, and the importance of oral hygiene.

Our vote went to number four.

Emma Emmerson, who brought a beautiful display of cyclamen, primroses, dog wood and many more, began her talk. Emma and her husband have a plant centre, near Ancrum. A hidden gem in the Scottish Borders. The walled garden still has original fruit trees. A tea room serves fantastic food where you can sit and watch the birds feed. They have a pool for wildlife and you can relax and be peaceful.

Emma gave us lots of tips on how to look after our plants and gardens.

Emma was thanked by our secretary, and it was time for tea. The competition this month was for a miniature flower arrangement and they all created a beautiful flower display.

Next month’s talk will be History by Jim Herbert and the ompetition a history book.