Shropshire WI

PUBLISHED: 13:56 21 September 2010 | UPDATED: 17:51 20 February 2013

Pauline Greenhough holding the salver for best craft item, won by Eaton under Haywood with Hope Bowdler WI at Shrewsbury Flower Show

Pauline Greenhough holding the salver for best craft item, won by Eaton under Haywood with Hope Bowdler WI at Shrewsbury Flower Show

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Jane Pugh brought some much needed brightness to a dull Monday morning when she gave a floral art demonstration called Scents and Senses to WI members and friends at the ProStar stadium. She delighted us with her floral designs and her experiences auditioning for the WI group The Harmonies at the recording studios at Abbey Road. Jane, a member of Norbury WI, answered an appeal in the WIs own magazine, WI Life, for members to audition for the group. Out of the many applications, 30, one of them Jane, were chosen to go to Abbey Road. They recorded Jerusalem, of course, and then a selection of solo items, from which a selection will be made to go on the CD. Well done, Jane.

The weather for Shrewsbury Flower Show could have been better a bit less of the torrential rain and more of the brilliant sunshine but it couldnt dampen the spirits of the cup winners who collected their awards on Friday morning. This was the first year our show has been held at the Flower Show and what a super venue we had. The schedule had inspired some wonderful exhibits from both regular competitors and newcomers, including Frankwell Little Boro who gained maximum points and a coveted Gold Star for an exquisite water lily crafted in embellished embroidery. Another first time exhibitor won best in show craft item. Eaton under Haywood with Hope Bowdler WI won with an immaculate and delicate evening purse worked in log cabin patchwork.

Show chairman Hazel Loftus was delighted. She said: The judges were impressed by the high standards of our exhibits. Members have given a lot of thought to their staging and interpretation of the schedule. We were delighted that this years president, Howard Franklin, could join the committee and judges for lunch. We appreciate his support. She was also full of praise for the help given by the Shropshire Horticultural Society staff.

A new trophy was awarded this year, for the best exhibit in floral art. This trophy, a beautiful cut glass rose bowl, was donated in her memory by the family of the late Margaret Beddoes, a former Shropshire WI county chairman. Margarets husband Gordon presented the rose bowl to a delighted Christine Lea of Tilstock WI for her wonderful floral tea pot from the Mad Hatters tea party.

County chairman Pauline Greenhough praised the members for their inspiring creations saying: What a wealth of talent we have in Shropshire WI. Well done everyone who entered. Along with fellow board members and WI advisers Pauline manned the WI information stand where there were many enquiries about a WI near me.

We now look forward to a packed autumn programme in the WI, beginning with the county holiday in the Cotswolds. Dinner with Jennie Bond is a treat for late September with a Scrabble contest and Trivia Quiz hot on its heels. Ballet lovers are looking forward to a visit to see Cinderella at the Birmingham Hippodrome in December.
Its all go in the WI!

To find out more about Shropshire WI tel:"01743 233446.

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