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IT was a time for regretful departures and new beginnings at Peel City WI’s annual general meeting this month.

Members thanked 2011 president Myra Gilbert and the committee for all its hard work and welcomed incoming president, Beryl Baker.

Congratulations were given to Ann Brimfield, a talented photographer who won the Southern Agricultural Show’s photography prize with a score of 19.5 marks out of 20.

Janice Pugh, on behalf of the Peel Medical Centre, received a cheque for the money raised at the Peel City WI’s summer craft café. She said it would be put towards a small seating unit in the children’s area of the surgery waiting room.

There are two events still to come before the end of this year.

On December 1, Delaine Mylchreest will host a tea party in aid of the ‘plumbing fund’ at Denman College in England. Denman’s heating system needs renewal at vast expense.

This building benefits all WI members and their families. It was founded at a time when women had fewer opportunities for learning and still provides a wide range of educational experiences.

On December 13, Peel City WI’s monthly meeting will be at Peel Golf Club, starting at 11am, followed by Christmas dinner.

In keeping with the Christmas theme, after the annual general meeting members filled 21 shoe boxes for the Operation Christmas Child appeal and achieved a cash contribution totalling £90 towards the costs of dispatching the boxes.

All who had contributed were thanked, in particular Mitchell’s Newsagents and women from Peel Methodist Church.

Anyone interested in making friends and taking part in a wide range of activities, is invited to give a thought to joining Peel City WI in 2012. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at the Methodist Church Guild Room at 10.30am.

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