By Margaret:  Glossopdale Womens’ Institute has had a busy and involving autumn.  In October Wendy Wilkie (who helps to run the Dressing Up Box shop) gave a hugely original and entertaining talk on her passion for vintage clothing.  She brought along many beautifully crafted items including coats, dresses, shoes, hats and handbags which she has keenly collected over the years from many sources.  The items were greatly admired by the Members, but then it was their turn.  Several of them had brought vintage clothes of their own and they talked about the happy memories the items invoked.  Wendy was somewhat nervous about giving her maiden talk, but once launched her bubbly enthusiastic approach resulted in a delightful occasion, one of the most stimulating events of the year.

Shortly afterwards Members were involved in some regular activities; a Scrabble playing session and the usual Knit and Natter meeting, whose name neatly describes their occupation.  A little later a large number of Members gathered at the station, a bit apprehensive as to whether the train would run as their outing clashed with the day’s rail strike.  But their train did turn up and took them to Manchester for their prearranged visit to the Exchange Theatre.  They were able to explore not only the stage and auditorium, but also the back stage dressing rooms and the fabulous collection of clothes from previous productions, while rehearsals for the next show went on in the background.

Participation was certainly the ‘Name of the Game’ in November when Joanne Griffiths came along to lead the Members in a Singalong.  But they had to get it right first with a series of exercises on how to breathe to make the best of the sounds they produced.  Songs, arranged in parts came next and the gentleman outside the building making a delivery to the Labour Club kept looking up in amazement (or horror!) as the various sounds emanated from the building.  Members certainly felt they had earned their mid-meeting break at the end of an unusual and exhilarating session.

All in all, an interesting and involving couple of months.  In December it is a social gathering for Members, culminating in Christmas lunch at the Golf Club.  The next normal meeting is on 17th January at 9.30am at the Labour Club when Sheila Conchie will be telling Members about ‘All Things Indian’.  All ladies are welcome to come to visit and see if a lively and friendly daytime group would enhance their lives.