Members of Carew WI met together back in Carew Hall for the October meeting after the Summer break during August and their afternoon trip to the deer park in September.

The singing of Jerusalem therefore was sung with gusto after which members stood in silence in memory of Rosemary’s Sister, Denny.

They welcomed a new member to their midst - Erica- and hope she enjoys being part of the WI Community.

The president recalled the visit to the deer park on one of the hottest days of the year. She was astounded at the number of deer we actually spotted and also on the warm welcome given by the staff there. 

The County newsletter contained many interesting sections, one of which was an organised excursion to Cardiff for Christmas shopping and a visit to the Christmas market. A number of members opted to join with other County members for that day out.

Competiton entries were also finalised and preparations are already underway for the County round 2024. The winner will then go on to compete at the Haverfordwest County Show and then the Royal Welsh Show, Builth Wells.

The local community will be holding a lantern parade on December 16 and members have been asked to make the mince pies.

A Christmas lunch will be arranged for the New Year.

The President raised concerns about the state of the river in Carew. Considering the WI National resolution to support Clean rivers, written concerns will be raised with Community Council, County Council, NRA, National Parks and NRW.

The President closed the formal part of the meeting and welcomed Jayne from Carew village shop. Jayne ably demonstrated her art of making flowers and each member made their own carnation under her instruction.

Jayne shared with everyone her ideas for making Christmas wreaths and also Christmas table decorations using discarded cups, saucers and plate sets. It was an extremely entertaining and enjoyable afternoon and members picked up loads of tips. 

Margaret F thanked Jayne for giving up her valuable time and sharing her talents. She has promised to come back next year too.

Elaine won the competition (an autumn flower arrangement ) with Ruth coming second. Jean won the raffle.

The meeting on November 1 will begin earlier at 1pm for the general meeting, followed by traditional annual lunch.