Llandenny WI Meeting Reports

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Quarter 1 :  2020

Twenty members braved a cold wet night to attend our monthly meeting in November.  After the usual business was discussed, we were soon transported to a vibrant sunny South Africa by this month’s speaker, Annette O’Connell. Annette, a Newbridge WI member, had always wanted to see Africa but was deterred by the prices in the glossy travel magazines.  However, she discovered that a less costly way was to volunteer on wildlife reserves in Zululand. She first ventured there at the age of 68 and has been back several times since. She gave a most informative talk about the work of conservationists there, tracking endangered species and observing both flora and fauna. In particular, she fell in love with the African wild dogs who socialise very much like humans!
This was all illustrated with Annette’s stunning photographs.

We all enjoyed tea with homemade bara brith and biscuits afterwards.

The Annual Christmas evening meal took place at the Raglan Arms, Llandenny, a very social evening with a delicious meal and everyone went home with a secret Santa present. where all the presents were from charity shops and cost under £5.

In December some members had participated in a Festive Floral Workshop at the Goytre Village Hall, bringing home some very professional-looking floral arrangements. Another member had enjoyed the Hundred Christmas Tree craft exhibition at Llantilio Pertholey.

The January meeting of the Llandenny WI was well attended with 15 members and 3 visitors present.

The speaker this month was Susie Vaughan, a basket weaver.  She gave a fascinating talk on the origins of her craft, explaining that her materials are mostly gathered from our local hedgerows and gardens.  She brought along a beautiful basket made of brambles (with the thorns removed!) called a Sciathog. Members also had a go at creating ropes from Montbretia leaves.

Meetings take place on the first Wednesday of the month at 7.15 pm at Llandenny Village Hall.  New members or ladies interested in joining are assured a great welcome.