Howick WI, February meeting

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HANDS ON: Thirteen members and one new member assembled in the village hall for the February meeting of Howick WI. We sang Jerusalem and Fiona swiftly got down to all the correspondence.

A flower show, carpet bowls, flower beds and baskets at Heighley Gate, a trip to York, quilting at Cresswell House, a car treasure hunt at Shilbottle and a big walk/splash to clock up 209 miles over the course of the summer, not to mention a couple of days away with Travelsure, there was something for everyone here.

Winnie reminded Rosemary about our quiz in May, invites will be going out to various WIs and it should be another good evening, £2 per head which is to include supper.

Winnie then welcomed the speaker for the evening, who is also a member, Suzanne Hodgson.

The evening was quite literally hands on as she was going to show everyone how to manicure their nails with that professional finish.

Nobody was really keen to pair up as they all wanted to have their nails done for them, but within no time at all, all you could hear was the sound of nail files. Cuticles were treated to some tender care before the luxury of massaging in hand cream.

Finally the dilemma of selecting a nail varnish.

Our personal photographer Janette was soon snapping away.

It was noted that everyone in Howick will want to be president as Winnie seemed to wangle Suzanne into giving her a pedicure. Sadly we had no grapes to feed her when she kept saying it doesn’t get much better than this.

By the end of the evening, everyone’s fingers looked wonderful and I’m sure some of them could have made very good hand models.

Then there was silence, who would do the washing up? Yes, the speaker got the job.

She entertained, she brought a plate of supper and ended up doing the dishes, all for no charge.

We had lots of laughs and supper was most tempting.

Eileen won the raffle and the competition with her snowdrops. Anne Thorndyke was second and Winnie third.