The speaker at the meeting of Roddam WI gave us a wonderful insight into the Prince of Wales’ garden at Highgrove House which he had visited and had obviously thoroughly enjoyed as he spoke with such enthusiasm.
He led us through the various themed areas with slides and, being a surveyor by profession, spoke about the different buildings specially commissioned by the Prince to enhance the garden.
The Prince has some unique ideas about pest control and we were able to pick up on these, perhaps for use in our own gardens. Security is also an issue so without giving away any state secrets, he told us a little about how this works.
During the month, some of our members had attended Glanton’s meeting to enjoy a Northumbrian language evening.
Veronica had attended the national conference in Cardiff as our delegate, recommending the experience as thoroughly worthwhile, and gave her report. There were some interesting guest speakers with the main business being the resolution on the decline of the high street.
Many points were raised for and against, including suggestions that high streets may need to be more multi-purpose in future if they are to succeed, with non-retail elements to attract the public.
The resolution received more than 80 per cent of votes in favour with members being encouraged to support their local shops wherever possible.
The competition for flowers in a cup produced a host of beautiful entries which continued the gardening theme of the evening. The winners were 1 Susan Tilt, 2 Margaret Atkinson and 3 Ann Hume.
The evening ended with supper and the raffle.