AT OUR October meeting two of our members, Madeleine and Margaret, had prepared all the materials for a hands-on session of calendar making.

So well had they done this that even the least artistically talented managed to produce two attractive desk calendars, whist at the same time enjoying a sociable chat round the table.

Before this the President had been able to report that with the help of her WI friends, the MacMillan coffee morning she had arranged had raised £524 – a splendid result which justified the hard work which had gone into organising it.

The secretary reported on the correspondence she had had regarding the thoroughly inconvenient re-routing of the bus to Stroud, which means that access to Archway School, Stroud College, Stratford Park, the Health Centre and Tesco is very awkward.

So far Stagecoach have not deigned to reply, but David Drew has taken up the cudgels on our behalf, although so far we have received a buck-passing letter from the relevant department, which seems to be about par for the course.

After welcome cups of tea we were entertained (and challenged) by a quiz.

Since the village hall is undergoing refurbishment our next meeting on Monday, November 12 will be in King’s Stanley Village Hall.

Since it is one day after Remembrance Sunday, when the nation will be commemorating the centenary of the end of World War I, we are privileged to welcome Dave and Helen Earle who will talk about the war.

Members are invited to bring any war memorabilia to share.

Non-members who would like to hear the talk are very welcome to turn up at 2.15pm.