Delamere Women’s Institute

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Delamere Women’s Institute is a small friendly group that meets the second Tuesday of every month (except August) at 7.30 pm at Delamere Community Centre on Station Road.  Most of us live in Delamere and Oakmere and we are always happy to welcome new members.

Membership costs £43 in 2020 (or pro rata).  Visitors are welcome on up to 3 occasions before deciding whether to join.  Contact Lorraine on 01606 889188 or just turn up!

We are part of the Cheshire Federation and the local Forest Group of WIs and enjoy attending meetings and events arranged by these two bodies.

2020 At our first meeting of the year, member Kay George gave an illustrated talk on her trip of a lifetime from Delamere to Vladivostok via Mongolia by train, from Moscow onwards on the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express.

 

Vladivostok

In February we held our annual games evening.  Not energetic this year: a beetle drive in which artistic merit was also judged and a game of ‘Irish’ bingo.  A very sociable time was had by all.  It was good to have a chance to chat.

  

In March members Michaela Dutton and Melanie Ridpath talked to us about their time as nurses in Iraq.  They served there in the Territorial Army.   It must have been alarming before they even set out, as they were asked to sort out their pensions and make a will.  Also they had to undergo gas and weapon training.   They described how they had to treat and stabilise the very seriously injured in the field hospital before sending them on to major treatment centres.  Frequent air raids and visits to the trenches exacerbated their situation, but what seemed to have made their job extraordinarily difficult was the very extreme heat.  Members brought along a variety of wartime memorabilia from over the years.

Unfortunately, due to Covid 19 virus, we have been unable to meet since then, but look forward to seeing each other again as soon as possible.  Members have been able to attend various virtual meetings organised nationally or at county level.