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The March meeting of Bolton-le-Sands WI was held at the Community Centre on 10th March. Members and visitors were welcomed by Marian Dean (Vice-President) and a few reminders of forthcoming events were given. A Centenary meal is arranged for 25th March at the Golf Club, the Craft Afternoon in June has some spaces still available and any entries for the Photographic competition are welcome.

The Secretary (Jennifer Leach) gave information of LFWI events, with all details being available on the boards. The Craft groups are meeting as usual. The Wildlife group has the very popular annual event, ‘Lambing Live’ and the walkers are exploring Arnside.

The speaker for the evening was Chris Bibby with a talk entitled ‘Bibby’s in a Nutshell’.  Chris began by saying that all the money raised from his presentations is being donated to the Bethany Project in Tanzania, set up to support children, many being orphans. Chris then gave a very entertaining description of how Bibby’s began, starting with fruit and vegetable deliveries, moving on to shops, then milk haulage. The first coach was purchased in 1956 and by 1983 coach holidays had become the main business. They now have 35 vehicles and it is still very much a family business, with a strong focus on customer service. Chris described some of the most popular tours, interspersing the talk with appropriate pieces of music played on the euphonium. Many amusing incidents were recounted and he completed his presentation with a humorous description of a nightmare journey back to Yorkshire through floods, with a coach full of WI members returning from Denman. His lighthearted talk made everyone laugh and he was sincerely thanked by Jackie Ireland.

Refreshments followed, with an opportunity to socialise and catch up with all the details of forthcoming events. The enjoyable meeting closed at 9.30 pm.

Carol Hall