Your article: Reflexology talk at WI meeting

At their last meeting members of Pocklington Women’s Institute were pleased to welcome the WI Federation chairman, Marianne Holmes, and Cynthia Gray, a WI advisor.

During the evening the chairman said what it means to her to be Federation chairman, and told how working together had enhanced Federation funds by a considerable amount of money.

She made the draw for the member to represent Pocklington WI at the garden party to be held in the garden at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the centenary of the WI movement in the country. It will be in the presence of the Duchess of Cornwall, and our representative will be Christine Peake.

Table flowers presented by Barbara Vine were won by Janet Collinson, and the competition winners were Christine Dyer, Liz Slater, and Barbara Ball. Members were reminded of opportunities to visit other WI’s, forthcoming outings, and other activities to be enjoyed during the summer months.

The speaker for the evening was Catherine Bush, who came at very short notice to talk about reflexology, a science not widely understood although its origins go back as far as 4,000 BC. It is a unique method of using the thumbs and fingers on reflex areas in the feet and hands that correspond to all the parts of the body and can be used to relieve stress and tension, improve blood supply and help the body achieve balance. She then demonstrated on a willing model, Liz Slater. It was good to be able to see such a skilled operator in action. Catherine has been practicing for six years in the therapy business and is a passionate supporter for helping people to find and maintain their optimum and overall wellbeing. She was thanked by Jan Mitchell.

The next meeting of Pocklington WI will be held in the Masonic Hall, The Mile, at 7.15pm on 8 April, when the speaker will be Brenda Stapleton, and the subject of her talk will be on antique embroidery. Visitors are always welcome to come and join with us.