Nita Eubank, President, opened the meeting and welcomed all members. The minutes of the June meeting were read, and Nita then went through the County News.
Nita welcomed our guest speaker, Helen Shipton-Smith of Helen's Herbs.
Helen had brought along a wide variety of herbs and plants, and began by explaining how she uses her experience as a teacher to go into schools and local community groups to teach about cooking with herbs. Helen explained what a difference fresh herbs can make to a dish, and how they can be beneficial to health. For example studies have shown that the smell of Rosemary can help with memory loss. Also adding herbs can reduce the amount of sugar needed in recipes.
Helen kindly donated some of the herbs and plants on display to the WI raffle, and finished by saying that herbs will enhance any type of garden.
Nita gave Helen a vote of thanks for a very enjoyable evening and said she felt sure that all would be trying to grow herbs.
Mary Foster won the raffle prize.
The competition, 'A Herbal Remedy' was won by Evelyn Varty.
The quiz was won by Ann Lister.
Meetings are usually held at Bridekirk Dovenby School on the second Thursday of the month at 7:30pm. More details and a programme are to be found on http://www.bridekirkparish.org.uk/wi
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