Dovenby WI March 2009
The meeting opened with President Diana Clark introducing guest speaker Charlotte Widgery who was to give a talk with slides on 'Save Our Squirrels'. There are 267 species worldwide, and they come in three groups - Tree; Ground and Russian Flying. One squirrel can have several drays which are used over a number of years. Greys were introduced from America in 1876, and soon outnumbered the Reds. Heritage Lottery Funding is being used for voluntary groups, and research is looking for a vaccine against squirrel pox, which kills Reds but not Greys. Reds are found mainly in Scotland, and there are now 17 Red Squirrel reserves in the North in designated areas. A vote of thanks was given by Diana Clark for a very interesting and enlightening talk. The evening continued with a short business meeting, and closed at 9:45pm
The competition - 'An Animal Picture' was won by Nancy Fearon, with runner up Lena Slater.
The Quiz was won by Pat Saunders in First place, followed by Pat Harper, Anita Birkett and Martha Thompson.
The raffle was won by Edna Brough.
The April meeting will be on butter-making by Mrs Forrester, and the May meeting will be on Cumbrian Dialect.
Dovenby WI is always happy to see new faces. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at Bridekirk Dovenby School commencing at 7:30pm.