November 2022 Main Meeting – AGM and ‘Mersey Beat’

Our President Melanie welcomed 33 members to our AGM meeting. The Financial Statement was presented by our Treasurer, showing a healthy balance.

Our Secretary presented our annual report as slide show of our activities throughout the year, and also included a short video of the Whtiley Village Platinum Jubilee celebration.

The Financial Statement and Annual report were approved by those members present.

Melanie then welcomed new members who had joined during the year and thanked subgroup leaders for their work in developing these groups which are a very strong part of Whitley WI. Our September Show meeting really demonstrated the talents of our members, which we will hopefully highlight in the Cheshire Shown next June. Other successes were our outings to Shrewsbury in May and to Knutsford in August. Life and meetings are returning to normal after the difficulties of the Covid pandemic.

The committee were thanked for their hard work, and Sue who is retiring from our committee was given a gift in recognition for all her work in various roles. Janet is joining the committee.

Melanie was re-elected as President for her second year in office

We were then entertained by Frankie Connor with his ‘Mersey beat Sound’. He talked about his career in music, including as a composer and performer and his connections to the Cavern Club in Liverpool. During this career he has met and befriended many famous musicians including Gerry Marsden, the Everley Brothers, Billy Fury, Elton John and Freddie Star. He then treated us to songs and guitar playing with well known numbers from the 1960’s, which had many of our members singling along.

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