(A Women’s Institute report from the Parish Newsletter in the summer of 1987)
This month the ladies of Penallt WI have cause for celebration. Their combined efforts at the recent County event, a competitive show, were awarded with the Janet Davies Shield for the most points awarded to a small institute.
Mrs Eileen Williams gained three first prizes for floral art and Mrs Frances Gleed came second in the floral competition with an arrangement depicting a country. Overtaken by hunger she had eaten some of the grapes which indicated France and unfortunately the judges commented that the display needed more fruit! Mrs Eileen Williams has accepted the invitation to stage the County Federation entry for the Huxley Cup at the Royal Show, and also to represent them with an exhibit for the Brecon Cup at the Royal Welsh Show.
President Mrs Eirian done gained a first for her home-made bottled fruit drink and a second for shortbread. Mrs Grace Eden’s handicrafts were rewarded with a first for a blouse. Mrs Eileen Williams is also to be congratulated upon coming second in the competition for individual members with the most points. And since it was obviously Penallt’s day, Mrs Hilary Tuite even won the raffle! The Institute now looks forward to Open Meeting on May 14th at which all will be welcome to enjoy the entertainment of an Olde Time Music Hall. On Saturday May 16th Mrs Eirian Done will be playing host to members from all over the county, enjoying the chance of a glimpse of a working dairy farm and a real farmhouse tea.
Villagers, members and friends with an eye to their gardens may like to note that the Institute plans a trip for 28th June to inspect the delights of the Kiftsgate Gardens. Tickets will be bookable at the next meeting at Pelham Hall on the first Thursday in June when Mrs Treverton Jones of the Council for the Protection or Rural Wales will give an illustrated talk. The July 2nd meeting promises to be an exciting meeting with various members displaying their own achievements. New members are always welcome.
[from: Penallt – A Village Miscellany]