GUN law in the US state of Iowa enabling blind people to own guns, pink lady apples and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein were just some of the subjects covered by the July speaker at Chipping Sodbury WI.

Trevor Carter gave rousing performances of poems he’d written, encouraging us to join in when appropriate.

Both of this year’s resolutions had been passed and there had been two interesting talks – one by the founder of Green and Black’s chocolate and the other by Susie Dent from Dictionary Corner on the TV programme Countdown.

The meeting had closed with the final address of Janice Langley, who was standing down after four years as the National Chairman of the WI.

Sue Pugsley was thanked for organising an excellent visit to the Bishop’s Palace in Wells earlier in the week, and thanks also to Anne MacDougall for hosting a very informative New Members meeting in June.

The year gallops on and this was the last opportunity to order 2018 WI diaries, and to book tickets to the Avon Federation autumn meeting in September.

Tickets were on sale for our August Social, the Soup and Pud lunch in October and names were taken for the Birthday Supper, also in October.

Visitors are always welcome to join us – our next meeting will be on Thursday, September 7 at 7.30pm in Chipping Sodbury Town Hall, with a talk entitled ‘caveman and polar bear’ (how to maintain and improve your mental health).