Chairman for the day, Chris Turner welcomed 54 members and 3 visitors to our October meeting, which was our 11th birthday meeting.

We had two birthday cakes made and our oldest members, Doris James, was asked to make the first cut.

The cakes had been iced and decorated in the official national TWG colours of purple, green and white.

The business of the meeting was then reported and discussed. Elsie Weatherhogg reported that the charity table was being supported well and made a special request for any unwanted or broken jewellery which we collect and send to the RNLI.

The WMF carol service will be held at St Thomas’s Church, Stourbridge on December 5 when the choirs will be performing the new guild song.

The free monthly raffle was held and prizes of 2010 diaries were won by Elsie Weatherhogg, Hazel Waite and Ann Boughton.

We also held the usual birthday raffle and prizes were won by Iris Wilkinson, Hazel Waite, Evelyn Edwards, Marlene Stratton, Jean Gould and Pat Fisher.

Chris then introduced our entertainment for our birthday meeting.

This was Mr Andy Casserley.

He had brought along many musical instruments, some very old, which he played and sang songs, mainly from the 19th century.

he was very smartly dressed in the clothes of the time and many of the songs contained choruses which the ladies were able to sing along with.

He finished his performance with some Black Country songs and a middle English song which dated back to the late 1100s.

grace Campbell gave the official vote of thanks and the members agreed that Andy had entertained us well at our 11th birthday party.

The meeting was drawn to a close and the ladies enjoyed their birthday cake along with wine and fruit juices.

Our next meeting will be held on November 25 at 10.30am when Mr Patrick Clements will be speaking on ‘Moths and butterflies’.

Our meetings are held at the Moose Hall.