A warm welcome was extended to everyone especially to one of our members who returned after a period of ill health. 
 Our speaker Pauline Phelps who is a retired Deputy Head Mistress ,then demonstrated her expertise in teaching young children to read and write. She began by asking us if we remembered being taught to read and which books did we use ?. It prompted a trip down a long ago memory lane but we had all clearly enjoyed reading. She took us through the gradual process of teaching the current method of Synthetic Phonics and encouraged us to 'sound'the words.
An array of excellent children's books were on display many of which we recognised.
    Pauline stressed the importance of reading and talking to young children but sadly this is neglected in some families. Jenny thanked her for her most interesting talk.
    Our next event will be the County Annual Meeting where there is to be a Banner Parade and a display of the Green Hearts Bunting which was made by WI members.
   Jill thanked those who had made poppies to add to our contribution when we take part in the Poppy Memorial Trail in St Cuthberts Church in November.
   Rehearsals are in place for the Carol Service in the Cathedral which is always an uplifting event
Our competition for our favourite children's book was 1st Lavinia M and six second places. Likewise Flower of the Month was 1st Myrtle S and all other blooms were second. Pauline just couldn't choose so everyone was a winner  and it was smiles all around !
              Jill Deane Wookey Hole WI

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