Eileen Podmore, the co-president welcomed the members and guests to the August meeting of Cranford WI. She began by announcing that the lunch club will meet on August 27 in the Courtyard Cafe and the book club will meet in Booths Cafe on August 13.

Eileen also drew members attention to the institute's entry for the Cheshire Show which is on display in the hall.

Howard Green from the Hatworks Hat Museum in Stockport was the speaker. He gave a fascinating insight into the making of hats, the history of hat making and the interesting exhibits on show in the museum. The vice-president, Judith Fryer gave the vote of thanks.

After refreshments the meeting was brought to a close with a reminder that the next meeting will be today, September 3 at 2pm in the Jubilee Hall, Knutsford. The speaker will be Keith Birkett from Roberts Bakery. New members and guests are always welcome.

Sue Patterson