FORTY ladies armed with fold-up chairs made their way to the home of president Janet McCheyne for the August meeting.

Members were divided into four teams and sent to different parts of the house for four challenges – finding items in their handbags (won by the scullery team), questions on their Essex WI News magazine (won by the front room team), Dingbats (won by the music room team) and name that tune (won by the kitchen team).

Between games, a couple of team members had to move on (the youngest/oldest, the tallest/shortest and the member who had travelled the least and most distance to attend). So it was an interactive meeting.

Members relaxed by perusing and buying Tanya’s jewellery, chatting and mingling and enjoying a nice cup of tea.

Next month, Brian Billins is talking to us about smuggling, and the responses to our member survey will be discussed.