2010-06 June report

The 2010 June meeting of Dolau WI was particularly busy!! 

Dolau Members had entered every section of the recent County Show, maybe for the first time ever, certainly for the first time in many years, and had acquitted themselves very well.  We were thrilled that Julie Hardwick had come first in the ‘Brecon Cup’ section with her beautiful flower display in a Victorian style.  Julie will now go on to represent the Powys Radnor Federation at the Royal Welsh Show. 

At the Federation Annual Quiz, Dolau was again ably represented, and a fun-filled evening was had by all.

The AGM of the National Federation of England and Wales was held in Cardiff this year and Julie and Colette had attended.  The formal business was dealt with efficiently; the Resolution on the ‘Mandatory clear labelling of food with true country of origin’ was passed with a huge majority; some very interesting speakers were heard and there was a terrific finale when ‘Only Men Aloud’ (winners of ‘Last Choir Standing’ and the ‘Brit Classic Awards’) put on a tremendous performance for us!

Back to business!  The monthly Federation Newsletter was discussed, reminders were given regarding forthcoming events and we were then delighted to welcome our Guests for the evening – ‘Tanglin’. 

‘Tanglin’ comprises Catherine, Margaret and Jan – ‘Music Makers with four-in-hand Handbells’.  They played a wonderful selection of music and thrilled our Members with their skill and the beautiful melodic tones of the bells.  In between times, we were given lots of information about the bells – several of their wonderful bells are over 250 years old – and handbell ringing in general, and they were pleased to answer the many questions of our members.  Catherine, the Musical Director and a Music Teacher in a local school, had been kind enough to write out some simple tunes so that we could have a ‘hands-on’ session, which was much enjoyed, and to our surprise, sounded almost professional!  As well as visiting local groups, Tanglin are asked to play at weddings, they give concerts in residential homes and are very much in demand in the Christmas period – the lovely tones of the handbells being particularly suitable to Christmas carols.  Many thanks to them for a superb evening.

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