Grasmere Parish Magazine  February – March 2021

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In December we held a Zoom Christmas Party. There were games, songs, stories and poems. Thanks to everyone who took part and made this such an enjoyable afternoon.

At our January meeting we discussed and voted on the 5 resolutions put forward by our National Federation as campaigns to adopt in 2021. Most votes went to the resolution to increase awareness of coronary heart disease in women, with the campaign to increase the awareness of ovarian cancer coming a close second. We await the result of the national vote with interest.

Our meeting on Thursday 11 February, 2pm sees us welcome back Frances the Pearl Lady. Part 1 of her talk in November was hugely entertaining, and we are really looking forward to part 2 as she speaks to us from her home in France.

In March we hope to have a talk about gardens as we head into spring. Thursday 11 March, 2pm.

We continue to meet every other Thursday at 2pm for an hour’s “Cheerful Chat” on Zoom. If we are allowed to meet outside in groups we will resume our Grasmere Rambles on the 4th Thursday of the month.

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Jan Perritt was a much loved member of Grasmere WI, and we are deeply saddened by her death. Even in this year of restrictions Jan’s spirit and generosity shone through.

In summer, when we were able to resume our (socially distanced) Rambles, Jan invited us all to her home for outdoors tea and a wonderful selection of her famous cakes. Jan’s hospitality was legendary.

At the beginning of December Jan shared with us a delightful, amusing online presentation about her life and her family, with lots of wonderful photos as part of our “Cheerful Chats” It was a lovely afternoon of shared memories.

We will all miss Jan’s smile, her company and her friendship. We send our love and sympathy to Don and family. Sue Dixon