16 February 1996

ROSIE Reevess delightful home was the venue for the Warwicks groups first meeting of the year, combining a coffee morning and the collection of annual subscriptions.

I was impressed with the precision of members being welcomed at the front door, guided into the dining room, where Heather and Barbara were waiting to take their money, and then given coffee and mince pies.

Margery organised a raffle, which raised £95 for Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution funds. I was intrigued that our hostesss numbers came up four times just showing how hit and miss the numbers game can be. I am one of the boring 10% who didnt buy a lottery ticket for the £40m rollover but am fascinated by numbers.

Everyone was enjoying themselves so much they didnt want to go home, so after clearing up many of us adjourned to a nearby canalside pub for lunch. The beautiful sunny day brought to mind something I had copied down before Christmas from who knows where: "And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed."

Jean Howells

Margery Willison holds the tickets and hostess Rosie Reeves makes the draw at the coffee morning which got Warwicks 1996 programme underway.