Leisure and Pleasure Events and Competitions

Staffs WIs on The Oche

There is no end to the talent of members of the Women’s Institutes around Staffordshire – last week was the Grand Final of the Darts Competition, held at Amasal Social Club, Stafford.

Teams had competed in a north/south knock-out competition between September and May which culminated In a fiercely competitive final match. The overall winners were Blythe Bridge WI who beat last year’s winners, Whittington WI by 3 legs to 2.

The highest score for the competition was 119, thrown by Nina Sloane of Bishops Wood WI and the team from Bishops Wood WI were there to give their support to the finalists.

Staffordshire Federation of Women’s Institutes hold a darts competition annually and the organiser, Trustee Rose Dyche said, ‘The final is always a highlight of the year with teams of all levels of skill coming together for evenings of laughter and friendship – with delicious refreshments on offer’.

Helen Mancey, Chair of Staffordshire Federation of Women’s Institutes was also on hand on the night and added, ‘It was wonderful to see members enjoying themselves – watching them is almost as much fun as playing!’

A Royal Feast for the Senses


The Franҫaix Wind Trio delighted their audience with a varied and beautiful programme in Pugin’s St Giles Catholic Church in Cheadle.

The Trio – Jacob Perkins on oboe, Will Hammond on clarinet and bassoonist Dominic O’Sullivan are graduates of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Their wide ranging music was splendidly brought to an end with Gershwin’s  I’ve got Rhythm. The acoustics and decoration of the venue added to the pleasure of a most enjoyable evening.

Thanks to the Trio and to Father Eric Kemball for allowing the concert to take place in the glorious setting of St Giles Church.