HERE'S your WI and YCA reports from Ryedale.


Byland with Wass - The July meeting was an open meeting and the branch were delighted to welcome new members, prospective members, friends from other WIs as well as neighbours and relations. Jean Harrod gave a talk about her life as a diplomat around the world. She described how her job led to her becoming a writer of crime fiction, and how her experiences inform her storylines. Jean was kept busy for the rest of the evening, signing copies of her books, while everyone enjoyed the coffee and cakes. The meeting on Thursday, September 15 in Wass Village Hall starts at 7pm and will be a demonstration of making gift bags and cartons for wrapping awkward presents. There will be an opportunity for everyone to try their hand at making something.The branch is always happy to welcome prospective members, either phone Jane on 01439 788870 or go to the September meeting.


Wombleton - The branch held its last meeting of the summer in the village hall. Members and two guests were welcomed by the chairman, June Gamble. Barbra read the minutes from the June meeting which including details for the outing tomorrow (Thursday). Pam Walsh introduced the Geoff and Malcolm Duo who entertained with songs and humorous monologues. Members enjoyed taking part in the sing-along. Christine Martin gave a vote of thanks. The competition for a bygone made interesting viewing and was judged by Geoff and Malcolm. The winner, with 10 points, was Vera Kendall for carbide lamp used on bicycles many years ago. Frances was second with nine points for a candle snuffer. Lynn, Pam, Christine and Anne served refreshments at the close. Christine Martine sold the raffle tickets. The next meeting is on Tuesday, September 20 in the village hall when the guest speaker will talk about valuation. The North Riding harvest festival will be held in Helmsley Methodist Church on Friday, September 30 at 11am followed by a light lunch. Tickets are available priced at £5.