DENBIGH & FLINT: Talents on show inside the Women's Institute marquee


Rebecca Cole

AS SOON as the Women's Institute marquee opened it was instantly filled with visitors keen to see what was on show.

From handmade bags to home-brewed wine and firm favourites, including flower arranging, cakes and preserves, the talent of the entrants was impressive.

Corwen member Cath Upton was delighted to win best in show with a beautiful bag she created using skills she first learned as a teenager at school.

"I got into sewing when I was about 12 or 13 and I've been doing it ever since," she said.

"It's my favourite category and I also came third with a cushion I made.

"I'm really chuffed with how I've done this year and it's great to get best in show which I also won the first time it became a category in 2000."

But there'll be no time to rest as she revealed her group would be holding a meeting next month to discuss their entries for 2015.

Keen to attract new members to groups like Cath's was her friend and competitor Lea Oral, president of the Llanddulas WI.

She was delighted to see the tent packed with visitors and claimed shows like the Denbigh and Flint were a great vehicle for meeting prospective members.

"It's the highlight of the year for us," she said.

"I'm thrilled that so many people are here as it's a great way to meet new people and it promotes what the WI does.

"A lot of people get enthused by what they see and we're always keen to welcome new members."

The 69-year-old revealed the region's WI groups had enjoyed "a bit of a resurgence" thanks to TV shows such as The Great British Bake Off as people took more interest in hobbies such as baking and sewing.

And more younger women were starting to join, including a number of young mums in Llangollen.

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