AS well as giving an inspirational talk entitled the Wanderings of a Wildlife Film-Maker at the Holmer WI June meeting, Malcolm Penny also judged the entries in their monthly competition, this time the subject was A Hedgerow Arrangement. Maureen Graver was selected as the winner.

Unfortunately, a technical hitch prevented Malcolm showing his slides in the conventional way to accompany his talk. Undaunted, he showed members the photos by methodically taking his laptop around the tables so that all could have sight of them. Additionally, he spoke without notes for nearly an hour!

Malcolm told members about his fascinating career as a wildlife producer and photographer, starting with his work on the Survival programme for ITV, which had a huge audience - in his words, "because it followed Crossroads".

Many anecdotal tales followed concerning his work in Patagonia, the Antarctic, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Australia and the ancient rain forests of north west America, where he filmed many species of wildlife and trees in the company of many well known folk such as Peter Ustinov and David Bellamy, always pursuing his great love of zoology.

Sheila Harrison gave a vote of thanks for such an entertaining and informative talk.

Recently, Frances Riddell led a circular walk in Almeley, which revealed some fascinating architecture and was greatly enjoyed by members and one or two husbands.

Jane Jenkins continues to take knitted teddies to the children's ward in the County Hospital, where they provide comfort for the unwell children.

Mavis Nicholls, amongst others, has been busy contributing to the 100 bears to be taken to the ward this time. They are always gratefully received by staff, families and children.

Holmer WI meets next on Wednesday, July 3 at 7.30pm in St Mary's Church, Grandstand Road.

The speaker will be Shirley, who will be bringing Taylor, a guide dog.

Her subject will be Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Guests and potential members will be made most welcome.