SOME of the group involved in the rescue of young footballers who were trapped in a cave in Thailand in 2018 visited a North Shropshire group recently.

Lee Brockhurst WI hosted Mike Clayton and Emma Porter of the Midlands Cave Rescue Association in its April meeting.

A Lee Brockhurst WI spokesperson said: "Our April meeting was our open meeting where we welcomed 28 guests.

"Our speakers were Mike Clayton and Emma Porter of the Midlands Cave Rescue Association who were both involved in the successful rescue of the young footballers who were trapped in an underground cave in Thailand in 2018. 

"Their empathetic, difficult, passionate and determined miraculous efforts over many days to bring all 12 football members together with their coach out of the cave brought many of the audience to a standing applause. 

"It must be noted that The Midlands Cave Rescue is supported by volunteer funding alone and many attendees made voluntary donations to the charity."


The group also hosted retired Reaseheath College lecturer, Anne Heath, who gave a talk called 'Easy Plants' for your Garden at its meeting in March.

The WI announced its competition winners and plans for the summer.

The spokesperson added: "The competition winners for the most interesting key were Elizabeth Jones who came first, Sue Wilton-Morgan who came second and Helen James who came third with the Annual Competition cup being won by Sue Wilton-Morgan.

"We also held a very successful raffle.

"The next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 16 where we will be given a talk about 'Hedgerow Foraging for Food & Refreshment' by Bev McGovern, followed by a short walk in the hall vicinity to identify herbs and then enjoy some welcome herbal tea.

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"We always welcome visitors to join in the fun and friendship at Lee Brockhurst. 

"All meetings take place at Lee Brockhurst Village Hall unless otherwise stated."

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