Thursday, 25 November 2010

November with the Winchcombe WI

This month was busy, we went to Tewkesbury's Roses Theatre to see 'Eat Pray Love' with Julia Roberts in the title role. Then the ACM, followed 2 days later by a trip to the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham to see 'Swan Lake' A wonderful production by the Rudolf Nureyev's Academy dancers.

The craft and chat aka stitch and bitch group still meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at Brenda's house. Val had a break through, she finished the hat she had been ?working? on for 2 years! Now she is embarked on bootees for Linda's expected grandchild, will these take 2 years too?

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Spinning Yarn

On October 19th Mrs Francis Taylor gave us a really interesting talk about spinning yarn. She illustrated her talk with pictures of all the sheep that the fleece comes from, then demonstrated turning fleece into yarn using her spinning wheel.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Galapagos Islands

The talk by Arthur Ball on the Galapagos Islands was accompanied by wonderful slides, so good that we could feel we had indeed been on the trip!

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

The WI outing to The National Memorial Arboretum.

The Memorial Wall, very evocative and amazing, so many names...but so stunning.

Doreen, Adeline and Alice at the Memorial Wall.

The WI bench and wall.

Doreen and Adeline at the WI bench.

The Chapel on the left, and a general view.

Words can't describe the Arboretum, it has to be seen to be fully appreciated.

After the visit, we started home, to a village on Watling Street, Wall.

The Wall WI had made a wonderful tea for us.

Wall village hall.

To our surprise we could also see the Roman Town just up the lane.

With village views.

It was an amazing day out. We had seen so much, and would have memories of the day in the days to come.

Friday, 6 August 2010

Winchcombe WI visit the Yellow Hat Tribe Gallery.

The gallery consists of many paintings by Irene Tyack, with her quirky yellow hat figures.

On August 4th, 12 of us went to visit the gallery, also to walk past the fields of ostriches, emus and donkeys to see the sunflowers!

Jo and Pat at the entrance to the gallery.

Val and Nancie browsing, looking for shopping opportunities!

Alice with a kitchen mat.

The field of sunflowers, many still to flower.

Alice with her sunflowers!

Outside the gallery, waiting for the shoppers to finish!

Brenda, Audrey, Diana, Val and Nancie.

Doreen, with her flowers, her hat matched the surroundings!

Taking the booty home!

It was a really interesting visit, with so much to see, both in the gallery and along the walk to see the amazing crop of sunflowers.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

An exotic afternoon with the WI!

The Art of Belly Dancing!

Yesterday we were really well entertained by Ann Blagden, who spoke and demonstrated the history and culture of the belly dance.

She certainly made us feel we were in an exotic place, and she transformed the Methodist Church Hall for the afternoon.

Ann asked some of us to come and learn a few steps, and several bold members did just that!

It was a very enjoyable afternoon.

Photos from Gill.

Friday, 11 June 2010

Calendar Girls!

Several of us went to the Everyman Theatre yesterday to see a matinee of the Calendar Girls. We were joined by members of Greet, Gretton and Dumbleton WI's, and to see the audience, many other WI members.

It was such a wonderful production, combining the poignancy of the story line with great hilarity, fast moving dialogue and scenes. We had wondered how Charlie Dimmock would come over as an actress, she was very good!

A wonderful afternoon, lots of laughter, and some sadness with story, but all so well acted, making it a memorable afternoon. Thank you, Jo, for arranging it for us!

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

NFWI AGM Cardiff

I have to rise really early tomorrow to get the coach, more in a couple of days time!

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Craft and Chat.

Nine Winchcombe WI members met at Brenda's home to have an afternoon of crafts, crochet, knitting and chat. It was the first time we had met to do this, and the afternoon was a great success. The group will now meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays, 2-4pm

A highlight was the wonderful cake Brenda had made for Val's birthday

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Winchcombe WI supports 'Help For Heroes' coffee morning.

Jo and Joan organised a coffee morning today for Help For Heroes. The Winchcombe WI was supporting this event, and the WI kitchens around Winchcombe smelled of baking, as all the cakes were home made!

Our thanks do go to the friends in Winchcombe who supported us. It was a fun morning.

At the door, advertising the event.

Pat collected the entrance cost, which included a large piece of cake, and a drink.

The Help For Heroes stall

The raffle

The wonderful craft stall.

Dorothy and Brenda, two of the helpers.

Jo, who organised the morning.

Joan and Ira on the raffle.

The guests, choosing their cake, then sitting at the pretty tables.

We all enjoyed talking to friends, old and new!

We made in excess of £1100.00 for the 'Help for Heroes' charity! And estimate around 250 people supported the morning.

Friday, 23 April 2010

WI outing, the blossom trail, and Great Witley Church

Our outing started from the Winchcombe library. From there we saw the magnificent magnolias en route to Evesham, the lovely villages of the Lenches, with so much plum blossom and hedgerow blossoms , onto Worcester and our tea destination, the parish hall at Clifton on Teme, where we were treated to a magnificent WI tea!

Onto Great Witley to see the amazing baroque church.

The view from Great Witley Church.

Inside the beautiful Anglican church, showing the splendour, unique amongst most country churches, decorated by many paintings by Antonio Bellucci. Handel played the organ here.

Members enjoying the visit.

Showing the exquisite ceiling paintings.

Back to the Winchcombe library. We had a great day out.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

The knitters for the Pat Jacob's Award

The blanket made by the children of Winchcombe Abbey Primary School.

The knitters, who had worked with the children for the past 2 years on the blanket

Ira, Jo, Daisy and Renee.

Daisy crotched the blanket together. Jo is holding the cup our WI won, with the certificate from the GFWI

The children also knitted small items for themselves.

Monday, 5 April 2010

A Morning at the Movies!

Last week, 12 of us went to the Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury to see 'The Last Station'. A very Russian film, full of gloom, but made possible by the fine acting of Helen Mirren. A bit dark for a Tuesday morning!

Monday, 29 March 2010

Winchcombe WI wins the Pat Jacobs Award!

Winchcombe WI knitters were awarded the Pat Jacobs Award at the GFWI meeting on Wednesday 24th March. To get the award, the WI had to do something to benefit the youth in the community, to be involved with children, ensuring the young people enjoy taking up a challenge, and progress learning forward to the next generation.

And indeed the children took up the challenge! Once a week for the past 4 years, 7 WI women had gone to the local primary school, Winchcombe Abbey Primary School and taught 14 year 4's, [9 year olds,] to knit. The project was for the children to knit squares, and one of the members then made all the squares into a blanket! At the end, the blanket was quite large! The children are really excited by this, and rightly proud of their achievements, and with the certificate they also earned.

The knitting sessions were held in the children's lunch time, and they came for 2 terms! They were really enthusiastic, and didn't fail to come for their lesson.

The first blanket was sent to India, and the second will be sent to Africa.

WI members at the races!

Four WI members had a great day celebrating the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Diana, Gill, Brenda and Val.

It looks like Diana won!

Friday, 26 March 2010

An Invitation to join in the fun and friendship!

We have recently been to the Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury to see 'Glorious 39' A great movie, making us think about our early years. At the end of March we will go to see 'The Last Station'. Will it be too risqué for us?

Several outings are arranged for the spring and summer. In April we go on a mystery blossom tour. The exact route isn't decided till the day, to make sure we get the best blossoms. We do know that, as usual, we will end up at a country WI for another delicious WI tea!

In June several of us are going to see 'The Calendar Girls' in the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham. It is so appropriate for a WI to see a show of another WI. Will we want to copy them, the jury is out on that!

As there is no monthly meeting in August, we will instead all go to the National Memorial Arboretum for a day out It will be quite a day out, as it is in the National Forest, near Lichfield. We will get lunch there, but on our route back, we will stop off for a WI tea. It is marvellous to have all these teas available round the countryside!

As well as trips out, we have a list of excellent speakers each month, when we learn about so much, from Dowdswell Reservoir, Tripping down the Nile, and Belly Dancing, just a few examples. Every month we have the flower of the month competition, raffle and a sales table. It is always a busy, interesting meeting, with tea in the middle, and usually home-made cake. There is a chance to talk to everyone, catch up on news and so on.

We go to the group skittles and bowls contest, quiz, and meetings. We encourage members to go to Denham, the WI centre, which runs really good classes in just about everything. Accommodation is available there, and the Winchcombe WI provides two bursaries each year.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Winchcombe WI 90th party

Winchcombe WI was founded on November 27th, 1919, so in December 2009 we celebrated our anniversary with a party! We felt it was in keeping, as the GFWI celebrated the 90th anniversary with functions all year.

The party was held in the Methodist Hall on Tuesday December 15th, where latterly we have held our meetings. After a short business meeting, the party started. We were honoured to have Margaret Clarke, the GFWI County Chairman and Sue Wilson, the County Vice chairman to help us celebrate.

The tables were decorated beautifully, with the flower arrangements by member Audrey Woof. Sausage rolls, mince pies and fruit punch were served, as well as tea! We had a wonderful cake, made by President Doreen Nurden, iced by member Brenda Gregory. After the cake cutting, we all had a piece, and it was excellent, as was all the food, as befits a WI catered function!

Some former members attended, including several former Presidents of our WI, making it feel like a truly special afternoon. It was a wonderful chance to talk to everyone, and enjoy the tea.

On to the entertainment. Jean Ford, a Winchcombe resident, recited some of her really witty poems and thoughts. As we all know her, it made the recital more fun. Then David Manifold, accompanied on the piano by Catherine Newman sang songs, old and new, ending with a carol, well it was December!

It was a happy, fun filled afternoon, and we felt we certainly had celebrated our 90th anniversary in style. On now to our 100th anniversary!

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

The First Post

Winchcombe WI's 90th anniversary party!

November 29th 2009, with the party in December.

The cake was made by Doreen, iced by Brenda, the cake right over on the right was made by Daisy for Jill's 90th birthday!

Doreen and Sally, our President and Secretary. They keep us in order! Also they encourage friendship, and interest in the WI.

The party,

The meeting.

Cutting the cake, Doreen, Sally and GFWI Sue and Margaret.

The tea, Valerie and Con in the foreground.

Jo and Gill


Selling raffle tickets, Joan

The entertainment, David and Catherine.

And Jean.

Fun was had by all!