Based on our performance at the March Hare Leisure Centre, probably not very fast! Cynthia, Sue, Sass, Mary Briscoe and I went to the WFWI Sports Taster Day last Thursday. First was the go-karting: 2 sessions 'racing' round the track. I think we all went quicker on our second go having got used to the track and the karts. However, not quick enough to be the fastest over all. Then onto crossbow shooting. We all hit the targets - so beware if you see any of us sporting a crossbow! Lunch was provided after an exciting but long morning. Photos below - can you identify the drivers? Separate videos can be found on our Facebook Page.
"Hip bath, hip bath, lavatory, lavatory, bidet, bidet, douche!"
Perhaps not what you may expect to start a blog but according to Gyles Brandreth, an excellent way to prepare yourself when public speaking. That's what Cynthia, Jenny & I discovered when we went to the WFWI Lunch today at the Chateau Impney where Gyles was the guest speaker. After enjoying a good lunch, we sat back and listened to an excellent talk by Gyles on various topics from the use of the English language to the pursuit of happiness with a few anecdotes along the way. An excellent start to the week!
BRITISH BATS - with Aidan Marsh.
Fortunately we had no-one suffering from chiroptophobia at our last meeting. They would not have enjoyed the talk from Aidan Marsh; it was all about bats! Aidan provided interesting insights into the activities of bats, their life cycle, their habitat and the need to mitigate disturbance of the bats when either building or renovating buildings. So for those of us who are not chiroptophobic, it was a really good talk.
(okay - you probably guessed but in case not, chiroptobia is a fear of bats).
back in June, Jenny & I joined nearly 200 members of other WIs for a weekend of camping at Lytham St Annes - well there was indoor accommodation too (which we took advantage of). 'Jam Jars & Tent Pegs' is one of a number of 'unofficial' WI event where weekends are organised for like minded women to take part in a weekend of fun, competitions, sport and craft. So off we went and enjoyed willow weaving, quilting, clay pigeon shooting, beach party - lots of fun in a friendly atmosphere.
we have enjoyed some nice days out over the summer. A group of us went to the Confetti Fields in July followed by another visit to the Lavender Fields at Snowshill. We have a break in August from our usual meetings but we did arrange a River Cruise; so on August 2nd, 26 members, partners & friends took over the over the ‘Spirit of Freedom’ from Avon Leisure Cruises and enjoyed a gentle 2 hour cruise on the River Avon. Along the way, we had a splendid cream tea. A lovely relaxing way to spend an afternoon.
Leanne Hodgetts from Croome Cuisine was the speaker at our July’s meeting. She explained how the business evolved, how they created their cheeses and their hopes for the future. She brought samples of their various cheeses for us to try and buy. We were spoilt for choice with flavours including Worcester Sauce & Shallots, Rhubarb & Ginger amongst many. We all took up the offer of tasting and enjoyed some wonderful cheeses. After and a break for refreshments, it was down to business. Reports received on recent trips and reminders about our forthcoming summer events, including Coffee Morning, Lunch Club, Snowshill Lavender Fields, Kemerton Lake Walk and the cruise
Well yes, the girls did go to London to see The Girls. This was a musical based on the story of the Calendar Girls. So early on Thursday 29 June, Cynthia, Sarah, Jenny & I took the train to London. Arriving in plenty of time, we had a wander round Leicester Square and had a look in the M&M Store as well as the Lego Store, followed by a more cultural ponder around Foyles Book Shop. Then off to see the show. Very good production, good music and entertaining, well worth the visit. After the show, we had time to enjoy a 3 course meal plus cocktails around Covent Garden before catching the train home.
Pictures below - sorry but the one in the theatre is a little dark!
On Saturday 10th June, three ladies from Eckington WI joined forty other ladies from the Worcestershire federation for a weekend in the heart of the Peak District and beautiful Derbyshire Dales. Our friendly coach driver Chris whisked us through various scenic counties to Bakewell where we spent an interesting four hours exploring the town, its many cafes and of course the famous Bakewell tart. We were fascinated by the number of padlocks or lovelocks on the bridge over the river Wye. We re-joined our coach for the short journey to Sheffield where we spent a very comfortable night at Jurys Hotel. The following morning, after a substantial breakfast and group photograph, it was all aboard for the highlight of the weekend, a visit to the first RHS Flower Show to be held at Chatsworth House, the stunning home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. The show, spanning both sides of the River Derwent, was an eclectic mixture of show gardens, floral marquees, specialist plant growers and a miscellany of trade stalls. Our group had been remarkably restrained with our purchases but as we sat on the coach waiting to depart Chatsworth we were all amused by the sight of ‘plants on legs’, people who were returning to their vehicles laden with huge floral displays and shrubs. We were safely returned to Worcestershire all agreeing it was an excellent weekend.