The Reverend Kate Bottley at The Chateau Impney. One of the lovely things about the WI is the opportunity it gives you to try new activities and meet new people. Our Federation organises events such as lunches with celebrity speakers; last year a group of us had lunch with Gyles Brandreth (see earlier blog). This year it was the Reverend Kate Bottley. She came to fame through a viral wedding video that led to her appearance on Gogglebox and from there, opportunities to enable her to broaden her audience. Despite an obvious sense of fun and energy, her faith was also very clearly important to her. It was a lively entertaining talk and well worth going..... the lunch wasn't bad either!
We resisted Halloween and chose to make something pretty rather than spooky. An excellent idea to use those spare pieces of fabric, buttons and zips - make a brooch! You can even salvage fabric from an old dress, blouse or shirt to make these. Some lovely results below:
Our October meeting was a celebration of our 80 years. Members who had been encouraged to dress in the fashion of 1938, were welcomed with a glass of sherry whilst then being able to browse through the archives of Record Books, scrapbooks and photos with music from the 1930s being played in the background. We then sat down to a wonderful meal prepared for us by Fantastically Fresh. With a 1930s theme in mind, we had a traditional Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding Roast followed by that favourite Sunday teatime treat of tinned fruit and evaporated milk (we did check and canning of fruit etc had begun by 1938!). Entertainment, a paper animal competition and ceremonial cutting of the cake finished off the evening before we all went home clutching our cakes (in the boxes we made last month) and an anniversary mug.
under 11 years: I Haidon;
11-16 years: R Carson;
17 years & over: L Chilman.
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The Open Day was an invitation to the village to join us in celebrating our 80th Anniversary and we were thrilled the village supported this event by entering into the competitions and by visiting us throughout the day.
We had several competitions of art, baking, craft and photography and had entries in all categories. Judging of the baking competition was by an independent judge and she had plenty of cakes to try! They all looked really inviting, particularly the fairy cakes and chocolate cakes.
The art, craft and photography competitions were voted for by the visiting villagers and there was plenty of competition; it was difficult to choose a favourite as they were all so good.
After judging and a well deserved cup of tea & scone, visitors could then browse through our WI displays, have a go at stone painting with Jo & Marilyn, knit & natter with Joan, listen to some wonderful handbell ringing with bell ringers led by Mary (and also have a go themselves), listen to a poem recital by Anne or watch a slide show "80 Years of EckingtonWI".
No speaker at our September meeting as we were beginning our 80th Birthday Celebrations. First we made some cake boxes (see below) ready for the October meeting when we have our birthday party and cake. Next we had a film show of Eckington WI through the last 80 years; we were able to remember members past & present and see what we have been upto over the years.
Then something a little different: FOCUS GROUPS! We formed several small groups of members and then discussed our WI: did we communicate well with our members; what speakers would we like?; what activities or outings? All ideas were welcomed and we will be assessing the feedback to report back to our members.
After a break for tea, it was business with reminders about our Open Day and our Birthday Meeting, then time for home.
Always keen to try something new, we accepted an invitation from Beckford Croquet Club to have a go at Golf Croquet. So last Thursday afternoon, 5 of us had a lovely afternoon playing croquet. Under the gentle guidance of their members, we soon learnt the basic techniques as well as the skullduggery involved in scuppering your opponents! Finishing off with a well deserved cup of tea and several slices of cake, it was a lovely way to spend a sunny afternoon.