Staunton on Arrow WI and Pembridge WI had a joint meeting in October with an interesting talk from Duncan Fox about the history of gin and the setting up of Haven Distillery, Dilwyn and his gin brand, Sly Gin. We were taken through a tasting session of all his gins, London Dry, Lemon Verbena and Pink Grapefruit. Alison Lord gave the vote of thanks.
Claire Burton welcomed Edward Kendrick, who arrived on his motorbike from Redditch. He spoke to us about the Severn Freewheelers who are a registered charity and a founding member of the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes. It is a group of advanced motorcyclist volunteers providing a free out-of-hours courier service for hospitals in Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, North Wiltshire and Herefordshire. They carry any medical essentials between hospitals in the area from 7pm in the evening to 7am the following day, all day at weekends and public holidays. The riders are all trained to ride under blue light conditions for emergencies and provide a far cheaper and more reliable courier service for the NHS than taxis. We enjoyed his talk very much and learned a lot of new information. Look out for blood bikes with a yellow and red checked patterning on the bodywork! Claire Burton gave the vote of thanks.
Three members visited our paired WI, Wye Women for their September meeting. The speakers from the SAS were talking about their attempt to parachute across the Channel and other adventures. We had a very enjoyable evening together.
On Monday evening 13 August seven members of our WI attended the Pimms and Puddings evening, held in a beautiful garden in Weobley. It was a very enjoyable evening, with excellent puddings,, a quiz and pin the tail on the donkey as the theme was Ascot Races!
Barbara Morgan introduced Margaret Smith from Almeley WI; her subject was entitled ‘My Adventure into Nakedness and Hessian’. Following the intriguing title, we were relieved that the nakedness referred to the naked cake which Margaret made for her son’s wedding. Margaret had lots of items made from hessian which showed her sewing talent, as well as the hessian bouquet she made for her daughter in law for her wedding. We all had a go at making card flowers from a twig and card cut from toilet roll centres; we were assured we should only use the best quality toilet roll! Marion Weaver gave the vote of thanks.
Three members Becky, Debbie and Alison started going to the Walking Netball arranged by the Herefordshire Federation. The course continues for 20 weeks and is held in Hereford.
Thanks to Eric, Clare and Chris Price who gave some members and friends of Staunton on Arrow WI such an interesting and worthwhile tour round Moor Court Farm tonight explaining how they grow such wonderful cherries.
Claire introduced our own Diane Sawyer who had stepped in at short notice. Diane gave an interesting talk and very talented demonstration of Encaustic Art. It is an ancient skill but was reinvented in the 1980s. The colour is from beeswax/resin/pigment which is melted by an iron and smoothed onto stiff glossy paper so that it can be moved about. Nibbed tools can be used for drawing shapes and the side of the iron for lines. The wax dries very quickly and is then polished. Vanessa Woodward gave the vote of thanks.
Several members attended the Marches Group Meeting at the Parish Hall Kington, hosted by Kington WI. The entertainment was Matthew Stead, ukelele player and there was plenty of cheese and wine. The evening was a great success.
Several members visited Ledbury Rifle and Pistol club for an evening's shooting. A good time was had by all..
My name is Alison and I am the editor of the blog for the Staunton on Arrow WI .