Several members visited Ledbury Rifle and Pistol club for an evening's shooting. A good time was had by all..
Leon from the Salty Dog in Presteigne gave a demonstration on how to cook Spanish omelette and paella. He provided details of the recipes and talked about the origins of Spanish food including tapas. The cooked food was tasted by all and everyone enjoyed Leon’s entertaining, knowledgeable and fun talk. Judy thanked Leon very much for an interesting and witty and most enjoyable session.
Sue Mullins, President of Gladestry WI showed us examples of her weaving techniques and showed us how to make a simple woollen flower brooch by a simple technique of weaving on 4 pegs. All managed to make a successful item and Catherine Perham thanked Sue very much for an enjoyable session.
Four members of our WI made up our quiz team for the Final at Sutton St Nicholas, Alison, Wendy, Vicky and Vanessa. We all enjoyed ourselves as the questions were not too obscure this time and we managed to come third equal out of 14 teams so were very pleased with ourselves. Alison won a raffle prize as well! Thanks to all for taking part so willingly.
Two teams from Staunton on Arrow WI entered the quiz and Staunton on Arrow Team B came 5th, thus qualifying for the final on 23 March 2018!
Claire Burton welcomed our friend Dr Joanna Raven to speak to us and show us slides about: ‘The challenges of childbirth overseas from Hereford shire to Hithadhoo’. She has a Phd in ‘Heath systems and maternal health’ and originally trained as a nurse then as a midwife; she now is a senior lecturer in Liverpool. Her work overseas has taken her to VSO in the Maldives, Uganda, Vietnam, China, India and Sri Lanka. We learnt some shocking statistics; approximately 830 women die every day as a result of pregnancy or childbirth. Almost all of these deaths occur in low resource settings (half of them in Africa) and most could have been prevented. Lack of trained health personnel in urban and rural settings, geography, poverty, lack of funds, lack of information and cultural practices all need to be addressed before these figures can be lowered. We found her talk very interesting and thought provoking. Debbie Weaver gave the vote of thanks.
Debbie Weaver and Rebecca Bissell attended Dilwyn WI's special Easter making and tasting evening. Below are pictures of items that were made on the evening.
Four members and a guest enjoyed a very pleasant lunch at the Bateman Arms, Shobdon. Despite ‘The beast from the east’ just arriving it was warm by the fire!
Gill Bullock from Wellington WI was introduced by Claire Burton. She gave us a very interesting talk with pictures about taking part in the Ride Across Britain by bicycle, from Lands End to John O Groats (LeJog!). She and her neighbour decided to take part together. She had to train for eight months before the event in September 2015. She rode 966 miles in 9 days, averaging 108 miles a day with the longest day being 128 miles. It was a fully supported ride with 800 participants and most people were raising money for charity. Gill raised money for the library at her childrens’ school in Wellington. We enjoyed her talk very much and Gill Busby gave the vote of thanks.
On Sunday 21 January 24 members and partners joined together at the Corners Inn Kingsland for the annual post Christmas lunch. We were looked after very well and had a delicious meal together. Fortunately the unexpected snow fall that morning did not settle.
My name is Alison and I am the editor of the blog for the Staunton on Arrow WI .