Upcycling jewellery - our speaker for the evening was Joanna Helme who demonstrated her skills at upcycling jewellery. She showed us examples of her own work which were much admired by members and may well have inspired the more dexterous and keen sighted amongst us to take up another craft.
The meeting followed a different format on this occasion. Members met at the village hall at 6.50 pm and shared transport to The Leen Farm. There they were conducted on a tour of the farm by Tony Norman. Among other things members learned about the operation of the milking sheds, the digester and the broiler house. The history of the farm was interesting, and everyone was impressed by what had been achieved over the years, the building of the walkways, the general layout and the effort that goes into making everything as environmentally friendly as possible. The talk lasted for almost two hours after which members returned to the village hall.
Ten WI members met up this month at The Oak in Wigmore on Friday 26th July. We had a fabulous lunch, it was a really nice atmosphere!
Our speaker this month was Jill Salmon who gave a fascinating talk on the cultures and costumes of China. She had brought with her a variety of costumes from some of the very remote areas of China which we were allowed to handle and even model. Members were very impressed by the intricate work involved in making the fabrics and the costumes. The talk was followed by refreshments and the usual exchange of news and views from Staunton on Arrow.
Seven members attended the Pimms & Puddings evening which was held in the beautiful garden of a Weobley WI member.
The Marches Group Meeting was held at Brampton Bryan on Thursday 27 June. Brampton Bryan WI were this year's hosts and the subject was 'Showcasing Brampton Bryan' and we were taken from the hall over to the historic village church of St Barnabas and learnt of its history and also of the Harley family (Lady Susan Harley gave us the talk). She took us into the Hall grounds which also contains the famous castle which was severely destroyed in the Civil War. The weather was perfect and the tour was followed by an excellent afternoon tea in the Parish Hall. Members from all WIs in the Marches Group attended, together with members from Bucknell WI in the Shropshire Federation. It was a splendid afternoon.
The original plan for this month’s meeting (a visit to a Wellington WI member’s garden) had to be abandoned due to very inclement weather; instead our members met as customary at the village hall for some last minute entertainment organised by our joint President Barbara Morgan. Inspiration was obviously not lacking as we were introduced to “Handbag Bingo” and “Weigh the Handbag”. The plethora of items that many of us carry in our handbags proved a revelation and the weight of two or three probably placed them in the offensive weapons category. Prizes were distributed to the winners and refreshments followed.
The Lunch Club met this month at The Riverside in Aymestry on 22nd May. It was a beautiful sunny day to stroll by the river, and enjoy the fresh produce used to create our delicious lunches, and we received a very warm welcome from the staff.
Our Speaker this month was Jules McRobbie who talked to us about her experiences Wild Swimming. While many of us perhaps felt slightly chilled envisaging some of the bitterly cold water that she often ventured into in the depths of winter, it was nonetheless a very interesting talk and everyone was impressed by her adventurous spirit. There was at least one member who seemed keen to brave the element and perhaps become involved in this slightly unusual pastime. Sheila Futcher gave a vote of thanks, which was followed by refreshments including hot tea or coffee which assuaged the drop in temperatures engendered by the thought of all that cold water!
We were invited to Pembridge WI for their “Pimms and Puddings” event on 1st May to celebrate their centenary. The Kington Operatic entertained us by singing songs from popular shows, they were really good and of course their puddings were to die for! We all had a wonderful time.