Saturday, 24 December 2011

Season's Greetings

We would like to wish all our readers and WOW-WI members a very Merry Christmas and a fun and WOW-WI filled 2012!

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

And a mince-pie-tastic time was had by all...

Ding-Dong!! Our Christmas get together was as brilliant as all the others and a wonderful way to get us in the mood for the festivities...

First off, we were in our new home - the Weston-super-Mare Museum and, it felt very much like home very quickly! Special thanks must be said for the wonderful staff who made us feel welcome and who were such a great help while we were setting everything up (round of applause please!!). 

Our lovely new home

We were overwhelmed with magnificent mince pies (and I rather liked one in particular with lime icing (worked a treat with the rum!) in fairness it was the only one I had but is was rather brilliant!). Well done to all those ladies who joined in and well done on some spectacular baking!

The scrummy table heaving with Mince Pies

To accompany the mince pies we had some mingling along with a mooch around the museum. It was a real treat to have enough space for everyone to move around and take the opportunity for a chat and it was a bit of a novelty for us Committee members to be able to join in with the meeting (usually we're running around like maniacs trying to find chairs!)...

We then had a spectacularly difficult Christmas Quiz, followed by a marvellous make-a-long where we demonstrated the art of turning jam jars into festive tea-light holders (details on the Make Log). Those 'making-a-long' created some beauties!! (our members are a truly talented bunch!)

Our lovely WOWzers poised and ready to Make-a-Long

And that was it, our fun-filed festivities were over!

So, be sure to make a note in your diary for Januarys meeting where we will be joined by face-yoga expert Danielle Collins (who is hopefully going to be able to assist in repairing the damage inflicted by the excess of Christmas) and we'll continue the theme with a variety of health and wellbeing topics.

We look forward to seeing you in the New Year....

..... Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Mince Pie Recipes

With less than a week to go until our Mince Pie Mingle on Tuesday 20th, I thought I would post up a few links to some mince pie recipes just in case you  needed some help/inspiration!

Delia's Traditional Mince Pies

The Pink Whisk's Bailey Pastry Mince Pies

The Hairy Biker's Old Fashioned Sweet Mince Pies

Nigella's Grandma's Mince Pies

Chocolate Mince Pies

What's your favourite mince pie recipe???

Friday, 9 December 2011




As you'll all know we've outgrown the Blakehay and have been in search of a new venue for our monthly meetings and after a considerable search we have found one.

The new home of the Women of Weston-super-Mare Women's Institute is;

The Weston-super-Mare Museum
Burlington Street
BS23 1PR
Telephone: 01934 621028

Links to their website are here;

Details of how to find them are here;

The date and times of our meetings will remain the same and our next meetings are;

20th December 2011; we will be having a tour of the museum, a mince-pie-mingle (its easier to explain on the evening) and a magnificent make from Leanne & Shona

17th January 2011; we are very pleased to announce that we will be joined by Danielle Collins, facial yoga expert ( and a make appropriate to the theme of the evening (its very good)

Start time is 7.30 pm.

There are some big benefits of us moving to the Museum;
  • Capacity; we could accommodate over 150 people at the Museum so we need never be squashed into a tiny room without enough chairs ever again! It also means that we can continue to welcome guests to our meetings until we reach a membership that matches the capacity.
  • Space; because it is a really flexible space we will be able to do a lot more (belly dancing anyone??) and also make our meetings more sociable for you (and because the courtyard is nice and airy, you won't overheat!).
  • Catering Facilities; we have facilities for our tea and coffee making and we can continue to serve you delicious cakes.
  • Accessibility; our meetings will be held on the ground floor which is completely accessible (no steps!) making it easier for everyone. There are also more disabled parking spaces on the street outside which is a bonus.
  • Price; we've managed to match the price of the Blakehay so we get a bigger venue at no extra cost.
There is only one hitch;
  • Parking; the museum is about a 5 minute walk from 3 car parks (including the one near the Blakehay). This is a drag and whilst we'd tried to find a venue with everything, the others we looked at also had issues with parking. There is a fair bit of on street parking near the Museum and you can park on most of the streets around the building for free (whilst there was a car park at the Blakehay it was quite expensive). We are going to enquire with a local business that has a car park to see if we can use that when we meet but it won't be available in time for our December meeting.
We look forward to seeing you all at the December meeting and again in the new year!