Friday, 8 November 2013

WOW WI Book Group

The WOW WI book groups meets every second Tuesday of each month  (except August) at 7.30 pm. Meetings last about an hour, cost £1 per person per meeting and are held at the Conservative Club. This is on Alexandra Parade  (opposite the Odeon).

New WOW WI members welcome.......just turn up!.

Book List
Tuesday 12th November    The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman
Tuesday 10th December    The Universe versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

Tuesday 14th January        The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
Tuesday 11th February      The Husbands Secret by Liane Moriarty
Any questions? email and a committeee member will get back to you.

Friday, 11 October 2013

September 2013 WOW WI Meeting Report

On the catering team this month were Lucy Adams, Christine McEneaney and Gail Willis who provided tea and bread and butter to accompany the lovely fish and chips.

We have recently run very successful trips to the Magistrates' Court and Highgrove Gardens.  We considered a visit to Adam's Farm but there was not enough interest from members to make this feasible.  We are always open to suggestions for future trips, so let us know your ideas.

The National WI Federation is running a petition to charge 5p for plastic carrier bags and reduce their use, following the example set by Wales.  The petition was available to be signed by our members.

We also displayed information from the Avon Federation who are running trips to the Stitch and Sew exhibition in Exeter, a Dickensian Evening and a Carol Service amongst others, as well as national events such as the WI AGM.

Members will be pleased to hear that some of their suggestions have been implemented for future meetings.  We have booked a Zumba demonstration for November's meeting, and will have volunteers from the local food bank in attendance in October.  Unfortunately the London Moonwalk is very difficult to book as a large group, but if members want to get together and represent WOW-WI, that would no doubt be great fun!

Next month is our AGM so please put your name forward if you would like to join the committee and have a say in how WOW-WI is run.  It's important that the committee continues to evolve and take on board new perspectives and ideas.  It doesn't involve a great deal of commitment and anyone on the existing committee will be happy to talk it through with you.

Next month we are operating a teddy-dressing competition with the results being sold at our Christmas Fayre in December.  We have a big bag of teddies available or you could bring your own along.

Local and WI 
Thanks to catering team Lucy Adams Christine McEneaney Gail Willis

Pleas for cake makers and tea rota staff 

Successful trips to Magistrates Court and Highgrove - what next ??  No interest to go to Adams Farm 

WI national Petition to sign to charge in England for use of plastic bags 5 p each as they have done in Wales and reduced usage greatly. On table next to notice board

Also on notice board any information from Avon WI re trips ( Stitch and Sew in Exeter , Dickensian Evening , Carol Service) and events and national events such as the AGM 

The evening's entertainment was provided by Murder by Design, a local theatre company operated by one of the committee member's husbands.  Unfortunately we were unable to take any photos but everyone had great fun trying to work out whodunnit, participating in the show and having a good giggle at the very funny players.

July 2013 WOW WI Meeting Report

Sue opened the meeting by thanking the catering team for the delicious array of goodies as always.  We always need volunteers for the cake-making and tea rota.  Don't worry you are not expected to produce anything as impressive as this!  We also asked members to think about whether they would like to join the committee next year.

July's speaker was Bini Ludlow of Sweet Cumin who gave us a fascinating talk about her life and her travels in India searching for the perfect curry.  She then provided a demonstration on how we could quickly and easily produce a delicious curry from scratch at home.  

Members enjoyed tasting the samples and doing some shopping for Bini's amazing spice blends.  The garam masala was like nothing you could ever get in the supermarket!

Monday, 2 September 2013

Visit to Highgrove Gardens

Twenty six  WOW WI members visited the gardens at Highgrove House on Saturday 24th August. Following security checks  we were shown round by a very knowledgeable and helpful guide who described the creation of the gardens and the ideas behind them. Designed personally by HRH Prince Charles these gardens have  several different areas including a stumpery, a walled garden, rose garden, wild flower meadow, summer house, tree house (where Prince George may well play in future) and a Moroccan inspired carpet garden. The gardens are peaceful and  full of  creativity and imagination. After a tour of the beautiful grounds and gardens we all enjoyed tea and scones or cake in the restaurant and probably most of us spent far too much in the Highgrove shop. Full of covetable goodies and plants! A memorable day out. 

Monday, 26 August 2013

Book Group next meeting 10th September

The WOW Wi Book Group begins the autumn meetings on Tuesday 10th September. We meet at 7.30 pm  upstairs in the Conservative Club, Alexandra Pararde, Weston-s-Mare on the second Tuesday or every month.
New members welcome
The next few books we are reading and will be discussing are:
Tuesday 10th Sept The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
Tuesday 8th October Close my Eyes by Sophie McKenzie
Tuesday 12th November The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman
Tuesday 10th December The Universe versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

Thursday, 20 June 2013

A Night at the Races!

On Tuesday night the museum was transformed into Ascot for the evening and the place was a riot of colour and feathers as WOW-WI members donned their summer dresses and hat, hats, hats for night at the (virtual) races courtesy of Chris and Louis Mills.

Sue opened the meeting by thanking the catering team (Pauline, Moira and Lesley) for a brilliant job on the refreshments; the only sad note was that we ran out of Pimms!  Obviously it had gone down very well, as did the lovely strawberries and cream.  We always need volunteers to help Marianne with the tea and cakes; your name won't come up very often and the work is not too onerous as there's a dishwasher in the museum kitchen.  It's also a great way to get to know your fellow WOWers.  The same applies to the cake rota - we wouldn't be a WI without cake!  Please speak to Marianne if you would like to volunteer.

We also had a box for donations to be sold at a car boot sale to raise funds for WOW-WI, all contributions very welcome, thank you.

As we are nearing the end of our second year, the time has come again when you can volunteer to be on the WOW-WI committee.  We usually have great fun at committee meetings, which take place once a month on a weekday evening.  We would love to have some new committee members to share their fresh ideas.

The next Craft Club is on 2nd July, and we will have a demonstration from Kewstoke Leather and Bespoke Art.

Book Club has gone back to Tuesdays now.

After a few technical hitches with the screen - we wouldn't normally complain about too much sunshine! - the races began and members queued to place their bets (with pretend money of course!) on the runners and riders with such inspiring names as Abandon Sheep and Four Left Hooves.  Most of us ended the evening no better off than we started but a few members showed an amazing aptitude  for picking winners and made several thousand (pretend) pounds!

We soon forgot that the races were pre-recorded and were soon shouting for "our" horses with great enthusiasm even though they couldn't hear us!

Sophia the coin-operated carousel horse was feeling left out as we didn't have any pennies to let her run so we let her borrow a hat to make up for it.

Next month we will be having an Indian food demonstration, so notebooks at the ready for some exciting authentic recipes to try at home.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Book Group June Meeting

A small group met this Tuesday and discussed Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. This is the story of Indian twins born and brought up in Ethiopia just after WW2. An engrossing well written tale of family, love, identity, politics and medicine mainly from the viewpoint of the twin boys. We all agreed that we loved this book, even if it took a while to get into, and it was a great story with good characterisation. Highly recommended.

The themes of the book then led on to a varied and lively discussion of womens rights, Obama and the US health care system, text speak, grammar, racism and the all round appeal of the young tennis player Feliciano Lopez! good WI members we also did discuss jam ...!

Join us at our next meeting Tuesday 9th July 7.30 at WSM Conservative Club, Bill Holley Room

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Book Group...future dates and book list

WOW WI book group meetings are on the following dates.
The books chosen from the current Richard and Judy book list, hopefully will  be  good reads and make for lively discussions.
Tuesday 10th Sept                    The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
Tuesday 8th October                 Close my Eyes by Sophie McKenzie
Tuesday 12th November           The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
Tuesday 10th December           The Universe versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence
Tuesday 14th Jan...                     book TBC
WOW WI book group meet at the WSM Conservative Club , Alexandra Parade at 7.30. New members welcome.
Contact for details   

Monday, 20 May 2013


It is WOW WI on Tuesday night and we are looking forward to seeing you for what will be a fun evening of Belly Dancing ! If you want to come dress appropriately will will make sure there is a prize for the costume 

Some members are planning to go to a car boot sale to raise some funds for WoW WI so if you have any items that would raise a pound or two we would love to have your donation - maybe you will even want to think about helping out at the Boot sale 

Look forward to seeing you all at 7.30 at the Museum 

Best wishes 

Annie and the Committee xx

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Saturday, 18 May 2013

Book Group

WOW WI Book Group met at the Conservative Club Alexandra Parade on Tuesday 14th May. After some confusion as to which room we had been allocated (!) we settled  down and discussed "The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz" by Denis Avey and Rob Broomby. This is a memoir written by a WWII army veteran Denis Avey who fought in the north African desert campaign, was shipwrecked as a POW and ended up in the manufacturing part of a POW camp adjacent to Auschwitz concentration camp. During his incarceration he swaps places with a Jewish inmate  in the infamous Auschwitz camp determined to see for himself the truth about the camp. His wartime experiences affect him for the remainder of his life. This extraordinary tale of one man's courage and determination to bear witness to the horrors that he had seen, made compelling if not always comfortable reading. The book itself was an accessible read and despite the subject matter most of the group members 'enjoyed' reading it, despite the Internet conjecture that some of the events described were exaggerated. A popular choice overall.

WOW WI Book Group will continue to meet on the second Tuesday of each month at the Conservative Club for the foreseeable future (apart from August when there is no meeting) . There will be a small charge for attending book group.
The next two meetings are:

Tuesday 11th June    Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Tuesday 9th July    At Sea by Laurie Graham

New members ALWAYS welcome!

WOW WI Tuesday 21st May


It is WOW WI on Tuesday night and we are looking forward to seeing you for what will be a fun evening of Belly Dancing ! If you want to come dress appropriately will will make sure there is a prize for the costume

Some members are planning to go to a car boot sale to raise some funds for WoW WI so if you have any items that would raise a pound or two we would love to have your donation - maybe you will even want to think about helping out at the Boot sale

Look forward to seeing you all at 7.30 at the Museum

Best wishes

Annie and the Committee xx

Saturday, 4 May 2013

WOW WI Book Group - New meeting place

There is a new venue for the next meeting on Tuesday May 14th at usual time of 7.30 pm
WSM Conservative Club 24- 26 Alexandra Parade , next to bus stops out of town .
( Please note: this venue is chosen due to availability and cheapness and its central location not due to any political bias on the part of WOW WI)
Book Group will meet  in either the Main Function Room or the Bill Holly Room .... look out fior notices as to where to meet
There is a bar where we can buy drinks or teas coffees
Craft Club are also going to be meeting there for the foreseeable future .
On arriving at the Club door press the buzzer marked Bar and you will be let in
ANY queries before or on the 14th do contact Marianne  on 07534049758
On May 14th we will be  discussing the Man Who Broke into Auschwitz by Denis Avey....
June: We are reading Cutting foir Stone by Abraham Verghese
July we are reading At Sea by Laurie Graham
August meeting

Friday, 12 April 2013

WOW WI Meeting next Tuesday 16th April

Hi Ladies

As this months WOW WI meeting is fast approaching we thought we would send you a quick reminder of what we have planned for April's gathering .

We are delighted to have the Governor of HMP Bristol coming to talk to us about the challenges of running a modern day prison and giving us an insight of life on the inside . As you may have seen in the latest edition of WI Life, Bronzefield Prison has just established the first prison WI so to tell is more about this our local WI President Daphne Vise will be coming to join our meeting.

As St George's Day is fast approaching we will be celebrating all things English so please bring along items or come dressed in an outfit you think best represents England.

We look forward to seeing you on April 16th
Annie & Committee

Monday, 1 April 2013

WOW WI Book Group ...latest update

WOW WI Book Group met at Loves Cafe Tuesday 12th March to discuss Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. This classic describes two parallel stories reflecting the social mores and changes in Russian society an the late 1800s. Anna, married to Karenin begins a passionate affair with Count Vronksy and faces  society's disapproval for the open way in which she conducts herself. Vronksy and Anna travel to Europe leaving Russian society and her son behind but will there be a happy ending? Meanwhile Levin an idealistic politician and farmer struggles to achieve the much desired  family life  amid the growing social and political upheaval in Russia.
A very long book, most of us had only got half way through but were enjoying the book and it various stories.

Aprils s meeting of Book Group is at the earlier time of  7.15 pm in Loves Cafe. This month we are reading and  discussing Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon. New members always welcome...lets hope by then its a bit warmer!

Thursday, 14 March 2013

March Meeting


 Just a reminder that the next WOW WI meeting is next Tuesday, 19th March at the usual time and place

 Our speaker this month is Rachel Hibbard from Photography Made Simple and she is going to talk to us about taking that perfect photo ! 

 To keep with this theme we would like you to bring along your favourite photographs - ideally they should be in the following categories - childhood, wedding or funniest photographs !
We are sure you will dig out some classics from your collections

 We will be having our first homemade food  bring and buy table so we would appreciate your cakes, scones, pies , jams and chutneys  etc as contribution to the table

 Look forward to seeing you on Tuesday

 WOW WI Committee

Sunday, 3 March 2013

WOW WI Book Group

 A small  number of us met Tuesday  12th Feb and discussed The Lovely Bones by
> Alice Sebold. Although starting with a grim event (abduction and murder of a teenage girl )
> we all enjoyed the book very much, felt it was very well written and
> described the reaction and grief of a family to bereavement well.Set in small town America iIt
> resulted in a good chat about the 'afterlife' ghosts and being psychic etc

> Next months meeting is on* TUESDAY 12th March* when we will be discussing
> *Anna Karenina by Tolstoy.
New members always welcome

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Hi Ladies

A reminder that the next WOW WI meeting will be on Tuesday 19 th February at 7.30 at the museum

We have a fantastic speaker lined up to talk to us about Ostrich Farming ! He comes highly recommended so it should be a fun and informative evening

Don't forget your heart shaped items for the competition - it can be anything from cakes to crafts, outfits to artefacts , there will be prizes for the best entries .

We will be having a Bring and Buy table this month for the last time for a couple of months so please bring along your donations to the table and of course your small change to buy some goodies !

Look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday

Annie and the WOW WI Committee

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

January Meeting Report

Our first meeting of the year has shown that 2013 promises to be as much fun as 2012 for WOW-WI.

We are always grateful to those members who volunteer to help out by making cakes and assisting Marianne with the refreshments.  Sign-up sheets were made available for any additional volunteers to go on the rota.  If you missed this and would like to be included, please email us.

The Bring and Buy table has been operated by Jackie for the last couple of months and seems to be a great
success for raising funds so we plan to continue with it.  Don’t forget to bring some cash and any unwanted items to the next meeting.

Membership fees are now due!
  If you have not yet paid, please contact us to arrange this as soon as possible.  Membership booklets were handed out at January’s meeting – if you did not attend or did not pick up your copy, they will be available next time.

As we mentioned at the previous meeting, we have had to cap our membership numbers at 125 to make it manageable.  At present we have reached capacity and are putting enquiries from potential new members onto a waiting list. It may be that new spaces become available if people decide not to renew and this will become apparent in March and those on the list will be notified.

Please let us know if you have decided not to renew so we can make your place available to a new member.

The next Book Club meeting is on 12th February and this month’s book is The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.

The next Craft Club meeting is something a bit different and will take place at Oak and Glass where our lovely WOW-WI member and chef Amy Hunt will demonstrate chocolate-making.  It is open to craft club members only, the cost is £5 each and you will need to bring a gift box or bag to take the treats home in.  Please note that this does clash with Book Club so you will have to choose which to attend.

Helen has organised a walk to Snowdrop Valley on 16th February

If anyone has any suggestions for trips or events please do let us know.

Next month our speaker will be Paul Cook who will be talking to us about life as an ostrich breeder.  We have heard great things about his talks and have been looking forward to his visit for a long time as he has a waiting list too!  We will also be having a competition for the best heart-shaped item produced by a member, whether that be a knitted heart, a heart-shaped cake or a fancy-dress outfit.

Our speaker this month was Rev Jill Putnam who told us all about the work of Chaplaincy Around Town (ChAt) in Weston-super-Mare and the process of setting up the charity.  ChAt is a charity that has been set up by local Christians, to provide a friendly listening ear to businesses, employees, shoppers & anyone who frequents the Weston-super-Mare town centre, regardless of faith.

We followed this with the return by popular demand of newlywed Shona with a 30 minute make, ably assisted by Leanne, who demonstrated how to make a wire and button hanging heart.  It was very straightforward and adaptable so we imagine variations will be springing up around houses in Weston-super-Mare with great abundance!  More of Mrs Millar's Makes to come we hope!

See you next time

Saturday, 19 January 2013

WOW WI Book Group January meeting

Members of WOW WI Book Group met Tuesday 8th January to discuss "When God was a Rabbit" by Sarah Winman. This tale of childhood, family and  the deep bond between a brother and sister was enjoyed by the group. The book is written in two halves and the writing style was felt to vary a lot  between the first whimsical first half and the adult life of the siblings in the  second half. Part two involves the 9/1 tragedy, bereavement and how friends become part of a family. It was felt to read like 2 separate books with  an unexplained years  gap between the two parts,  but overall was a popular read.

Next months Book is "The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold- (dont  be put off reading the book if you have only seen the film.) Tuesday 12th February
WOW WI Book Group is open to all full WOW WI Members and meets on the second  Tuesday of each month in Loves Cafe West Street, at 7.30 pm.

Monday, 7 January 2013

WOW WI Book Group December

Decembers book was "Sister" by Rosamund Lipton . The small group of members who met in December to discuss this book enjoyed it very much. It was felt to be well written evocative and absorbing. A murder mystery,  it also described very accurately grief and the often  unbreakable bond between sisters.

Next WOW WI Book Group meeting is Tuesday 11th January ( Loves Cafe West Street at 7.30 pm) where we will be discussing "When God was a Rabbit " by Sarah Winman