Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Coming up .... December

Some of Mandy's chocolate bars
We have a fun festive evening lined up this week at our Christmas meeting Tuesday 16th December at the  Museum, 7.30 pm as usual

Christmas music.......

A Chocolate making Demonstration & Tasting with Mandy from XocolaT....there will be chance to buy some of her yummy products or win some in our usual Raffle!

Salted caramel Christmas mini puddings

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served as usual but there will also be mince pies and Bucks Fizz to buy.

The chocolate demonstration  will be followed by a Christmas themed quiz in small groups.Will your table or group  be the prize winners?

Then we will have a competition for the Best Christmas Jumper!....

Join us for a fun evening.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Coming up .... November

This is a picture I took from the internet - I know it's a wreath, but you could use the ideas from tonight to make a wreath as well, and I like the sweets idea!!!!!
This  month we will start our evening with a quick group activity to  think of  ways WOWWI can fund raise. Ideas for us to do as a group and for members to do as individuals will be most welcome.

The main event of the evening will be Nicki Vall a lecturer in Floristry from Bridgwater College. She will be demonstrating, and helping us to make, a Christmas themed table centrepiece.
Each member should bring a bag foliage to share, any ribbons,  Christmas baubles etc that they wish to use and a pair of scissors or secateurs for cutting the foliage

Nicki will provide a starter kit  - oasis and a choice of base plate and some basic foliage for £2.50. She will also have additional items such as cinnamon sticks, dried orange slices to purchase.

We will also have our usual Raffle,  news of our December Christmas meeting, and the  activities and speakers planned for next year.   Please feel free bring along a friend or relative as a guest, £4 per person.

Membership - NEW members signing up in November get 2 months extra for the price of 12 months. Existing members are not due to re-new until January 2015.

Monday, 3 November 2014

It's all about initials!

At the November meeting we started with the RNLI

Don't you just love that moustache!

John Yabsley from the RNLI gave a very interesting talk, coupled with fabulous photographs, about the work of the RNLI and how we can support it as individuals.
After answering lots of questions from the members
we started the AGM.
During the AGM 'Buzzword Bingo' was played, followed by a game of 'real' bingo!
Karen showed us arm knitting

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Coming up ... in October

We have a busy evening planned so you may want to arrive a bit earlier as annual memberships fees are due- £36 per person . Cash or cheques made out to ' WOW WI 'please
It is our AGM and we will be  letting you know which Committee members are standing down and asking for new volunteers to help keep WOW WI going - no experience necessary nor do you have to have been a member a long time.....just enthusiasm to  help keep WOW WI going as a lively  growing WI! During the AGM we will be playing 'Buzzword Bingo' so bring a pen ready to play!

Karen will be giving a short report on National WI  and Avon Federation WI issues.

Jenny will provide a brief financial report. The full financial accounts will be available to view on the notice board. 

Our bank balance is healthy but we need to raise funds to maintain the same quality of speakers and activities and will be asking members for their help and ideas in future months.

We will also  have a short talk by Charlotte Conroy from the RNLI. The drumming has been moved to March to give us a much longer session with Angie.
Any members that have information about a local community, charity or fund raising event that they would like announced...please pass on details to a Committee member.
Don't forget you are welcome to bring friends, a neighbour or relative along as a guest. We look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday .

Saturday, 27 September 2014

A murder was announced

Our last meeting began with the arrival of Constable Bailey and his ghastly news that Sir Reginald Fortescue-Smythe had been murdered! Whilst we had been eating fish and chips someone had jolly well pushed him out of the window!
Lady Sara
This was followed by the arrival of some his delightful family and employees and it was then up to the WoWWI ladies to discover the murderer.
Miss Kitty
Shockingly two more murders followed - not the done thing at a WI - and we were regaled with the antics of a drunken Captain John Nelson - some ladies were distressed by this!
Captain Nelson and Constable Bailey
After twists, turns and revelations the murderer was discovered by the ladies and Constable Bailey was able to make an arrest.
Please be assured that the gentile ladies of WoWWI will not entertain any more murders at their meetings!!
he was killed because of that dreadful suit!
Thank-you to Murder by Design  

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Coming up . . . in September

Our first autumn meeting is on Tuesday 16th September 7.30 pm at the Museum.We will be having a few announcements and  raffle but most of the evening will be taken up with a fantastic Murder Mystery!Fish & Chips will be available to purchase.Just a reminder that October meeting includes our Annual General Meeting where some committee members are standing down, having worked very hard for over 3 years. We therefore need new Committee members! It doesn't matter how long you have been a member if you would like to help out....... please volunteer!WOW WI raises funds through membership fees, sale of raffle tickets and sale of refreshments. Our funds are diminishing and costs rising so unfortunately we have decided that the cost  of refreshments has to be increased. As from next week, tea or coffee and biscuits will be £1 per person.

If you want to buy fish & chips to eat on Tuesday these will be on sale from 7 arrive early to get your order in!

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Book group reading list and dates for meetings

Tuesday October 14th ...The Norfolk Mystery by Ian Sansom

Tuesday 11th November....Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse

Decemeber NO meeting

Tuesday 13th January.......My Family & Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
 and......The Queen & I by Sue Townsend

 Tuesday 10th February ......The Orphan Choir by Sophie Hannah.

 New members welcome....we meet in a members house and details are sent out by email about one week before each meeting. If you love books and reading come along !

Friday, 29 August 2014

Arm Knitting and Sewing

What a lovely evening we all had at the museum the other night!

Bristol Sewing School came and taught us how to use a sewing machine to make cute little bags.
Help - get me out of here!

Angie taught us to arm knit!
Such fun!!!

Monday, 18 August 2014

Adam's Farm

The man himself!
Last week we had a day's outing to to Adam Henson's farm or the Cotswold Farm Park, just outside Cheltenham.
Following a lovely lunch in 'Adam's Kitchen' the group had the chance to look around the farm,
Cuddle club
including a tractor trailer ride to explore the further edges.
Meet and greet!
There was plenty to see and do for the younger and older members - animals to stroke and bottle feed,
Waiting for the sheep show
if you wanted to, Highland cattle to admire, many different breeds of sheep to find out about in the Sheep Show,
Waiting for the sheep show
a lovely wildlife garden as well as much more. Some members tackled the two mile wildlife walk - apparently map reading has now been requested as a possible future activity!!!
Hee-land Coo
We even met the man himself at the end, much to our delight!
Cuddle corner
A big thank-you to Jenny for organising a super day out.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Stitch and Natter - Thursday 14th

A quick reminder that this Thursday is the stitch and natter evening at the museum starting at 7pm.
Those members who have booked a place on  Basic Sewing Workshop - please bring a quarter metre of fabric of your choice and matching thread.
The arm knitting workshop is free for all to join in - please bring two balls of super chunky wool.
Bring your own crafty projects or just come for a natter!
The museum cafe will be open for refreshments.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Coming up!

Even though it is the summer holidays and we have no 'official' meeting in August there is lots going on! This Saturday is our trip to Adam's farm - please contact us if you would to like to come with us as there is room on the coach!

Next Thursday, 14th is the stitch and natter evening at the museum. You can ...
join in with a sewing machine workshop (fee payable),
learn to arm knit a scarf in the evening - please bring two balls of super chunky wool with you
bring your own craft to sit and do without any interruptions from the family
have a natter
The museum's cafe will be open for the evening for refreshments.

arm knitting
And for the future we will be returning to Clayability in Wrington for the chance to throw a pot and make a Christmas sculpture on the 1st and 8th October.
Clayability and Bill Mooore

Our next meeting is on September 16th where there will be a murder!!! Fish and chips will be available and cooked to order ( no more than £4.50) for us.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Your WI Needs You!

New committee members needed from October onwards to help organise our monthly meetings, outings and events. No special skills required just enthusiasm and a desire to see WOW WI continue to be a lively successful WI. Committee meetings are held most months on the 4th Monday or Tuesday in the evening,  usually in a committee members home. Meetings last about 2 hours and apart from specialist jobs like finance & accounts the work is shared equally amongst all the committee members.
Interested?  Please speak to any committee member at the August Arm Knitting & Sewing workshop or at our September meeting Tuesday 16th.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Cider and Flamenco!

July's meeting started with John Thatcher telling us about his life as a farmer and how that became Thatcher's cider.

Cider tasting
There was much interest from the members as he answered questions and even more interest as we had a cider tasting session, with the cider that Thatchers very kindly provided.
John Thatcher
Several committee members have already admitted to buying some more (especially the rose!) since last Tuesday!
Then we had a very entertaining flamenco demonstration from Malcolm Cuthbertson's trio - full of stamping, clapping and castanets!
Malcolm Cuthbertson
A night to remember! Ole!
Don't forget, no meeting in August, our next is on September 16th.
Stitch and natter at the museum - 7pm - Thursday 14th August.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Coming up July!

Our last meeting of the summer is this Tuesday, 15th July, 7.30pm at the Museum as usual.

Our speaker is John Thatcher  from Thatchers Cider the local family company talking about making cider and the history of Thatchers.

This will be followed by a demonstration ( and possibly a chance to try ) Flamenco dancing!

Plus raffle, usual announcements and members notices,
Those members going  on the Adam's Farm trip please pay the £22 on Tuesday,  also those signed up for Sewing Workshop who have not already paid, £10 is due per person please
9th August
There is NO WI meeting in August  but we do have our Stitch & Natter evening at the Museum on Thursday, 12th August at 7 pm .This will include the pre-booked Sewing Workshop and the Arm Knitting - which you will also be able to sign up for next Tuesday.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Books we have read so far.......

WOW WI Book Group meets every second Tuesday each month, except August.
Meetings are held in members houses as other venues proved too expensive or  unsuitable.
Newbook worms  from WOW WI always welcome.

During the past few months we have read and discussed a variety of books  which have generated some interesting discussions.

Last Autumn we read The Age of Miracles by Karen Walker Thompson.. a futuristic tale about a family in California. What would happen if the days grew longer? If time expanded as the Earth slowed would communities adapt? ...this is  a tale of a teenage girls adjustment to growing up amid dramatic climate and time changes.

This was followed by Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie  a psychological thriller about a women who still grieves for a lost child.....but what really is the truth? can she trust her own husband?.....

In November we read The Light Between Oceans by M.L Stedman. An evocative novel set in early 20th century Australia where  a young couple start married life on a remote island as lighthouse keepers. Desperate for a family of their own their prayers are answered when a boat washes up with a lone baby in it..What follows is a poignant and gripping tale of a morale dilemma and choices within a marriage.

The December book was The World versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extance...a touching and often funny story of a teenage boy with epilepsy who befriends an elderly man in the village  where he lives.

2014 started with The Last Runaway by Tracey Chevalier. A young girl from Devon  sets sail for America in the early 1800s travelling to rural Ohio and  becoming involved in the  movement to smuggle slaves up to the northern ' free' states. Beautifully written and absorbing.

Another thriller was our next choice - The Husbands Secret by Lianne Moriaty. What is her husbands secret and  how does the heroine cope when faced with  the truth about a tragedy that occurred many years earlier? Opinion was divided about this novel with some members loving it, others less enamoured  by the plot and writing style.

18th century England and Jane Austen were the background to  our next 2 books. Death Comes to Pemberly by PD James and the fascinating and much enjoyed Longbourn by Jo Baker.
Death Comes to Pemberly describes a murder which happens on the estate owned by Mr Darcy and his wife Elizabeth Bennett and is PD James version of a sequel to Pride and Prejudice.

The house hold of the Bennett family and their servants is the setting for Jo Bakers descriptive and absorbing tale of those who waited on, washed up cooked cleaned and lived a hard and exacting life  serving  the Bennett family of Pride and Prejudice. A favourite this year so far

June's book was A Commonplace Killing by Sian Busby. A dark tale of murder and the struggle to live in post WW2 London in 1946 when food was rationed and life was dreary and often difficult.

This July we break for summer with a discussion of The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, which so far is funny and light hearted.

We meet again in September to discuss The Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty....Happy Holiday Reading!

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

An evening at La Cucina

June's meeting took the ladies of WoW-WI out and about!
Many of the members arrived at La Cucina in Uphill on an open topped bus enjoying the lovely summer weather after a cruise along the sea front.
Arriving in style!
Inside the restaurant, the nibbles turned out to be a delicious range of  foodie treats including salmon, pizza and Greek meatballs as well as a glass of wine or juice.
Empty plates!
After a lovely meal, well it was far more than nibbles, we had notices and and exciting games of 'speed bingo' with Annie as the caller . You may have read that she'd lost her voice next morning!
Speed Bingo!
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Saturday 9th August
Our trip to Adam's Farm is booked for Saturday August 9th. It costs £22 for the coach and entry fee and we will leave at 10.30am and return by about 5.30pm. We're all looking forward to seeing it all in real-life after watching it on 'Country File'. If you'd like to go contact us and bring your money along to the next meeting on July 15th.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Coming up ... in June!

Our next meeting on 17th June will be a trip out to  La Cucina  a lovely Italian restaurant in Uphill where we will be treated to pizza nibbles and a glass of wine or soft drink.

All the costs have been covered from WOW WI funds, but if you want any additional drinks or more

food then you will need to pay the cost of these on the evening.

 We have arranged transport to and from the museum. An open top bus will leave at 7pm on Tuesday evening and will return to the museum  at approximately 9.15pm. You can of course, make your own way to and from La Cucina.

 This should be a lovely evening and we are really hoping you will be able to join us.

We look forward to seeing you at the museum between 6.45 and 6.55 pm next Tuesday as the bus must leave sharp at 7pm!

Sunday, 25 May 2014

May Meeting

The may meeting was a busy meeting!
We discussed the WI resolution and voted 'for'.
Chris from Heavenly Hedgerows gave us an interesting talk on her business and about some of the more common plants to forage and then sold us some of her beautiful goodies.
Chris from Heavenly Hedgerows

There was mini make with Jo, in keeping with the theme, of decorated jam jars.
Busy making
And a reminder that next month's meeting is our 'jolly' to La Cucina and that the open topped bus will be at the museum at 6.45pm.

Mini make