Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Merry Christmas!

A merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all our members!
Below are some photos of the Christmas meeting taken by our fabulous President, Marianne. 
A good time was had by all!

See you in January!

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Meeting Dates 2016

These are the dates we are meeting in 2016. Pop them on your calendar now!

January Tuesday 19th - Weaving & Spinning demonstration.
February Tuesday 16th  - Skin Care with Angela Langford.
March Tuesday 15th - A chance to try Irish dancing !
April Tuesday 19th - The Space Detective !
May Tuesday 17th
June Tuesday 21st
July Tuesday 19th


September Tuesday 20 th
October Tuesday 18th
November Tuesday 15th
December Tuesday 20th

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

December Christmas meeting

Our December meeting is next week Tuesday  December 15 and we have a fun filled evening planned. As requested at the November meeting please bring along a small plate of savoury or sweet food to share. 🎂
We will be serving complimentary Bucks Fizz.! and there will be tea and coffee for purchase as usual. 🍸☕
We will have seasonal music 🎶
  Xmas quizzes📃  Pass the Parcel, Pin the nose on Rudolph,   Best Christmas jumper 👚competition and the usual raffle. To
participate in Secret Santa please bring a wrapped handmade gift to the value of at least £ 5. You don't have to have made the gift yourself. Those of you who went to Blackmoor farm will have some great ideas no doubt. Looking forward to a fabulous festive evening! 🎄

Monday, 23 November 2015

Blackmoor Farm Trip Next Sunday

Just a reminder that our trip to Blackmoor Farm Christmas Fayre is next Sunday 29th November.
The Coombs coach will leave from Locking Road car/coach park at 3.30 PM and then Worle Parkway outside Lidl about 5- 10 minutes later. We will arrive in Cannington about 4 pm and arrive back in Weston around 7 pm.🚌

There are still a few places left one the coach if you haven't put your name down but want to, or if you want to bring a friend. Please let us know ASAP

Cost £11 per person which includes entry to the Fayre and a mince pie and mulled wine or juice on arrival. There are numerous stalls selling locally produced goods, crafts, and food to browse - all by candlelit with music as well! Should be a lovely evening.  🎄

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Next Weeks Meeting

Hello Ladies
Just a reminder that we meet next week Tuesday 17th November 7.30 pm at Vintage community church as usual.

Last chance to pay and confirm your place on the coach to Blackmoor Fam Candlelight Craft Fair on Sunday 29th November.
£11 per person. Spare places available if you want to sign up or bring a friend.
The coach will depart from Locking Road coach park at 3.30 pm then call at Worle Parkway outside Lidl about 10 minutes later. We will return to Weston around 7 pm.

Tuesday evening
Annie has arranged  a visit and demonstration from Weston's very own Fire Brigade and crew  inc. a fire engine, and a talk about fire safety. Very timely given Christmas coming up with lots of lights and candles etc. [If the fire brigade is called out to an emergency the demonstration and talk will be cut short].

Jo will be talking us through a gorgeous Christmas pudding tree decoration  mini - make! Each member can buy one of Jo's lovely kits for the subsidised price of £1.50 each. ( Remainder paid out of WOW WI funds).If you want to buy more kits to take home they will be £3 each.

Trip to Frome Independent Market Sunday 6th Dec
The minibus costs £160. Those who still wish to go will have to decide how much each they are prepared to pay. This could be between £16 and £20 or more, depending how many confirm that they still wish to go and pay in full on Tuesday evening.  IF members decide that the price per person is too expensive the trip will be cancelled

There will the usual notices and Raffle.
Please fill out a slip about what you would like to do and see at future meetings. - then place in the red suggestion box afterwards.

Looking forward to seeing you all next Tuesday

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

AGM bingo!

Caroline busy knitting!
November heard our AGM wth reports from the committee and a lively game of Buzzword Bingo! Followed by more games of 'traditional' style b..i..n..g..o!
Several ladies brought in little hats for the Innocent Big Knit - thank-you - and keep knitting and crocheting as they can be brought to our November meeting. Check out the website for patterns - there's even a Clanger one!
Information about the Blackmore by Candlelight trip is on our events page.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Coming up ... October

See you Tuesday!

This month is AGM and Bingo Night!
To make the AGM part a little more exciting, we will be playing Buzz Word Bingo - listen out for the words on the Bingo card and when you've got them all .. shout 'BINGO!' There will be of course a prize for the winner.
We will also be playing the more traditional game of Bingo and the first three games are free - extra books may be purchased at £1 a book of three. There are some super prizes for each Full House!

Such fun!
As usual guest visitors are more than welcome!
P.S. Find out about our Christmas visit on the events page!

Tuesday, 13 October 2015


Just a reminder that WOW WI meets next week Tuesday 20th October 7.30 pm at the Vintage Community Church , Hughenden Road at 7.30 pm
We will start  with our AGM including  reports on our financial status etc.
There will be  Buzz Word Bingo for our AGM discussion with small prizes. 🎉

Main Event Big Prize Bingo !!
Each member will get three games free - additional games can be bought at  £1 per set of three .
There are BIG prizes at stake for each Full House ..£25  M&S voucher,  another retail voucher for £25 and a luxury bathroom toiletries et plus smaller prizes for Completed Lines..be in it to win it!

Coming in November....a visit from Weston's very own Fire Fighters complete with Fire Engine and demonstration!🚒
See you next week!. New members and guests welcome

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Michael Eavis

The September meeting started with a packed house all waiting for Michael Eavis to speak. We were not disappointed, in fact, the activities for after our speaker were abandoned as he was so interesting and the ladies had so many questionns!

Michael is a very interesting and amusing speaker, who will be 80 on October 17th! He not only told us about the festival, but also about his award winning farm and the social housing he has built in Pilton, his home village.

We only had time at the end for a brief introduction to the Innocent Smoothies Big Knit campaign for Help the Aged, but all the details and patterns can be found here on their website. There are also lots of patterns on Ravelry a fabulous knitting website, including Jo's simple garter stitch hat. Our first four hats were donated, so get knitting or crocheting and bring them to the October and November meetings if you would like them posted.
our first little hats
Throughout the meeting there was prosecco and cake to celebrate our birthday!

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Book group report....August 2015

In June the WOW WI book group read The Girl on the Train , the best seller by Paula Hawkins, a " who dunnit " thriller. Every day Rachel gets a train into London, and watches other peoples living  in the terraced houses and back gardens  that the train  passes each day. During her journey she imagines the lives of those inhabitants in the houses, until one day she witnesses an event that startles her. What follows is a tense psychological thriller with twists and turns whilst Rachel tries to make sense of  what she has seen and her hazy memories. People she felt she knew well,  show a different darker  side to their characters ...who can she trust...and why is her memory so unreliable ?  Definitely a stay up late page turner  and recommended.

In July we read The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell.  Difficult to describe, this book had mixed reviews.  Those who have read Cloud Atlas by the same writer will be familiar with David Mitchells mix of gripping stories mixed with magical realism and  sci-fi visions  of the future.
Bone Clocks is the tale of Holly , a London teenager  growing up in the  late Seventies early Eighties. Throughout her life she the experiences glimpses of an alternative world and people.  A gripping read with very evocative descriptions of her life as a teenager, we follow Holly's life and those of other fascinating characters into the present day, but also through  an alternative existence where some souls are reincarnated endlessly and some not,  and ending in an imagined post apocalyptic future.
Fantastic story telling  but probably a bit like Marmite......you either loved it or hated it.

In September we meet again to discuss The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. Details will be  emailed out nearer the time.
Happy Reading !

Friday, 14 August 2015

Afternoon Tea

Don't forget our Centenary Afternoon Tea -  this Saturday, 15th August, 2.30 pm at Oak & Glass Restuarant. It will finish at 5pm.
If you have not already paid your £8 please do so on the day.
Lookng forward to seeing you all and raising our teacups to 100 years of WI!

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Fabulous Frome

A little while ago we went to The Frome Independent (in Somerset), their tagline is 'More than a Market' and they proudly proclaim 'You can't buy happiness (But you can shop at The Frome Independent and that's pretty close)'.
Flowers everywhere
If you enjoy going to markets you'll love The Frome Independent! A craft market in the Cheese and Grain, a lovely cafe and clean toilets!

A flea market in the car park, and when we went they had set up a village green. Today it becomess in becomes Frome-on-Sea complete with a beach and donkeys!
A free park and ride is available - check the website.
The streets of Frome are filled with food and craft stalls of all shapes and sizes and contents, from cheese to cupcakes to belts made from bicycle tyres. Everywhere you go there are stalls.
Plants as well
Be warned though by lunchtime many of the cash points were empty!
These are muffins!
Catherine Hill has many vintage shops, Millie Moon (fabulous fabrics), Marmalade Yarns and the Suitcase Stalls - mini stalls set up on a suitcase, a wheelbarrow or tiny table.
We had a super day out- thank-you Marianne for organising it.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Coming up ... July

Start here!
Just a reminder that we are not meeting at Vintage Church on Tuesday 21st but instead are having a Treasure Hunt around Weston!

Meet outside the seafront entrance to the Winter Gardens from  7 pm onwards and Jenny and Margaret will give you, your Treasure Hunt Map and clues!

When you have completed the Treasure Hunt meet up in the bar of the Royal Hotel. The Treasure Hunt will take about an hour and there will be prizes for the person or team with the most correct clues in the shortest time! ...
Take an umbrella just in case!!

For those who dont want to walk the Treasure Hunt route, there will be a table quiz in the bar of the Royal Hotel. After the Treasure Hunt we will have a brief meeting, with the usual Raffle and notices.
If you haven't yet booked for our WI Centenary Celebration Afternoon Tea  -Sat 15th August £8 per person  - this is your last chance!
Any members owing money from the Frome Trip or for Afternoon Tea please pay on Tuesday evening.
It will the last chance to sign up for the Clevdon WI Quiz night Monday 27th July.
Finish here!

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Latest Book Club review......

‘We Are All Called To Rise’ is a debut novel by Nevada Community College teacher Lara McBride. A novel based on redemption set in  LasVegas, it is the story of four completely different and incomparable lives; a social worker, an immigrant boy, a U. S. A. solider back from  Afghanistan and a suburban housewife who all become linked by a sudden decision each have made. Slow to start as the reader is introduced to the characters however, the pace is upped as the connection between them is established. The book becomes compelling and extremely emotional in parts. 
Another ‘up until midnight’, hugely enjoyed by all W. I. Book Clubbers.  

Look out for our next review of "the Girl on The Train" by Paula Hawkins.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Coming up ... June

Picture from Country Living
Well, what  a fab day out we had at Frome Independant Market on Sunday - thankfully in sunshine! A post to follow about it!

Next meeting this Tuesday 16th - unfortunately Mandi Gair has had to cancel at short notice, so no chocolate making...but...Nicke Vall has stepped in at the last minute and will be helping us make a topiary shaped floral decoration! 
Nicke will provide a base pot and oasis, a stick and an Oasis ball to make a round  display. These items will be at a cost of £4 per person and members are asked to bring along their own foliage, flowers and any other decorations that can be stuck into a round oasis ball. As well as a pair of scissors or secateurs.

Mousetrap Theatre Outing to the Playhouse Tuesday evening 14th July - still one ticket left. Sign up next week.

Clevdon WI Quiz Night - Monday 27th July - sign up  next week if you are interested in having a team of 4 enter. (£12.50 per team) The committee are sending 2 teams and if there are enough of us going,  transport will be arranged.

WI Centenary Afternoon Tea.
To celebrate 100 years of WI we have arranged Afternoon Tea at Oak & Glass Restaurant in Uphill on Saturday 15th August. After considering our finances the Committee felt it would be appropriate to pay some of the costs  out of funds. Therefore each member can have a fabulous full Afternoon Tea - sandwiches, scones, cakes and biscuits with unlimited tea or coffee  -for just £8 per person!! ( if you wish to have a glass of fizz this will be payable on an individual basis). Sign up and pay £8 next week or at the July meeting latest.

July meeting - will be a Treasure Hunt around Weston with a prizes for the group that finishes first ! More details at next weeks meeting and to follow by email.

Our Autumn programme is looking good with a talk from  Michael Eavis of Glastonbury Festival, Big Prize Bingo, Christmas craft making and more to be confirmed!
Don't forget - you can always bring along a friend,  neighbour or family member as a Guest to see what WOW WI is all about!

Monday, 1 June 2015

We love Guide Dogs

For the May meeting we had some super visitors - Adele and Orla who brought Claire with them. Adele is a German Shepherd puppy in training to go to 'Big Guide Dog School' and Orla is a retired dog.

Claire Mahoney is a puppy dog walker for Guide Dogs and Adele is her 17th puppy!
Claire told us about the training Orla and the other puppies have to do with her. She also brought some glasses that replicate some of the visual impairments people may have who have a Guide Dog.

Orla and Adele
Orla, Adele and Claire were beautifully behaved and went home with dozens of teddies that the lovely ladies of WoWWI brought with them for Guide Dogs to use in their tombolas.
Just some of our teddies!
 We finished with a very lively debate from Susan and Helen about this year's national resolution - Failing to Care, after which the members voted. If you want to read more about the resolution , it's all on p24 Of WI Life Magazine, April edition.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Coming up ... May

Just a reminder about the meeting this Tuesday 19th May 7.30 pm as usual at Vintage Communty Church, Hughenden Road.
Usual Raffle and Notices & a brief talk from Weston Hospice fundraising team.
Main talk: Claire Mahoney a puppy walker from Guide Dogs , with her current puppy. They have asked that  we donate  teddy bears - these are then  used in tombolas and raffles to raise funds for the charity, so please bring a teddy with you to donate.

Frome Market  Trip Sunday 7th June Please pay on Tuesday if not already paid. £6.60 per person. There are a few spaces about 4-5 left on the coach if anyone wants to bring a friend. Pick up times and locations will be announced at a later date by email.

If you have booked on the Mousetrap  Theatre trip 14th July but not yet paid please  bring cash or cheques  for £26 on Tuesday.

Finally, some lovely rag wreathes were made at the last meeting, so to brighten up this post, I have shared them with you!

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Latest Book Club Review

The March choice for WOW WI book group was  Us by David Nicholls. His previous best sellers One Day and Starter for Ten have both been made into films, and  Us would make a  good film or TV series we feel.
Us is the story of a last family holiday in Europe as the slightly geeky  'hero'  Douglas tries in vain to hold his marriage together and maintain a  a relationship with his teenage son.
His bohemian laid back wife Connie is undecided  as to whether she wants to stay married to him and along with seventeen year old son Albie unwillingly embarks on a family  tour of the cultural highlights of Europe.
Douglas has planned the trip to the tiniest detail degree but will it all go to plan and will he still be married at the end of the months trip?
Amusing,well written, poignant, sad and sometimes laugh out loud funny, this is a wry tale of modern family relationships with some very apt and comical references to marriage. A satisfying enjoyable read. Recommended!

Aprils book was A Colder War by Charles Cumming. If you like John Le Carre you'll enjoy this. Thomas Kell is an MI5 agent given one last chance to prove himself after unwittingly allowing the torture and rendition of a Guantanamo inmate. His fellow spy and friend disappears in a planes crash over the Greek Islands - what follows is a tale of betrayal,  possible double agents,  moles and modern spy warfare with the Internet and mobile phones being used to combat modern threats to UK and European security from Russia and  other rogue states. Thomas Kell is a very human spy, overweight, unfit and smokes too much but in true spy fashion gets the glamorous girl...but is she an informer? A straight forward spy thriller. Good beach or holiday read if you are a fan of this genre.

Also read and enjoyed....Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.....very long but gripping, with a cast of unique almost Dickensian characters.

How The Light Gets In by Louise Penny...a pacy detective thriller set in French Canadian Quebec......was still up reading at midnight!

Happy Reading!!

Friday, 17 April 2015

House to let

Yes I know it's sideways - but this is the only way it will let me upload it on here!!!!
Just thought you might like to see a picture of a bee house bought after the bee talk a few months ago.  My husband just put it up and called me out to see it ...

Coming up ... April

Why not give your wreath a spring theme?
Just a reminder that we meet on Tuesday 21st April at the Vintage Community Church 25 Hughenden Road at 7.30 pm as usual.
Angie who was going to do a drumming workshop with us has had to cancel unfortunately.

However we will be have a crafty creative evening making Fabric Wreaths- wire frames will be provided free  .Please brings along sharp scissors and any small pieces of fabric you have. You will need 5-6 inch long strips of fabric about half an inch or 1 cm wide - as many as possible. Ribbon can be used as well . A bottle of Prosecco for the best wreath!

If you have booked to go the the Playhouse Theatre to see The Mouse Trap on Tuesday 14th July you will need to pay next week please as the  tickets have been bought and booked. Please bring cheques made out to WOW WI   or cash - £26 per ticket.

There are a few  places left on the trip to Frome Independent Market Sunday 7th June- so sign up if you want to go.The cost of the  coach will be between £5 - £7  depending on how many people go.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Coming up .... March

Looking forward to seeing you all at our first meeting in our new venue The Vintage Community Church, 25 Hughenden Road BS23 2UR. Click on the link for google maps.

Vintage Church Centre location

from the road

Unfortunately our scheduled speaker Nicke Vall has had to cancel   - however we have a lively alternative arranged  up for you - Line Dancing!!

Please feel free to dress appropriately - cowboy boots and hats welcome! Bring a friend!
As well as a fun evening doing the hoedown,  we will have the usual notices and Raffle.

If you want to enter the ballot to attend the WI Centenary Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 2nd June, it is £2  per person to enter the ballot. The ballot money will be given to the winner to pay for their ticket and coach fare.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Coming up ... February

It is sadly our last meeting at the Museum and there will be a Thank You card on the desk for all members to sign when you arrive.
Aldwick Wines

We will have the usual notices and raffle and our speaker this month is Sandy Lack from Aldwick Court Farm & Vineyard.
Sandy will be telling us about her vineyard and making English wine  -there will be a wine tasting and no doubt a chance to buy some wine if wanted.
We will also have cheese samples to eat along with the wine and a mini quiz about cheese.Jo will be showing us all a Make & Take  - related to the wine and cheese....wait and see!Bring & Buy!! Got paperbacks that you don't want ? Finished with your recent magazines? Bring them along and re-cycle them to raise funds for WOW WI. Pick up a book you haven't read or a new(ish) magazine at a bargain price...£1 for books...50p for magazines.
Good bye Karen

Sadly Karen Mills has stepped down from the Committee, due to all her other commitments, and we would like to say a huge thank-you to her for all her hard work. So we now need another Committee member - you don't need to have to have been a member for long. Please approach any Committee member if interested.
Membership fees are due. Cash or cheque made out to WOW WI for £36 please.