Tuesday, 13 December 2016

December Meeting

We welcomed the members and their guests and continued to sing Jerusalem.

The we dealt with the matters of housekeeping before we got on it the evenings entertainment and festivities. 

matters Arising

New Committee Jobs

Cyndy Firth - President
Faye Gillmore - Secretary
Lesley Smith 
Katie Reid - Vice President, Scrapbook and Points Book and Competition
Patsy Anderson - Minutes Secretary
Anne Freestone - Bookings Secretary
Anne Bailey - Tea Hostess and Skittles Captain
Ann Lakin - Speakers Hostess and Press
Paula Wood - Raffle
Jayne Gill - Flowers, VOT, Helping with signing in book and Raffle.

Stop Press - The Denman Apple has risen to date £207,000.00 

Looking t future events we have a annual lunch coming up on 16th Jan £23 PP and it will be held at the Mercure Hotel in Bewdley.

We have chosen the delegate for the AGM and it will be Katie Reid this year who will be going to represent the Forest Group in Liverpool.

A coffee morning will be held in aid of the Denman Apple at Patsy Anderson's home on Thursday 9th Feb 2017 from 10.30am.  It will be £3 per ticket.  Please see Patsy if you would like to go.  

We feel it necessary to have a First Aider in light of what had happened during the last meeting. So we have asked if people would be interested in doing this and we did get a few people put their names down so we are going to investigate this.  

We had a great night of entertainment with a superb entertainer called Dave Moylan.  He regaled us with songs Magic tricks and a joke or two.  He was amazingly funny and we would recommend him to anyone  to book.

The supper was also extremely good a lot of effort went into making all the the beautiful items we had to eat.

The competioin was a handmade card
1st place went to Alison Hastie
2nd place when to Cherry
3rd Place when to Pam Eves.
We raised £41.50 for St Richards Hospice with the Christmas Cards
It just leaves us to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from us all at Areley Kings WI.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

September Vid

WI meeting Monday October 10th 2016

Record of WI meeting Monday October 10th 2016

The secretary, Jacki Clarke is on holiday so Patsy will do the record.

The meeting opened with Jerusalem.

Patsy welcomed guests to the meting, Brenda Banner a past president and three ladies who came together, Annette Whitehouse, Eileen Merriman and Gill Fradley (who is a member of Astley WI).

Matters Arising:

        Members had all enjoyed the September meeting which was a cheese and wine supper with an excellent audio visual presentation of our WI year created by our clever and talented young member Katie Reid.

2          On September 23rd we hosted the Autumn Group Meeting.  68 people attended.  The tables were decorated with lovely sunflowers, in bottles decorated with yellow hat motifs, and standing on mats following the same theme all created by Margaret Cook.  The committee were wearing bright yellow aprons and head bands embroidered with AKWI all made by Jacki Clarke.  A delicious homemade supper was served, quiche, salad and coleslaw, fresh baguettes and butter, followed by trifle and tea.

            The speaker, Irene Tyack came from the Cotswolds near Bourton on the Water.  She is an accomplished artist, but she spoke about her childhood and early life, which was very harsh and she was not able to achieve her ambition to paint until she married her third husband, after bringing up nine children!  She is now a renowned artist and her resilience and spirit is to be admired.  The meeting closed to enable us to purchase prints of her work, including cards, bags, mugs and tea towels.  Irene did not charge us a fee, and relied on the sale of her work.

Faye Gillmore, with the help of Linda Lane did a sterling job selling raffle tickets raising £119, which goes to Group funds.

County Post

   Flyer from the Norton Museum at Bromsgrove.

                   Stop press.  A Christmas Wreath making course and a holiday in Jersey hosted by Jersey WI Federation.

Any other business

Katie Reid had created a media presentation of our WI and its role in the community for the Elizabeth Bell competition.  Katie’s entry had been selected to represent Worcestershire’s entry and will be sent on to the National Competition.

The 90th Birthday Celebration Flag, made by Brenda Banner was on display.  The members were delighted with it and full of admiration for Brenda’s skilled work.  Brenda was presented with a WI Centenary Cook Book.
 Skittles:  The first match against Mitton WI has been played and sadly we lost by 6 points.  There was some angst at the match!  The next match will be against Far Forest on 31st October at Wharton Park.

County News Letter: The Public Affairs Committee are requesting donations for new cotton ladies and girls knickers to be sent to Africa, they must be full knickers and have plenty of “bottom room”.  Our speaker for the evening, Mr David Berry pretended to cover his ears in embarrassment!

Speaker: Mr David Berry on Military Mistakes and Misjudgments.  Spoke well and had done a lot of historical research.  Most of the members found it interesting, some thought he spoke for too long.  

Mary Arden-Davies gave an excellent vote of thanks.

After the tea break members read out several of the “Who am I” letters which was good fun.

The competition, a homemade poppy was judged by our speaker. 1st Alison Hastie, 2nd Katie Reid, 3rd Ann Lakin.  There were several entries all of them delightful.

Katie and or Margaret Cook will investigate the Co-op’s policy towards food waste, after Katie had had a good result from Tesco.

Ann Bailey, Helen Golding and Katie Reid provided delicious refreshments.

The raffle was drawn.  Pam Eves provided a lovely miniature rose plant for the President’s table which she gave for a raffle prize.

Eliabeth Bell Challenge Areley Kings Womens Institute

Sunday, 9 October 2016

September Meeting

Summer Outing to Waddesdon Manor was very much enjoyed by all who attended and Patsy thanked Anne Freeston for standing in for her at very short notice
Summer Garden Party  Held at the home of Paula Smith and attended by 19 members who enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon with good company, nice food and just about nice weather ( it started to rain as they packed up).  Lesley sent a card and flowers with thanks to Paula who hosted the garden party.
County Post
Murder Mystery Afternoon, Sat Dec 3rd, Peopleton Village Hall, £10 incl afternoon tea
The People's collection request for items of ancestors to display to celebrate 100 years since WW1
Christmas Shopping Trip onThursday 17th November ,to Bristol Shopping Quarter. Depart 9-10am at various points across county, leave Bristol 4pm. Members £18 non members £20
Talking for the Terrified WI House 15 November 6.30pm-9pm Members £8 inc light supper.
Hit the Headlines Mon 21 Nov 6.30pm – 9pm Salwarpe Village hall, Bromsgrove. Learn how to make a splash with the Newspapers and use the press to your advantage. Know what to write and what to OMIT Members £5 up to 2 members with light supper
County Newsletter Questionnaire  completed by the committee and returned by Jacki
National Post
2017 Subs notification Subs will be £39 per member from January 2017
WI Supermarket investigation survey and Food Waste survey, Katie , who works for Tesco has agreed to fill out the questionnaire and reported that as from September 2016 Tesco were now distributing food at its ‘sell by’ date to local charities, this was a follow up from the Resolution Meeting that jacki and Anne attended in May
Treasurers Report
Lesley has finally managed, after a lot of work, to obtain us a Charity Commission number. Thanks were extended to her and her family for all the hard work this entailed..
Stop Press
Denman Appeal – suggestion that each WI send receipts of their raffle in September to the Denman Appeal.  It was agreed by the members to do this for September only.
Wanted Grape Pickers at Fernhill Heath in October for picking grapes to make the WI Centenary wine.- details of dates to follow to those interested.
Dates for Diary NFWI 2017 AGM Echo Arena Liverpool 17 June 2017
WFWI Spring Meeting Mon 24th April 2017 7.30pm Artrix Theatre Bromsgrove
WFWI ACM Tues 17th October 3 Counties showground
ACWW – note from Doreen Jeeves on voting. Bromsgrove and thanks for the 800-900 items members sent for the sale at the ACWW Conference.
 From CNL
Request for flower arrangers for Worcester cathedral .
County Skittle tournament result 1st  Badsey WI                        2nd Alfrick WI
Patsy thanked everyone for their love and support during the summer when she was unavailable through illness of both her and her husband, Peter, who sadly passed away in August. She said the WI had given her immeasurable support at this difficult time.
GROUP MEETING FRIDAY 23rd September 6.30pm
Members were asked to donate food for this event and also to sign up to come along.  A ggod response was had from the meeting.  The hall will be open from 5pm on 23rd Sept to set up and receive food.
Home Start are holding an Olde Time Music hall with Dentith & Price at Hartlebury Village Hall on17th October, tickets from Barbara Hughes
Friends of Hartlebury Castle are having a Desert  Island Discs with retired Flying Doctor Dick Herbert on 14th October details from Mary Arden Davies.
There was then held a Fire Drill, to comply with the rules of hiring the hall.
Margaret Cook was presented with her prize for designing a WI Flag for the 90th WI birthday. The flag is currently being made by Brenda Banner.
Katie then presented a fantastic home movie about our WI using photos taken by members and background music of ‘Jerusalem’.  It showed her skills as a film maker and how far advanced she is in today’s technology than the rest of us who were in awe of her talent.  Katie is also appearing on the Sky Shopping Channel demonstrating more of her skills making jewellery and hats.  Patsy presented Katie with a WI cookbook in appreciation of the hard work she had put into her ‘production’.
Following an extended social time with cheese and biscuits, Pimms punch and black forest cakes, when there was time to look at old minute books and the WI scrapbooks, where many members saw photos of their younger selves, Patsy announced that the Art Group will start the Autumn term on 6th October at the Masonic Hall.  Margaret Cook showed how she had made a ‘Sensory Band’ from crochet with various textures attached for use by a patient with Alzheimer’s  disease and urged members to take a pattern and make some more,
Thanks were extended to the committee and members who had provided the food, to Linda Lane for the table plant and the raffle was drawn. The competition for a covered coathanger was won by Margaret Cook with Pam Eves and Ann Lakin close behind.
There  was then just time for a ‘Who am I?’ when Paula read out that it was  a member who had run a nursery school between the years of 1966-1968 but not in the UK.
It was eventually guessed that it was Anne Freeston who had started a small nursewry on Ocean Island in the South Pacific to relieve boredom whilst living there when her husband was working as an engineer,

The next meeting following the Group Meeting) will be on October 10th when David Berry will talk on Military Mistakes and Misjudgements.  The competition will be a homemade poppy.