Friday, 24 July 2015

Longstock Water Park Garden Trip

Our summer trip was at the Longstock Park Water Gardens in Hampshire. We all got on-board our lovely coach and set off on a great day out.  The weather looked like it was going to be just right (maybe the odd spot or two of rain on the way) but we were in the coach so we were not getting wet!

We stopped off for a comfort break at the Little Chef where we were served rather quickly, then were on our way again travelling through the beautiful town of Marlborough following on to the garrison town of Tidworth where one of our members used to live.

We arrived at out first port of call and that was the Mayfly on the River Test.


They had kindly set aside a section of the pub for us all to sit in (our reputation proceeds us!!!).  All ordered and lovely lunch which was absolutely beautiful and maybe the odd tipple or two!. The staff were so good to us and I would recommend it to anyone. On our way out we all stood on the bridge for a photo.
Which was a good ploy as it got everyone together to get back on the coach!

So back on the road again and thank goodness the coach was only small as the roads were rather narrow. After navigating past lorries and tractors we eventually got to Leckford Estate. Where Waitrose grow most of then produce they sell.
We did drive past the garden, they were very hard to spot being so well hidden. So we stopped a local farmer to ask for directions!
They were very helpful and the fact that the chap who was letting us in  had just put a sign out for us!
Longstock is a part of the Leckford Estate which is fully Owned by Waitrose.  The garden is situated in the heart of Hampshire.

The Garden was created by John Spedon Lewis in the 1940's as a place to work and reflect. And what a place to do it.


Unfortunately the rain came a little early so we decided to go to the Garden centre in the estate and we had a lovely spread with cakes and refreshments. Then we had time to have a look around the walled garden and shop before the journey home.

Another fantastic trip out.  A fabulous day was had by all.
Remember please pop along to Areley Kings W.I On our next meeting which is Monday 14th Sept 2015 in the Village Hall at 7.30pm. We would love to see you there.






Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Meeting held on Monday 13th July




Patsy welcomed everyone to the meeting including our speaker Richard Kendrick and his wife, and they joined us in singing Jerusalem
  • Annual Council Meeting 2015 details of speakers and application for delegate
  • Silver wire workshop Sat 7th Nov 10-4 WI House £50
  • Preserves workshop –Stoned fruit Sat 10th October £15 Christopher Whitehead college
  • Professional Finish Knitting workshop Tues 3rd Nov £14 WI House


  • Stop Press – Centenary celebrations (from Marjorie)
  • Three Counties Show – thanks for all who contributed
  • Archive material – re Financial Statements should be retained in the archives.
  • WI House – closed for August
  • Hallow WI have Adrian Varela (violinist) in concert) and sent flyer advertising tickets
  • Thank you note from Sheena to 3 CountyShow helpers
  • Thank you card from Dorothy Birchall for flowers
  • Thank you card from Joyce of Far Forest WI to congratulate and thank for WI Streaming of National AGM


Flyers re WI Centenary Fair
Leaflet re Centenary Broadcast highlights from Albert Hall

Future Events

Lesley has arranged a walk along the canal at Wolverley on Wed 29th July – meet at the Lock Inn at 12noon for lunch before walk.

Summer Outing –only 22 members have signed up to go and 3 more tickets are available so we can reduce coach size to 25 seater. Pick up times will be 8am from Lickhill and 8.15am from Areley Kings. Return will be approc 7pm

Summer Garden Party at Jacki’s home Monday 27th July, 4-6pm Tickets £6 to raise funds for WI Bursary. Offers of food were taken at the meetings

Autumn Group meeting at Astley 22nd October ‘Tudor Pastimes’ - competition Photo of Tudor Building members were reminded to take photo for judging at our October meeting.

Theatre Trip – Patsy has reserved 24 tickets for the one night performance by Jenny Eclair at Huntingdon Hall on Thursday 19th November, there were 15 members, so far, who wanted to go.

Lin had displayed entries for the County Annual Meeting competitions and members were asked to judge during the refreshment break which entry would go forward for our WI entry.
Patsy then introduced Richard Kendrick who has run an Outside Catering Company for many years serving film and television programme casts with food throughout their filming . Richard started his career in catering as a Group Catering Adviser for Pubs, Health Authorities and the Police before deciding that he could use his knowledge to make money for himself. This started with buying a Transport Cafe. Here he met someone who had connections with ATV, who asked if he could help out by catering for an outside ATV broadcast and so his career began.
Richard showed numerous slides showing the vehicles he had adapted for the needs of his business- HGV wagons which hid full stainless steel kitchens, dining halls, make-up wagons, and more. It was amazing to think of the huge numbers of people his company catered for around the clock. The purpose built vehicles cost between £60 and £80,000 and even higher but were amazing in their similarity to normal restaurant kitchens.
The company has catered for numerous well known shows, films and events these included Live Aid, The Open Golf Tournament, Crossroads, The Perry Como Christmas Show (for the USA).
The vote of thanks was given by Mary Wehner.
Moon Misson total to date to be added up at the meeting. Currently at 543 miles It was agreed to make this month’s total our final total as we do not meet again before the end of July. Katie reported that a further 205 miles was to be added to the total making a grand total of 748 miles – exceeding our target of 500 miles by 50%!!!

Members were informed that our current website was to be discontinued to save money but that Katie was going to set up a different one and they would be advised as soon as it was up and running. Jacki was thanked for her work over the past two years.

Denman Bursary application –choice for County draw the votes were counted and Patsy had received the most so her name will be put forward for the County Bursary Draw.


WI Day celebrations – September meeting Jacki has made a cake for the Centenary day. Katie would be demonstrating Wire jewellery and Patsy lavender wands and there would be a surprise guest. Tea and cakes would be served at tables in the style of a Victorian Teaparty and members are encouraged to wear a hat representing one of the decades from the past century. During the evening 100 daffodil bulbs will be planted on the verge outside the village hall for everyone to enjoy in the future.
Pat Griffin, Lesley Smith and Jan Taylor have all been to Denman College in the past month and gave a report on their experiences. Pat had attended a nature walk with friends from around the UK she had previously met at Denman and thoroughly enjoyed her experience of identifying birds and flowers in beautiful weather whist walking in the Chiltern Hills.
Lesley and Jan had attended a course on Forensic Psychology , which turned out to somewhat different from what they and other members had expected. The tutor told of old cases of criminals who had broken the law and how profilers worker with detectives giving them information on criminal minds in given circumstances. Although the course had been different they had still enjoyed an insight into criminal minds.
Teas Bernie Downing, Lorri Parfitt and Val Osborn were thanked.

Flowers had been sent in by Pam Eves and were later put into the raffle.
The results of the craft judging resulted in entries by Chris Steadman (art) Jacki Clark and Lesley Smith (Crafts) and Pauline Hadwell (Brown paper parcel) are being put forward for the Council meeting.








The competition to name films with ‘food’ in the title was jointly won by Margaret Cook and Ann Lakin both with 46 titles (although many were different), 2nd was Val Osborn and 3rd Lin Edwards.

Date of next meeting Monday 14th September .

New Areley Kings Hub for all Things W.I

Firstly we would like to welcome you all to the new place for Areley Kings Women's Institute, the hub for all things W.I related.  We will inform you of up and coming speakers, competitions, events and outings.

We are a very active W.I and welcome new members with open arms. We have a varied age of ladies from all walks of life. A great place to make new friends and socialise,(and we do a lot of socialising!!).

Here are a few pictures of the past events we have had this year.

Our Trip to The Mail Box in Birmingham


Our walk along The Rough then Fish & Chips at the Cricket Club


The Peace Roses we Planted in Stourport.

We hope that you will come and join us and join in all the fun we have.
Take care and see you soon.