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.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Resolutions Meeting

  Meeting on Monday 9th May 2016
Apologies    Barbara Hughes, Linda Lane, Betty Barrret, Betty Bickerton, Margaret Shaddock & Dallas Henderson
Welcome – including visitor Christine Brierley from Cheshire and Sheila Bishop of Hartlebury WI
Thanks from Patsy to Cindy for taking the  previous months meeting in her absence. She went on to tell members of the accident our oldest member, Margaret Shaddock, who when parking her car on a slope and the handbrake releasing,  the car running over her arm and shoulder.  Thankfully she is not badly hurt but very bruised.  But her indomitable spirit is shining through.  Patsy will send flowers and a card from the WI
Matters Arising               
 Last month’s speaker  was not up to standard and County have notified County as to our dissatisfaction
Patchwork, Art Group and Knit and Natter gave an  exhibition of work, which was admired by everyone.
Trip to Needle Museum huge success everyone full of praise for their reception.
Trip to Theatre -again very uplifting performance
County Meeting bit disappointing but the Naval display excellent. It was announced that Pat Jewkes will be the new Adviser for Forest Group.
Walk on 27th April enjoyed despite the inclement weather – it started with a hailstorm which then left sunshine for a very pleasant walk  The next walk has been cancelled due to lack of response.
Di Parkes gave a report on the Group Meeting at Heightington WI which 6 members attended. Sadly this WI may be folding after their AGM tonight, Patsy offered a warm welcome to any members who would like to come to our WI.
Summer Soiree 25th June Hartlebury Castle – Vox in Frox £18 
Good Food Show at NEC 16th June tickets £30 
Explore Bewdley July 19 £12 
Secretary get together - would anyone like to go
Prostitution to the Pill  at Worcester University  on 29th September
Crochet classes  at WI house on 3rd and 6th September
Lunch with speaker  - Jo Toye, script writer for the Archers Radio programme, at The Holt Fleet Inn 13th Octobe
Christmas Market trip
Skittles entry form  -we are entering next year
Future Events
90th Birthday Celebrations  menu from Hop Pole , have decided to accept their menu with a few adjustments.
Trip to Ralph Court Gardens  will leave Lickill at 11.15 and Areley Kings at 11.30
Summer Outing    - Waddesdon Manor  will be on Wednesday 13th July.
Mollies curry lunch – request for puddings was promptly answered by nine members -Margaret Coook, Paula Wood, Pat gale, Ann Bailey, Mary Wehner, Pam Stubbs, Cheery Greaves and Patsy Anderson.
Flag for birthday   more entrants would like to take part so closing date has been extended to next meeting.
Garden Party – date and venue are still to be decided as Mollie's kind offer, although in a stunning location was thought to be too difficult to access.
Theatre trip in Sept – Blood Brothers or Gilbert & Sullivan were offered and the Gilbert & Sullivan proved most popular.  Patsy will enquire as to numbers required for a group booking
Kate will show members her first draft of the Digital Diary of the WI contribution to the local community during the refreshment break.
Anne  presented the resolution on Avoid Food Waste, Address Food Poverty
The WI calls on all supermarkets to sign up to a voluntary agreement to avoid food waste, thereby passing surplus food on to charities thus helping to address the issue of increasing food poverty in the UK
Jacki presented  Appropriate care in hospital for people with dementia
We call upon HM Government and the NHS to provide facilities to enble carers to stay with people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia that have been admitted into hospital
Following the presentation  of the facts as provided by National and the resolution meeting held in April a lively discussion took part before the vote was taken  Resolution 1 Food Wast not Foot Poverty For 13   Against 7 votes
Resolution 2 care for dementia patients in hospital    For 27 Against Nil
Discretion was granted to the delegate   Jacki will forward the result sheet to Mitton WI
Denman Appeal   Patsy explained what this is about and asked members to give the matter some thought and it will be discussed in full at the next meeting.
Following a break for refreshments      Patsy gave the following notices- Mitton WI are holding a Fashion Show on Friday 20th May
Far Forest Countryside Show offer a trophy for WI entries which currently only Far Forest WI enter. At the group meeting they asked that other Wi's in the group also enter thus giving them some competition.  The co-operative entry is a Tea Tray to Celebrate the 90th Birthday of HM The Queen and we have decided to take up the challenge.  Further classes will be announced shortly.
Patsy brought our attention to a community project to provide feminine products for girls in countries where they are not readily available. Further details can be found from the website for FEMpads ( a Worcs based  project) on www. Itsagirlthingfempads.com
Who am I?  Members had been asked to note something that other members would not know about them. These were sealed in envelopes and given out at random to members present, then opened and read out for members to guess to whom the facts related.  This proved very entertaining and a great variety of facts came to the for of which the following are a taster.  Ann Shorthall had fallen in a vicar's pond while her mother was working for the vicar as a cleaner and had to run home to her father dripping  wet. As a young child Pauline Hadwell had pushed another child into a pond,  and even her friend of 50+ years was unaware of the guilty secret for which she was severely punished. One of our 'quieter' members , Gill Brent, had been a ballerina, and at the ripe old age of 62 took the highest thrill ride in Las Vagas which was situated on the top of Hotel Stratosphere. Back down to earth Daphne Nealon attended a reception at St James Palace with Princess Anne to thank her for 20years service to the Citizen's Advice Bureau.  And there were several more before time beat us. So the rest are being held to fill in at future meetings.
Competition for a flower arrangement in a jam jar was won by Ann Lakin with Faye Filmore 2nd and  3rd  Pauline Hadwell
Thanks were given to the 'Tea Ladies' Pauline Hadwell, Chris Steadman and Ann Bailey and to Paula Wood for the beautiful vase of carnations for the Presidents Table
Jacki asked everyone to join her in wishing Patsy well in her forthcoming Chemotherapy treatment and in welcoming Margaret back to the meeting following her hospital treatment

The meeting closed at 10.05pm

Needle Museum Visit

Redditch Needle Museum

Meeting 11th April

Minutes of Meeting on Monday 11th April 2016
Apologies Margaret Cook, Paula Wood, Patsy Anderson Lin Edwards, Pat Gale & Mary Wehner Margaret Shaddock
Cindy welcomed everyone to the meeting explaining that Patsy has gone into hospital for an operation and is now at home recuperating; as is Margaret Cook after her operation. Cards were received from both thanking for kind thoughts and gifts of flowers.
Speaker David Chaterly on Victorian Brass Needle Cases. David gave a very interesting talk about brass needle cases – something very few of us had encountered. He shared numerous samples from his collection which showed how expert the workmanship was at this time, and how fine the needles – many of said we would be unable to thread them they were so fine. He also detailed the Needle industry in Redditch and like a previous speaker had found that his interest when delved into revealed that he was descended from one of the original needle makers coming over from France . Jacki gave the vote of thanks.

Matters Arising
Last month’s speaker Everyone agreed Jo was excellent and extremely knowledgable on her subject.
Patchwork Classes, are progressing well and it is hoped Brenda will repeat in the Autumn

Summer Soiree 25th June Hartlebury Castle – Vox in Frox £18
Good Food Show at NEC 16th June tickets £30
Painting Days – copy to all art group members with newsletter Jacki has some spares if anyone else would like one.
Elizabeth Bell Challenge 2016 To create a digital story. Katie has agreed to do this and has been passed the details. She explained what it entails and asked members for any photos or tapes of events over the years. Some of this will be used for the 90th WI Birthday celebration.
Fun & Games competition entry form. Dallas has kindly agreed to co-ordinate the entries and the entry form was passed to her. Dallas asked members to think about what they could do for the various classes and will hold a preliminary meeting with those interested in taking part.
The WI Sustainable gardening hanging basket competition. This was read out at the meeting to see if anyone would like to enter. This caused a lot of amusement but members agreed to think about entering.
Explore Bewdley July 19 £12 a county event (not one of Leslie and Ann's walks) which ends in a super at St George's hall in Bewdley.
Bulb Scheme + brochures were available for members to take
The WI at 100 – A Century of Inspiring Women was put out for members to look at.
WI & Climate Change Update twas put out for members to look at.
Resolution Notes for May Resolutions Jacki and Anne took these as they are attending the Resolution meeting next Monday.
Future Events
90th Birthday Celebrations The Hop Pole have sent a menu which was read out to the members
H M The Queen 90th birthday celebrations The members were told that this was discussed at length by the committee who unanimously agreed that we are doing a great deal this year and this celebration should be combined with the August Garden Party for just WI members., or alternatively held in place of the garden meeting in August. Members were asked what their opinion was and 28 members agreed that it should be cancelled and an alternative arranged – Mary Arden Davies said that there were already a lot of events going on in Areley Kings and Stourport over that weekend. No-one voted that ir stay as arranged.
Walks – Ann and Lesley have set the next walk for Wed 27th April around Bewdley. Members to meet in Gardeners Meadow car park at 2pm. Duration approx 1 ½ hours
Trip to Needle Museum 10 members are attending and arranged cars for the event.
Trip to Ralph Court Gardens – as only 16 members have booked to go.
Summer Outing - Waddesdon Manor – date set for Wed 13th July. Cost for NT card holders free, non NT members £14, Coach free to WI members, Partners and non members £8.50. WI tea £10 will comprise of Coronation chicken, new potatoes and salad with tea & coffee.
Who am I? Jacki explained what we want and asked as many members to participate as possible, we will use as many as time allows and carry others over for future meetings Paper and envelopes were available at the meeting to participate
Members will be asked to volunteer to host the August Garden party and it will be discussed at the next committee meeting. But only the existing offer from Mollie was a made.
Mollie told us of her Curry Lunch on Thursday 2nd June at the Village Hall at a cost of £10, tickets will be available soon, and members were asked to volunteer to make a dessert.
Group Meeting May 5th at Heightington only 5 members have signed up and as yet no-one has made a fan for the competition.

Competition: A decorative pin cushion 9 members entered a varied array of pin cushions which were judged by the speaker. First was Dallas, 2nd Katie and 3rd Margaret Cook.
Teas Pam Roberts,, Pam Sheward and Ann Shorthall were thanked for the teas and cakes.
Flowers for table Pat Griffin was thanked for the delightful vase of tulips and daffodils which she donated as a raffle prize

Meeting closed at 9.45pm and next meeting will be on Monday May 11th when the WI Resolutions will be discussed, a display of artwork from the art group will be displayed and patchwork will be shown. Followed by 'Who am I?'

Friday, 18 March 2016

Abberley Hall Talk and March Meeting

Matters Arising
Coffee Morning: This raised  a brilliant £165 which will be sent to the Hospital League of Friends at Kidderminster Hospital.  Bring & Buy raised £43 ( the surplus goods will be sent to the Hospital Shop), The Raffle raised £34 and ticket sales brought in £84. Patsy thanked everyone who had helped, and Anne for hosting the event.

 Last month’s speaker, Robin Hill, had been a great success. His unusual talk using 3 WI members to take the parts of 3 Land Army Girls added to the talk. Patsy thanked Lesley, Faye and Katie for taking part and adding to the experience.

Patchwork classes 7 Members are taking six classes in Patchwork with Brenda Banner.  A charge of £30 for the course is being made to cover the cost of hiring the room and paying Brenda for her time. There is one place available if anyone else wants to join.
Skittles:  Ann reported the team have won 4 out of 5 matches, losing the 5th by a very small amount.  Their last match against Mitton WI was won by a clear 100 points.  The team now wait to hear if they are through to the next round. Ann was thanked for organising all the matches.

Theatre trip  - Seven members will attend Malvern theatre for the showing of ‘ Save the last Dance’ on 20th April with a pre- theatre lunch, booked at the theatre restaurant for 1pm. Orders for the meal will be taken at the next meeting.

Carried forward from last month to March meeting        
WI Holiday 2017 to Battlefields of France      
WI Life Card re planting trees   -. Patsy suggested that we plant a tree in the area of the Village Hall to commemorate our 90th Birthday. Margaret suggested a red oak tree. Patsy will enquire wart permissions are needed to go ahead.

March Post
Schedule for Annual meeting competition . patsy read out the classes and asked members to think about which they might enter.
Summer Soiree 25th June Hartlebury Castle –by ‘ Vox in Frox’ £18
Good Food Show at NEC 16th June tickets £30
Plum Lines Project at Croome Court   -2 poetry workshops will be held free of charge at WI House.

Resolution Selection Results
‘ Avoid Food waste & address food poverty’, ‘  Appropriate care in hospitals for people with dementia’ are the chosen resolutions this year.   Jacki & Anne will attend the resolutions meeting on April 18th in the afternoon.
Future Events

90th Birthday Celebrations
Patsy told members that we will be having a lunch brought in to the hall and a guest speaker who ws Chief Petty Officer on the Royal Yacht Britannia, on 2nd November.
HM The Queen 90th birthday celebrations will be held on Sunday 12th June at Astley Village Hall.  Members and their families will be invited to join in a Street party in the grounds.  .

Trip to Needle Museum  This has been arranged for Tuesday 19 April meeting at the museum  for  1.30pm for an hour long tour followed by tea, coffee and cake, and free time to look around.

A visit to Ralph Court Gardens has been  arranged for Thursday 26th May by coach to arrive around 12.30.  Members can then purchase refreshments or lunch as they wish and tour the gardens in their own time The cost will be £13

Summer Outing  Patsy proposed that we take a trip to Waddesdon Manor, home of the Rothschildes, at the end of June or beginning of July.  It was agreed by members that the  coach will be provided by the WI and entrance is free to National Trust members, non members £13. Several options were put forward for refreshments the most popular being to have a WI Tea with Ashenden WI. Patsy will co-ordinate this once a date has been settled.

Patsy then introduced our speaker for the evening Jo Roach , Historian from Abberley Hall.  Jo gave an amazing talk on the history of Abberley Lodge, later to become Abberley Hall.  The changes of hands of the Hall and the alterations were amazing and we now hope to arrange a visit for those who have not yet been to the Hall. Pat gale gave the vote of thanks.

Who am I?  Jacki explained that as part of the  May Meeting we require as many members as possible to write a little bit about their lives that other members may not know and these to be placed in sealed envelopes and then handed around to those present at the meeting and when opened and reads those present are to guess who has written the note, hoping for a few unusual events to come to light.

Walks  Ann and Lesley have arranged for the cancelled Hartlebury walk to take place on  Monday 21st March meeting at the Wilden Car Park at 1.30pm.  Members will be asked to register their phone numbers if they intend to attend so they can be contacted if weather intervenes once again.

Patsy then announced that the National WI Raffle Tickets had arrived and members took books of tickets to sell. She than went on to say that she had asked Chris Steadman and Pauline Hadwell to make a Birthday card for H M The Queen to celebrate her 90th Birthday.

  The results have been stunning and a photocopy of the card was passed round for members to admire. Patsy thanked them for all their hard work, the card will be posted nearer to the date (21st April).

The card inside the last edition of WI Life written by Michael Morgergo inspired Patsy to see if members would like to plant a tree to commemorate the 90th WI Birthday.  It was agreed if a suitable place could be found and permissions obtained a Red Oak Tree would be purchased and planted.

The Competition

 was an unusual clock.

Some of our members bought in some beautiful pieces of creative work to show us all they are so beautiful.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Areley Kings WI 100 Daffodils For 100 Years

On blustery day in September some of our  ladies of the Areley Kings WI came out to "Dig For Beauty"! Along with some of the very helpful helpful male members of  The Areley Kings Village Hall.

They planted 100 Daffodils to mark the celebration of the Women's Institute's 100th Birthday.

They have now come into bloom and Faye Gilmore one of our members took some lovely pictures of them blooming away in the January sun. A Big thank you to all involved and here is to the next 100 years.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Meeting Monday 8th Feb 2016

Matters Arising                 
Patsy welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked  Cyndy for taking the meeting last month in her absence Last month’s speaker had been enjoyed by everyone.          
New Year Lunch,  This had been a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.  The Denman Bursary Draw was won by Linda Lane, who is now considering all her options 
Visit to Worcester New Breast Cancer Unit – Jacki, reported that Pam Eves, Sylvia Tudor-Hughes and herself had attended   an open evening before the opening of this new unit at Worcester Royal Hospital.  Mr Thrush, Breast cancer oncologist, was thrilled to give us a guided tour of his ’baby’.  He had been involved in the planning of this unit and it clearly showed that he had both the interests of patients and staff at the forefront of the plans.  There is a lovely open reception area with bright coloured chairs.  Consulting rooms for mammograms etc, a room for ladies who needed clothes with prosthesis, after breast removal, where they could try on garments in comfort with appropriate guidance. A separate room with sofa and chair where bad news could be give in private and with an exit door so patients who were upset could leave without having to pass back through the reception area.  The facilities for the Nurses were given equal care having  a staff room for break times with access to a garden for summertime seating and a work room with full facilities and a quiet alcove for making phone calls. 
All in all the building was light with pleasing decor and one way windows so that blinds were not necessary and kept the area light and less hospital-like.  The Haven Charity, at present only available in London, Leeds and Hereford will be holding sessions at the centre for people who have had treatment for breast cancer.  These treatments include alternative therapies such as Hypnotherapy, Acupuncture, Reflexology and more and already bookings are being made.  Mr Thrush said that the building had been paid for but facilities such as the Haven would need ongoing support as they were a registered charity. 
We came away wishing more members had been able to attend , and with the feeling that this centre would make living and dealing with Breast cancer would be a little less daunting in this beautiful building.
 Preservers meeting – Jacki had spoken to Sheila Bishop and this meeting is for Anyone interested in making jams and preserves and those who would like to work towards a WI Qualification.  These new Qualifications may also cover other topics such as floral art and crafts.  This meeting will access the interest and either run the course for the certificate or just run day courses on preserves if numbers were more in favour of that.

Lady Denman Cup – ‘A letter to my younger Self ‘ - Jacki has a few entry forms tonight and can print off more.
ACWW                  Free meeting at WI house on 11th April 7pm to learn about the ACWW Conference
New Member Days          WI House on 8th & 15th March cost £5 per member
Campaign & Resolution Day        Monday 18th April, Young Farmers Club, Hawford   1.30- 4.30pm £8 

Future Events
WI Coffee Morning  - Ticket sales, bring & buy items, raffle prizes  were requested and members asked to attend on Monday 15th February at the home of Anne Freeston .  Funds raised will go to Kidderminster Hospital League of Friends

AKWI  90th  Birthday Party   Update from Patsy   The hall has been booked for 2nd November for a celebration meal.   David Rush,  Former Chief Petty Officer on the Royal Yacht Britannia will be our guest speaker.
Suggestions on other ways to celebrate were invited from the members, among those already received were planting more daffodils on the verges, a competition to design a WI Flag which would be made by ex member Brenda Banner, entries by May meeting.
Autumn Group Meeting    The date has been set for 23rd September  and the speaker Irene Tyack of ‘The Yellow Hat Tribe’ has been booked. More details will be given out longer.
HM The Queen 90-th Birthday celebrations – we are hoping to hold a traditional Street Party along with the rest of the nation to celebrate HM The Queens 90th Birthday.  At present we are looking for a venue.
Brenda Banner has offered to hold a course of 6 Patchwork classes for WI members. Margaret, Corrine, Pam, Pat, Jacki and Lesley would like to be included

Patsy then  Introduced Speaker Robin Hill talking on ‘A Land Army Girl Remembers’.      This was a fascinating talk brought to life with 3 of our members taking the roles of 3 real life Land Army Girls that Robin had interviewed.  Robin interspersed his talk with personal memories of each of the 3 girls all very different, as were their  experiences. Many went on to find love and marry farmers or their sons and stay in rural life after the war.  Robin went on to judge our competition of a photograph from WW1 or WW2 which proved very popular.
Katie ( who had taken on the role of Josie) gave the vote of thanks

Following refreshments Patsy gave details of proposed Future Events.
 Proposed Theatre Trips  Members were asked if they would like a theatre trip in April and this was narrowed down to Carmen the opera, The end of the Rainbow about Judy Garland and Save the Last dance for me a musical with songs of the 60’s.  7 members expressed interest in the last one and it will be brought up again at the next meeting. Proposed visit to Redditch Needle Museum
Following our April Meeting on Victorian Brass Needle Cases, it is hoped to visit the Redditch Needle Museum and members agreed.
One Brush Painting Workshop    has been  postponed until May as Pam cannot spare use of her workshop as she is going to Australia for  April and has work commitments until then , maybe more will think of joining on later date
Skittles  next match against  Chaddesley Corbett on Feb 22nd
Daffodils   now in bloom but need more for next year
Hospital Charity Shop Margaret said she had received a request to increase our coverage of the running of the Hospital League of Friends Charity Shop in Lombard Street as it was suffering the loss of volunteers and was consequently closed more often especially around the end of the week.
Hartlebury WI  have invited members to join them on a Backstage tour of Birmingham Symphony Hall
Thanks – teas – Katie, Mollie and Ann                    Flowers     Dallas

Winners of competition  1st Pam Eves, 2nd Lin Edwards and 3rd Jacki Clark

Next meeting March 14th with Jo Roach talking about Abberley Hall and Clocktower.