February 2018 in Disley WI

Our February Meeting

At this months meeting we welcomed Lisa Ashton from the Winnie Mabaso Foundation. She gave a fascinating talk about the work that the charity does supporting vulnerable and orphaned children in South Africa, and woking in the wider community.




Our annual coffee morning was held on Saturday 24 February …

We raised over £300 which will be split evenly between the 2 charities we are supporting

2018 Charities of the Year

Drawing Workshop 

There was a thoroughly enjoyable craft workshop courtesy of Yvonne N – ‘Drawing Plants and Tools in the style of Jim Dine’

Poppy Project         

We have made 655 leaves so far – we need at least 820 (1 per poppy). Felt and embroidery thread are available, or if you’d rather knit/crochet, green yarn is also available

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Library News …

An update from Cheshire East re. the proposal to close Disley library:

Most of the Budget feedback received was about the libraries.  In light of this response, the proposal to close Alderley Edge, Disley and Prestbury libraries was reviewed. A revised proposal was included in the Budget that was approved at the Council meeting on 22 February.

Under the revised proposal, the three libraries will remain open. In Alderley Edge and Disley the libraries will achieve some budget savings from revised opening hours and staffing. In Prestbury a small budget saving will be achieved from increased financial support from the community. Usage at libraries will continue to be monitored and closure may be reconsidered if usage declines significantly.

Disley Parish Council are still awaiting details of the ‘revised opening hours and staffing’

Save Disley Library from Closure


Gothic for Girls

Several members went to the History Wardrobes ‘Gothic for Girls’  – the wonderful world of classic supernatural stories showcasing sinister women and the enduring lure of black in fashion.  historywardrobe.com/gothic


Raucous Women

Another trip in February was ‘Raucous Women & Afternoon Tea’.

This was afternoon tea with a twist – Edwardian character Mrs Parr entertained everyone with stories of Manchester women during afternoon tea at Browns Restaurant





January 2018 – a brand new year

The speaker at our January meeting was Victoria (Tori) Riley talking about The art of Batik

Tori brought along some beautiful examples of batik, and gave a very passionate explanation of the history and techniques of batik – a textile technique peculiar to Indonesia, using a wax resist dyeing method to decorate fabric.


We also decided on our charity of the year for 2018.

There were 2 suggestions, Buxton Mountain Rescue and the women’s refuge ‘Stockport Without Abuse’.

As members didn’t want to choose between 2 such worthy local causes it was decided that we would support both for the next 2 years!


Christmas Party

Monday 4th December was our Christmas Party

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Many thanks to Sarah and Maggie for doing the quiz’s


Much wine drunk and festive joy spread around!


If anyone wants to send any comments to the Rams Head their email address is 





The 2018 programme is now available – click here



Library Closure to be discussed at next Parish Council Meeting – 13 Dec

The proposed library closure is on the next Council meeting agenda and anyone is very welcome to attend. Please see further down for the format of the meeting.

7.30pm Wednesday 13th December at the Community Centre.

One of the first items on the agenda is the Public Forum which allows 15 minutes for residents to address the Council with any issues they would like to raise. 

However, the Council is not obliged to answer or respond to residents’ queries at that time, as further investigation into the points raised may be required before the Council can provide an informed response.

 The proposed library closure will appear as a separate agenda item for Councillors to discuss but it should be pointed out that, although residents are more than welcome to observe this discussion, they are not participants it.

 The meeting is a Council meeting where the public are very welcome to attend, but it is not an open public meeting.


November Activities

Monday 27th November – the AGM and a Cheese & Wine Tasting Competition

The President, Secretary and the Treasurer gave short reports about the last year.

The 2018 committee will comprise of Elicia (President), Sarah (Secretary), Jen R (Treasurer), Sue H, Val, Gill, Chris & Judy

Wine and Cheese tasting was VERY enjoyable – big yummy thanks to Sarah!


Four members and 1 dog went for a long hike (in lovely sunny weather!). They walked from Disley up to The Fox Inn at Brookbottom, then over the tops to New Mills and back to Disley via the Millennium Bridge and the canal

Four members went to Manchester and had a tour round Manchester Town Hall (‘The Original Manchester Town Hall Expert Historical Tour’) led by Ed Glinert. It was a fascinating 2 hours. The tour was followed by lunch at Tampopo in Albert Square – absolutely delicious.  I’d highly recommend the corn fritters and Singapore Noodles





There was a trip to a live screening (from the National Theatre) of Sondheim’s legendary musical Follies



Seventeen members attended a craft Workshop, led by Jenny, to make fabric Christmas Wreaths


This year, for the first time Disley WI participated in the Remembrance Day Ceremony on the Ram Green. A collection was made at the October meeting to  raise money to pay for a wreath from the WI – Elicia laid it on our behalf.


The Thursday Book Club read “The Bees” by Laline Paull


Lots of bridge was played throughout the month as usual!

Nihilism, nudity, no future: Derek Jarman’s bleak Britain comes pungently to the stage –  Jubilee at the Royal Exchange Theatre. Two members went to see it and thoroughly enjoyed it!Toy

Lunch/Supper Club had lunch at Bents Garden Centre in Worsley








Christmas Carols at The White Lion 15th December

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