March 2018

The speaker at the March meeting was the wonderful and talented Roger Brown.

His presentation was called “ New Orleans to New York” and featured a journey of musical styles from Jazz to Musical Theatre.

It was a highly entertaining evening of music and amusing stories 

 

 

Members attended the International Women’s Day evening talk about Elizabeth Raffald at Staircase House in Stockport.

Cook, publisher, housekeeper, pub landlady, business woman, shopkeeper, mother – all these things were part of Elizabeth’s extraordinary life. Suze Appleton gave an insight into Elizabeth’s life from her extensive research. about-elizabeth-raffald

 

 

The Monday book club read ‘The buried Giant’ by Kazuo Ishiguro, and the Thursday book club read ‘All the Light We Cannot See’ by Anthony Doerr

 

 

The Lunch/Supper Club had lunch at the Farmers Arms in Poynton

 

Members went to an evening at Bramall Hall in Bramhall to attend a wonderful lecture called ‘Textiles in the Elizabethan and Jacobean country house’ that looked at how country houses, were lived in, decorated, and made comfortable during the period 1550 to 1700. The speaker was Dr Bostwick, lecturer and consultant on historic buildings, who talked about how each room was furnished with woven and embroidered textiles appropriate to its use.

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The craft workshop in March was ‘Mixed Media fabric Bowls’ – courtesy of Jenny R. A fun and gluey evening was had by all

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Agatha Christie & Art Deco

Blog post courtesy of Chris A ….

Seven of us went over the hills to Macclesfield in what could be classed as inclement weather to a presentation on Agatha Christie which included murder, mystery, history and clothes.  On sitting to watch we were quickly made to reflect on how wise it was to have tucked into the cake and coffee prior to the talk.  Not because of those naughty calories but the disturbing fact that someone in our presence was about to snuff it as they re-enacted a murder mystery in Agatha Christie style.

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If you’ve not seen the History Wardrobe in action it is a must to catch one of their many talks on clothes through different eras.  The information is given in the form of a comedy sketch by Lucy and Meredith who wearing original clothing of the period in question bring the facts to life.  On this occasion we learnt how Agatha Christie first became a writer at the age of 12 years, the mystery of her own disappearance and how she was regarded by other writers.  We heard how she had a list of rules about who should not be the murderer in her stories and which she occasionally ignored.  If you are a prevalent reader of Agatha Christie novels you will know how important clothes were to her plots and the solving of the crime.

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Lucy and Meredith created various characters for us by wearing original outfits from the twenties and thirties and pointing out the detail in the outfits and the history around them.  They did this in an hilarious manner and we were treated to the sight of the most enormous k nickers with a pocket in, which make M & S big knickers look tweeny. (very useful for hiding a weapon in).  We also learnt how to flatten our bosoms for the new shift dress look and the reason for such a fashion.  We saw glamorous flapper dresses with beautiful art deco detail all made in silk.  Shoes and glamorous embellished collars were also on display.   A vote was taken at the end as to which of the characters presented was guilty of the pretend crime against a member of the audience.  And yes an article of clothing led to the capture of the suspect.

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Having been given the chance at the end of the presentation to the view all the clothes more closely we left for home having thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, no repercussions from the cake, and with a desire to read one of the 70 novels written by Agatha Christie.  

As a group we are going to a History Wardrobe called V for Victory which will be based at Bramhall Hall at 2p.m. on the 18th November.  Jenny is the person to see if you want a ticket.  Here we will have an uplifting presentation of life on the home front in World War One.  Very fitting given our poppy project. 

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.

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COFFEE MORNING

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

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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

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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!

 

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.