Christmas Party


Our Christmas party/December meeting took place in the Rams Head as usual and a great night was had by everyone!

Quiz’s galore including one of Sarah’s infamous picture quiz’s, stand up bingo (aka Irish Bingo), Secret Santa presents and much laughter!!

A lot of delicious food was eaten and much wine was drunk!!!



And finally, the morning after the night before ….




This meeting was the sixth anniversary of our very first meeting – over the last six years lots of good times have been had and many friendships forged 🙂

The speaker at  was Mike Culleton, a Professional Toastmaster and Master of Ceremonies.

Mike is a specialist wedding Toastmaster for all types of weddings, and Faiths, including Civil ceremonies and has even appeared in the Channel 4’s hit series of ‘Four Weddings’.


Another 100 poppies were handed over (thanks to Jenny B who has been knitting madly) – making our total 792 – only 28 to go to our goal of 820!


July monthly meeting


The monthly meeting was held on Monday 25th July and the speaker was the lovely Margaret Trimby who, along with her husband,  founded  The Neema School ( Kenya ) Trust ten years ago.  Neema School Kenya Trust website

This charity was set up to raise money to build a school with water ,electricity and sanitation for poor and orphaned children in Kikambala. They also collect books, clothing , shoes and toiletries to send out to the families.

The first 3 classrooms of the school building are now built, window frames and doors are now made, fitted and varnished and the  classroom walls have been brightly painted. A well has been dug to serve the villagers as well as supply the water for the toilet block.  The toilet block has been furnished with the toilets , showers and washbasins.

The first class opened 3/01/2012 and they now have 120 pupils who would not have received an education without the school.

If you would like to donate money to this charity, you can do so via text message


We also decided on an action for one of this year’s resolutions re. Preventing Food Waste NFWI 2016-annual-meeting-resolutions

We agreed to support the Hampers of Hope – there is a collection box in the community centre. Please bring your donations to each meeting:

The following items are acceptable:

  • Milk (UHT or powdered)
  • Sugar
  • Fruit Juice (carton)
  • Soup
  • Pasta Sauces
  • Sponge Pudding (tinned)
  • Tomatoes (tinned)
  • Cereals
  • Rice Pudding (tinned)
  • Tea Bags
  • Instant Coffee
  • Instant Mash Potatoes
  • Rice and Pasta
  • Tinned Meat and Fish
  • Tinned Fruit
  • Jam
  • Biscuits and Snack Bars.



June meeting

There was a good turnout for the June meeting.

We had a great speaker Jo Peters who, along with her baker husband, owns 2 artisan bakeries in Bramhall and Poynton. We sampled some of the delicious breads and some amazing blueberry and white chocolate scones


We also held a tasting competition for entries to the Disley Show in the following categories – a selection of mini savoury tartlets and a celebratory birthday cake.

Maggie’s delicious tarts won everyone over and Elicia’s red velvet cake was sublime!


Mary T told us all about attending the National AGM in Brighton on 11 June 2016 as a link delegate.

Delegates voted to pass the two resolutions, which will both now form the basis of new NFWI campaigns.

Avoid food waste, address food poverty was passed with 82.7% of the vote.  [Votes cast in favour: 5,146. Votes cast against:  1,080 ]

Appropriate care in hospitals for people with dementia  was passed with 79.4% of the vote. [Votes cast in favour: 4,920. Votes cast against: 1,274]

There was no facility for abstentions which is the way that our WI, and many others, voted.

Click here for the reasons why we abstained




May Meeting – Resolutions

The May meeting in every WI is for debating and voting on the resolutions going before that year’s NFWI AGM

The resolutions this year are ‘Avoid food waste, address food poverty’ andAppropriate care in hospitals for people with dementia’
click here for more info on the 2016 resolutions

Our WI voted to abstain from both votes at the AGM for several reasons:

we felt the resolutions were for issues that already being addressed by many other campaigns and organisations

the resolutions were asking for voluntary agreement rather than making it compulsory

the wording of the resolutions was very ‘woolly’

we feel that WIs could be far more effective deciding amongst themselves about local campaigns and causes they could facilitate

the resolutions are a very old-fashioned process. Times have changed – causes/campaigns/issues are now able to get large scale public support and awareness through social media very quickly. Things move on so rapidly that, by the time the WI system has been followed, the world has moved on so either the problem has been resolved or is being solidly worked on before the WI even get to the end of the process

We are not alone in feeling this way! Many other WI’s, as in previous years, have also voted to abstain.

Sarah S, our fearless secretary, is going to write to the NFWI explaining why we have abstained