Summer Fair Aug 2017

A great evening was had by everyone.

Many thanks to everyone whose hard work made it such a success

Tea duelling …


Blind date with a book, yummy cakes and lovely drinks …


some of the items made at craft workshops …


Other fun …


First prize at the Disley Show

Our entry in the ‘WI Challenge’ class at the Disley Show won First Prize!

Well done to all those who helped create the items for the display – lots of hard work went into everything

Our entry 


Receiving the cup …


And the other three entries (which also looked fabulous)


What we did in July

July Meeting

The speaker at July’s meeting was Sue Fraser-Thompson talking about ‘Preventative Fitness for Women’. Sue is the Principal Practitioner at Fountain Square Physiotherapy and gave an interesting and engaging talk with lots of audience participation!


We also had a session of sampling jams, chutneys and lots (and lots) of cakes, in order to vote on which we felt should be part of our Disley Show entry. We also voted on 2 pictures.

The Poppy Project

Several members met for an evening of cutting out and sewing more leaves for our poppy project. We made another 30 leaves and lots of felt and embroidery thread was taken away for leaf making at home!


Cake Icing

The Baking group went on a cake icing course …


Lunch Club

The Lunch Club went to Brookside Garden Centre to eat at the new Topiary Restaurant


July Craft Workshop

Lesley B organised a craft workshop intriguingly entitled ‘Texture Magic and Bubbles’

We spent a lovely evening new techniques for making interesting textures

The purple fabric is backed with Pellon Fabric Magic Shrinking Interfacing, and the turquoise fabric has been pushed through a cooling tray, stuffed and sewn together!



Four members headed over to the Linnet Clough campsite for the WI Wigs and Wellies Camp last weekend. Had a great time doing henna tattoos, drinking elderflower champagne, listening to talks and making lots of leaves for our poppy project with help from lots of other lovely WI ladies

Thanks so much to the organisers for a great time!  It was wonderful to meet so many different people 🙂



The Thursday Book Club read ‘My Dear I Wanted to tell You’ by Louisa Young






April roundup

Our April speaker was Jenny’s husband, Mark Ross, who gave us a very entertaining talk on self-defence (and insight into his and Jenny’s home life!!)

And many thanks to Mark for stepping in at the last minute 🙂

The first ‘5 Minute Advocate’  was Val Edwards and she talked about dementia awareness

(The ‘5 Minute Advocate’ is a new initiative, at each monthly meeting 5 minutes will set aside where a member will be invited to speak on a subject close to their hearts)

The Baking Club had a session of gluten free baking

gluten free

The Thursday Book Club read ‘We Need to talk about Kevin’ by Lionel Shriver


The Bridge Club meets almost every week – they have become addicted!  (official monthly Bridge get-together is the first Thursday evening each month)

The Craft Group met to have a drink and a chat in the Rams Head


The Supper Club went to the Blue Nile in Hazel Grove


Afternoon Tea

The baking group decided to take a break from the Christmas cooking and meet at the Cakery in New Mills for afternoon tea. We were treated to a lovely selection of sandwiches, scones, cakes and mince pies. It was a lovely treat for a dreary Monday afternoon, some of us even had enough willpower to save something to take home!


The First Baking Group …


The baking group met for the very first time last Tuesday to talk about areas we might cover over the next few months and to share some old favourite recipes.

Maggie brought delicious scotch pancakes and Joyce brought a really tasty sausage ragout.  I am sure either would be happy to share their recipe if asked.

We have decided on a programme of recipe sharing and masterclasses with hints and tips, peppered with an occasional trip out for afternoon tea to see how the professionals do it.

At the moment we are a select group, but more members are most welcome.

The programme for next year will be put together over the next week or so ready to share with the rest of the WI at the October meeting.