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

20160930_161711felt leaf1

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





October happenings

The monthly meeting was held on Monday 23rd October. The speaker was Dr Brian Schneider who gave a fascinating talk entitled ‘Murder, Madness and the OED’ [A history of dictionaries and the OED. In particular  Sir James Murray who was the primary editor of the OED) from 1879 until his death; and and one of the largest contributors to the OED,  Dr. W. C. Minor, who was held in a lunatic asylum for murder during the time of his contribution to the OED]

Thursday Book Club read “Knowledge of Angels” by June Paton Walsh and the Monday Book Club is reading “H is for Hawk” by Helen Macdonald


5 Disley Detectives solved the murder of Jimmy Johnson, nightclub owner, in Manchester.  (Manhunt is a murder-mystery event – see website manhuntmanchester) They got a little soggy but those grey cells still worked! They even met Hercule Poirot!



The Bridge Club met at Yvonne B’s house

There was a ‘craft club social’ aka a drink in the Rams Head 🙂 

Lunch/ Supper Club had supper at Turquoise in Bramhall (Mediterranean cuisine)

Lots of members gathered at the community centre to make leaves for our poppy project

The Craft Workshop was Piano Hinge Book Binding



A few members had a trip to the Vintage Home Show at the Victoria Baths in Manchester. A very successful shopping trip – not so successful at getting  a slice of homemade cake!








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)



An evening of Drawing

Nine members gathered in the Community Centre to learn some basic drawing skills from the wonderfully talented Yvonne.

We learnt basic shading, dotting, stippling, dashing, cross hatching, contour hatching, scumbling and how to draw a 3-D object

We ended up copying a Van Gogh using the techniques we had just learnt – with varying results!


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







Blankets and quilt squares

Two of the activities at Disley’s Great Get Together were

A total of 19 blankets were made


And 27 Quilt squares were created