July 2018

A hot and sunny July included many WI activities ….

At the monthly meeting Terri Owen demonstrated the ancient art of Tai Chi

There was a Pasty Bake Off and poem choosing for Disley Show – our fantastic cook and baker, Maggie S, won the pasty bake off, and also proved herself to be a poet by winning the poem competition

The craft club made rag brooches

Several of our members were involved in this year’s Disley Great Get Together 

The book clubs read ‘Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox’ by Maggie O’Farrell and ‘Victorious Century’ by David Cannadine – a sparkling history of 19th-century Britain

There were various outings:

Agatha Christie’s Love From A Stranger at the Lowry

In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein – at the buxton international festival.

Foodie Friday in Stockport Old Town =- a hugely popular street food event taking place between 6pm and 9pm at Stockport Market Place on the last Friday of every month.

Drinking Horns at the Ready – A pub tour in Manchester Beer Week uncovering the weird and whacky drinking past and rituals of Manchester’s historical secret drinking clubs. 

Lunch at The Clink at Styal Prison

County Walk – ‘Bridgewater Canal and Norton Priory’

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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 

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Receiving the cup …

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And the other three entries (which also looked fabulous)

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May Meeting – Resolutions

The May meeting was held on a gloriously sunny evening. We discussed the two resolutions will go forward to the Annual Meeting in Liverpool in June and had a Bring and Share buffet afterwards

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The two resolutions were …

Alleviating loneliness
This meeting calls on every WI and the NFWI to work alongside health and social care providers and their local community to raise awareness of the causes and impacts of loneliness, thus ensuring better identification of lonely people in order to be able to offer them the appropriate assistance and support.
Plastic Soup: Keep microplastic fibres out of our ocean
Microplastic fibres are shed from synthetic clothing with every wash and are the main contributors to microplastic contamination of the oceans. The NFWI calls on Government and industry to research and develop innovative solutions to this problem in order to stop the accumulation of microplastic fibres in our oceans.

The vote was unanimous for campaigning against more microplastic fibres reaching our oceans and unanimous against a national WI campaign to alleviate loneliness. We all agreed that this should be done at a local level not mandated by a national campaign

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Mary T was this month’s ‘5 minute advocate’ and she told us about the Piece by Peace quilt project that some members are taking part in.  click here for piece-by-peace website

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There was a meeting in the White Horse after the meeting to discuss our entry for this year’s Disley Show WI display.

As a reminder the items we need to make are:

A cake incorporating garden fruit or vegetables
A gardeners’ apron
A jar of home-made jam, or chutney of our choice
A basket of home-grown produce, e.g. fruit, vegetables, eggs
A cottage garden floral arrangement
A framed picture depicting an English Country Garden in a medium of our
choice, e.g. collage, embroidery, photography, painting etc.

Winner of the WI Challenge Trophy!

We were the 2016 winners of the WI Challenge Trophy at the Disley Show!!!

The theme for this year’s entry was ‘The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations’

The display included the following items:

A selection of mini savoury tartlets

A celebration birthday cake

A bottle of home-made lemonade

A 90th Birthday card

A celebratory embellished cushion

A posy of garden flowers

Well done to everyone who contributed to our entry …

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Here are the entries that came 2nd and 3rd from Kettleshulme and Whaley Bridge WI’s