The Merry Month of May – Disley WI

The May Meeting was Resolutions and Swishing

 

There was overwhelming support for the 2018 resolution ‘Mental health matters’

Click here to go the NFWI webpage for resolutions and mandates  Resolutions and mandates

And the swishing was very successful!

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The Disley WI team won the Literary Quiz at Bollington Arts Centre!

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Members have also …

♦ Been on a ‘Secret History of Manchester’ walk

“A trip into the deepest historical secrets of Manchester. Sites, streets, spaces that you’ve walked past a thousand times will never look the same again. The tour was conducted by Ed Glinert who knows Manchester better than anyone and knows the things that nobody else (apart from the people who told him) knows.”

♦ Been to the Detective Office Breakout Room in Manchester …

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♦ Attended the The Stockport Festival of Fizz at the Town Hall hosted by ‘Gin Jamboree’, ‘Festival of Fizz’ and ‘Old School Wines’

♦ Went out for lunch at the Butley Ash in Prestbury

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♦ Visited Manchester Art Gallery and had afternoon tea at the Portico Library …

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The Thursday book club read  ‘Britt-Marie was here’ by Fedrik Backman

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The craft workshop ‘Flower Arranging’ was attended by  19 members. 

Many thanks to our lovely and talented Val for teaching us how to create a beautiful flower arrangement

 

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April 2018 in Disley WI

April’s speaker was the entertaining and engaging Gary Hart with a presentation and quiz ‘People, Power and Parliament – An Introduction to Your UK Parliament’

He answered questions such as – What is the UK Parliament? – What does it do? – Why is it important? – What’s the difference between the UK Parliament and Government? – How can you begin to influence the UK Parliament and get your voice heard? – and more … 

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April’s craft workshop was ‘Dorset Buttons courtesy of Jen R

The Poppy Project practice session on 18 April went very well. The next practice session will be on Tuesday 29 May at 14:00 in the community centre – everyone welcome to come along and help. 

Two cultural trips were undertaken to:

The Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool to see ‘Slaves of Fashion’, a History Wardrobe presentation ‘Bad Girls and Bonnets’ 

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Book clubs read ‘Everything I Never Told You’ by Celeste Ng and ‘Dubliners’ by James Joyce

The Supper Club went to the Red Lion in High Lane

 

 

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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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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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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November Activities

Monday 27th November – the AGM and a Cheese & Wine Tasting Competition

The President, Secretary and the Treasurer gave short reports about the last year.

The 2018 committee will comprise of Elicia (President), Sarah (Secretary), Jen R (Treasurer), Sue H, Val, Gill, Chris & Judy

Wine and Cheese tasting was VERY enjoyable – big yummy thanks to Sarah!

 

Four members and 1 dog went for a long hike (in lovely sunny weather!). They walked from Disley up to The Fox Inn at Brookbottom, then over the tops to New Mills and back to Disley via the Millennium Bridge and the canal

Four members went to Manchester and had a tour round Manchester Town Hall (‘The Original Manchester Town Hall Expert Historical Tour’) led by Ed Glinert. It was a fascinating 2 hours. The tour was followed by lunch at Tampopo in Albert Square – absolutely delicious.  I’d highly recommend the corn fritters and Singapore Noodles

 

 

 

 

There was a trip to a live screening (from the National Theatre) of Sondheim’s legendary musical Follies

 

 

Seventeen members attended a craft Workshop, led by Jenny, to make fabric Christmas Wreaths

 

This year, for the first time Disley WI participated in the Remembrance Day Ceremony on the Ram Green. A collection was made at the October meeting to  raise money to pay for a wreath from the WI – Elicia laid it on our behalf.

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The Thursday Book Club read “The Bees” by Laline Paull

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Lots of bridge was played throughout the month as usual!

Nihilism, nudity, no future: Derek Jarman’s bleak Britain comes pungently to the stage –  Jubilee at the Royal Exchange Theatre. Two members went to see it and thoroughly enjoyed it!Toy

Lunch/Supper Club had lunch at Bents Garden Centre in Worsley

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