September Meeting

At September’s monthly meeting, we celebrated our 7th Birthday with the Poynton Jemmers Women’s Morris. They did several dances for us – accompanied by great musicians; and in between dances, Alice (the foreman) talked about the history of morris dancing and the history of the Poynton Jemmers  It was great fun to watch and even more fun to join in!

Just as the Jemmers had finished all the lights went out! (A power cut throughout the whole village) But we persevered and ate our birthday cake in the near dark!

Our first Summer Fair was a roaring success. We had an amazing turnout and everyone really enjoyed the diverse activities provided including tea duelling; blind date with a book; henna painting; dressing up and eating cake. A great evening was had by all. Many thanks to everyone whose hard work made it such a success. A special vote of thanks should go to Jenny H. who put in so much time and energy organising this event.

Bike Fest A few stalwart members successfully provided and served refreshments and cakes at the Disley Bike Fest on Sunday 16th September. £137 was raised and will go towards our community project, a baby changing table in the Community Centre.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Wigs’n’Wellies

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 🙂

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Reading

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

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June Happenings in Disley WI

The Craft Group had a great social evening in the Rams Head at the start of the month, and a couple of weeks later had a workshop on crochet skills

As usual, WI members created a wonderful well dressing board for the Disley Well Dressing

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Many members helped to organise and took part in Disley Great Get Together – by knitting squares, waitressing, making peace quilt squares, singing in the community choir and coming along and eating cake. The event was a great success!

The Monday Book Club read ‘the flight between oceans’ by ML Stedman

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June meeting

Our speaker this month was Jane Murison who is Head of User Experience & Design at the BBC.

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Also, Elicia gave a five minute talk on the charity she volunteers for – Affecting Real click here for the website

Elicia goes out to the Gambia where she works with venerable children and children with special needs. She has now been 9 times and the latest project involves setting up of a computer lab

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Several members went to see comedian Stewart Lee at the Buxton Opera House – great night!

The Supper club went to The Sycamore in Birch Vale]

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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.

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

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

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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

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The Supper Club went to the Blue Nile in Hazel Grove