Our second annual summer party was given a tropical makeover this year!
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’
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!
The Disley WI team won the Literary Quiz at Bollington Arts Centre!
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 …
♦ 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
♦ Visited Manchester Art Gallery and had afternoon tea at the Portico Library …
The Thursday book club read ‘Britt-Marie was here’ by Fedrik Backman
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
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 …
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’
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
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.
The craft workshop in March was ‘Mixed Media fabric Bowls’ – courtesy of Jenny R. A fun and gluey evening was had by all
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
There was a thoroughly enjoyable craft workshop courtesy of Yvonne N – ‘Drawing Plants and Tools in the style of Jim Dine’
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
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’
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
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