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

 

 

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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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Agatha Christie & Art Deco

Blog post courtesy of Chris A ….

Seven of us went over the hills to Macclesfield in what could be classed as inclement weather to a presentation on Agatha Christie which included murder, mystery, history and clothes.  On sitting to watch we were quickly made to reflect on how wise it was to have tucked into the cake and coffee prior to the talk.  Not because of those naughty calories but the disturbing fact that someone in our presence was about to snuff it as they re-enacted a murder mystery in Agatha Christie style.

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If you’ve not seen the History Wardrobe in action it is a must to catch one of their many talks on clothes through different eras.  The information is given in the form of a comedy sketch by Lucy and Meredith who wearing original clothing of the period in question bring the facts to life.  On this occasion we learnt how Agatha Christie first became a writer at the age of 12 years, the mystery of her own disappearance and how she was regarded by other writers.  We heard how she had a list of rules about who should not be the murderer in her stories and which she occasionally ignored.  If you are a prevalent reader of Agatha Christie novels you will know how important clothes were to her plots and the solving of the crime.

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Lucy and Meredith created various characters for us by wearing original outfits from the twenties and thirties and pointing out the detail in the outfits and the history around them.  They did this in an hilarious manner and we were treated to the sight of the most enormous k nickers with a pocket in, which make M & S big knickers look tweeny. (very useful for hiding a weapon in).  We also learnt how to flatten our bosoms for the new shift dress look and the reason for such a fashion.  We saw glamorous flapper dresses with beautiful art deco detail all made in silk.  Shoes and glamorous embellished collars were also on display.   A vote was taken at the end as to which of the characters presented was guilty of the pretend crime against a member of the audience.  And yes an article of clothing led to the capture of the suspect.

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Having been given the chance at the end of the presentation to the view all the clothes more closely we left for home having thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, no repercussions from the cake, and with a desire to read one of the 70 novels written by Agatha Christie.  

As a group we are going to a History Wardrobe called V for Victory which will be based at Bramhall Hall at 2p.m. on the 18th November.  Jenny is the person to see if you want a ticket.  Here we will have an uplifting presentation of life on the home front in World War One.  Very fitting given our poppy project. 

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!

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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!

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