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. 

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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Happenings in May

Eleven members got together to learn how to make resin jewellery – a fun evening and some amazing designs were created. 

Here they are in the moulds and bottle caps …

Many thanks to Elicia for this workshop 🙂

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The Arts and Culture Club had their bi-monthly meeting in the Rams Head to discuss and arrange some cultural outings. The latest Culture Club programme is available from Maggie or our Facebook page

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Moira arranged a gentle keep fit class for members …

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The Thursday Book Club read ‘spill simmer falter wither‘ by Sara Baume

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The Bridge Club met for their monthly get-together …

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The Lunch/Supper Club went to the Three Bears in Hazel Grove for lunch 

 

The Suppliant Women at the Royal Exchange Theatre

Post from Maggie S

Last Thursday a few members of Culture Club went to see The Suppliant Women at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.  The performance featured a very young cast of volunteer actors in an unusual updating of Aeschylus’s Tragedy, written some 2,500 years ago.  The production followed the traditional form of Greek theatre, having a chorus and one or two principal protagonists, and told the story of a group of young women fleeing persecution in their home country and seeking asylum in Greece.  There were very obvious parallels with the current crisis faced by migrants seeking asylum and indeed with the fate of the Chibok schoolgirls captured and forced against their wills to marry their captors.  A beautiful, moving and thoughtful play.  We all enjoyed it very much.

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Trip to Costume Hire Warehouse

On Wednesday last week, Maggie, Claire and Chris (Claire’s mum) went on a tour of the Corn Exchange Theatre’s costume hire warehouse.  The wonderfully enthusiastic manager, Ludmilla, told us all about the costume hire operation.  They receive costumes from Corn Exchange shows, many of which have been produced to a very high standard to allow for the proximity of the audience to the stage in the Corn Exchange, and make them available to the general public for hire.  Typical hirers range from amateur dramatics societies and schools to individuals attending costumed weddings and balls.  Ludmilla showed us the spectacular costume that she borrowed for the Venice carnival, and to which she is now making a partner, the fashion being for couples to dress alike for the Venice carnival.  
Although some costumes are made by the costume hire team (all volunteers apart from Ludmilla), most of their work involves assisting customers to get the correct look and fit for their costumes and maintaining the large array of outfits, complete with accessories.  The tour was interesting and informative and the costumes themselves sumptuous.  We would all highly recommend the tour to anyone with an interest in theatre and/or costume.
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