January Meeting 2019

The January meeting on Monday 28th is a talk by Buxton Mountain Rescue.

The service was originally set up to help people in difficulty on remote/moorland areas. Over time, this has expanded into other types of searches and locations, for instance co-operating with the police in searching for missing  and vulnerable people in semi-urban areas, or assisting the ambulance service with patients in places with difficult access or in adverse weather conditions.

The team maintains an operational membership of around 60 people in order to provide this service. We are a registered charity and totally dependent on donations from the public. It costs over £45,000 per annum to maintain the service which must be raised through our own efforts. 

 

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October 2018

October’s speaker was Ruth Taylor who spoke about Manchester Wheeler’s Cycling Club.

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Members went to Stockport Plaza to see  ‘Me and my Girl’

oct 1

Supper club went to the Deanwater Hotel

oct 2

There was a visit to Quarry Bank Mill for Beth Underdown ‘Ghost Stories’
Quarry Bank Mill isone of Britain’s greatest industrial heritage sites, home to a complete industrial community.
Beth Underdown is a New Mills author and current author in residence. She is presenting a new commission responding to the Lost Voices exhibition. These are ghost stories about love – and love stories about ghosts – that capture the voice of five women at the mill, and the echoes they left behind.

Thursday Book Club ‘The Stranger in the Mirror’ Jane Shilling

oct 7

The craft workshop was ‘Felt Applique pencil cases’

Members went to “The Victorians & the Reinvention of The Italian Renaissance
From Giotto to Michelangelo, Dante to Petrarch, Florence to Rome, Italy’s Renaissance left an indelible mark on the Victorians. Former Portico Librarian, Emma Marigliano, explores how British artists and poets reinterpreted and mythologised Italian culture for the British public.

This event was brought to you by the Dante Alighieri Society in Manchester with delicious Italian nibbles and wine provided after the talk.

oct 8

Members attended ‘Manchester Thinkers and Drinkers’ Pub Tour, with Suzanne Hindle

Guide Suzanne Hindle regaled us with stories and snippets of spoken word from writers past and present, including a punk poet, a communist thinker, a doomed opium dreamer, and a modern Mancunian bard. It was a page-turning, thirst-quenching tour.

Members attended Peter Youds’s talk ‘Love, War, Sherry and Tripe’
Peter Youds is the author of the acclaimed Ties of Blood series of historical novels, and the talk was an introduction to the fascinating period in which his books are set. As well as touching on military matters and politics, other topics include what people ate and drank, what they wore, their health and their love lives.

September 2018

The September meeting was also the 8th anniversary of the first Disley WI meeting – we had a sublime cake made by Sarah S – many thanks!

The speaker was David Hanson who talked about his professional life and how he came to write the book ‘Children of the Mill: True Stories From Quarry Bank’

Also, in September:

  • The Lunch Club went to The Clink at Styal Prison
  • The Thursday Book Club read Love and Mr Lewisham by H.G Wells 
  • Members went to the History Wardrobe presentation “We Love Laura” at Bollington Art Centre

 

Summer Fair 2018

Our second annual summer party was given a tropical makeover this year!

35 members and 5 prospective members joined in the fun and games of our Hawaiian Luau.
We made our own leis, gave each other golden temporary tattoos and tested our general knowledge with two quizzes.
Those more wanting a physical challenge played Coconut Bowling, Feed The Shark and Limbo dancing!
Members chose a Desert Island Book and enjoyed delicious refreshments whilst listening to tropical tunes.
Everyone had a brilliant time and can’t wait to do it all again next year!!

Disley Show 2018

The sun shone on Disley WI on Saturday for their jaunt at the Disley & Lyme Horticultural Show.

The WI and TG Challenge Trophy was hotly contested, with 6 teams all competing to stage the best display themed on “A Day at the Seaside”. The standard of all entries was very high but the talented ladies of Disley WI pulled it out of the bag and won FIRST PRIZE for the third year in a row!!
Congrats to all involved – a superb effort all round. 
We also hosted a WI Information Stand at the show, to promote all local WIs, raise awareness and dispel some of those ‘Jam and Jerusalem’ myths. This was a resounding success, leading to large interest from prospective members, some of whom have already visited us!
Thank you to everyone who helped on the day and who loaned us kit – the pebble painting was hugely popular and everyone who came said what a great idea it was.
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July 2018

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’