November Meeting

Our October ‘Hands on Sugarcraft’ meeting certainly stretched our dexterity, as we moulded and rolled sugar paste to make intricate flowers and leaves; all done with good humour and a lot of chat making it a most enjoyable meeting.

November is our Annual Meeting and is therefore a quieter and slightly more serious meeting. We have no speaker, although we have persuaded someone to run a short quiz for us after we’ve completed the business section of the meeting.

If you’d like to know more, why not come along and visit us. Visitors are always welcome to attend our regular meetings three times without charge and we are sure you’ll find a warm welcome.

As always we meet on the 2nd Monday of the month in Shorwell Parish Hall. November’s meeting will be held on Monday 11th November at 7.30pm.

For more information please call Debbie on 741384.

REPORT OF SHORWELL WI MEETING SEPTEMBER 2019

This month 21 members, plus visitor Sarah, were welcomed to our meeting. Birthdays this month were Barbara, Brenda, and Debbie.
Our activities over the summer – our trips to Quarr Abbey and the IW Cheese Company, plus of course our Garden Party – were all much enjoyed. Thanks must go to all who helped, and to Antonia for arranging the venue and being our hostess at the garden party.
Sadly, over the summer we lost Joyce, a Past President of our WI. We were pleased to help arrange her wake in the Village Hall, which was appreciated by her family.
Arrangements were begun for our 71st Birthday Meal in October; menu choices and numbers will be taken at the next meeting.
Some of our members had visited a production at the Apollo Theatre, and there will be further visits to the theatre and the cinema in the coming months with the new Social group.
Our speaker, Simon Butler, gave a presentation on how our household waste is collected and sorted for reuse, recycling, energy production or, lastly, landfill. The competition for ‘reuse of something normally thrown away’ was won by Di, who had re-purposed a chocolate box as an earring caddy; the Best Bloom was won by Barbara’s dahlia.

October Meeting

As we enter the last quarter of 2019 thoughts have turned to planning and booking our speakers for next year. I hope we have a programme planned which will have something for all our members to enjoy and will also encourage visitors and new members.

During the summer break we were saddened to have to say goodbye to one of our Past Presidents Joyce Blunn, but honoured to be asked to provide the catering for the celebration of her life.

Members and guests attended our annual garden party held in the Great Hall at Wolverton Manor. Earlier in the summer a small group attended the Apollo Theatre. The theatre trip was thoroughly enjoyed and we intend to continue the year with the occasional visit to the theatre and community cinema.

Our next meeting, 14th October, will be a ‘Hands on Sugarcraft’ meeting, the regular bloom of the month competition and raffle will also take place. Later in October we will be celebrating Shorwell WI’s 71st birthday.

Visitors are always welcome to attend our regular meetings three times without charge and we are sure you’ll find a warm welcome. We meet on 2nd Monday of the month, 7.30pm at Shorwell Parish Hall.

For more information please call Debbie on 741384.

September Meeting

Prior to our July meeting, 14 members visited the Isle of Wight Cheese Co. in Queens Bower. We saw and heard about the process of making the 5 delicious cheeses produced by local artisan Richard Hodgeson and his small team. At our meeting later the same day, members enjoyed sampling the cheeses we had purchased, along with a glass of wine, all accompanied with tasting notes.

Later the same week 20 members visited Quarr Abbey for a guided tour and cream tea.

We do not hold an ‘official’ meeting in August. We will, however, be holding our annual Garden Party in the garden of one of our members. This is a lovely opportunity to spend some social time and enjoy a WI tea with Members and their Guests.

Shorwell WI is not just about food though!

We cannot deny that we enjoy the foodie events, but being a WI member is also about the socialising and friendship, learning and discovering new things around us and often finding out unexpected things about ourselves and what we are capable of.

We have a weekly walking group and fortnightly ‘Not Just Knitting’ craft group both of which will continue all through the summer.

In August we will be thinking about the Programme for 2020. If you are interested in being one of our speakers please contact me.

In September our meeting is Monday 9th and our speaker is Simon Butler. Simon is the Communication and Community Engagement Manager, Environmental Services for Amey and will be telling us about Waste Management. The regular bloom of the month competition and raffle will be held.

Visitors are always welcome to attend our regular meetings three times without charge and we are sure you’ll find a warm welcome. We meet on 2nd Monday of the month, 7.30pm at Shorwell Parish Hall.

For more information please call Debbie on 741384

May Meeting

Shorwell WI meets monthly on the second Monday at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall, Russell Road, Shorwell.

Hospitalisation, unfortunately, meant a last minute and unexpected change of speaker in April. This did however mean that we were able to welcome Ruth Waller who spoke to us about the history of Yarmouth Pier and the project to restore it, with her talk entitiled ‘A Pier’s Tale’.

Despite the appalling weather many of us were delighted to take part in the Sheep of Shorwell, which saw hundreds of sheep in all shapes and sizes around the village; look out for their return next Easter.

May is our ‘resolutions meeting’ when we will be voting on whether to support the National Federation in the proposal to lobby government for better support for mental illness. Did you know that the WI has been instrumental in campaigning? One of the most well known campaigns, ‘Keep Britain Tidy’, came from a WI resolution in 1954.

In May we meet on Monday 14th at 7.30pm, our speaker is Suzanne Whitewood MBE. Suzanne’s talk “Fishfags to Coffee” includes tasters! As usual we will have our Bloom of the Month Competition and raffle.

You are very welcome to come and visit us and see what we do. There’s no charge for your first 3 visits, after that we’d be delighted for you to join us as a member, the cost is £30.75 (May or June) or £20.50 (July-Sept).

If you would like more information about what we do please feel free to call Debbie on 741384.

April Meeting

Shorwell WI celebrating 70 years 1948 – 2018

Shorwell WI meets monthly on the second Monday at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall, Russell Road, Shorwell.

At the March meeting 25 of our members attended and enjoyed hearing about (and sampling) Jim Miller’s fine Rosé wine choices; we were also delighted to see our decorated pottery pieces from the February meeting.

Our website www.shorwellwi.org.uk now includes the first scrapbook, ‘1915-1965 50 years of the WI’. Although Shorwell WI was still in its teens in 1965, the scrapbook is a great insight into the social history of Shorwell village, with information about local groups and events and some familiar faces. The scrapbook can be found by clicking on the ‘Blog’ tab and can be downloaded as a PDF.

As the lighter days become more evident we start to think about the Midsummer Fair and our popular Produce & Preserves stall; marmalade, jam & chutney pans to the ready!

In April we meet on Monday 9th at 7.30pm, when we will hear about Costumes in Theatre with Andrew Wilson-Jenner.

We are a very friendly group and Visitors are most welcome, there is no charge for your first three visits. If you would like more information about what we do please feel free to call Debbie on 741384.