Wednesday, 25 April 2012

WOW WI Meeting Report April 2012

The WI Olympic Torch handover will take place at the beach on 24th May.  We are co-operating with Bleadon, Uphill and Worle, using various forms of transport to pass the torch along.  Details are being finalised with the other groups and we will let you know exactly what will be happening at the next meeting.

The Avon Federation Olympics is on Wednesday 18th July at Timsbury.  Members can participate in the various sporting events or just take a picnic and sit and watch – hopefully in the sunshine!

We will be increasing the fee for a non-WI member to attend our meetings to £4.00 as of next month.
We have been told that the team behind the Great British Bake Off are looking for volunteers to take part in a similar competition – but for sewing.  To find out more you can contact them on 0207 067 4822 or by email to  Alternatively you can download an application form.

We still seem to be getting a few emails returned to us as the addresses are wrong.  If you are not receiving emails from WOW-WI, please contact a member of the committee and we can correct the records.
For those members who do not use email or do not have access to the internet, we are planning a “buddy” system, where we will pair you up with another member who does use the internet and can pass on information.  Using email is much easier and cheaper for us than having to put updates in the post – particularly with the forthcoming increase in the price of stamps!

If anyone would like to contribute a raffle price, please let Sue know – the raffle is a great way of raising money to pay towards the costs of running WOW-WI, paying for great speakers etc.

Thanks to Leanne, Annie, Moira Cullington and Lucy Adams for providing wonderful array of delicious cakes, and thanks to Janice, Lara and Margaret, our refreshments volunteers this month for their sterling work.

Trips and Events
There are 5 seats left on the coach for Calendar Girls, please let Sue know if you would like one.  We will be meeting in the bar upstairs at the Hippodrome before the performance.

Sue is in the process of organising a Hanging Basket workshop at Hillside Nurseries with Grace, our fantastic speaker from last month.  Details to follow.
Marianne has organised a trip to Hestercombe Gardens on 4th August 2012.

We are proposing to organise a day at Bath Races on Saturday 1st September, more details to follow.

The West Mendip Group of WIs (of which WOW-WI is part) is putting on three trips this year.  We circulated sign-up sheets for the trip to Cardiff and the Brecon Railway  on 15th May.  Details of the other group trips to follow.

The book club is going really well and the next meeting is on 22nd May at Loves Café.  This month’s book is Dickens’ Olde Curiosity Shoppe which is receiving mixed reports from the readers!  June’s book is the Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce.

The next Craft Club is on 1st May – Adam has promised us faithfully on bended knee that the museum will actually be open this time!  Craft Club members should be hearing from Karen Mills about the arrangements shortly.

Members of the walking club will be participating in the Bluebell Walk  on 29th April and Helen Gosling is arranging a power walk along Weston Beach on 4th May at 6:30.

Next month’s meeting is our Jubilee Street Party.  Members were allocated food to bring and an email will follow for those who weren’t there.  We will be having a talk from John Crockford- Hawley who is a local councillor and historian about Weston-super-Mare and royal events.  Helen brought along some bunting she had made and promised to post instructions for making bunting to the blog, so if anyone fancies making some with a Jubilee theme they can bring it on 15th.

Our speaker for the evening was Lisa Stevens, a very talented ceramicist who shared with us some of her techniques for making beautiful small ceramic items, such as decorative bowls and jewellery.  You can see Lisa’s work at

After the talk, we were all offered the opportunity to make some small items ourselves which Lisa has taken away to fire in her kiln and add a glaze. These will be returned to their sculptors at the meeting in May.   I’m sure Lisa was terribly worried by the beautiful masterpieces produced by our members (!) but we had a lot of fun playing with the clay.

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