Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Book Group -test read

The WOW WI Book Group met once again at Loves Cafe on Tuesday 22nd May. The book for discussion was Charles Dickens The Old Curiosity Shop- which it appeared you either loved or hated...or in some cases hadn' even read! This classic tale of Nell and her grandfather fleeing London in poverty and surrounded by various colourful charcters was not everyones cup of tea. A few found it unreadable, most had got at least half way through, one or two  members  were enjoying it..... four members had actually finished it! It was agreed that although we should read a 'classic' at least once a year, Dickens detailed and visual  style required concentration, was of its time, but was  very popular entertainment in its day.

Next two meeting dates are Tuesday 12th June and Tuesday 10th July.The  book for June  is The Unlikley Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce and in July we are reading the Red House by Mark Haddon.
Thee is NO WOW WI book group meeting in August but the group will resume again in September.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

****************** STOP PRESS!!!! **************

The WI Olympic Torch handover will take place tonight! Meet at 7pm at Knightstone Island. We are receiving it from Bleadon and passing it on to Locking Green with the assistance of the Lifeboat Crew!. Then we can join Bleadon in a stroll along the front. Apologies for the late notice, seems WOW-WI got a bit forgotten. Helen and Annie will be there and anyone else is welcome.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

May Meeting Report - Jubilee Street Party

 Last Tuesday night the museum courtyard was looking beautiful - strung with
miles and miles of bunting, decked out with red, white and blue helium
balloons and union flags everywhere - all thanks to the hard work of the
committee, Adam and Lizzie from the museum and a few stray husbands.

It should be noted that one condition was placed on the use of helium balloons
which was that they must not end up on the ceiling because as they
deflate they tend to set off the motion-sensors, leading to poor dedicated
Adam being called out in the middle of the night.  

We solemnly agreed, but sadly the road to hell is paved with good intentions and there were soon
four naughty balloons bobbing around on the ceiling.  So if you see Adam wandering the streets of Weston looking like he hasn't slept for the past four nights - maybe he hasn't!

 The faux shop-fronts really added to the street party atmosphere as did the
long tables, which were soon groaning under the weight of all the food,
brought by our generous and talented members.

No one could say that WOW-WI members are afraid of joining in and they
embraced the fancy dress theme with gusto - we had all kinds of fantastic
fancy dress from girls in bobby socks to hippies and punks, and Steph was
resplendent in Mrs Thatcher chic in the mother-of-the-bride suit from her
wedding.  A photographer from the Weston Mercury was in attendance to
capture our efforts so look out for a report in the local paper next week.

 After a brief mingle we proceeded to the gallery where Marianne explained
the WI resolution system and presented the case for the current one which
is for the WI to campaign for the NHS to recruit more midwives.  A vote was held later in the evening which
was unanimously in favour of the resolution as proposed.  Trish Taylor will
take the decisions of all the local WIs to the National Federation AGM next

Elaine encouraged members to use the WI Moodle; this is a facility which
members can access for free and has lots of information about the wider WI
as well as learning resources.  Members should have already been sent a
username and password - if anyone has any problems with accessing the
Moodle, please let Elaine know.

The WI Olympic Torch Handover is due to take place on 24th May at the
beach, but we are still awaiting confirmation of the times.  More
information to follow when we have it.

Members were reminded of forthcoming trips to Hilside Nursery and
Hestercoombe (see events page).  We are also planning a new trip to Ladies
Day at Bath Races on 1st September, more details to follow.

We reminded everyone of the forthcoming meetings of the Book, Craft and
Walking Clubs - see individual club pages for details.

Next month's meeting will be an historical walk around Weston, starting out
from Loves Cafe.  Sue asked for a show of hands and it seemed that most of
those present were planning to join the walk.

Our speaker for the evening was John Crockford-Hawley who was very engaging
and we were all enthralled by his tales of Weston-super-Mare past.  A
shudder was seen to go around the room at the thought of the "refuse pond"
which had apparently occupied the site which is now the Pound Shop and
where old Westonians disposed of their fish-heads and bones - clearly not
everything about history is romantic!  Lots of people commented that they
could have listened all evening so perhaps we will have to get Mr
Crockford-Hawley to come back in future.

After the talk a swarm of locusts/large group of WOW-WI members descended
on the buffet, following which the fancy dress competition was judged by
some of those who had come as representatives of 2012 cutting edge fashion
(by which I mean they weren't in fancy dress!!). 

The committee is pleased to report that by the end of the meeting most of
the food had been eaten, with the remainder being gobbled up by your
secretary's waste-disposal unit aka husband who felt that the left-over
treats more than made up for her failure to provide him with a cooked meal
at home!

Thursday, 10 May 2012

WOW-WI Jubilee Street Party

Hi ladies

Just a reminder that the next WOW WI meeting will be on Tuesday, 15th May at 7.30pm.

We will be marking the Queen's Diamond Jubilee by holding our own Street Party in the museum so please remember to bring along some party food -  either  a sweet or savoury plate would be much appreciated . I am sure we will have lots of food so please cater for 4 to 6 people and skip supper so you are hungry! 

We would like as many of you as possible to wear an outfit from one of the decades of the Queens reign so drag out your old durndle skirts, rock and roll dresses, minis from the 60s or maybe you were more a Flower Power peace lover or even a punk rocker, Bay City Roller fan or perhaps you power dressed in the 80s whatever this is your chance to dig out that old outfit from the back of the wardrobe . There will be a prize for the best outfit.

We will have lots of fun so hopefully you can make the next meeting

Look forward to seeing you next Tuesday

WOW WI Committee

PS  Please don't be put off coming by the fancy dress code -  if you want to come dressed in
an outfit from the current decade that is fine just make sure you come along and join in the fun

PPS Non members are very welcome the entrance charge is £4 and a plate of food for the party !!

Calendar Girls


On Tuesday night over 50 WOWers descended on the Bristol Hippodrome to see Calendar Girls.  The trip was a great success and the show was enjoyed by all, particularly when Linda Bellingham held up a massive floral arrangement of the word "WOW" but we think this was co-incidence rather than recognition of our attendance!
Some were so inspired they even left talking about doing our own calendar.  I think we should bring our own twist to the idea though- nudity is no longer original enough, SO last year!!  I'm sure we'd have no shortage of volunteers to be behind the camera though!

Let us know if there are any other shows you'd like to go on a trip to.

See you soon,