Sunday, 25 May 2014

May Meeting

The may meeting was a busy meeting!
We discussed the WI resolution and voted 'for'.
Chris from Heavenly Hedgerows gave us an interesting talk on her business and about some of the more common plants to forage and then sold us some of her beautiful goodies.
Chris from Heavenly Hedgerows

There was mini make with Jo, in keeping with the theme, of decorated jam jars.
Busy making
And a reminder that next month's meeting is our 'jolly' to La Cucina and that the open topped bus will be at the museum at 6.45pm.

Mini make

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

The baubles have arrived!

The title says it all! Please contact us for Karen's phone number so you can arrange collection. Facebook would be the quickest form of contact.
Bristol Blue Glass

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Coming up .... in May!

Don't forget - meeting this Tuesday at the museum!
Heavenly Hedgerows will be there - bring your purses there will be goodies for sale,
and introducing ...
The Mystery Make!
There will be a small cost of £1 for the materials for your own make to take home.
A clue to the mystery make!

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Bauble Blowing

Yesterday, Craft Club went to Bristol Blue Glass for the morning. There was a chance to look round the (very small) museum and visit the shop and then it was off to the studio where we watched glass being blown and shaped by the professionals and had a short, interesting and informative talk on the story of blown glass in Bristol from James Adlington the master glassmaker.
Hogwart's goblets
We discovered that the saying 'Don't grab the stick by the wrong end' originated from glass blowing, by not picking up the long metal tube you use at the very hot end!
James and Reece at work

All the WoW-WIers then had the chance to blow a Bristol Blue Glass bauble of their own carefully supervised by James and Reece.
We learnt that the kiln works at 1250 degrees Centigrade, which is very hot and is never turned off, apart from maintenance,

all the glass they use is recycled,
how the twists and ridges are formed
and how colour is added and taken out of the glass.
A huge thank-you  goes to Karen for organising another brilliant Craft Club morning. 
Thank-you Karen

Sunday, 4 May 2014

This year's resolution

Each year the National WI AGM votes on a Resolution which then becomes an on going WI campaign.Current campaigns includes Save Our High Streets, SoS Honey Bees, Care not Custody - for detainees with mental health issues - and More Midwives.
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April WI Life
As members of WOW WI and therefore the national WI , our group has to debate and vote on this years Resolution at our May meeting. Our majority vote, either for or against, the proposed Resolution is then taken by our local Delegate ( a Congresbury Evening WI member) to the AGM in Leeds in June.
This year's Resolution involves raising awareness about Organ Donation. Two  Committee members recently attended a  presentation on Organ Donation by Specialist  Transplant Nurses for the NHS South West. We also heard from WI members whose relatives had  life changing benefits after  receiving a donated organ.
Some of the main  points raised:
Every day 3 people die in the UK waiting for an organ transplant.
One organ donor can help up to 9 people waiting for a liver, lung or other organ donation.
However despite having registered as donors their  wishes are often unknown to their relatives, or the families overrule their decision and refuse donation when the occasion arises.
The Resolution as written is
" The NFWI notes that three people die every day whilst waiting for an organ transplant. We call on every member of the WI to make their wishes regarding organ donation known, and to encourage their families and friends, and members of their local communities to do like wise"

More information including the pros and cons of this Resolution  is available  in the April edition of WI Life Page 23, or online at
We will be discussing this at the WOW WI meeting on Tuesday 20th May.