WI NEWS 2020
ASTON INGHAM WI
During these very strange times, Aston Ingham members, apart from the usual activity of gardening on these beautiful, sunny days, our members have been busy:-
During Lockdown it has been difficult to stay in touch, about two thirds of Parkway’s membership belongs to the Shielded community, strictly following Government guidance to stay at home, so those members of Parkway still able to get out and about have made it part of their daily routine to walk by the homes of those who are shielding to wave or chat through windows.
For the 75th celebration of VE Day, Estelle Dalraine and Sue Hill, Parkway’s co-Presidents came up with the idea of displaying the front cover of May’ WI Life in the absence of bunting to decorate windows. They also suggested members should raise their teacup or glass of wine to Parkway during the day to think of friends in the WI, many of whom remembered well the events of 8 May 1945.
Parkway has also tried to keep in touch with past members and has gathered in one or two new friends who live alone and have expressed feelings of loneliness. It’s at times like this that being part of a community is so important.
As always hobbies and crafting skills have filled our time and for those still able to stride out, the country side has been a great solace. In return, hopefully, we shall be able to continue our support of environmental projects when Covid-19 is less of a threat.
SALTMARSHE & DISTRICT WI
Over the last few months we've been keeping in touch with phone calls, e-mails and via our website http://www.saltmarsheanddistrictwi.simplesite.com
LITTLE HEREFORD WI
75 years ago this week a group of women met to decide whether Little Hereford needed a WI...
Well here we are, still going strong, 75 years later. Our Party is cancelled but this is a photograph taken last year at our Rose evening.
Looking forward to seeing you all very soon.
Today 15 April 2020 the Woolhope WI should have been holding a party to celebrate its 75th birthday. The members and friends would have been arriving at the Parish Hall this evening dressed in 1940's style clothes and having a thoroughly good time, watching a chocolatier demonstrating his art, listening to 1940 s music and, of course, eating wonderful homemade food ...........but none of this is possible because we are all at home self-isolating, mainly because of our age.....but are we downhearted? Absolutely not. We are the ladies of the WI. We realise how lucky we are to be living in this rural paradise, sometimes nicknamed the bread basket of Britain. We decided that, along with a few friends in the very small rural villages of Woolhope and Mordiford we would cook up a storm ....., just as those doughty Institute ladies did during the war. All day food and gifts have been arriving at the gates of the home of the President but the WI will not be enjoying this wonderful array of food as it will be taken by the President’s daughter, a radiographer, to Hereford hospital as a thank you to the staff.
Ledbury had a visit from Michelle James of Severn Waste Services to learn all about recycling in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
Liz Muncy, a member of the Lace Guild, came to Aston Ingham to demonstrate her craft of lace making.
Saltmarshe & District
Saltmarshe enjoyed a talk from Kathie Barrs about the technique of wet felting and enjoyed seeing all of her crafts.
Cradley celebrating their 82nd birthday, and enjoying some beautiful quilts made by the Worcester branch of 'Linus Quilts' who make quilts for children.
Peterstow WI enjoyed a presentation about the National Gardens Scheme in Herefordshire from its organisers.
The Sparkling Wye
Sparkling Wye showed off their banner and new tablecloth, both made by their craft group and first used in February.
Kathie Barrs talked about and demonstrated wet felting.
Carl Sadler demonstrating the art of making garden trugs.
Saltmarshe & District
Saltmarshe members posing with their banner.
29th January 2020
Saltmarshe & District
Jean J holding her competition trophy for 2019.
Mary Wall has been a member of the WI for 70 years.
Here is a picture of our 'youngest members' of Little Hereford WI at a lunch at Sapey Golf club to start our 75th year of celebrations.
3rd January 2020
Holmer WI had a visit from Duncan Fox from the Sly Gin distillery.