The revived tradition of having decorated floats in the show galvanised many of our members to take part. A lot of hard work and fun was had by all, well done ladies!
On a lovely warm summer evening President Rose Barker welcomed members and visitors to this month’s meeting. Members were invited to stand for a minute’s silence in memory of Jane Mack who had died. Jane had been an active member of Denstone WI for many years and until recently was Group Coordinator for The Two Rivers WI Group, which included Alton WI and Wootton WI. She will be missed.
Jenny Richardson introduced the evening’s entertainment which was Members Talks on “My Lucky Escape with a Happy Ending”. This proved to be a most enjoyable, interesting and entertaining event with twelve speakers giving two-minute talks on a wide range of “lucky escapes”, which had members on the edge of their seats at times, gasping and ultimately laughing at the happy endings. Homemade scones, jam and cream were served as refreshments and the evening had a very “end of term” feeling, as we broke for the holidays.
Nine members of Denstone WI participated in the poppy sowing plus Sue Edmonds, who has been the prime mover behind the idea of making a splash of colour on this 100th WW1 anniversary.
Five plots were dug, seeds were spread then covered with a thin layer of compost and watered in.
Little green fencing has been erected around each plot to protect them from the council mowers.
Let's hope the seed grow!
Multi - tasking Denstone WI Members had a very busy evening at their April meeting. Mary Spencer presided and welcomed over forty members along to the evening.
On completion of the business meeting, the Annual meeting followed, with reports from the Treasurer, the Secretary and the retiring President, Mary Spencer. Mary was warmly thanked by Gill Brown for her three years in office and received a beautiful plant to remind her of her time at the helm of this very busy WI.
The evening was still young, and after the formal business, members had a chance to meet Janneke Gorzeman and her colleagues as they gave a short presentation on Nordic Walking and allowed members to try walking with the poles and ask questions. Janneke detailed the health benefits of this exercise and members had the opportunity to sign up for a taster session on Monday 23rd April at the JCB lake.
The final activity of the evening was a Cheese and Wine Social, which allowed members to relax and chat with friends and celebrate another successful year as part of a very busy WI.
Really successful morning yesterday - 27 pickers and three others involved in other ways. Good weather, cheerful company and a pristine village to boot!
Click heThe topic for our March meeting was Jean-Jaques Rousseau. For some this might seem an unlikely local topic but as the speaker, local historian, ex farmer, ex teacher, councillor and sometime Denstone thespian, Ed Barker, explained, Rousseau enjoyed the delights of the Staffordshire countryside in 1766 to 1767, likening it on his arrival, to Switzerland. Ed illustrated his talk with slides of the area around Wootton and Ellastone that Rousseau walked and wrote about. Ed also had slides of the original Wootton Hall, Rousseau’s Grotto and Calwich Abbey where he visited often to talk in French with the only French speaker at that time in the area. Ed had many anecdotes of the characters and places of that time and his local knowledge and enthusiasm for the topic was appreciated by all the members. The competition for the evening was “Something French” and was won by Jean Wright, with her French milk churn.
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5 intrepid WI Members had a very enjoyable morning 10 pin bowling. Not much skill in evidence but lots and lots of very loud laughter - a good job we were the only one's there! We will be going again!
The village hall was the setting for a very lively February WI meeting with over sixty members and friends welcomed to the evening with a glass of sparkling wine. This was a special meeting where members were encouraged to bring along a friend, to share with them and show them what goes on at a WI meeting. Denstone WI president , Mary Spencer, warmly welcomed everyone and conducted the business meeting, outlining future activities and news from both Staffordshire Federation and National Federation WI.
Wendy Forrester then introduced the speakers for the evening, Gillian Grainger and her husband Jim along with the special guest, Freda. Gillian and Jim are Puppy Walkers for Guide Dogs for the blind and partially sighted. They gave an engaging and informative account of their work as Puppy Walkers. They have had five puppies over the last seven years. They meet the puppies at about seven weeks old and work with them until they are about thirteen months. During that time they train them and involve them in all aspects of family life, in shopping trips, on buses on trains and in restaurants and cafes. They demonstrated great enthusiasm and dedication for this work and were inspiring in their accounts and stories of their puppies. The star of the evening was Freda, their current puppy, who was perfectly behaved throughout the evening.
Before the close of the evening, Mary had one more delightful duty to perform. On behalf of Denstone WI, Mary presented a floral bouquet to WI member, Wendy Forrester, on the occasion of her 50th Wedding Anniversary.
Rose Barker is our current President