Activities and Outings


February - Show The Love

This February The WI ran a campaign to encourage members to make, wear and share green hearts in order to raise awareness of climate change and keep it high on the political agenda. The green hearts are to highlight and make us think about everything we hold dear that could be lost to climate change. Below are some pictures of all the hearts created by our members and our Knit and Natter group.

May - Art Workshop

One of our members attended an art workshop at Stoke Prior. 'A Way With Watercolour' was led by local artist and tutor, Karen Hotchkiss. She was an excellent teacher, covering aspects of composition, perspective and colour with clear explanations and demonstrations. Attendees practised different approaches to painting skies and then tackled a landscape view of the Malverns, taking it step by step to produce their own version of Karen's painting, which is shown below.

May - Theatre Trip

Nine members had an hilarious evening at Malvern Festival Theatre, enjoying 'Out Of Order', a farce about the misadventures of a Junior Government Minister trying to have a liaison with one of the Opposition's typists. The discovery of a body trapped in the hotel's sash window was only the start of the evening's disastrous events.  This trip was a great success and will hopefully lead to more regular theatre outings.

21st May - Dawn Chorus Walk

Jill Crawford is one of our members, who belongs to the RSPB and the BTO, as well as being involved in Nature Conservation through her work as a solicitor. She kindly offered to lead a dawn chorus walk. One keen member and her husband climbed out of bed to meet Jill at 4 a.m in Wyniatts Way before climbing up Abberley Hill. It was a new and exciting experience to listen to bird song in a woodland setting, enhanced by Jill's knowledge and experience. The morning was too cold to hear the bats!


June - The Shrawley Cup

This year's Shrawley Cup competition between the previous Woodbury Group WIs was hosted by Halllow WI. Abberley entered two teams, and we had great fun taking part in the Mini Olympics, throwing balls into buckets, shooting netball goals, darts, picking clothes pegs, and throwing and catching balls over a high screen. The evening ended with a delicious buffet and strawberries and cream. The Abberley teams came fourth and fifth!


20th September - ACWW Coffee Morning

Sarah Goodman kindly hosted a coffee morning at her house to raise funds for The Associated Country Women of the World. The ACWW connects the communities of rural and non-rural women throughout the world through advocacy, partnership, sharing knowledge and local activities. It is non political and aims to raise the health and living standards of women and their families. The very enjoyable coffee morning raised in excess of £170, helped by a generous supply of cakes and raffle prizes.