2017

NATIONAL  FEDERATION OF WI

The NFWI will host its Annual Meeting at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Wednesday 7 June 2017. Observer tickets will be available for sale to members from November 2016. Tickets are £20 each and should be purchased from local federation offices.


WORCESTERSHIRE FEDERATION OF WI

MONDAY 24TH APRIL 2017

SPRING MEETING

The Artrix, Bromsgrove

 

TUESDAY 17TH OCTOBER 2017

ANNUAL COUNCIL MEEING

The Three Counties Showground, Malvern

 

 

FOREST GROUP

We are part of Forest Group and will be meeting with other WI’s in the group on at least two occasions. Dates to be confirmed when arranged. The WI’s in the group are Abberley, Abberley Clockwatchers, Areley Kings, Astley, Bewdley, Callow Hill, Far Forest, Mitton and Rock.



ABBERLEY WI

 


One of our own members gave us a fascinating talk about the history and development of the Cashmere shawl. The story included the source of the original fibres coming from mountain goats and the unfortunate fate of some of the goats being shipped to England, so that their wool could be used here. We then heard about the story of the Paisley Pattern with its long history and its use continuing today. There were lots of examples to see and members were used as models to display the shawls as they would have been worn.
 
 
 
 
 
 


We had a very interesting talk from Pete and Julie telling us an illustrated story of their journey from their former life in Swindon, with an average sized garden to 2 acres of rural self sufficiency in Hillhampton. Tackling clearing the ground only to find more than forty large pieces of concrete that needed to be moved and doing far too much rotovating resulting in a nasty repetitive strain injury. We heard about the ups and downs of the introduction of animals including pigs, goats, hens and turkeys, and the development of their raised beds for vegetables. They shared their successes and their failures too and what they have learned along the way. An article from Swindon web tells their story




 Libby shared some clear ideas as to how we can improve the treatment of people living with dementia, through simple actions like showing patience and offering practical help. She movingly explained how personal experience drove her to become involved by giving talks and raising money for The Alzheimer's Society by selling toiletries. Using simple analogies she gave us an insight into what can happen when short term memory is lost, even though emotional memory remains unchanged. Dementia takes many forms and has varying degrees of severity, it does not mean that life can no longer be fulfilling. 'Dementia Friends' is an initiative by the Alzheimer's Society aiming to create  communities where people with dementia feel understood and supported and able to live well.  With our new awareness we hopefully all left the meeting with a raised awareness and ideas on how to champion a more dementia friendly world.

  

 
 


  Roger described his life as Sylvester the Jester from Leicester - from the early days busking around Europe with his guitar, life in a caravan in the West Country and the opportunities he has found since going into a jester's costume, parties, street entertainment and medieval banquets. We learnt about the role of a jester in court life long ago and the significance of the various parts of the costume, eg the pointed hat representing ass's ears. Roger also performed some songs, accompanying himself on the guitar and mandola and encouraged us all to join in the choruses.

 
 



Venue – Abberley Village Hall.  Hosted by Little Witley


WI Resolutions


A hall packed with members from Little Witley and Abberley WIs listened to explanations of the two resolutions to be debated at the National Annual Council Meeting - 'Alleviating Loneliness' and 'Plastic Soup'. Each member then voted for the resolution that they would like to see debated with a view to future campaigning.

Following that, Di Cope from Little Witley talked about her art studies and painting career, then gave a lighthearted demonstration of doodling in which we were all encouraged to participate.

There was a charming display of green hearts made by Abberley members to back the WI campaign to raise awareness of climate change. Go to www.thewi.org.uk/campaigns for more details and see our 'Activities and Outings' page for pictures of our contributions.

A busy evening was then rounded off with a most fantastic supper - masses of delicious sweet and savoury treats - Thankyou Little Witley!


 
 
 
 



Dr Trueman is a human rights practitioner and member of The Malvern Hills Group of Amnesty International. This group aims to raise local awareness about human rights.


12th JULY 2017

 Building a Nectar Café   

An Open Meeting, all welcome, members and non-members, partners and friends.

Caroline Corsie

How to plant a variety of species in your garden to ensure a 12 month flowering season that will provide nectar and pollen for all kinds of pollinators.

Worcestershire Wildlife trust 


9th AUGUST 2017

 Garden Party Social

Vivien Sharples is kindly hosting this event,  time to be confirmed

 

13th SEPTEMBER 2017

 The Land Girls

Robin Hill

A talk about the Land Girls of World War Two by Robin Hill of the Worcestershire Museum service.

 

11th  OCTOBER 2017

Beguiling Barbara Cartland

John Dixon

 An insight into the life and work of Barbara Cartland and her family link with Tewkesbury


8th NOVEMBER 2017

 Annual Meeting including If stones could talk’

Kate Andrew

 

13th DECEMBER 2017

 Christmas Social Dinner

Venue and time TBC


There will be other events such as trips or activities added to the programme throughout the year. Please check our Abberley WI website for up to date information and any additions.  http://wi.abberley.co.uk