Warminster and Wylye Valley WI Lite
(formerly Sutton Veny WI Lite)
WI Christmas Tree at the Minster Church Festival
6th December - Christmas Wreaths
We all worked really hard this month making “Rag Wreaths”. It was much easier than people thought and the end results were beautiful. All we needed to do was cut strips of material about 8ins long and how ever wide you wanted. These were knotted around a circular wire ring pushing the knotted material closely together. We all used the same method but no two wreaths looked the same. We enjoyed mulled wine and mince pies and it was a great evening for chatting.
Each year, the Minster Church asks local organisations to decorate a Tree for their Festival. Last year, we made decorations in WI Colours (purple and green), this year one of the WI's national resolutions is to combat loneliness. All the peg dolls we have made will have their hands linked together and will be wrapped in a spiral around the tree, which will be called 'Friendship not Loneliness'.
Here are some of the 50+ dolls we've already made!
1st November - Bell Ringing and Peg Dollies
Tonight's meeting, unusually, was in the Church of St Denys (or the Minster, as it's better known!) where we rang their 8 bells, weighing between 7 cwt and one and a quarter tons. They are tuned in D Major, and were last tuned in 1960 and will be rehung, and the whole installation updated, in 2018. We would like to say a special thank you to Heather McCombie and her team of bell-ringers.
While waiting for our turn to ring the bells, we also dressed Peg Dolls for our Christmas Tree at the Minster. Although, we were nervous to start with, not knowing what to do, after watching each other we turned out a good number of very differently dressed Peg Dolls.
4th October - Quilling
Tonight's Quilling session with Beryl Rhodes proved to be a great success. After some instruction, everyone set to work rolling the strips of paper into tight circles. The loose end was glued and the circle pinched at one end to form petals. Everyone chose the colours they liked and were free to design their own cards. Teas and coffees went down very well and everyone had a chance to talk and make new friends. Four people enjoyed themselves so much they paid their subscriptions for the rest of the year!
6th September - Bobby Van
This month we had a visit from our local "Bobby Van". We received valuable information about personal and home safety.
2nd August - Summer Party
This month, the “Roaring 20’s” came to our Warminster meeting. Flapper dresses, fringes, feathers, pearl necklaces and, of course, cocktails. Everyone made an effort to enter into the 20’s style. Christine painted a beautiful “Art Nouveau” backdrop for our lovely photos. A big thank you to Jamie from The Boston Shaker for making wonderful cocktails and for keeping our glasses topped up!
5th July - Bees
Our July meeting was 'buzzing' as we had Claire Barker from Hive Originals come and talk about her bees, and the honey and beauty products she makes from the beeswax. We sat riveted to our seats while she gave us a very interesting presentation and answered our questions before we 'swarmed' around the display of wonderful natural products for us to sample and buy.
7th June - First Aid
we had an excellent and very informative talk from Tim, a First
Aider. We learnt about the warning signs of a heart attack,
which can be different in men and women. Most heart attacks
in men start with pain in their chest which will not go away even with
pain killers. Women can often have pain in their stomachs or
maybe their backs. If the pain doesn’t go away it is wise to
call an ambulance.
Defibrillators are dotted around our towns and villages and Tim showed us how to use them. They are very clever boxes as once you have opened them they tell you what to do. Also, it is comforting to know that they will not send out a charge if the person heart doesn’t need it. Tim went over the early signs of a stroke and how important it is to get the person to hospital quickly. He told us about FAST – Face dropping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty and Time to call an ambulance!
3rd May - Hanging Baskets
This month’s meeting was all about finding our inner “green fingers”. Lakeside Garden Centre hosted our evening of hanging baskets, and gave us the run of the garden centre so we were able to choose the plants we wanted. The guys provided all the things we needed and were around with advice should we need it. Free Tea and Coffee was available in the Café along with homemade shortbread biscuits. Everyone enjoyed the evening and went home with an individual handing basket.
5th April - AGM & Decorated Gift Boxes
Tonight we had our AGM. After the President, Secretary and Treasurer gave their reports they were seconded, voted on and approved. The committee were happy to continue and this was agreed by the members. Christine Neilson has taken over the role of presenting the WI’s Resolution after Jules Spille left to go back to Shropshire. We discussed both resolutions (Alleviating loneliness and Plastic Soup: keep microplasticx fibres out of our ocean) and voted unanimously in favour. We finished the business part of the meeting and got on with Verity showing us how to make small boxes. By just folding square pieces of paper, in a very particular way we ended up with lovely boxes which we decorated.
1st March - Cherry Barlow's Owls
1st February - Games Night
Eyes down, look in!! It's Games Night!
14th December - Goodbye Jules!
Afternoon tea and Pottery session with Whelpton Ceramics at the Ginger Piggery to say goodbye to Jules who is returning to Shropshire. Shropshire's gain is our loss, we'll all miss you!
7th December - Party Time
It's Party Time!!! We were all in touch with our inner teenager (60’s, 70’s & 80’s) for our Christmas party. Wendy was our DJ for the evening and she did a fantastic job playing our requests and choosing music to suit us all. We all danced and sang the evening away. As well as dressing up in our era, we also made a dish from the same time. Trifles, Black Forest Gateau, cheese and pineapple on sticks, corned beef rolls and pineapple upside-down cake, all washed down with mulled wine and Babycham. Such a spread!
2nd November - Cheddar Cheese Company
For this month’s meeting, we welcomed John Spencer from the Cheddar Cheese Company in Cheddar, Somerset. He owns and runs the company making the only Cheese that can truly be called Cheddar Cheese. The cheese is made in the traditional way which dates back centuries and is left to mature in the caves of the Cheddar Gorge. All the milk comes from a local farm. It is important that the cows all have the same conditions as their milk defines the flavour of the cheese. During the 8 years he has owned the company, he has trained up 6 new cheese makers, hopefully ensuring that Cheddar Cheese is made in Cheddar for many years to come.
5th October - Makaing our own bath bombs
A big thank you has to go to Kathryn Palmer for stepping in at short notice to show us how to make Bath Bombs etc. Using various ingredients and essential oils, we made Facial Scrubs, Clay Face Masks and Bath Bombs. Afterwards we all enjoyed a cup of tea and some lovely home made biscuits, thanks to Chris.
7th September -Poppies for Warminster Yarn Bombing
Our September meeting was dedicated to knitting and crotcheting Poppies. Two weeks before Remembrance Sunday, Warminster will be “yarn bombed” with over 10,000 poppies. These Poppies have come from all over the UK with a huge number coming from the Warminster area. The Poppies will cascade from the tower of the Chapel of St Lawrence in town. Some of the remaining Poppies will have the names of local soldiers who lost their lives sewn onto them and will decorate the town’s memorial bench, while otherswill be used to “bomb” Warminster town centre.
3rd August -Strawberry Bake-Off and Summer Party
6th July -Tai Chi
local WI representative gave us feedback from the Annual General
Meeting, which was held in Brighton this year. The two resolutions for
2016 were: “Transforming care for people with dementia while in
hospital” and “Time to tackle food waste”. The majority voted for the
extra hospital care although a few members felt that it was up to the
NHS to provide the care. Although the food waste proposal was well
supported, it was felt that this was a more difficult problem to solve.
Then, Andy Wright showed us a short film of his struggles to overcome his childhood physical difficulties and become a world class, highly qualified teacher in Karate and Tai Chi. We were told of the healing qualities of Tai Chi and the feeling of wellbeing that a lot of people experience. It was then our time to have a go! Luckily it wasn’t as difficult as we thought, as we gently moved from one movement to another.
1st June - Making a decorative bracelet with Verity Scott from Lace is More
4th May - AGM and Foot Care with Alice Gifford
6th April - Soft Pots
Who would have thought that making a “flower pot” could be so much fun? Gill Breeze from Softpots in Bradford on Avon showed us how to make the most beautiful flower pots. Starting with the leg of a pair of black tights, she filled the first 6inches with soil and gravel. She made a space for the plant in the top and tied the plant in firmly, then the magic began. Wrapping various colours of organza sisal around the ball and adding sequins, the soft pot began to look like as if it was made from stained glass and jewels.
We also voted for two Resolutions to go forward to WI National Federation Anual Meeting. They were calling on supermarkets to "Avoid food waste, address food poverty" and on the Government and NHS to provide "Appropriate care in hospitals for people with dementia".
2nd March - Introducing wildlife to your garden
3rd February - Wine Tasting with Waitrose
2nd December - Line Dancing and snacks and goodies using mincemeat
Yeeha!! A group of very happy cowboys enjoyed line dancing lessons with Trish Bain this week. Trish gives lessons at Christ Church Hall on Thursdays from 5.30pm - 6.30pm. We had two sessions which were great fun. Between our dancing classes, we stopped to enjoy mulled wine, snacks and goodies made using mincemeat.
Next year’s programme is now complete and can be seen on our home page. Lots of exciting things are planned for 2016 so take a look and put them in your dairies.
4th November - Sugarcraft
With Christmas just around the corner, our November meeting had a Christmas theme. We used the sugar craft skills shown to us to make a beautiful Poinsettia to go onto a Christmas cake. 15 small petals, 15 medium petals and 16 large petals were needed, so not a simple job. Once the petals were bunched together and arranged into position, sparkly green powder was added to give the right effect. So lots of beautiful Poinsettia’s will be decorating cakes around Warminster this Christmas.
7th October - Handbags
We had the great pleasure of listening to Joyce Wareham tonight talking to us about her handbag collection. These are not any old handbags, some of these date back to Victorian times. Joyce delights in going to auctions and scouring charity shops. She has a wonderful collection of silver bags, embroidered evening bags, some from the 1920’s and 30’s. She admits to having 2,800 bags, but this does not include all the purses or novelty bags!
2nd September - Corn Dollies
For September, we made Corn Dollies.
5th August - Canapes and Cocktails
We all had a really lovely time at our summer party enjoying cocktails and canapés and wearing the fascinators we had made at a previous meeting. Jamie, from The Boston Shaker in Warminster, performed wonders with his cocktail shaker. He made us “Woo Woos,” non alcoholic cocktails and of course not forgetting “Sex on the beach”. We also had a “bake off” for the tastiest canapé and there were plenty to choose from. The winner was the stuffed dates. Very tasty!
1st July - Suncatchers
On the hottest day of the year 25 of us, members and non members, came together to make stained glass sun catchers. Tracy Quinn and her husband had everything organised for us and we chose pre- cut glass and copper foil etc ready for us to make our sun catches. After cleaning and polishing the glass, we put the copper tape around the edges, and pressed them tightly to the glass. We took turns to solder the edges, which wasn’t as easy as Tracy made it look, and we all ended up with beautiful sun catchers.
3rd June - Hats and Fascinators
Making a fascinator from scratch was the theme of our June meeting. Debs Marrison-Wood, owner of Marrison Millinery and hat maker extraordinaire gave a short talk and demonstration, before helping members to make their own creations.
In two short hours, with the help of Debs, we managed to produce some very wearable fascinators.
6th May - Chocolate Making
Our May meeting promised to be a very tasty evening. Firstly though, we needed to discuss which of the WI 2015 resolutions we were going to support. A very lively discussion took place but because an overall decision was not made, it was decided to allow Kathryn Palmer to make the final decision at the Annual Conference. The rest of the evening was all about chocolate!! Listening to our speaker, watching her make the chocolates, and most important of all, tasting them.
1st April - AGM and Napkin Folding
This month's meeting was our Annual General Meeting where we agreed committee members for 2015, discussed some new activities we might like to do next year and also discussed the 2015 WI Resolution on social care for the elderly.
the AGM was over, Kathryn Palma showed us some fine examples
of decorative napkin folding including bunny ears, elf bootees and
water lilies. We were all able to experiment and take home
efforts to impress family for Easter Sunday roast!
4th March - Easter Wreath
around the corner, our task this week was to make a rag Easter wreath.
Verity, who has visited before with her artistic ideas, showed us what
to do. She assured us that this task needed no talent or skill to
complete. Well, some of us might like to differ!! Using a wire ring and
various scraps of material we set to work. All we had to do was cut
short strips of fabric and tie them to the ring, sounds easy!
Surprisingly, they all turned out really well and considering we all
followed the same instructions, we ended up with all the wreaths
4th February - Upcycling
that last night was such
a cold February night, we
had an excellent turn out for our upcycling evening. Lotte Beven is an
events and upcycling organiser
for the Trussell Trust and one of the ways she raises money is by
upcycling everyday things. Soon they will be accepting
white goods (washing machines etc.) for the upcycling treatment,
The Trussell Trust opened their first Food Bank in Salisbury and they now have 400 providing food for those in need. The 10 shops and numerous fundraising events raise money for the Trussell Trust.
Lotte came laden with material, beads, threads and her sewing machine ready for us to upcycle various things and produce “egg cosies”! She gave us patterns to use but the decorations were left to us. It was surprising how many different “egg cosies” we made.
The Trust is always looking for volunteers so if anyone is interest please get in touch with one of the WI committee. Phone numbers are on our contacts page.
3rd December - Christmas
This year we decided to do something different for our Christmas meeting. So instead of making Christmas wreaths we had Scottish Dancing!!
It couldn’t have been more different if we tried. Meryl and Marion put us through our paces and were extremely patient when we started to fall about laughing. A few of our members take Scottish Dance classes so at least a few of us knew what we were meant to be doing. After a few practice dances, the steps seem to fall into place and some of the dances looked quite good. We then had a break with mulled wine and mince pies, and the laughter started up again. By the end of the evening we were all sold on Scottish Dancing and Meryl and Marion might be getting a few new members on a Monday night.
5th November - Make Do and Mend
Last night Jen Gale told us about the amazing year of “make do and mend”. She, her husband and her two young boys embarked on a year of “buying nothing new” (with a few exceptions e.g., food medicines etc); Jen worried that the family were all slipping into the “throw away “culture and felt that she needed to make a small difference to the world we live in. Clothes were patched and mended, toys were repaired and items for the house were sourced from free internet sites or charity shops. Jen admitted that it was hard at times, her husband missed his newspaper, she missed being able to buy new boots and the children were somewhat surprised when she said that they were going to make the Christmas tree out of egg boxes!! Jen wrote a blog about her ups and downs and you can read it at email@example.com.
After a break for refreshments, we dived head long into “Swishing” (a way of recycling good but unwanted clothes). Not being quite sure what Swishing was, we started slowly. Soon we were choosing new outfits and saying goodbye to old ones. New homes were found for dresses, shoes, hats and coats.
1st October - Felt making
It would seem that moving our WI Lite to Warminster was the right decision. Our membership is steadily growing with 6 new members joining this month.
For our October meeting we learned how to make felt. Not an easy process as we all found out. Using fine strands of wool and very soapy water, we built up layers of wool and soap. Pressing the layers together in order for them to “felt” was harder than we expected. We all took our felted pieces home to finish off. Hopefully for our November meeting, we will all be wearing lovely felt brooches.
3rd September - Wine tasting
This month we were treated to some great wines from Waitrose, as Andy introduced us to wines from all over the world. We tasted white wines, red, rosé and, as a treat to end the evening, Champagne! He showed us how to sniff the grape, swirl it round the glass to see if it had “legs”, slurp it into our mouths and spit it out. Most of us left out the last instruction and swallowed the wine. While we enjoyed the wine, we also sampled various cheeses and cheese biscuits.
4th August - Ladies' Night
We had a lovely warm evening for our “Ladies Night at the Races” and everyone dressed up for the occasion. Pretty summer dresses, high heeled shoes and hats were the order of the evening. Everyone brought a dish for the picnic and the table was heaving with delicious savouries and scrummy sweets. The winning dish was the Rocky Road Bars which all vanished very quickly. We sat in the garden for the picnic, eating the food and drinking Pimm’s and fruit punch. Afterwards it was time for some horsing around and silly games - Pick up Polo mints on a fondue fork, pin the hat on the lady, pick up cocktail sticks using palm of hand, a dressing up photo booth and a horsy quiz.
2nd July - 70's Night
Well, all I can say after Wednesday night is that the pop scene doesn’t have anything to worry about !! St John’s Hall rang to the sounds of Abba’s Dancing Queen. It took a while to sort out those who had high voices and those who liked to sing in their boots but with a few practices and a cup of tea or glass of wine (the wine helped!), we sang Dancing Queen. Not the best rendition maybe but it was lots of fun.
2nd June - First Aid
Tim from EFA Training gave a very interesting talk on latest first aid advice. He covered what to do if someone is choking and can't breathe, burns and scalds, how to check if someone is breathing and CPR and finally how to use a defibrillator. These are the things that you see hanging on the wall in many public buildings nowadays and are designed to be used by non- clinically trained people - something not many of us had appreciated. Interesting factoid - the success rate for starting someone's heart using a defibrillator is much higher than standard CPR (38%).
7th May - Herb and Edible Hanging Baskets
Our May meeting was held at Lakeside Garden Centre in Crockerton and what a great evening it turned out to be.
Last year we filled our hanging baskets with just flowers but this year we used edible plants and flowers. About 23 ladies turned up with fingers in various shade of green! We watched a short demonstration and then we were let loose to choose our own plants. With some of us using baskets and some pots, we carefully planted trailing tomatoes, strawberries, peas, herbs and edible flowers. The evening finished off with tea, coffee, a shortbread biscuit and a good chat.
Thanks again to Lakeside Garden Centre, we will be back!
2nd April - AGM and Box-Making
Our April meeting was our AGM and as a little light relief, box making.
Mel, our President, gave us a roundup of the varied meetings we have had over the past year. We also raised money for WI Lite by selling bacon rolls and homemade cakes to a Salisbury running club. This past year has seen us change our name from Sutton Veny WI Lite and the location for our meetings to St John’s Church Hall in Warminster. This move has been a very sucessful and we now have an increased membership and a good number of visitors each month.
Two committee members gave up their posts, Tina who has worked hard for us for 3 years and Michelle who has done the same for 2 years. Three new members (Sandy, Nicky and Kathryn) were appointed to take their place.
Dympna, our secretary, keeps us informed by e-mail mostly, of all that is going on for our meetings and for the Federation.
Caroline, our Treasurer, had the accounts audited and was happy to tell us that we are comfortably in the black. The fundraising we do for the running club and the increased membership, allows us to pay for interesting activities.
Verity, who has a craft and wedding dress workshop “Lace is More” at the Ginger Piggery at Boyton, showed us how to make lovely little boxes using folded card. She brought along a wide variety of bits and bobs, buttons, ribbon, lace, etc. to decorate them. It looked very tricky at first but turned out to be quite easy. Some members were so taken with them that they went on to make more.
31st March - Denman Visit
Yesterday we joined other members of the WI, from different areas of the country, on a visit to Denman College. Denman, established in 1984, occupies the former Marcham Park near Abingdon in Oxfordshire. The College offers visitors and students the opportunity to experience the pleaseure of short-term residential learning in a supportive, comfortable and inspiring environment.
Our day started, after coffee and biscuits, with a cookery demonstration from Mr Peter Lien. An excellent chef who had mastered the art of mulit-tasking! See the picture below. (Herb stuffed Plaice, Lamb with Ras Al Hanout and giant couscous and Ricotta and Blueberry Hotcake with Passionfruit Curd.) We were then treated to a two course lunch, with wine and more coffee and tea. After a tour of the teaching rooms and the beautiful en-suite bedrooms we were offered more food! A cream tea. We travelled home on the coach thinking which course we fancied trying.
5th March - Jewellery Making
For our March meeting we invited two lovely ladies from "Beads with a Twist" to show us some of their skills in jewellery making. They brought with them a selection of kits to make beautiful bracelets, necklaces and ear rings. Our task for the evening was to make a rather complicated looking bracelet. We had an array of pliers and tweezers and a small hammer. The kit contained short lengths of silver wire and numerous small silver rings as well as some glass beads. The art of twisting the straight wires into figures of eight was a skill that most of us found we did not possess! With some instruction and a few muttered words we all had our silver 8’s. The next job was to connect the 8’s to the glass beads using the small rings. We thought the 8’s were difficult well the little rings had a life of their own. After a lot of crawling under tables to retrieve rings, we finally had our bracelets joined together.
5th February - Richard Bertinet, Chef and Baker
We welcomed Richard Bertinet the famous French chef and baker based in Bath, and his assistant, Danny Hipkiss, to our February meeting. Richard enthralled us with his historical knowledge about early baking methods in France and how things have changed very little in the past 300 years. He spoke of the importance of using the best ingredients, strong flour, fresh yeast and good quality sea salt are part of his philosophy. He grew up in a family who put great importance in good bread and told us tales of pinching dough while his grandmother baked.
We watched him make a batch of bread dough using a metal bowl and a small scraper (no hands were used in making this dough). He made it look so easy, which is what experts do. We were all inspired to go home and make bread but I suspect that some of us will not find it as easy as he made it look!
If you want to find out more, see Richard's website.
15th January - Skittles at The Organ Inn
A wet and windy evening didn't deter 10 of us from turning up at the Organ Inn, Warminster for a game of skittles. Once Cate had introduced us to the "rules" of the game, we gave it a go. For most of us this was only our second attempt at the game so anything could happen. Some of us showed great skill getting balls to miss the skittles completely! While others sent the skittles flying in all directions. By the end of the evening, Caroline was declared the winner with Nicky and Dympna as runners up. Maureen, on the other hand, even after changing her throwing arm, came last!!
4th December - Christmas Wreath Making and a Crooner
Another full house and another fantastic evening. Our December meeting saw us making Christmas wreaths using masses of greenery, berries and ribbons.
instruction, we gathered bundles of greenery and held it on
the ring with florist wire. This was repeated until we had completely
covered the wire ring. We were then let loose to add our own artistic
embellishments. It was amazing to see that, with everyone using the
same materials and following the same instructions, all the wreaths
ended up looking so different.
While we worked Joe crooned Christmas and “easy listening” songs to us. It made for a lovely Christmassy atmosphere and the mulled wine and mince pies went down a treat.
6th November - Sugarcraft
What a fantastic meeting we had last night! So many new visitors joined us at St John’s Hall for an evening of Sugarcraft. Lynne and Sue provided all the equipment we needed to make a beautiful Christmas Rose. They demonstrated how to make the petals, the leaves, and how to put everything together. As with all experts, they made it all look very easy. Then it was our turn! After we’d made our roses, we stopped for a homemade flapjack or cookie with a cup of tea (or something a bit stronger!). We made our leaves and berries and then put our roses together. At the end of the evening we had almost 30 individual Christmas Roses all ready to decorate our Christmas cakes.
2nd October - Millie Moon
We all found our inner artist last night! Gaynor from "Millie Moon" in Frome, showed us how to decorate and embellish cards and present tags. She brought with her a selection of pictures, shapes and beads etc. With scissors, glue and lots of laughs we created our very own master pieces. We had a really good turn out for this month's meeting with, hopefully, lots of our visitors joining the Warminster and Wylye Valley WI Lite soon. The 2014 program is almost complete, with plenty of interesting and fun things to get involved in, with like minded people.
4th September - Wildlife Photography with David Kjaer
first meeting in our new venue, St John’s Church Hall, was a
great success. We
attracted new visitors from Warminster and the surrounding villages.
Please come again it was great to see you.
Once again, David treated us to more of his fantastic wild life photographs. This time his photographs were mainly of birds and water fowl and his photographic skills are amazing. See David's website for more of his photographs.
7th August - Strawberry Extravaganza
13th July - 2013 Sutton Veny Flower Show
3rd July - Hearing Dogs for the Deaf
5th June - Technology Evening
1st May - How to Make a Hanging Basket
28th April - Drover's Running Club 10K Run
3rd April - Belly Dancing with Waafa
6th March - AGM and Bake Off
Mel, our President, spoke of the new committee’s struggle to get to grips with the running of Sutton Veny WI Lite. We have had some very enjoyable meetings and have made money at our fundraising events. Our 2013 programme is arranged. Caroline, our treasurer, told us that our accounts are healthy and ready to be audited. After the committee was voted to carry on for the next year, the fun part of the evening began, with “The Bake Off!”
10 different cakes and savouries were available for tasting. I think it’s safe to say we all made sure they were well tasted. The vote saw Maureen win with her Bakewell Tart, second was Caroline’s Carrot Cake and third was Tina with Bacon and Cheese Muffins.
17th February - Drovers Half-Marathon
6th February - Skittles & Chat
For our first event of the year, 11 of us braved the cold and wind for an evening of skittles and chat at the Organ Inn in Warminster. Only 2 in the group had played before but we were all ready to give it a go. It was a close fought game with Dympna knocking down 8 pins with her final turn to secure a win for her team by 9 points. We also reviewed the 2013 programme which will include interesting activities such as belly dancing, hearing dogs for the blind, making hanging baskets, and a picnic and games in the park when (if?) the weather improves.
Apology: We offer a whole-hearted and unreserved apology to Dympna for grossly under-recording her score. She actually knocked all 9 pins down with her final ball!
5th December - Wreath Making
Sutton Veny WI Lite members
and friends met in Sutton Veny Village Hall laden with big bundles of
to learn how to make a Christmas Wreath. Mulled wine and mince pies
were provided and local expert
Lucy Pitman was on hand to show us how to do it. We used anything we
could get our hands on
from hedgerows and gardens including holly (ouch!), yew, laurel, dried
bows and tinsel and one inventive lady even brought along a bag of
The results were fantastic and we left feeling as if we’d made a real good start to Christmas.
30th November 2012 - Sutton Veny Christmas Fair
Unfortunately the Sutton Veny Flower Show was rained off this summer so we joined the village and ran the Bottle Stall at the Christmas Fair. With all the bottles wrapped in newspaper, the skill was to pick the bottle filled with wine not water! We raised £51.
7th November 2012 - David Kjaer, Wildlife Photographer
We were treated to an evening with David Kjaer, a renowned freelance wildlife photographer based in Warminster who kindly joined us at short notice to give us both an insight into the basics of photography and also a really marvellous presentation of images of British wildlife. We soon realised what an immense and diverse topic digital photography was. There were lots of different questions and David took us all through how to get the most of our compact cameras, touching on aperture, shutter speed, making sure our camera is on the correct settings and importantly what settings to consider when photographing different subjects. These days using photoshop plays a huge part in photography and David ran through a number of useful settings that can be found within the programme and gave us a number of tips on how to make our images look sharper and better lit. The second part of the evening was an hour of viewing some of David’s wonderful Autumn and Winter Wildlife images, mainly of wildfowl but also Deer and The Great Bustard which he has been allowed to photograph on Salisbury Plain. See David's website for more of his photographs.