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.
Following 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
Our 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
What a great evening our Strawberry Extravaganza turned out to be! We pinned the stalk on the strawberry, guessed the number of strawberry sweets in the jar, had a strawberry quiz. We also picked up strawberry and cream sweets with a straw and transferred them to another bowl; the winner had 25 sweets but four of us had none!
We munched our way through a fantastic array of strawberry-based treats and drinks, including Dympna's prize-winning creation shown below.
3th July - 2013 Sutton Veny Flower Show
We came 2nd in the WI Friendship Award at the Sutton Veny 2013 Flower Show. Beaten by Boreham WI by half a point!! Pretty good for our first entry.
3rd July - Hearing Dogs for the Deaf
For our July meeting we had the pleasure of listening to Dr David Ball tell us about himself and his Hearing Dog, Bruce.
In 2007 David started to lose his hearing and in a matter of months he was completely deaf. Hearing aids were of no use to him, so the idea of having a Hearing Dog was suggested, and Hearing Dog number 4117, a lively orange and white Pointer called Bruce, bounced into David's life. It took a lot of training for Bruce to learn how to respond to the door bell, telephone, alarm clock, smoke alarm etc. There were also long sessions of training for David and for David and Bruce learning together. Bruce has given David back his independence, the reassurance that he is safe to live his life to the full and the company of a loyal friend.
Training Hearing Dogs is hugely expensive and the organization depends on volunteers and donations from the public. So if anyone was thinking of donating money to a worthy cause, Hearing Dogs for the Deaf would appreciate it.
5th June - Technology Evening
We met at The Organ Inn, Warminster for a presentation on social media from one of our own members, Emma Bould. Emma showed us how to open a Facebook account and explained some of the benefits of being able to keep in touch with friends and family and share photos. We also found out how to Tweet and get LinkedIn as well as tips for buying and selling on the worldwide web. It was very illuminating and definitely left us more clued up than before. Thank you Emma
1st May - How to Make a Hanging Basket
We enjoyed a fun evening at the Lakeside Garden Centre, Crockerton. Steve showed us how to make a hanging basket and we were able to wander round collecting plants for our own baskets to either make on the spot or take away to make at home. We also benefited from a discount for anything bought on the night. After making our baskets, we enjoyed a tea or coffee and delicious shortbread made by Denise in the Coffee Shop.
28th April - Drover's Running Club 10K Run
Sunday 28th April saw us once more at Langford Lakes ready to provide coffee and cakes to the Drover’s Running Club.
Bacon rolls were also on offer but not surprisingly, the runners didn’t have any. On the other hand, the marshals and spectators enjoyed the bacon.
Over 100 runners set off for the 10K run through the Wiltshire country side. 40 minutes later, the first runners were back and ready for a cup of tea or coffee and, of course, a piece of home made cake.
This has become an enjoyable way of raising funds for our group. Today we made about £240.
We look forward to our next race.
3rd April - Belly Dancing with Waafa
When we planned an evening of "belly dancing" for our April meeting, we expected it to be a bit warmer! Luckily we only needed to tie a jingly scarf around our hips while Waafa on the other hand sported a very attractive "belly dancing" costume. She explained the origins of the dance, which goes back thousands of years, as a dance, danced by women, for women. After some instruction, we all did our best to follow the music, shaking our hips and trying to look graceful. When we had finished making each other laugh, Waafa demonstrated how it should be done.
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
On a cold and foggy Sunday morning the committee (+1 friend) set off to Salisbury Racecourse to provide refreshments for the Drovers Running Club half-marathon. Bacon rolls, homemade cakes, teas and coffee were available for the runners, marshals and helpers. Luckily the sun came out before the race started as over 160 runners prepared to set off and run 13 miles! The day was very successful for the club and WI Lite and although it was hard work we made £350 profit! We have been asked to do the same for a 10K race at Langford Lakes on 28th April 2013 so I will take this opportunity to ask for helpers on the day and for members to donate homemade cakes.
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!