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.
Once 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 our efforts to impress family for Easter Sunday roast!
4th March - Easter Wreath
With Easter just 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 looking different.
4th February - Upcycling
Considering 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, nothing gets past Lotte!
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.