Newsletter August 2017

The WI. Inspiring Women.

Hello and welcome to our August newsletter.

We have had a very busy time since the last newsletter. The trip to Portsmouth and Southsea was  enjoyable.  Some of the group stayed in Portsmouth whilst others went on to Southsea.  We also had good weather with just a sprinkling of rain.



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A week later we had our “August Tea in Posh Frocks and Hats” at Lighthorne Pavilion Café. We had hoped to be in a marquee outside but the English weather decided otherwise. It was extremely windy so the café proprietors decided it would be safer inside. My goodness what a wonderful feast we had! The finale to the day was enjoying Pimms in a marquee  in Christine Simmonds garden. Many thanks Christine.

Our next outing  was to Wellington Barracks but since I wrote a blog page dedicated entirely to that I will say no more. Click link to see what fun we all had.

Of course we mustn’t forget the highly successful Tysoe Flower Show where once again we provided tea and cakes. It was great to see our members taking prizes. Please check Dee’s post on our blog.

As mentioned last time  tickets are on sale for the Cheese and Wine Tasting evening on Wednesday 20th September at 7:30 pm in the Village Hall.  Tickets cost £15 and are available from Roma Payne, Jane Gardner, Clare Cooper, Dee Spencer and Tysoe Village Store. We look forward to seeing you there.

We are very excited that our website is up and running and we hope that you will log in and check it out. Our sincere and grateful thanks go to Kirsty Gaskin for getting us into the 21st century with such a user friendly site. Please follow the link  Tysoe WI which will take you straight there.

We are compiling a Member Survey which will be on our website. However, we are aware that some of you do not have internet access so we will be providing hard copies for you.  We will let you know when this is available.

Dee is organising  a shopping excursion to the Christmas Market at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire on Friday November 17th.  Waddesdon was built in the 1870’s for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to display his collections and entertain his guests. The festive season will be in full swing with Christmas lights in the grounds, decorated rooms in the manor and a sound and light show projected onto the manor. It all sounds very exciting. The cost of the mini bus is £12:50 to members and £16 to non members. Entry to the market and the grounds is free but there is a charge to enter the house, which is  £5 to National Trust members and £25 to non-members. Please speak to Dee if your interested in this event.

Chris Cockell has brought to our attention “The Buddy Bag Foundation”. This is an organisation dedicated to helping children who require emergency care. They would appreciate knitted/crocheted soft toys to include in the buddy bag.  All items must be new because some of these children may never have had anything new in their lives.  If you are able to contribute it would be much appreciated.  NB You do not have to be a Craft and Laugh member to do this. Please follow the links for more information.  Buddy Bag Foundation and  very short clip Buddy Bag Video. I am sure you will find them interesting.

Another craft project will be making Christmas Bunting to decorate the church this year. Again, this is something you can do at home if you do not attend our craft sessions. We would also appreciate any spare material you may have cluttering your cupboards or drawers.  Fabric needs to be in Christmas patterns or Christmas colours and no smaller than a 12 inch square. Please ask either Dee or me for information if this is of interest to you.

While we are on the subject of crafts – following our summer break Craft and Laugh will  re-commence on Wednesday September 6th at 2pm in the Village Hall. The craft group are having a day out to the Birmingham Rag Market on Thursday 5th October.  There are still a few seats available at £12 for members and £15 non members. 

Are you interested in walking? If so we are hoping to organise some local walks in the near future.  Please contact a committee member if this is something which is of interest to you.

Do we have any photographers in our midst?  I’m not looking for David Bailey or Tony Armstrong Jones just somebody who is comfortable enough with a camera that they could take some pictures at the monthly meetings which can go onto our website and Facebook. Please contact us either by email or at the meeting. 

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 6th September at 7:30 pm in the Village Hall when our guest speaker will be John Hunter – Forensic Archaeologist.  We do hope you are able to join us.

This month’s competition is to provide a home made alcoholic beverage. Should be interesting – I bet we have a few people who would like to judge the entries!

See you on Wednesday 6th September.


Christine Harrop – Secretary








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