May Newsletter

Welcome to our May Newsletter.

In the last Newsletter I made reference to the fact that Tysoe WI had been twinned with Warwick Gates WI. This is rather an interesting coupling since we are the oldest WI in Warwickshire and Warwick Gates is a very young group.  By “young” I don’t mean the members are young (although of course they may well be) but that their group is only about five years old.  Plans are afoot to organise a get-together of the two groups which will possibly take place here in Tysoe.  When we know more I will pass this information on to you.

Those of us who attended the Shipston Group Tea which was held in Brailes last week enjoyed a very interesting afternoon.   Obviously the afternoon tea was wonderful – dainty finger sandwiches, delicious cakes and Devon scones and cream – but the speaker from the Tea Company was very good and we all learned a lot about the origins of tea and how it arrived in the West from the East.  We hope to have another group meeting later in the year.

We also enjoyed a fabulous day out at the National Memorial Arboretum  earlier in the month. The weather was glorious. The Arboretum is well worth a visit if you were unable to attend with us.  The site is beautifully laid out and is a wonderful tribute to those who have served and those who continue to serve. A very peaceful and moving place.

The trip to Leicester to visit the Richard 111 exhibition will take place on October 14th. Cost to members £25 and non members £30.

The theatre trip to Oxford to see the musical,The Band, in October is now fully booked. If you have not already paid then the full amount is needed by the June meeting in order to hold our reserved seats.  Members £54.50 Non members £60.

The visit to the Houses of Parliament  has been arranged for Friday November 16th. The dates to choose from were limited because obviously it had to be when the House was not sitting.  Total cost to members £25 and £30 to non members.  Please contact Dee if you wish to be included.

There are still places available on the coach to Marlow and Henley on Thames on July 19th.  £12 members £15 non members. Please contact Dee.

Unfortunately due to lack of interest the proposed taster trip to Denman has been postponed.  We hope to re-visit the idea next year.

Our August Tea in Posh Frocks and Hats will take place at 4pm on August 1st in Lane End, Lower Tysoe.  Cost £7.50

Together with Julia Sewell we are holding a Festival of Remembrance in November to mark 100 years since the end of World War 1. This will take place in St Mary’s Church from Tuesday November 6th to Monday 19th November. We plan to create a very elaborate poppy display and therefore we need hundreds and hundreds of poppies – maybe even more!!! This is not limited to the Craft and Laugh group.  We would ask any of you who can to help in this amazing endeavour. The poppies can be of any size and made from any medium eg knitted, crocheted, fabric, felt, cardstock, tissue paper, crepe paper, hessian etc etc. Maybe you can think of something that we haven’t . We also plan to serve coffee and biscuits from from 11 am to 3pm on Saturday November 10th.

With regard to Tshirts Dee has sourced a cheaper version and hopes to have  one available to show you at the meeting next week. She will be taking orders and payment on Wednesday.  Cost £12.50

Nobody has volunteered to be a hostess at the July meeting.  Please speak to Dee. It is very important that as many people as possible assist with this rather than leaving it to a small nucleus of members.  Please don’t feel that if you are unable to bake then you cannot be one of the hostesses; we would be quite happy to just have tea and biscuits or a supermarket cake. Hopefully Dee would like to organise at least a few months in advance which should make life easier for her.

We are hoping for a lovely sunny weekend for the NGS Open Gardens on Saturday and Sunday. If you have promised cake to Liz please be sure to pass it to her in good time. We would like to thank you in advance, together with all of you ladies help in other ways such as serving, clearing away and washing up.  Your help is greatly appreciated.

Some of you have placed orders for Dr Helena Boschi’s book.  Please pay  your order of £14.50 at Wednesday’s meeting.

Our speaker next week is Martin Sirot-Smith from Sulgrave Manor.  The competition is to produce anything with an American theme.  We cannot wait to see what you come up with. We look forward to seeing you then.


Christine Harrop  Secretary


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