August Newsletter

Welcome to our latest newsletter. I was going to start by saying that our lovely summer has come to an end but, in true British style, it has decided to grace us with a couple more weeks of sun and warmth.

I hope those who attended the August Tea enjoyed the afternoon.  Good food, good company, good entertainment, good weather; what more do you need?

We would like to thank all of you who helped to make the serving of tea at the Tysoe Show such a splendid and successful occasion. I think we have become a victim of our own success have we not?

As I’m sure you  realise a lot of time and effort goes into organising the extra events, workshops and trips, and we need your support to make them viable. Therefore, if we do not get enough interest in any of these we will have no option other than to cancel as Federation Rules state that we are not allowed to run at a loss or subsidise any trip. This has meant that we have had to cancel the Chocolate Truffle Workshop, Blockley Diners Club and, unless we have more interest, the trip to The Craft and Knitting Show at Alexandra Palace will also be cancelled. The rest of this year’s events are fine. Anyone who has already paid for trips which have been cancelled will be refunded in full.
We do need payment at Septembers meeting for :
Tickets for WI Group Evening on Thursday 27th September. Dee has already distributed a separate email with information about this event.  We do hope you will support us as we host our first group event.  It promises to be a fun evening.
Richard 111 trip Sunday 14th October, departing Tysoe 8.15am
£25 for members and £30 non members. We have two mini buses. We do still have a few seats left for this one. but need to know asap if you would like to go. As well as the Visitor Centre and Exhibition, there are other local attractions time permitting – Leicester cathedral, Richard 111 statue, 1861 Bow Bridge, Magazine Gateway, the gunpowder store in the English civil war. (Costs may apply) You will find lots of information on the visitor centre website.
Worcester Christmas market and shopping day Friday 30th November, £12.50 members, £16 non members. This is an excellent day out, a number of us visited it a few years ago and all thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre is the leading themed street market in the West Midlands. The atmospheric streets of historic Worcester’s will be filled with sideshows and more than a hundred stalls, with many stallholders expected to dress in traditional dress as 19th century ladies, gents, urchins and chimney sweeps, as well as a few Victorian themed surprises along the way! Get into the Christmas spirit and find that perfect Christmas gift, whilst soaking up the mulled wine, the sounds, the smells  and the Victorian Christmas entertainment. Dee is taking names and payment.

Christmas Mosaic decoration workshop with Lucy Cooke on Saturday 3rd. November, 2.00pm £14 members, £18 non members.Come and learn how to make  Mosaics and create your own beautiful decorations. This workshop is open to all, including children.

The Houses of Parliament, Friday 16th November, departing Tysoe  10.00am (to be confirmed) £25 for members £30 non members. Travel will be on Martins Coach. We will enjoy 2-3 hours free time for sight seeing and lunch with our 70 minute tour at 3.30 pm. Full payment is required by the October meeting. We still have limited availability so please contact Dee know asap if you would like to go.

Details of our trip to see The Band Musical in October will be sent in separate email to those going nearer the time. This trip is full.

Please pass all monies owed for any outing/workshop to Dee in an envelope marked on the outside with your name and clearly stating which event/s you are paying for.
People were very impressed with our WI T shirts at the Tysoe Show.  If you didn’t get one but have now realised what a huge mistake you made (insert broad smile!)  Dee has one large shirt available and is able to make another order for more, at the same cost of £11.25, but she needs to know very soon.
Now a little “housekeeping” note. More help is needed at events to help set up and clear away. We all enjoy these occasions but it would be nice if everybody could take a turn, rather than leaving it to the same handful of people each time.  We do realise that it is not possible for everybody to be of assistance but we do need more volunteers.
 Please remember that this is your WI and if you have any ideas or suggestions of your own which could be used then the committee will be very pleased to hear them. Obviously we cannot guarantee to follow through on everything but we would love to hear from you.
 Our next meeting is on Wednesday 5th September at 7.30 pm when the topic is “Mad Hats and Maharajahs”.  I don’t know about you but I think it sounds intriguing and I’m looking forward to Heather Wilson’s presentation.  The competition is to make a hat in any medium, fabric, wool, paper etc., to tie in with the evening’s entertainment, and don’t forget to bring your flower for Flower of the Month competition.
See you on Wednesday 5th September.

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