WI News from around the County

Great Houghton WI welcomed members from Harpole, East Hunsbury, Weston Favell, Quinton WIs and several Board of Trustees to their Royal Ascot Ladies Day Afternoon Tea. As you can see everyone dressed for the occasion and looked fabulous.
24.06 Ladies Day at Ascot afternoon tea

Glapthorn WI waiting to gavotte!
24.07 Ready to gavotte

Hallowtree Scout Campsite, in Nacton, Suffolk, was home for Tina (our office accounts guru) for three days in June, as she joined lots of fabulous WI members from around the country. Sleep Out Suffolk is one of many weekends around the country organised by WI members. Tina joined in with the full timetable of crafts, talks, yoga, walks, musical bingo, flower demo,
Bollywood class, Sing-A-Long cinema, and competitions. On message with our campaigns, she also won the Clean Rivers for People & Wildlife competition with her life-sized needle felted duck.Tina (right) reports that Mallard has settled well into his new home. He has already done an interview, along with his new owner, with the Save the Children charity.
24.08 Tina with Mallard Duck

Glapthorn WI  Waiting for the doors to open for their Bluebell Teas!
22.05 Bluebell teas

Kettering Kosmos WI had a stand at Kettering Community market where volunteer groups were making the public aware of them and trying to get support. They spoke to prospective members and speakers and, of course, sold cakes in true WI spirit
24, 06 Stand at Kettering Community Market

Blisworth WI At our April meeting we welcomed Queen Victoria, Lady Roxburghe and John Brown for a talk on the Queen's wardrobe. Several members 'dressed up' to welcome Royalty. It was very enlightening and amusing to see how many layers were needed before Her Majesty was dressed and ready to meet her subjects

Weston Favell Evening WI thoroughly enjoyed a fashion show at their recent monthly meeting. Jackie Allen came along with a wonderful collection of tops, jumpers, trousers and dresses and an array of bags, scarves and jewellery to complete the looks for a summer capsule wardrobe. It was made all the more enjoyable by four members modelling a selection of outfits along a catwalk, they definitely had all the right moves! Many members went home clutching outfits and accessories ready for the summer.
24.06 Fashion Show

A poem from Thrapston WI member, Lesley Baden (when she broke her arm)

Maybe it was all my fault I felt the garden call.
I wanted French beans in the soil, but then I had the fall.
The watering can was prominent – went over it head first –
It only takes a moment for well-made plans to burst.
For next day was a special one – my eightieth birthday.
So many friends invited – some already on their way.
Instead, I spent the afternoon and evening, until nine
In agony and plaster cast and desperate for some wine!
The party over, next day how I wished I could foresee
The fate awaiting this old girl – how stupid could I be?
You see although the broken arm was on the left-hand side,
You’d be surprised to know the things from now would be denied.
I cannot drive, nor ride my bike; no longer can I sew.
Nor knit, nor cook, nor put on socks – and bras are a no go!
I’d love to wash both hands again; wring dishcloths or a flannel
Squeeze toothpaste on my toothbrush before tackling the enamel!
And dressing is a challenge too – try trousers with one hand.
My right hand only goes so far; I’m sure you understand.
No longer can I type at will, as left-hand keys are vital.
Now wrapped in concrete casing can’t get past the bloomin’ title!
At breakfast it came clear to me that toast would be a problem.
I need someone to hold it still for butter to be spread on.
Can’t open cans or jars of sauce to pour on pans of chicken
Can only fork my food just now or make it finger lickin’
Now, life’s no fun with this left arm no longer free and able
I want to drive myself again and cycle, lay a table, but.....
Maybe I’ll give these all a miss and leave the work to others.
Maybe I’ll lie in bed all day and eat chocolate ’neath the covers.
So much to do, so little time now spring has come at last;
But help has come – green fingered friends – didn’t even have to ask
But it is MAY and here’s the sun – I hear the garden calling....
MAYbe I’ll risk it once again – but this time skip the falling!

A different kind of AM at Wootton WI.  Members were led by Glenys to make a floral decoration in a teapot.  So much artistic talent we didn't know we had!
24.03 AM + florcal arrangements

Yardley Gobion WI  Members held a CPR and defibrillator session, facilitated by local community first responders
24.03 Defibrillator session

Hackleton & District WI In November members shared a brilliant Open Meeting with other WIs. on ‘How to be a 21st Century Gardener’. The speaker was Timothy Walker from University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum.
24.03 Jane Ward with Tim Walker

Overstone and Sywell Afternoon WI Every November we hold a meeting where our members organise the afternoon. This year we were entertained by a short production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’, followed by a lovely afternoon tea.
24.03 Wizard of Oz

East Hunsbury WI The festive season opened with a pop-up cafe fund-raiser at the Christmas Fayre in the local library. It was a roaring success and sold out! Pictured: Lynne Abraham, Carol Skears and Liz Sheffield.
24.03 Serving cakes

Roade WI enjoyed a game of Quingo – a combination of a quiz & bingo.  Here is the winning team!
23.09 Quingo Winners

Northfield (Kingsthorpe) WI
Didn’t they have a wonderful time, the day they went to Bourton (on the Water). Members and friends enjoyed a coach trip, their first such trip since the pandemic.They experienced a memorable visit to the Model Village, an exact replica of the village in the 1930s when it was built, and the only model village in the UK to be built in 1/9th scale. There was also time to enjoy exploring the village, as well as some retail therapy and refreshment at some of the many cafes.

23.08 Group23.08 Model village

Wootton WI spent a wonderful afternoon at Kathy Brown’s Garden in Stevington. The weather was stunning, the gardens beautiful, the tour inspirational and the cakes simply amazing! The company was enjoyable too.

23.08 View of Kathey Brown's garden23.08 visit to Kathey Brown's garden

Roade WI August outing saw them take a boat trip along the River Nene from Becket’s Park with Crusader Community Boating on the “Community Spirit”.  They had lovely weather, took picnics and had a wonderful time.  Their website is www.crusadercommunityboating.org.uk

23.08 Boat trip

Ashley Welland Valley WI  supported the local village fete with their Human Fruit Machine and all monies raised went to improving facilities at the local hall.Members brought fun and laughter to the fete. Getting three fruit in a row has never been so funny and for some select village characters who won three cucumbers, well the laughter raised the roof.
Human Fruit Machine2

Hackleton & District WI members of sub-group ‘Green Fingers’ visited the Old Park Barn garden, Stoke Goldington in July. The garden is part of the National Garden Scheme and opens every year for charity. They were given a tour and talk by Emily and James on how the garden has evolved over 26 years and was followed by tea, coffee and cakes donated by our ladies. The weather stayed bright and dry and a lovely afternoon had by all.
23.07 Members at Stoke Goldington garden

Harpole WI held a beach party for their June meeting. Members, who had dressed in beach wear, enjoyed fish and chips followed by an ice cream cone. There was a competition for the best sandcastle made from junk and the best
beach wear. An additional guest was our busty beach babe and everyone had their photo taken with her. Hook a duck and French cricket were played by members too.

23.07 One lady23.07 T wo lifeguards23.07 Two members in costumes

Northampton Kingsley WI would like to thank everyone who supported their afternoon tea in May. The event was very successful, an enjoyable tea and lots of chat when it was good to meet ladies from other WIs. They look forward to seeing you again next year.
23.05 Afternoon TEa

Roade WI had a lovely June evening at a BBQ held at Roade Bowls Club. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity of an evening of chatting and catching up with friends, whilst treated to burgers, sausages, salads and, by popular request, Lesley Armstrong’s special salsa.
23.06 Tea at Croquet Club

East Hunsbury WI decided to try something different to raise funds, so hosted a fashion show at the Abbey Centre. They were supported by residents of East Hunsbury and members from many surrounding WIs so it was nice to catch up with a few familiar faces. The show was a huge success with many requests for another one next year!
23.05 Fashion Show

Zoom Speaker - at Long Buckby WI

In April our speaker was Mary Smith from Maidstone who spoke to us about 'A Schoolgirl's War'. It was a very different experience however as Mary spoke to us via Zoom but in our Community Centre! We had met via Zoom during the pandemic but this was our first time in the hall.

Mary was a fascinating speaker and 12 copies of her book were ordered as a result. As we used the hall sound system it meant that everyone could hear clearly too, a big advantage to the hearing aid wearers.

So if you are able to use a projector and WiFi at your meeting place and have a member with the technical ability to organise it then I would thoroughly recommend it. We are now looking forward to 'Sex Secrets, Scandal and Salacious Gossip of the Royal Court', another Zoom speaker later in the year. Both speakers are in the WI speakers book.

Blisworth WI enjoyed an incredibly amazing fun evening when ‘Kinky Boots’ came to their April meeting.  Steve Pateman saved his family shoe factory business in Earls Barton by changing direction and producing kinky footwear for an ever changing market.23.04 Kinky boots and members with Steve Pateman

Milton Malsor & Collingtree WI tried needle felting with Michelle. It was an excellent evening.

23.04 Members needle felting

Another busy month for Brackley WI. A number of our members enjoyed a theatre trip to see Fisherman's friends at Milton Keynes  Their craft group spent a fabulous evening making fabric hearts and a group of spent an evening together painting pottery, whilst enjoying a glass of prosecco and canapes.
23.04 Craft group hearts23.04 Theatre Trip

Great Doddington Evening WIOn Saturday 4th March we arranged a walk around Summerleys followed by a soup and cake lunch for the Federation attended by 29 WI members, friends and partners. We were blessed with a dry walk around our beautiful village and nature reserve. Everyone expressed their gratitude and enjoyed the lunch prepared by the committee.

23.03 Summer Leys nature reserve

23.03 Ron, Linda and friends



Brackley WI Divas-That-Dine group met for a pub supper recently - a great evening was had by all!  Brackley WI walking group completed their walk with Tea and Cake!
23.02 Divas that Dine23.02 Brackley walking group

Brackley WI has a craft group that meets each month. At each meeting they try a new craft or new thing to make.They thought you might like to see their most recent efforts where they learned to do mandala painting.

23.02 Brackley WI craft members23.02 Mandala painting

Hunsbury Hill WI spent a very interesting and entertaining evening with Lee Berrill.  He is an amazing florist and  an NAFAS area demonstrator.

23.02 Lee Berrill with arrangemnet

Northampton Kingsley WI planted a tree on NorthamptonRacecourse to mark The Queen’ Platinum Jubilee 9 February 2023.
23.02 Tree Planting

Ashley Welland Valley WI doesn’t have a meeting in January but, instead, those who wished
joined in with a Silly Social. This year they had Pictionary, Money Spatula, a table quiz,“Find Someone Who” and Snatch Bingo.With nibbles and drinks, everyone thoroughly enjoyedanother great Silly Evening!

Roade WI welcomed Dave Askew from Northamptonshire Walks. He is happy to arrange Group walks and his website www.northamptonshirewalks.co.uk has so much information to enable people to undertake their own walks with detailed routes so you won’t get lost.
23.02 Dave Askew of Northamptonshire Walks

Stowe Nine Churches WI had a very creative and mindful start to 2023. Members were enlightened on the history, the steps and the art of Zentangle. Here is a sample of their initial Zentangle tile
23.01 Zentangle

Milton Malsor & Collingtree WIs speaker Gill Franklin brought a stunning collection of her gold embroidery, a hobby she began following her retirement. She described and demonstrated some of the techniques of this craft and everyone was highly impressed with her work.
22.11.20 Gold embroidery brightest star

Bozeat WI entered the village Christmas Tree Festival held in St Mary's Church. Their theme was 'Memorable Women', women who are an inspiration to all of us. The tree held photographs of women such as Florence Nightingale, Queen Elizabeth II, Marie Curie and so many others. On the back of each photograph was information about the person, researched and beautifully hand crafted by a member. Bozeat WI came third and received a rosette. Congratulations! 
Christmas tree with famous womenChristmas Tree

Stanwick WI members, friends and family enjoyed a lovely day out on the River Nene, followed by Sunday lunch at a riverside pub.
11.909 Cruise plus Sunday Lunch

Broad Green WI (Wellingborough) decided to hold their regular meeting, as they had a speaker booked (to talk to us about the Turbulent Tudors).They adapted the meeting to suit the solemnity of the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II. They started our meeting with a minute’s silence followed by singing Jerusalem. They also provided their own book of condolence for members to sign if they wished.  Photo is of President, Cate Purcell, signing this.
22.09 President signing Condolence Book

Chacombe WIs late summer celebration for the Platinum Jubilee.  They had a very enjoyable afternoon tea. The members supplied a delicious array of food to be enjoyed with a glass of Pimms or Schloer. The celebrations finished with everyone receiving a surprise gift of chocolates, flowers, wine or smellies to take home.
22.09 Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

Ashley Welland Valley WI members enjoyed the delights of a bring and share feast, along with entertainment by the Yellow Dog Rhythm and Blues Band at their August Garden Meeting. They were also delighted to welcome Her Majesty who, unlike last year, DID bring a sharing plate. Unbeknown to Her Majesty, Paddington Bear also came along and proceeded to interview HM for a new radio programme “Who Does One Think One Is?” The alcohol was not needed to make everyone laugh as it was a wonderful skit, memorably performed in this Jubilee year
22.08 Yellow Dog Rhythm & Blues Band

Blisworth WI took part in their village Jubilee celebrations; the cake was raffled with proceeds going towards Triumph with a Tenner, they supported the flower festival in the church, the Queen visited the produce stall and they joined the procession round the village with the WI banner
22.08 Platinum Jubilee event

Croughton WI had a kite display and picnic on the Village Hall playing field in June.  Prior to the display a tree dedication ceremony was held, revealing the plaque at the base of their WI tree planted to celebrate the Queens Jubilee.President, Lynn Kamm gave the dedication speech
22.08 Kite Display and WI Tree

Desborough WI held a “posh” Garden Party in a member’s garden as part of their Triumph with a Tenner challenge.
22.08 Posh Garden Party

Barby WI members contributed to the flower festival in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
Flower arrangement for flower festival for HM Platinum Jubilee

Hunsbury Hill WI held a Murder Mystery evening in June.  Originally planned for 2020, something stopped it happening then (!) so they brushed off the cobwebs and sorted it out again.  It took the form of a 3-scene, script-held play, set in the offices of a prestigious Fashion Magazine and performed by 6 characters and a compere, with audience participation and refreshments served between scenes. It was a great fun evening for cast and audience. If anyone would like to know more about organising one or would like to have the script, please contact Shirley Corke (via WI House)
22.08 Murder Mystery

Bozeat and Ampthill WI's have taken it in turn to visit each other for many years and two years' ago it was the turn of Bozeat to host, however, the Covid Pandemic struck ... finally, they managed to host a visit from the ladies of Ampthill on Wednesday, 13 July when they all enjoyed a lovely buffet and a very entertaining and amusing talk from Tom and Sue Partridge-Underwood, former Mayor and Mayoress of Wellingborough. Sue brought a selection of her 'Mayoress' hats for everyone to try on and afterwards, the WI Rose, Inspiration, was presented to Tom by Bozeat Secretary, Carol and President, Jill. A fun evening was had by all.

22.07 Bozet and Ampthill WI members

22.07 Some of Bozeat and Ampthill WI members

22.07 Presenting Rose

Kilsby WI made crowns to wear and hang in trees to celebrate HM the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Crown makingCrowns in trees around the village

Bozeat WI celebrated HM The Queen's Platinum Jubilee - the cake was delicious!

22.06 Celebrating Platinum Jubilee22.06 Crumbs of Jubilee cake
Cranford WI celebrated HM The Queen's Platinum Jubilee by holding a Jubilee Party with a fun Royal Quiz.


An interesting and memorable evening was held at Croughton WI where they were fortunate enough to have their local herpetologist and friend come along to their meeting. It was an opportunity for members to learn about the life of snakes and have the experience of being able to touch and hold (if they wished to do so!!!!), the various species and sizes of snakes that the visitors brought with them from their collections.

22.04 Snakes and reptiles

WOMEN WALK THE WORLD on ACWW DayPhoto shows members of Helmdon WI setting out on their 'Women Walk the World' walk . Donations have been received for ACWW funds and the total is still growing. Well done Helmdon WI.

21,04 Women Walk the World

21,04 Women Walk the World

Wootton WI is rightly proud to have reached its 104th birthday. Congratulations!
22.04 104th birthday

Broad Green WI members ventured from Wellingborough and took a bus ride to Abington Park in Northampton, with the inevitable pit stop at The Park Cafe! The Cafe staff told them how busy they had been over the Bank Holiday weekend - what a relief for all such businesses that the weather had been glorious.
Walking in Abington Park

Brigstock WI recently held round two of their "Triumph With a Tenner." The profit from the marmalade sales was used to fund a cream tea. 30 members and friends listened to a talk on silversmithing while enjoying scones and cakes! This was given by Joy Thompson (photo below) who is a long serving member of Brigstock WI. Joy shared with us her training in silversmithing and showed us many of the beautiful items she has produced over the years.
22.05 Joy Thompson

To celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee Hunsbury Hill WI decided in conjunction with the Friends of West Hunsbury Parks to change last year’s suffragette into Queen Suzie together with a handsome Grenadier Guard to protect her.
The two scarecrows were erected at the entrance to West Hunsbury Country Park to coincide with the Scarecrow Festival organised by the Parish Council.
In June they will grace the Jubilee celebrations being held on Friday June - look out for them!

22.04 Granville and Queen Suzie

Irchester WI celebrated HM The Queen's Platinum Jubilee with a patriotic tea party.
22.06 Jubilee Tea

Bozeat WI members have been busy knitting Easter chicks, rabbits and daffodils to decorate the village
22.04 Boseat sign with Easter chicks

‘’ – Jules Osmany

Northampton Town Roses WI is a small WI and invited guests to a fund-raising evening.  Jules Osmany of Radio Northampton gave a wonderful talk entitled "Tales, Travels and Tricks of the Trade".
22.04 Jules Osmany of Radio Npton with WI members and guests

The ladies of Woodford and Hinton WI enjoyed an afternoon of pampering at Grafton Spa. They all had a massage, and exclusive use of the sauna, steam room, and jacuzzi with a lovely afternoon tea.  What a treat after two years of uncertainty.
22.04 Spa visit

Gail Stewart spoke to Ringstead WI about life with her father Eric Morecombe. The hall was packed with members, villagers and members of other WIs in Thrapston, Islip, Raunds, Chelveston, Stanwick, Kettering Kosmos, Barton Seagrave and Wollaston.
22.03 Gail Stewart

Staverton WI enjoyed another excellent speaker which you can see from the photo. Sue Bentley joined them to talk about the many childrens and adult books she has written and how they came about. She should have bought more to sell!
22.03 Sue Bentley, Author

Roade WI had a most entertaining evening painting plates with Clare Castagna from the Little Green Pottery Studio in Rothersthorpe.
The plates were taken away to be fired, then everyone got to see their accomplishments at Roade WI’s 94th Birthday celebrations in March. A faith supper was held and the ladies were so generous with their cakes and savoury offerings.
22.03 Members with plates

Brigstock WI has started their "Triumph with a Tenner Challenge."  A member who makes marmalade, sold it at the March meeting. All jars quickly went quickly !!!

22.02 Triumph with a Tenner

A group of Broad Green WI members met in Higham Ferrers  for a walk around the Higham Ferrers Heritage Trail. Afterards they went to a small cafe on the market square and had refreshments in their snug.
22.02 Outside St Mary's Church Higham Ferrers
The ladies at Roade WI became thespians for their December meeting.  They thought it might be different to hold a Murder Mystery evening. It was called “Death By Chocolat” and set in Paris in the 1900’s. You can see from the photos that the “actors” made a tremendous effort to become their characters by dressing for the part. It was a great laugh and a fun way to end 2021.
21.12 Roade WI Thespians
See the photos of crocheted Christmas trees made by Welford WI ladies on their Monday craft afternoons.
Some members could not crochet 8 weeks ago but with help at the Monday craft afternoons, they have learned a new skill!   Well done ladies.
21.12 Crocheted Christmas trees21.12 Crocheted Christmas Trees

Some of Bozeat WI members have been knitting Christmas hats and Santas to decorate the postboxes around the village.
21.12 Santa hats on post boxes

Hunsbury Hill WI's Craft Club is now enjoying a return to face-to-face meetings after months on Zoom. At the recent meeting envelopes/packets for small gifts were made.
21.11 Craft envelopes

Creaton WI was delighted that St Michael’s Church Fayre could take place once again. Members were able to display all the lovely items handmade during lockdown, and earn some much need funds.
Church Fair

Bozeat WI members made scary spiders, ghosts and witches to decorate the village for Halloween.
21.10 Postbox Halloween21.10 Hedge at Halloween

21.08 Bottle StallBoddington WI was invited by the Parish Council to have a presence at the Fete to celebrate the opening of the new Cycle Track in Cowper's Field, next to the Village Hall.

The WI held a Cake Stall and a Bottle Tombola. Cakes and other home made produce were donated by WI members and Boddington residents very generously donated bottles for the Tombola.
21.08 Cake Stall


21.09 CampersSeven members of Northampton Town Roses WI had a great time at the inaugural "Crazy Daisies Go Camping" event at Willesley Scout camp site. Pirates, flower crowns, afternoon tea and Dirty Dancing (the film that is!) were some of the fun activities.

21.09 Member with picture frame








Harlestone WI held it's first indoor meeting in August when members were entertained by the musical group Cut a Caper and local actress Mo Shapiro.
21.08 Back in Village Hall

Bradden WI co-hosted an Afternoon Tea on the Lawn at Bradden House on Sunday 5th September 2021. The weather was kind, and an afternoon of delicious cakes, scrumptious scones, refreshing beverages and live music in the grounds was enjoyed by all. With stalls, pony rides, and a Prosecco bar too, there was something for everyone.
21.09 Afternoon Tea

Wootton WI says
We’re back  ………….. what a lovely evening and it was SO good for us all to be together again. Add fizz, cake and tea - a winning combination.
Fab four

Yardley Gobion WI had a recent presence at the village’s Big Birthday Bash - a party, fun day and fete in celebration of all the birthdays missed during the pandemic. Stall

Daventry WI held it’s first full face-to-face meeting since February 2020 with a Birthday Party Picnic at the local park.  Sixteen members attended and enjoyed being able to catch up with friends – even the weather behaved.
Picnic in the park

Bozeat WI held their second Scarecrow Festival in July and were once again very impressed by the imagination and expertise of the entrants. The theme was ' A Book or Film' . More images on Facebook. Northants WI

The Railway childrenA tale of Two Days! Weston Favell Evening WI has 68 members, so they offered two afternoons to get-together in Abington Park. On the first one members 'braved the elements'. A couple of weeks later the weather was more co-operative!
21.07 Inclement weather

Barton Seagrave WI enjoyed strawberries and fizz in beautiful sunshine.They have been keeping in touch  with walks, coffee mornings and garden visits (socially distanced where applicable).
21.07 Garden Party

Woodford and Hinton WI held their first face to face meeting with a garden party at the home of a member in her lovely garden.
Garden meeting

Towcester Evening WI delivered home baked cakes to NHS staff and key workers at Greens Norton Vaccination Centre, Towcester Medical Centre, Brook Health Centre, Towcester Ambulance Station, Greens Norton Medical Centre and Ridgway House Care Home. It was their way of saying a big thank you to them all for the care they have given to our community during the pandemic. We hope they enjoyed all the treats.  #NHSBigTea

NHS cake by Towcester Evening WI
Delivering cakes outside Towcester medical centre

Bozeat WI members enjoying the sunshine on the village green while celebrating the wonderful NHS with wine, water and a blue cake!
Bozeat WI celebrating the NHS

Towcester Evening WI members contemplated running away with the circus when they met at Towcester Recreation Ground for their social. Apparently it was only there for the school children though. However, the Big Top made a lovely backdrop to their photos!
TEWI July 2021 social with big top

East Hunsbury WI have contributed to a community display outside Hunsbury Library for “Thankyou NHS” day. The WI knitted the yarn bomb and painted some green stones the rest of the stones were painted by local school children.
21.07 NHS Rainbow

Twenty five members of Moulton Evening WI celebrated the NHS with a Tea Party, their first large gathering after lockdown. Members took the opportunity to dress up, the weather was great and a good time was had by all.
Tea Party for NHS

THANK YOU Cranford WI who held a Plant Stall at Cranford Village Hall and were delighted to make £265. All proceeds from the sale are going to Federation Funds, which is greatly appreciated

Plant sale tent

The Roade WI planter on the village green has been given someTLC with a varnish and new plants.
21.06 Planter

In May 2021 seven members of Wootton WI participated in a socially distanced walk around the Brackmills and Hardingstone area, raising £150 in sponsorship for ACWW.
Wootton WI ACWW Sponsored walk 2021

Creeping out of Lockdown!

In May, Harlestone WI visited Saxby's Cider. They were given an introductory talk by Farmer Philip Saxby, a tour of the orchards and finally a trip to the Farm Shop. There was an opportunity to see a day old foal, with proud mother, and many swallows. A hugely enjoyable evening where members felt they were doing something "normal" at last.
Tour of SaxbysCider apple treeFarmer Philip Saxby speaking

East Hunsbury WI participated in a community project to give the library, and the outside area around it, a face lift.  Local residents cleared and planted the overgrown raised beds, Tesco cut back the trees to let in more light and WI members planted up two planters for the front entrance. The flowers in the planters are in the WI colours of white, purple and green.

LibraryEntrance to library21.06 Raised bed


Many WIs have been enjoying Easter treats and finding innovative ways to collect subscriptions during lockdown!

Aynho WI committee distributed beautifully hand-made lavender sachets to all members to wish them Happy Easter. There was also a reminder that their subscriptions were due! This brought a good response.

Creaton WI members received an Easter Egg in return for their subscription, also bringing a good response!

The committee at Chelveston-cum-Caldecott WI delivered a Lindt Easter treat and card to all members and had a doorstep chat.

Raunds WI committee has been very good at keeping in touch with members with small goody-bags hand delivered, socially distanced of course. They had the first last summer - a cream tea for them to enjoy. At Christmas there was another with chocolates, a Christmas pud and nice smellies, then at Easter an egg and a flowering plant. Their thanks to all the committee for these thoughtful gifts. They are all hoping to meet up outdoors in June.

Roade WI had a great talk in April from Alan Marchant on “How Bletchley Park changed the Course of History”. It was fascinating and thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended on Zoom. We all remember Alan Turing from Bletchley Park, as seen in the recent film with Benedict Cumberbatch but we forget others, like Gordon Welchman, who was one of the early recruits. He worked on traffic analysis in breaking code but his main contributions were to the process of breaking the German Enigma machine cipher. Also, around 8000 women worked at Bletchley Park making up 75% of the workforce there. Alan has a separate presentation just about them. President, Chris Jackson, delivered Birthday bags to members to celebrate Roade WI’s 93rd birthday.

Handing over giftBirthday gift

Hunsbury Hill WI had a very instructive and entertaining meeting with speaker Leila Khassal who demonstrated paper craft from her home in Sweden! Amongst the items she made were hanging ornaments, flowers and cards. As well as an excellent demonstrator she was also an interesting speaker who kept everyone enthralled
Paper Craft

Members of Woodford and Hinton WI enjoyed an Easter treat of a Meeting in a Bag. This WI continues their monthly meetings via Zoom along with their Book and Craft groups and Coffee and Chat meetings.
21.04 Meeting in a bag at Easter

On Maundy Thursday, Northampton Kingsley WI committee was out and about as Easter bunnies, delivering a gift to each member: 2 hot cross buns, an Easter Egg, egg cosy and a handcrafted card.
21.04 Easter Gift for members

Geddington & Newton WI
Easter bunnies have been busy bearing eggs and flowers to members. Visits appreciated as much as the gifts.
21.04 Easter flowers and gifts

KHA (Kelmarsh Harrington and Arthingworth) WI members received Easter bags, including a handmade mask holder made by one of their members. Just look at those goodies!
21.04 Easter bags

Silverstone WI committee has been out and about delivering Easter goody bags to its members.
Have very happy Easter Silverstone WI
21.04 Easter Goody bag

Happy Easter!  Badby & Fawsley WI members received an Easter gift and card after stay at home restrictions were lifted.
21.04 Easter Surprise

Stanwick WI made wonderful Easter Wreaths at their March Zoom meeting followed by a few games of bingo with Easter egg prizes.
21.03 Making Easter wreaths

Happy Easter to all our members and friends. Towcester Evening WI delivered a Spring bunch of daffodils and chocolates made by Jane Napier @simplychocolatewhistable. Jane demonstrated tempering chocolate and making Easter eggs at our meeting on Thursday 1 April 2021 and we were then allowed to eat the chocolates!
21.04 Easter Flowers
Congratulations to Jenny, Jane and Brenda of Mawsley WI who were nominated for #ThankYouThursday They worked as NHS volunteers at the local vaccination surgery, making hot drinks for the nurses and doctors, as well as helping to keep the flow of patients. Well done ladies!
21.03 NHS volunteers

Roade WI had their first Zoom speaker in February 2021 on Forensic Pathology given by Anne Webb. Albeit a few gruesome pictures, it was a very interesting evening. Also it is their 93rd Birthday this year and even though their members couldn’t celebrate as normal, “Birthday Bags” were dropped at front doors on an exercise walk, so that they could all celebrate on zoom with chocolates, party poppers, recipes for Summer cocktails and mocktails, along with a smiley stress ball for fun and a scented candle. They also held a raffle and a session on Keeping Fit in a Chair.

Blisworth WI members were surprised with a Valentine gift. The yummy biscuits were made by a committee member and very much appreciated. They continue to enjoy Zoom meetings and phone chats with all their members.
Valentine's Gift

Members of Woodford and Hinton WI were busy during February knitting fingerless mittens for the Northamptonshire Winter Well-being appeal.
21.02 Fingerless gloves for appeal

Towcester Evening WI delivered nine more bags of children's knitted items to the Growbaby project in Northampton (part of re:store Northampton food bank).  Thank you to all our knitters who have contributed to this project.
21.03 President of TEWI surrounded with donations for Growbaby project in Northampton

HUNSBURY HILL WI Craft Club is keeping busy and active via zoom they made beautiful dragon fly designs from silk ribbon. Tina Bodsworth demonstrated and the results can be seen by linking here.

Members of Ashley Welland Valley WI have tried most things during lockdown."Panto Time" occupied a few weeks of writing and rehearsal and it’s amazing what you can do to stop yourself going crazy!  However, here is one President who will never be voted back into office after her Panto performance. The President will never forget either, having to answer the front door, while in rehearsal, in full Cruella-de-Covid costume!
Panto flyer

Also at Ashley Welland Valley WI, someone had the great ambition of wanting to knit socks, so a zoom session was set up, with the intention of learning how to knit socks. Our beloved Angela –Sock Knitter Supremo in Chief –sent us an easy pattern, guided us with the correct wool purchase and explained that we COULD manage to knit using four needles. Huge thanks to Angela and another club has been formed – a sock club.(Photo attached below)
Newly formed Sock Club on Zoom
Hunsbury Hill WI play reading group gave a wonderful on-line performance ‘Blatant Disruptions’ which certainly brightened up the week. Below are two of the cast in their lockdown costumes!!!
Panto pic 3 21.02 Panto pic 
Bozeat WI members have been busy making red hearts to decorate the village for Valentine's Day to cheer everyone during lockdown.
21.02 Bozeat village sign

Red Hearts for Valentine's Day

Blisworth WI member, Denise, was inspired to make festive cookies from the recipe in November/ December WI Life.  She says they were easy and delicious but it was time consuming putting the flaked almonds on one by one, but worth it as they look very effective.
Festive Cookies from recipe in WI Life
Milton Malsor and Collingtree WI committee gave a goody bag to each member before Christmas to say thank you for remaining loyal to the WI throughout the last year. Three members packed the bags before the rest of the committee delivered them. Items included were a Christmas cake, 2 mince pies, 2 packs of biscuits, hand cream, chocolates, a tree decoration, a quiz and the WI booklet. All were delighted to receive their gift. The gift card was made using a photo from last year when our WI had a display in the local church depicting The Holly and the Ivy.
20.12 Goody bags
Cosgrove WI committee prepared Christmas goody bags for their members. The bags contained a Christmas card from the committee, a pot of tete a tete daffodil bulbs, home-made mince pies and shortbread, some chocolate, an orange pomander made by one of the committee, hand cream and a couple of Christmas quizzes.
20.12 Christmas Goody Bags
(The photo has been photoshopped as social distancing rules were complied with!)
Raunds WI’s Committee worked together to produce and deliver a lovely Special Christmas gift bag for each of its members. The Santa package consisted of a surprise wrapped present, chocolates and Christmas Santa, Christmas card, Christmas pudding and an orange. The Committee members pictured are Sandy, Maria, Sue Jane (President) and Lesley.
20.12 Goody Bags
Northampton Kingsley WI banner was completed in March 2020. They hoped it’s first outing would have been their annual afternoon tea, but sadly it had to be cancelled. Maybe 2021!
In December 2020 the committee delivered afternoon tea, made by Heather on Kingsley Park, to members.This had been preceded by all members receiving an Advent Calendar.
20.12 Banner and Goody Box

Hackleton and District WI Christmas goody bag was delivered to members on the morning of their Zoom Christmas party and contained prosecco, a cracker, a bingo card and party popper which were all used to let us partake in the party, as well as mince pie and other goodies. The party included a quiz, bingo, a demonstration on how to make a cracker and they sang carols.
Christmas Goody Bag

Northampton Martinis WI made and delivered Boxes to all  members.They were opened all together at the December meeting  where the speakers demonstrated how to make cocktails.
Giggle box contents

More contents of giggle box

Cranford WI delivered splendid Christmas Goody Bags to their lucky members!
President Hazel with bags ready for delivery

Contents of Goody Bags

Individual Christmas cakes

Members of Daventry WI received an early visit from Father Christmas - a little bag of fun and treats made, and delivered, by the committee to wish them all as Merry a Christmas as possible and a Happier New Year!
Christmas 2020 goody bag

Stowe Nine Churches' shares its special seasonal meeting:  
"One of the benefits of a virtual meeting is only a few committee members are required to circumnavigate utility works.  Nothing was going to stop Stowe Nine Churches members receiving everything they needed for their Christmas craft meeting, along with a couple of festive treats and a free draw ticket, all suitably wrapped.
Fast forward a couple of days, holding up a box of Elastoplast, President Audrey Mason welcomed everyone to the meeting reminding members to listen carefully to the opening safety brief which followed.  The seasonal paper cutting workshop, was led on zoom by the talented Christine Green from Crafting at the Cottage.
It was an enjoyable evening filled with chatter & laughter along with delight, as the craft unfolded and everyone enjoyed learning this new skill.  The workshop finished with Christine sharing some fascinating history and facts about her craft from around the globe.  
Before the meeting closed, the raffle was drawn with four members winning an extra Christmas gift of a WI ‘bunting’ apron, “Recipes to Remember” the Cynthia Spencer cookbook, ‘she leaves sparkles wherever she goes’ Tote Bag and a WI pen.  While everyone enjoyed a real giggle, sharing chocolates and drinks, virtually in the warmth and safety of their homes, we, like all members, are really looking forward to safely meeting up in person at some point during 2021.  In the meantime the warmest of wishes to everyone."
Christmas images

Creaton WI president delivered to each member a gift bag containing, amongst other goodies, items handmade by each member of the committee - a padded coat hanger, a lace bookmark, medlar cheese, redcurrant jelly and a knitted Christmas pudding hiding a chocolate.  This was followed by Creaton’s very first Zoom meeting which was great fun, with everyone opening one of their gifts to share a Christmas toast!
Christmas Goody Bag
Aldwincle WI committee decided to buy every member a Christmas present of an amaryllis plant, a card together with  a personal letter from Ruth our president, a 2021 programme and finally the 2021 Membership Booklet, all packed into a lovely Christmassy bag. These were distributed by the committee members.
It has been suggested that we have a competition to see whose grows the best. They will be judged at the first meeting we have in 2021. Watch this space !!
Goody Bag
Wootton WI members received a lovely bag of goodies, which was much appreciated and kindly delivered by members of the committee. So much thought put into the contents, plus all the craft (mask, card, bag). Someone worked very hard. PS There was chocolate - but that disappeared before photo was taken!
20.12 Goody Bag
Suzy from The Good Loaf was Quinton WIs December Zoom speaker. Before the meeting, members received a mince pie and chocolate brownie from the Good Loaf, plus cheesy nibbles baked by Jane. Our generous President Val kindly gave all a bottle of Prosecco. We also ordered bread, rolls and other goodies from the Good Loaf and hope to have a regular weekly delivery to Quinton in the future.  Re:store Northampton also received donations from members, instead of members exchanging Christmas gifts. PS The tiny elf just popped by!!!
20.12 Goody Bag
Oakley Vale WI treated their members to a postable Christmas gift.The card they received is impregnated with seeds. Once finished with, plant the card on compost, give it a jolly good water then put somewhere warm and sunny. Once the various seeds have grown, plant them into the garden or keep in your pot. You should end with a beautiful display of flowers.The card composts down. A great ecological Christmas gift.
But that's what WI is all about. Our members were delighted and the committee got lots of phone calls and emails of thanks. 
And Sow this is Christmas
KHA (Kelmarsh Harrington and Arthingworth) WI provided Christmas bags for their members to brighten their days in this long and difficult year ❤️
Christmas gift to members

The President of Woodford and Hinton WI, festively attired, delivered a 'Meeting in a bag' to members, including a Christmas mask she made for each member, home made mince pies and biscuits plus a word search. Everyone was surprised and delighted to see her and it made their day!

20.12 Meeting in a bag

Since Covid restrictions began, Welford WI members have been kept in touch.
On WI day in September- a cream tea and a teabag, something to soothe and relax - hand cream, something to look forward to - Aster seeds (the flower of September).
On 25 November each member received an Advent jar, containing 24 slips of paper with various quotes, rhymes, jokes and tasks to complete which will feature as competitions next year.
All much appreciated by Welford WI members.
December collage

Just had this December meeting goody bag delivered by Towcester Evening WI treasurer. Cheered me up immensely.
Goody Bag for December meeting

Kings Sutton WI members, family and canine friends, wishing longstanding member Ba Harris a Happy 90th Lockdown Birthday.
Happy Lockdown Birthday

Ashley Welland Valley WI gave 'an evening in a bag' to members who then made beautiful gift tags, guided by our very own Chris. Gift tags really easy to make. "It's beginning to feel a bit like Christmas"!!
Gift tags
Gift tags 2

On World Kindness Day, our thanks also to Great Houghton WI who, with wonderful help and support from Helmdon WI (and Stitchers Group) and East Hunsbury WI, delivered another batch of beautiful knitted clothes and blankets to the Growbaby Project.
Donations for Grobaby

Earls Barton Millennium WI members were both surprised and delighted to receive a Goodie Bag containing a WI Tea Towel, Puzzle Book, scented candle in a tin, hand cream, flower seeds, tea bags, biscuits and chocolates all in a glittery bag. It helped in a small way to keep connnected in these unprecedented times. Lucky them!!
2020 November Goody Bags

Daventry Timken WI got into the Christmas Spirit by making crackers via Zoom
Christmas cracker making

A Bozeat WI member showed other members how to make poppies from old plastic bottles. Many hours were spent during the Covid 19 lockdown painstakingly shaping and painting hundreds of poppies. Some were made into a Wreath which was placed on the war memorial in the cemetery and others were attached to netting and displayed on the WI flower planters in the village.
20.11 Wreath made from recycled plastic bottles
20.11 Poppies by Village Sign and planter

Hunsbury Hill WI
We will remember .... a beautiful display of poppies at Hunsbury Hill Country Park. Many thanks to all those members of HHWI who contributed to this  years memorial display which has seen the addition of a variety of coloured poppies:
Red - remembrance & hope                                                                            Purple - in honour of the animal victims of war
Black - African, Caribbean, Indian and Asian contributions        White - peace
20.11 Cascade of Poppies
East Hunsbury WI members crocheted and knitted poppies to contribute to a wonderful Remembrance Day display outside the library. One member made the large felt poppies and the President worked on attaching poppies to the display.
Another member laid a wreath, on behalf of East Hunsbury WI, at a ceremony at the memorial bench with Parish Councillors.
Outside Library
Memorial Bench

Ashley Welland Valley WI had a "carve and show" evening for Hallowe’en. Fruit, pumpkins and other vegetables were carved and even knitted, with wonderful results!
20.10 Pumpkin

Shivering members of Bozeat WI held their socially distanced October Committee Meeting in the garage of their Secretary. Keep up the good work ladies!
Shivering members of Bozeat committee

Broad Green WI Committee Members, Hubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble, ready to deliver the October meeting bag which had a Halloween Theme! 
Committee members at Halloween

Hunsbury Hill WI - Celebrating
It was National WI Day on 16 September 2020, and to celebrate Hunsbury Hill WI held a coffee tea and cakes day. They restricted numbers throughout the day, to stay Covid-safe and socially distanced. The weather was very kind, with warmth and sunshine, so we were able to hold the event outdoors. Members bought raffle tickets for the tombola that Chris Gorton organised and gifts from the craft items supplied by Carolyn Stone and Tina Bodsworth. And, of course, there were delicious, home made cakes for everyone. All proceeds went towards St Benedict’s church porch project, and they were very grateful to receive a donation of £105!WI Day

When Bozeat WI was thinking about ideas to involve the local community, President, Jill, thought a Scarecrow Festival would be a good way to involve both adults and children.  Everyone had a lot of fun creating their scarecrows and the Judges found it impossible to choose a winner from the excellent entries.  Everyone got a prize!

Miss Piggy


Cranford WI - Celebrating the WI 105 Year Old Birthday
We had great plans for celebrating the W.I’s 105 year old Birthday on 16 September. Hazel Fenton, our President, had arranged for us all to meet in Wicksteed Park for a picnic. The Government had different plans for us.  A hastily ‘Cobra’ meeting was arranged and plans were made to celebrate this important day.

20.09 Group committee meeting

Gill Denton, a very creative member, made two beautiful cake toppings. Small bags were bought as well as bulbs and sweets.  A visit to Bookers proved very useful and on the advice of some of their staff Hazel bought some delicious small cakes beautifully wrapped and sealed, ( all Covid friendly)

20.09 Cake 105 years

The Cranford WI committee met.The two small cakes were cut and,whilst enjoying a small slice with coffee, we filled the bags. Each bag contained, sweets, a cake, bulbs for members to grow, a ‘Lockdown Questionnaire ‘ and a stamped addressed envelope. We intend to keep the filled in questionnaire’s as a record of this very unusual time in our history.

We have had some very appreciative comments about the small ‘Birthday Present’. Committee members had the chance to talk to members at length and although our original plans had to be altered, we all agreed that we still celebrated in style.

Filling bags

Harlestone WI decided to hold a number of mini meetings in members gardens during July and August. They were a great success allowing members to meet up socially in small groups and to get to know each other a bit better.
Celebrating special birthdays
Afternoon tea

Members of Great Houghton WI with some of the contributions they make monthly to take to Re store and  Growbaby project at Northampton Foodbank — with Restore Northampton and Growbaby - A Project of Re:store Northampton.
Stocks for ReStore Northampton and Growbaby taken monthly

Blisworth WI is pleased to add this painted stone to the village Covid 19 pebble snake started at the beginning of lockdown. There are now over 500 stones representing numerous organisations and people’s thoughts during the last six months.
Blisworth WI pebble

20.09 Blisworth snake showing WI pebble

Ashley Welland Valley WI determined to take advantage of the good weather, arranged an outside Keep Fit / Wiggling session with Julie Matthews of Corby Health and Fitness. Members met outside the cricket club in East Carlton and entertained the village with their energetic wiggling. In honesty, we are just trying anything together in the sun at the moment. Really good session.
20.09 Keet fit and wiggle

Cranford WI
In August we held our very first club meeting using Zoom with a speaker and it really was a great success. At 7pm, 17 members eagerly joined the first Cranford WI Zoom meeting to hear a talk by Rachel Dymott. It was based on her favourite hobby of getting close and personal to the natural world around her. Rachel who began her talk by telling us a little about herself. She gained her love of nature from her grandmother who would take her and her siblings on country walks, showing them the beauty of natural things.
Rachel Dymott on zoom

Brigstock WI
Brigstock WI celebrated its 102nd birthday with a stunning cake made and decorated by Lesley French. Although the Birthday Dinner had to be cancelled, every member received a piece of the wonderful cake. It must have been hard to cut up such a masterpiece!  Happy Birthday Brigstock WI !

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Harpole WI
Members enjoyed a Prosecco Afternoon Tea and the opportunity to catch up with friends again after ‘Lockdown’.
20.08 Cream Tea
20.08 Socially distancing

Bozeat WI
So many WIs have been coming up with inventive ways to spend lockdown and Bozeat WI is no exception, deciding to 'blitz' the street signs in the village!  With the blessing of Wellingborough Council and a very welcome 'thank you' donation from Bozeat Parish Council, Bozeat's intrepid ladies donned their Marigolds and, buckets in hand, set off to clean the grime from the street signs and make them sparkle.  Wonderful "before" and "after" photos!  Well done Bozeat Blitzers!

Before Before cleaning

After cleaning

Great Billing WI
The committee made posies for all our members. A small gift was added in a little organza bag with a label with a suitable message.  Along with the gift the President made rainbow brooches out of felt.
20.08 Posies ready to go

The President received this one - very pretty - she is drying the lavender to  put in the organza bag. She also received a tea light in a glass holder and a scrummy chocolate!
20.08 President'sgift

Northampton Martinis WI
This week Northampton Martinis sent off 66 pairs of bonding squares for premature babies and their mums.
Bonding squares

Kilsby WI's members received a treat!

Virtual Cream Tea

Ashley Welland Valley WI member Helen has been asked back again to present another show.  Quite a lot of Ashley Welland Valley WI members will get a name check in the songs. Her music choices celebrate women and friendship and Helen will tell the world just how wonderful the WI is and how it’s helped her during  this Lockdown.
The latest show is "Desert Island Discs" with discs chosen by members. Helen will read out the reasons the discs have been chosen.
Tune in on www.beatrouteradio.co.uk at 5pm on Saturdays
Mrs Slinn's lockdown radio

Ashley Welland Valley WI reported that five members met in the garden of their only member who has no computer, no smartphone, terrestrial TV, no car and not in one of our villages. They made sure that she has been in contact and fully up to date with things, but the socially distancing visit was different.

Milton Malsor & Collingtree WI  have produced a booket for all to enjoy. War memories from family and friends were added to make the book more interesting. You can find it on our website -  http://tinyurl.com/miltonmalsorcollingtreewi under Archives and Photos. Take a look and enjoy!
VE Day memories

Hunsbury Hill WI has joined the Hope Centre ’Street by Street’ campaign. HH WI had amazing success in just one street, when more than 100 food and household items were collected over one weekend and were taken to the Centre. Since then, more streets have donated. Congratulations HH WI. We know how much your efforts are appreciated.
20.05 Hope Centre donations

Ashley Welland Valley WI Member, Now A Lockdown Radio DJ
Helen Chown, of Ashley Welland Valley WI, normally waves her husband off to his, “Mr Slimm’s Radio Show,” on www.beatrouteradio.co.uk on a Monday night. Helen got bored and so recorded her own Lockdown themed music, interspersed with talk about her choices and it was aired on a Saturday night in May.
Her hour of music included songs such as, David Bowie’s, “Heroes,” for all the keyworkers, The Police, “Don’t Stand So Close To Me,” Steely Dan, “Stuck in the Middle With You,” etc. etc. The choices were personal to Helen, or in sympathy with all women, “Stuck In.”  We are hoping that she will be doing another hour soon – all our WI Picks!
DJ member of Ashley Welland Valley WI

Northampton Martinis WI is finding lots of ways of keeping in touch and having fun “virtually”, including quiz nights, a pudding club and a book club.  Below are some fabulous photos from their weekly craft challenge, the Food Art competition and the Rainbow competition!
Get Well card
Crafted rainbow
Imaginative food

Towcester Evening WI
Thanks go to our members who made these drawstring bags for NHS staff. They were delivered to Northampton General Hospital  and were very much appreciated- in fact pounced upon!
It has been great that TEWI has been able to help the NHS in a practical way during this pandemic and it is not just those that have the sewing skills that have contributed but members who donated fabric and did the collecting and delivery of the bags. Great work from Inspiring Women!
President Sue with bags

Towcester Evening WI collected hand creams from their members and delivered to the hardworking staff of the NHS

Towcester Evening WI learned that the local Care Home residents were missing seeing fresh flowers, so the Gardening Club delivered a few!  Such kindness.
Flowers for Care Home residents

Great Houghton WI shows support for the NHS
A display of blue hearts and pom-poms in High St, created by the WI to show support for  the amazing NHS staff and key workers.
Blue heart

We support the NHS