Meetings

This section shows some of the fun we have at our monthly meetings,
although our activities have been curtailed by the pandemic,
including the hotly contested monthly competitions!

June 2022 meeting

We missed our President who had tested positive for Covid and hope she will soon be feeling better.  Juris Trede told some of the history of Latvia and also his personal story of how he became a Welshman.  
When he was a young child, his family fled from Latvia and via various routes eventually founs their way to South Wales where he embraced everything Welsh, including rugby and joining a Male Voice Choir!

April 2022 - The Music Man
Such a happy meeting! Graham delighted us with a story including well-known and not so well-known songs at intervals, where we we asked to name the title, artist, year and show.  We had much fun and ended up joining in with the music.  Thank you Graham - and even better we have invited him back for more of the same!!
22.04 Val with Music Man
March 2022 - Celebrating St David's Day
- with food, of course, stories and Welsh costumes!
22.03 Welsh lady with food
22.02.01 St David's Day
September 2021 - Back in the Village Hall for first time since lockdown ended!
We welcomed Paula who shared ideas for displaying flowers in everyday containers with fantastic, artistic results - and then we Had a Go with hints from Paula, An excellent session.
Paula demonstrating flowers
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June 2021 - At Glebe Farm, Quinton
We so enjoyed our socially distanced meeting held in person on a warm, calm summer evening.  We had so much to catch up on.  It was our 74th birthday and we celebrated with Prosecco, kindly supplied by our President, and with a delicious celebration carrot cake made by Jane.
wine74th birthday cake
February 2021 Meeting Via Zoom
First session we held our Quinton WI meeting with our own local news.  For the second session, we joined a WI Wanderers event at  Shoreditch Sisters WI - Feb Meeting - with their speaker Michelle of Boozy Bakers. We all baked together and we now know how to make a carrot cake. Photo shows Val's first attempt and Mick says it tastes delicious. Well done Val!
Carrot cake
2021 January - Wishing all who visit this page a happy and healthier 2021.
We had a go at knitting a Curly Scarf and much enjoyed Val's Quiz based on the happenings of 2020.

Curly scarf 2

Suzy from The Good Loaf was our 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.  Re:store Northampton also received donations totalling over £62 from members, instead of members exchanging Christmas gifts. PS The tiny elf just popped by!!!
20.12 Goody Bag

July 2020
Socially distanced coffee morning at Glebe Farm
Discussing Beat Route radio

Different view

July 2020
Our first meeting with a speaker! We were delighted to welcome Kate Mawer, a Climate Ambassador, on Zoom. Kate hosted the Zoom and was able to show slides with her talk.The Climate Change initiative started 27 years ago and has been gathering momentum since. She displayed “Cloudier” wearing her coloured scarf which shows how the world temperature is rising. Kate and her team attend local events and will attend others if invited. The session went quickly, we had a Q&A discussion and as always, Quinton members joined in enthusiastically. Photo shows "Cloudier" wearing her climate change scarf.
Cloudier, displaying her climate crisis scarf

From March 2020 we have been holding ZOOM meetings - coffee mornings, quizzes, who wants to be a millionaire, cheese and wine evening - all good fun but it will be good to meet again in real life!

November 2019 was our Mexican International Evening. Some members dressed up, we had Mexican food, a Mexican Quiz, Mexican craft, Mexican music and a member spoke of her Guiding trip to Mexico with photos. The tequila came later - after the WI official business of course!
Amigos
Mexican food

In July we met on 4th July and celebrated America's Independent Day with a special guest!
17.07 President Trump with members
Members at table

Playing darts

In May our speaker was unable to attend so Joan stepped in and demonstrated encryptic art. Turned out to be an excellent evening. Thank you Joan.
Joan demonstrating

Members, and a guest, watching the demo

April 2017 saw Sophie O'Brien taking us through a taster session of Pilates - some members more flexible than others!
Pilates 1

Pilates 2

We celebrated HM the Queen's 90th birthday at our June 2016 meeting, complete with bunting and traditional fayre.

16.06 Crown

Debs Jones demonstrated Willow Weaving at our May 2016 meeting and we all went home with our very own masterpiece. Kathey's bird feeder was soon taken advantage of. Can you see the blue tit?
Spot the blue tit

At our February 2016 meeting, Joan demonstrated sugar craft and how to make a carnation. We all "had a go" and took our "carnation" home.
Joan demonstrating sugar icing

For our first meeting of 2016 we tried our hand at Short Mat Bowls and had great fun. Some members and their partners also enjoyed a trip to the Houses of Parliament this month, courtesy of our MP, Andrea Leadom. Thanks are also due to our President who organised transport and ensured we were in the right place at the right time

Click here for details of our 2015 meetings, then click on each month for photos and reports.

Our 2014 Christmas Party was again held in the Old Grammar School Courteenhall. Lady Wake kindly presented Joan Adams with the Points Cup for the most points in our competitions run during the year. The Old Grammar School provides a wonderful Dickensian venue for a traditional Christmas Party which included food, party games (pass the parcel), interative Twelve Days of Christmas (which had everyone in fits of laughter) good company and not forgetting the warming log burning stove. Thanks to Lady Wake for making us so welcome.  
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In December 2014 Jenny Newitt inspired us with her demonstration of a "rose in a bottle". Joan Leggatt was delighted to receive this masterpiece as first prize in the raffle. Jenny also demonstrated some tasteful Christmas decorations with foliage from her garden.
Jenny & Val with finished product At start of demo Julia watching

Alison watching Joan L won the Rose in a Vase in the raffle

Our November 2014 meeting focussed on Divili where we sampled delights of Indian cookery with sumptuous, sweet, so very sweet, sweets! Photo shows Val showing her "henna" hands and red spot on forehead!
Val showing her Indian look Ruth Thomas reminded many of us of "Familiar Places" at our October meeting, where she even met up with a friend from years ago. Such delight! Joan's decorated shoe came first in the "Decorated Shoe Competition".
Speaker Ruth Thomas with Diana Wilson
Winner of "Decorated Shoe" competition.
October Winning Entry for Decorated Shoe


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