WIs in Lockdown
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.
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
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.
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.
Geddington & Newton WI
Easter bunnies have been busy bearing eggs and flowers to members. Visits appreciated as much as the 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!
Silverstone WI committee has been out and about delivering Easter goody bags to its members.
Have very happy Easter Silverstone WI
Happy Easter! Badby & Fawsley WI members received an Easter gift and card after stay at home restrictions were lifted.
Stanwick WI made wonderful Easter Wreaths at their March Zoom meeting followed by a few games of bingo with Easter egg prizes.
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.
Members of Woodford and Hinton WI were busy during February knitting fingerless mittens for the Northamptonshire Winter Well-being 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.
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!
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.
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.
Cranford WI delivered splendid Christmas Goody Bags to their lucky members!
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!
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."
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 !!
But that's what WI is all about. Our members were delighted and the committee got lots of phone calls and emails of thanks.
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!
Just had this December meeting goody bag delivered by Towcester Evening WI treasurer. Cheered me up immensely.
Kings Sutton WI members, family and canine friends, wishing longstanding member Ba Harris a Happy 90th 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"!!
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.
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!!
Daventry Timken WI got into the Christmas Spirit by making crackers via Zoom
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.
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!
Shivering members of Bozeat WI held their socially distanced October Committee Meeting in the garage of their Secretary. Keep up the good work ladies!
Broad Green WI Committee Members, Hubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble, ready to deliver the October meeting bag which had a Halloween Theme!
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!
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!
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 !
Members enjoyed a Prosecco Afternoon Tea and the opportunity to catch up with friends again after ‘Lockdown’.
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!
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.
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!
Northampton Martinis WI
This week Northampton Martinis sent off 66 pairs of bonding squares for premature babies and their mums.
Kilsby WI's members received a treat!
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
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.