Our November meeting is nearly here. We are all really looking forward to an evening of Christmas crafts! One of the things we will be doing is completing our crocheted leaves, which will adorn the Chesterfield Town WI Christmas Tree. This is our contribution to the Chesterfield Festival of Christmas Trees in the famous Crooked Spire church. It's a great favourite for people of all ages to come and see the beautiful church full to the brim of Christmas trees representing many local groups and businesses.
Our December meeting is a Christmassy sociable affair. We have quizzes and games, and perhaps some festive nibbles! We're also hosting our local WI family (De Rodes group) in a special Christmas meeting where we'll be transformed into a choir for the night!
We have a well-earned break in January, but we're back with a vengeance in 2018. Take a look at our fantastic programme, which we have just completed. There really is something for everyone, from dancing to crafts and even a murder mystery night. So come along and give us a try! You will be made welcome and are sure to have a fun night!
Unbelievably, we're nearly half way through our calendar of events this year! This means only one thing to the committee... time to start planning 2018! We will start the process this week. Over the next few months we'll try to put together a programme which pleases as many people as possible - wish us luck!
June's meeting is a visit from the Spire Brewery - one that I'm really looking forward to. I love hearing from local businesses and of course sampling their wares! After we welcomed Derbyshire Winery, it was only fair that we had the grain as well as the grape...
Other news this month - two members of the committee went to see the incredible new Macmillan facility at Chesterfield Royal Hospital. We raised money for this project last year and it really seemed to be something that all members cared about. This year we're supporting local homelessness support charity, the Church on the Bus. Again, this is something which members clearly feel passionate about. Every month we have generous donations of money, but also warm clothes, bedding and so on.
The Craft Group has been busy this month as well. They've produced some fabulous plates decorated with Sharpie pens (who knew you could do that?) They are gorgeous. Check out our Facebook page for some pictures.
See you all at June's meeting for a beer or two!
This week (Tuesday) sees our May meeting and AGM. We'll be looking back at the last year and deciding which of the WI resolution proposals we'd like to support. This year the proposals are about alleviating loneliness in the community, and about reducing 'plastic soup' (tiny synthetic fibres generating during clothes washing) in our oceans and waterways. As usual, two very different but thought-provoking issues to discuss.
We're also having a demonstration from Tropic Skincare, which sounds fab and just in time for summer (which I'm sure is just round the corner!)
Those of you who have received your copy of WI Life this week will have noticed that the theme of the issue is 'Friendship'. It's a nice reminder of why lots of us join the WI and really highlights some of the fantastic bonds made, sometimes over many years. I know I've made some great friends through our WI and I hope that it offers that opportunity to everyone!
We hope you like our new look website! It hopefully gives you a flavour of what we're all about. This is the first post of our new blog, so here goes...
Our WI is relatively new, and has been running for a couple of years now. We meet in the evening to accommodate those who are busy during the day. We now have about 50 members and we're so pleased that we have such a wide variety of people who enjoy coming to our meetings.
The committee runs the WI on behalf of the members. We're all volunteers, and none of us has done this before! We try really hard to provide a programme which is varied, fun and offers something for everyone. As you can imagine, this is not always as straightforward as it sounds - but hopefully we manage to achieve it.
If you like the sound of our programme, and you'd like to meet new people in a relaxed and informal way, why not give us a go? We're a friendly group and we always welcome new faces. You are welcome to come as a guest and give us a try. Our meeting dates are all listed in our What's On page. Feedback and suggestions are also welcomed at any time - we always take our members' comments into consideration when we're planning new events. Please feel free to email us.
Best wishes and hope to see you soon
Michelle, Mel, Karen, Sally, Samantha, Jeannette, Becky and Bex
Your WI committee