A great day out to Bletchley Park enjoyed by 16 WI members & friends. Amazing to see how the incredible work of the code breakers at Bletchley shortened the last World War by up to 2 years. We were also lucky to meet up with Audrey 89 years old (centre) who shared some memories with us of her 3 years working at Bletchley Park. Brilliant exhibition & well worth the visit.
Another brilliant evening last Friday with Ben Frazer showing us how to decorate cakes. We had a great turnout with over 40 members & guests braving the weather, but everyone agreed it was well worth it. Ben gave us lots of hints & tips, including several different ways of making attractive roses & flowers from sugar paste. As it was Valentines nights, we all enjoyed a glass of rose wine together with heart shaped chocolates, cakes, macaroons and biscuits. We will definitely be booking Ben again for next year.
Our January meeting saw us all painting gift cards under the brilliant instruction of Chris Kinsey. Even though most of us had never painted before Chris made it really simple. The end results were very impressive and the evening was enjoyed by everyone. We finished the evening with tea & coffee and delicious brownies & banana cake supplied by Sue. Another great evening at Stanwick W.I.
At our AGM we were delighted to present the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance - our charity of the year with a a big £316 cheque plus £50 for the Children's Air Ambulance. We give 20% of all the profits made from our fundraising including fashion shows, chocolate evening, and many cake stalls. Thank you to everyone. The money will be put to good use. Sue as President stood down after 3 years in post. Jean Mole is now our President.
At our September meeting we found out about the fantastic work of Marie Curie within our community. We also were thrilled to discover that Stanwick WI won best young person's created website in the Northants ACRE community website award. Well done Sasha! Award was presented by John Griff from BBC Radio Northampton
Sid Charlton, former company administrator of the Globe in London, entertained us with with tales from his time at The Globe. He told us of how its unique and authentic layout brings a very different more intimate relationship between the actors and the audience. Sid recommends standing to watch a performance, this only costs £5 but he feels really enhances the quality of the performance. Having whet our appetite for Shakespeare, we are now keen to try the Globe for ourselves!
This WI evening wins the record for the most number of questions during a session! Wendy and Kevin Potts from Honeypotts demonstrated their expert knowledge of beekeeping throughout the evening and talked about how honey is made and gets from flower to pot. The group were definitely left wanting more and could have easily listened for another hour! We finished the evening with a range of different honey bakes which were readily consumed! A thoroughly enjoyable evening. www.honeypotts.co.uk
We discussed changes to the new WI constitution and also had a debate on the "Save our High Streets" resolution. Although many members supported the spirit of this resolution (proposed by the National WI), they had some concerns with the wording of it which calls every WI member to make the high street their destination of choice for shopping. After all the debating, we finished the evening with a game. We had been asked to provide 12 cakes for the visitors, staff and patients and Cransley Hospice and we were delighted to take 21 different cakes to the hospice the next day. Thank you to all members and supporters of Stanwick WI so much for your efforts.
Over 100 ladies eagerly anticipated the chocolate evening hosted by internationally renowed chocolatiers Auberge Du Chocolat. We welcomed visitors from surrounding towns and villages and many local WIs. We learnt that eating a small amount of good quality chocolate is indeed good for you - it lowers cholesterol! Six brave ladies volunteered to pipe their idea of
"success" in chocolate. We were instructed on the correct way to eat chocolate - eat good quality chocolate (only 1-2 squares at a time), leave it in your mouth to melt (to release the flavour) and do not chomp! www.aubergechocolat.co.uk
Louise Tuffin and Claire Wylde from the local Wildlife Trust explained about the new project at Irthlingborough Lakes and how this aims to improve the wildlife in the area and educate the public about wildlife. We completed the evening by attempting (with varying success!) to make willow stars. www.wildlifebcn.org/reserves