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2:51pm Thursday 24th July 2014
10:22am Thursday 24th July 2014
PERSHORE Rotary Club President Alan Fulton ended his year in style at Dumbleton Hall with a rocking send off from FOG - Four Old Geezers, three of whom are in Rotary including new President Malcolm Haden.
1:17pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014
11:36am Thursday 17th July 2014
THE July Meeting of Bidford on Avon WI was held at The Bidford on Avon Methodist Church. Jerusalem was sung and the President, Joan Churchley welcomed everyone. Members were given written information about future events and classes being arranged by the Warwickshire Federation of WIs.
11:41am Wednesday 16th July 2014
THE War Memorial situated in Bishampton is fairly unique in that it commemorates not only those village men who served and gave their lives in World War I, but also those that served and returned home – plus the only casualty from the village in World War II. There also appear to be several additional names that could or should have been included.
10:24am Wednesday 16th July 2014
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1:31pm Monday 7th July 2014
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3:22pm Thursday 3rd July 2014
COME along to the next monthly WI Lite Stratford (WILS) meeting on Tuesday, July 8 at The Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford where we will be joined by a guest speakers Margaret and Eugene Schellenberg to talk to members about the Ifakara Bakery Project in Tanzania.
2:55pm Thursday 3rd July 2014
1:21pm Thursday 3rd July 2014
GLORIOUS. That one word summed up Bishampton’s sumptuous Open Gardens event on Sunday , June22. The weather was glorious, the gardens and cream teas were glorious and the stunning floral displays in St James’ Church were especially glorious.
12:09pm Thursday 3rd July 2014
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3:01pm Thursday 26th June 2014
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12:49pm Wednesday 25th June 2014
4:04pm Saturday 21st June 2014
The Summer Ball held on Saturday June 7 at the Villages Hall chalked up yet another success for the Friends of St James charity, with a welcome boost to funds which exceeded all expectations in reaching in excess of £1,300. Over eighty people enjoyed the sell-out event with a hot and cold buffet and dancing to local band ‘Hot Fingers’.
12:57pm Saturday 21st June 2014
This being our Open Meeting President Val Davies welcomed all members who had travelled to be with us this evening from the Worcestershire area of W.I's. Business was kept to a minimum and the introduction of our speaker for the evening was Mrs Stella Mitchell along with her husband who between them run a large Museum containing both large and small articles dating back many years. Stella had brought along many small items which no doubt reminded many of us ladies of our youth and the sort of clothes that we once had to wear as small children. Amongst many of the articles which Stella was showing us reminded many of us of the clothes we had to endure but of course we knew of nothing better. There was much laughter at some of the articles as Stella informed us of the many amusing items and their usage. Stella could not refuse anything and scoured many car boots and various venues looking and searching for interesting pieces. There was much laughter when she produced a knitted swimming costume which of course once the wearer was in the water it filled up with sea water and would probably come down to the wearers knees. She does not throw anything away and still has a complete tin of Rivita Biscuits unopened for many years and completely intact. Her love of childrens old toys are something that Stella enjoys finding and adding to her collection as well as a complete range of household goods which date back many years. What a splendid evening it had been and enjoyed by all.
8:54am Saturday 21st June 2014
The June Meeting of Bidford on Avon WI was held at The Bidford on Avon Methodist Church. Jerusalem was sung and the President, Joan Churchley welcomed everyone. Members were given written information about future events and classes being arranged by the Warwickshire Federation of WIs.
3:50pm Friday 20th June 2014
Vale of Evesham Childbirth Trust are looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to run their local breastfeeding Mothers Group, the group is aimed at Mums with bumps and prewalking babies. The Group has recently started at the Children’s Centre in Broadway from 10.30am to 12.30pm and runs on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, contact Sally Earley for more details.
10:46am Friday 20th June 2014
What a fantastic day we had for the Bretforton Open Gardens which took place on Sunday June 1. The gardens looked stunning, the weather was lovely and around 400 visitors enjoyed a great day out. We were very grateful to the 11 Garden Owners for all their hard work in making the event happen and to all of those who helped out on the day, it was well worth while. A share of the proceeds will be going to Midlands Air Ambulance and the Bretforton First School Eco Garden.
9:31am Friday 20th June 2014
In June, in a packed WI hall, our members were treated to a demonstration from our local butcher, Rob Walker, whose expertise with a lamb carcass and a couple of chickens had to be seen to be believed. A rapid manouevre with his steel and his knives were sharp enough to produce lots of juicy cuts. Rob boned, rolled and sliced until his trays were full of joints of meat, some we knew, such as, legs, breast, shoulder and chops from the lamb and some new to us. Butterflied leg of lamb, which was quick to cook, a floppy boned chicken, just waiting to be stuffed and where to find a chicken's goujons, were just a few. He was full of tips and seasonal advice for the BBQ answering all of our queries. Then Rob finished on a high with a Crown Roast of Lamb, leaving us, literally, hungry for more.
8:01am Friday 20th June 2014
For this months talk we did not have "to go down to the woods" the Teddy Bears came to us with Janis Waldron who gave us an informative talk on the history of the Teddy Bear which in 2012 was a 110 years old. The first manufacturer was Steiff founded in the 1800's who first made elephants clothing and stuffed toys, Janis told us how the style of bear developed and how at a 1902 trade fair no bears were sold, but later an American company ordered 3,000 for sale in the USA. The well known connection of Teddy Roosevelt out hunting drawn in a cartoon with a "Teddy Bear" in the corner started at the same time. We were told how Jeremy Clarkson's mother designed Paddington Bear and others did such as Pudsey Bear Winnie the Pooh etc. The price of special bears is amazing rising over the years to £130,000 in year 2000 for a Happy Bear by Steiff. Janis was thanked by Edward Hird for bringing all her "friends" and giving us a memory prompting talk
2:56pm Thursday 19th June 2014
MAY was a busy month at imaGine. We were honoured to be asked to host the Mayor Making After Party on May 12 for the new Mayor of Evesham Charlie Homer. The evening proved a great success with the guests enjoying a delicious buffet provided by local Charity Working World whilst being entertained by musician Grif Collins.
2:41pm Thursday 19th June 2014
Our May meeting was a highly entertaining demonstration by Frank Hardy on Container Gardening. Frank brought new ideas to this popular form of gardening, with much hilarity. The quality of his plants brought for sale was wonderful and members were not slow in making purchase at most favourable prices.
10:39am Thursday 19th June 2014
Our meeting on June 12 opened with a number of apologies for absence, an announcement by John Doyle about the next Bell Tower appeal event, a rant by Bob Young about the delay in completing the steps for the Abbey Bridge, and the traditional jokes of President Jim Cox.
9:49am Thursday 19th June 2014
LAST Friday my Dad would have celebrated his 75th birthday. He sadly died, suddenly, just a few short months after his 70th. Looking back, I’m glad we enjoyed a special gathering to honour him. We remember him with affection – especially his warm smile, contagious laughter and unique turn of phrase. We think of him often and miss him lots. In the weeks following, for sentimental reasons, I purchased a fragrant honeysuckle. This summer it has flowered prolifically. Every time I walk out into the garden, its perfume greets me, and I remember my dad.
9:49am Thursday 19th June 2014
The institutes Birthday was celebrated on Tuesday June 10 by members, spouses and partners together with 17 visitors from other institutes. Carol gave us a quick update on business and then handed over to the first entertainer of the evening, Mr Lintell from Cotswold Magic Circle. His performance had us amused, entertained and baffled. His assistants, drawn from the audience were unable to work out how tricks were done. Angie was a little concerned at the burning of her fiver but it reappeared intact in a sealed envelope! Food was served to a musical accompaniment from Mr Graham Pharo who also provided us with a song sheet for a final sing along. It felt a bit like the City Variety Music Hall. Many thanks to Sue and Sally for arranging the party and to all those who provided the food, including of course wonderful cakes. The diet starts soon.
8:35am Thursday 19th June 2014
3:43pm Sunday 15th June 2014
9:45am Friday 13th June 2014
9:41am Friday 13th June 2014
Home from Hospital volunteers needed to provide short-term practical support to older service users who have recently been discharged from hospital. This will normally be for a period of up to four to six weeks, with the aim of helping people regain their confidence to continue to live at home.
12:29pm Thursday 12th June 2014
President Jim Cox opened our meeting on June 5 and wished Derek Bunker a speedy recovery from his recent operation. Bill Underwood then ranted about the 8,000 journalists employed by the BBC but balanced this by reciting a Sat Nav poem by Pam Ayres.
9:23am Thursday 12th June 2014
It’s been a busy week. On Monday, I started with ‘The Best of Evesham’ team at the leisure centre with AsparGus promoting ‘Buy local week’. I would urge everyone to take a look at the ‘The Best of Evesham’ website (www.thebestof.co.uk/local/evesham) as there is loads of information, offers and competitions relating to Evesham businesses.
11:01am Tuesday 10th June 2014
11:46am Monday 9th June 2014
12:33pm Friday 6th June 2014
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12:24pm Thursday 5th June 2014
On Saturday May 17, the Worcestershire Group of the Hardy Plant Society hosted a talk by local horticulturist, Helen Picton, of Old Court Nurseries and the Picton Garden at Colwall called Michaelmas Daisies – The Rise and Fall.
9:20am Thursday 5th June 2014
8:19am Thursday 5th June 2014
The National Trust at Snowshill Manor and gardens need a volunteer car parker. You would need to help drivers to find vacant parking spaces and encourage parking within the marked lines etc. etc. and generally welcome visitors. To find out more about this very interesting outdoor voluntary opportunity please contact Sally Earley.
10:33am Thursday 29th May 2014
Our AGM was held on May 14 and we were pleased to welcome WI Advisor Sue Chilton to oversee the election of President and Committee. Sue gave a talk on the resolution regarding Organ Donation and the resolution was passed unanimously. Reports were given by the President and Secretary outlining the work of the committee during the past year and how our W.I. had fared during the year. We now have 57 members and are a thriving busy W.I. We have an art group, and embroidery group and a card making group under the guidance of some very good tutors. Our walking group has been hit with bad weather this year and rain has stopped walks many times. Our skittle team didn’t fare so well either in the two tournaments we entered but we hope to rectify that next year. Our holiday in York last year was a huge success and we hope to replicate that in October when we visit the Peak District. Our monthly competitions have been extremely well supported and the overall winner for the year was Judy Foster. The election of committee took place and 16 members were elected. From this number Jane Thompson was duly elected as our New President. To finish the meeting off we welcomed Will and John Dallimore who showed two of the very hilarious videos they have made, making sure this more formal evening ended on a happy and fun note.
9:49am Thursday 29th May 2014
TO demonstrate our resourcefulness and willingness to embrace challenges, and instead of our usual fare of guest speakers, Grenville Burrows set and compared a Members’ Morning quiz for us at our meeting on May 23.
8:33am Thursday 29th May 2014