The Weobley WI was re-formed in 2016 after having been inactive for several years and our membership has grown to 32. We meet at 7.30pm every second Monday of the month at Hopelands, Weobley's Village Hall, Gadbridge Road, Weobley.
At these get-togethers, we have a brief business section then move on to our entertainment. Afterwards we have tea, coffee and delicious cakes whilst drawing the winning tickets in our raffle. Our guest speakers have addressed us on an eclectic mix of subjects such as Napoleonic re-enactments, modern day leprosy, de-cluttering, Indian cooking (and tasting of course), hedgehog rescue, ladies’ under garments, handwriting analysis, women’s health, cider, perfume and jewellery making.
We also try our hand at different crafts and create Christmas wreaths or decorations at our December meeting. Other fun activities have been wine and cheese tasting, a visit to gardens, various competitions and a scarf swap. We are active in the community, running a stall at the fete, laying a wreath on Remembrance Sunday, and assisting in fundraising for the village hall. In October 2017 we combined our talents with the Hopelands Village Hall Committee and put on a fantastic dinner and show, with the Welsh male choir Synergy as entertainment. The event was such a success, another was held on Saturday December 1st 2018. Synergy are remarkable entertainers with a wide repertoire and we hope to see them again.
Baroness Sasa von Barth (Sasa) came to our September meeting and brought four of her owls with her. She told us how she started rescuing owls and what they feed on. A couple of owls live in her kitchen; one sits on the kettle on the Aga and watches TV! Members were invited to hold the owls, including the babies. It was a fascinating experience for everyone.
Monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at Hopelands, Weobley's Village Hall, starting at 7.30pm Information about guests and demonstrations at meetings can be found in the village Magpie magazine and on posters placed in a number of businesses in the village. Visitors are very welcome at any of our meetings for a small charge. Entertainment, as well as fellowship, is why members and guests come to our meetings. Members pay an annual (or pro rata) subscription which entitles them to attend our monthly meetings, receive a monthly newsletter from HFWI and a quarterly WI Life magazine from NFWI. They also gain access to Denman in Oxfordshire, an amazing educational facility (visit www.denman.org.uk for details).
To find out more about our wonderful WI, please send an email to email@example.com.
You can also phone Cate South (secretary) on 01544 340364 or Yvonne Grout (president) on 01544 319377.
Two of the Visiting Owls