Shake off those January blues and join Margaret and the walking group on the first walk of 2018 on Wednesday January 17th. A gentle walk to get back in the swing - meet at the Boys Club at 10.30 for a walk across Camp Hill, finishing at The Old Stables for coffee, then back to Woolton. Contact Margaret for any more information.
Our Christmas meeting went with a real swing. Many ladies had sparkly tops or jumpers on to get in the Christmas spirit, and we got off to a fine start with Jan introducing the Sewing group's raffle to raise money to buy fabric to make more children's Wrap Pyjamas for the Pyjama Fairy charity. The sewing group have been making Christmas decorations for a few weeks and these were either for sale or for raffle prizes. The ladies were delighted with everything on offer and all the gorgeous fairies and Christmas baskets were sold very quickly. The ladies who went home with something from the raffle tree were very pleased. The sewing group made over £150 which was brilliant - thank you everyone.
Before social time we were entertained by Halewood Community Choir who were fantastic! So professional looking in their black outfits with gold scarves or ties. Their leader was vibrant and inspiring so no wonder they sing well under her direction. They sang familiar carols in an upbeat and unusual way. Afterwards we all had to do our bit and join in with some familiar Christmas songs (words were provided). To finish the evening we had coffee/tea and mince pies with some mulled wine too. A great evening! Thanks to everyone who took part in it.
Next meeting is on the 2nd Tuesday - 9th January- as the 1st Tuesday is too close to New Year. All other Tuesday evening events will shift along one week.
A great time was had by all who went to the Crowne Plaza on Thursday 30th November. A BIG thank you to Janet for organising the event and chasing ladies for their deposits, final payments and menu choices. It's a big job! But it all worked out well and everyone had a good time, eating, chatting, drinking and dancing! Make sure you come next year if you missed it this year.
On Thursday November 23rd 12 of us went to John Lewis for a demonstration by the staff at Clarins. They were really well prepared for us, sweets and nibbles on the tables, a glass of Prosecco or juice on arrival and 5 Clarins staff to attend on us! And it was all free! We were shown all their skin products, with one of our ladies being their model! The staff were expecting 23 WOW ladies but unfortunately only 12 of us were there. Fancy missing out on a freebie11 It was a very enjoyable couple of hours, with no pressure to buy at all - though there were some offers that were hard to resist!
This popular workshop, on Thursday 23rd November, was booked up very quickly. The ladies who attended seemed to have a great time and worked really hard as you will see from the photos. They were expertly taught and guided by the "garlanding" ladies who decorate the Hall for Christmas with greenery from the grounds and beyond. All the WI ladies went home with their garland - much heavier than they thought they would be. One lady thought she would be able to go to town by bus with it in her bag! No chance! No doubt their friends and families will be very impressed with their finished garlands.
Thanks to Janet for organising a trip to Bury on November 11th. Some ladies visited the famous market and others went on the steam train Ramsbottom. Tales were told of coming home laden with Bury Black puddings! The steam train seemed to be a great success too. It was a lovely clear-sky Autumn day, making it all the better. Another fabulous activity by WOW WI- we are very lucky ladies!
The next walk will be on Wednesday 22nd November around the Albert Dock, with Richie the Ranger. There will be a cost of £2 payable on the day.
Meet at Hunts Cross station at 10.30 for the train to Central
Meet outside John Lewis main door at 11 am to go in for coffee/lunch
Meet at the Big Wheel for the start of the walk.
Contact Margaret with any queries.
What a busy WI we have! Read on........
December meeting - Secret Santa. If you want to take part please bring wrapped gift up to £5 in value. Also could ladies bring mince pies please?
Line dancing Tuesday 14th November at the Quarry
Tai Chi each Wednesday morning. Contact Glenys for more info.
Quiz group - Tuesday 21st November at the Quarry
Sewing group - each Friday morning 9.30 - 11.30 at Woolton Youth Centre
Art course each Tuesday at Arncliffe Centre. Some places available. Contact Glenys.
Walk - next walk Wednesday 22nd November. Join Richie the Ranger's walk around the Albert Dock (£2 charge). Meet by the Big Wheel. Margaret is your contact.
Trip to Bury Market - Saturday 10th November. Places available, contact Janet.
Speke Hall Christmas workshop 23rd November. Fully booked.
Clarins at John Lewis - Thursday 22nd November. Contact Jan if interested in this free session. meet at 6pm at John Lewis 1st floor.
Panto - Everyman's Little Mermaid. Few tickets available. Contact Jan.
Christmas Night Out - Thursday 30th November at Crowne Plaza Speke. 7 for 7.30. Wear your glitz and glamour! Some spare places - contact Janet if you would like to come. Also contact Janet if you haven't yet given her your menu choices.
Her Benny at the Royal Court. Janet has booked 20 tickets for this show on Thursday 1st February. These will be on a first come first served basis at the December meeting. Cost £16.50
What a treat we had at our November meeting! Ann led us admirably, as Jan our president was away with work. After notices, we were entertained by Roger Phillips from Radio Merseyside (his talk was postponed from October as his daughter was about to give birth to his first grandchild). Roger was most entertaining and amused us with anecdotes from his lunchtime Phone-in show, as well as radio clips from a variety of sources and presenters on different radio stations. So many things can go wrong for presenters! What came through was that Roger loves his job and loves our city. And we loved his talk! Thank you Roger.
After social time, we had a lovely surprise. A group of ladies came to tell us about their Hindu festival of Light, Diwali and dance a Gujarati dance for us called the Garba. They were all dressed in the most beautiful saris in bold colours. They made two beautiful Rangoli patterns of coloured rice, flour, sand and chalk on trays, which Hindu ladies usually make at home and place on the floor by the door to welcome Lashki the goddess of wealth and prosperity into their homes. After their dance they invited ladies to join them and learn some dance steps. We had some technical problems at first and we nearly didn't have any music - thank goodness some clever person got the music system to work!
A lovely evening all round!
Six of our members went to a Lancashire Federation event on Tuesday 10th October. Report from Ann:-
In 1979 Fiddlers Dram may have “had a lovely time the day we went to Bangor” but I’m sure they didn’t enjoy themselves as much as we did today at the Lancashire Federation Jonathan Moseley Food and Flowers Demonstration at Chipping.
Angela, Margaret S, Margaret O’, Brenda, Magda and Ann attended.
It was fabulous - lunch was excellent and Jonathan was extremely skilled and VERY entertaining.
There was a WI raffle in which we weren’t lucky, but Ann was very lucky in the raffle for Jonathan’s demonstration arrangements and was the lucky winner of a glorious autumnal arrangement.
If Lancashire Federation have Jonathan Moseley to entertain them again, we would certainly go and encourage our members to go too.
Thanks Ann. It certainly sounded an enjoyable event. Ladies - look out for more events organised by Lancashire Federation. Details always out at our monthly meetings.