Lower Peover WI – March 2018

March 8th, 2018 | Posted by Liz McGrath in WI News - (Comments Off on Lower Peover WI – March 2018)

This month our guest speaker was Charlotte Gringras, a writer from Manchester, whose talk was entitled “My novels tell their story”. Charlotte described how she began writing after attending a creative writing course. The subject for her first book was inspired by the discovery that her grandmother had been a suffragette, and even her children did not find out until after her death. Charlotte explained the importance of factual research even if the story itself is fiction. “The Purple Rose”, her first book, gives historically correct details of the history of the suffragette movement although the characters are fictional. She has written two books to date “The Purple Rose” and “Not in our Hands” and also writes poetry and short stories. She explained that good writing does not just need a good story but the ability to make sure that the story flowed keeping the reader’s interest, giving us some examples by reading short extracts from both of her books. Following her talk Charlotte was kind enough to judge our mini writing competition.
Our tea and biscuit session was also enhanced by a cake and jam tasting to help decide, by popular vote, upon our potential entries for the Cheshire Show.
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday April 4th at 7.30pm in Lower Peover School, when the talk will be by Rob Bashforth of The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust and we are happy to welcome anyone who may be interested in joining us.
Our regular book group continues to meet on the second Monday of each month, and plans for trips to the cinema, Terracotta Warriors and Arighi Bianchi are in the pipeline

Lower Peover WI – Feb 2018

March 8th, 2018 | Posted by Liz McGrath in WI News - (Comments Off on Lower Peover WI – Feb 2018)

The members met together as usual Lower Peover School at 7.30pm. However this was not our usual meeting format. We had a surprise addition to our programme – Year 4 pupils from Lower Peover school treated us to a fantastic performance of an assembly they had prepared on World War 2. The audience also included parents and friends and they gave a marvellous representation of the problems faced by both adults and children during the war and the spirit and resilience shown by the British population. The twenty minute performance ended with a rousing chorus of “Bluebirds over the White Cliffs of Dover”.
Once the performers and their parents had left, to loud applause, we settled down to a highly educational talk on the “Science of Chocolate” given by Dr Diana Leitch. Her talk, which was supported by several samples for tasting, took us from the first discovery of chocolate to the present day. We now know that chocolate was discovered over 2000 years ago by the Mayans and Olmec of Central America as a drink and was first introduced into Europe by the Spanish around 1600, when only Royalty were allowed to drink it. The solid chocolate bar was first produced by Frys in 1847. We learnt about traditions associated with chocolate over the years, its cultivation, production, chemical composition and unfortunately the high sugar content of today’s chocolate bars.
Our next meeting will be on March 7th at 7.30pm in Lower Peover School, when the talk will be by Charlotte Gringas and author and entitled “My novels tell their story”, and we are happy to welcome anyone who may be interested in joining us.
Our regular book group continues to meet on the second Monday of each month, and a snowdrop walk is planned in the near future.

Lower Peover WI – January 2018

March 8th, 2018 | Posted by Liz McGrath in WI News - (Comments Off on Lower Peover WI – January 2018)

The members met together for the first meeting of 2018 in Lower Peover School at 7.30pm. Meetings are normally held on the first Wednesday of the month, but this meeting was held a week later to avoid the proximity to New Year.
We enjoyed an informative talk on “The Royal Cheshire County Show” given by one of our members – Edwina Oldham. Edwina has extensive knowledge and experience derived from 40 years of volunteering in various roles on Cheshire Show Committees. Her talk covered the journey of the Show from its original site in Chester to its current permanent show ground in Tabley, and details of how the show gets organised each year. We were amazed to hear that the Show only has one full-time member of staff – the Show Secretary, the rest of the work being performed by a large group of volunteers. Edwina herself being heavily involved in the organisation and running of the WI exhibition tent – in 2012 she was chosen as the Patroness of the Show in recognition of all her work over the years. This year when we visit the show we will all be much more aware of all the effort that has gone in over the preceding months to get the WI Marquee so immaculately organised, in particular the effort involved to get all the WI exhibits set out and judged on the Monday prior to the Tuesday opening.
Our next meeting will be on February 7th at 7.30pm in Lower Peover School, when the talk will be by Dr Diana Leitch and entitled “The Science of Chocolate/Catalyst” and anyone interested in joining us is welcome to attend.
We have several additional activities ongoing, including our regular book group on the second Monday of each month, a small group already planning our joint venture for the Cheshire Show and several ideas for walks and days out in the pipeline.

Lower Peover WI May 2017

May 10th, 2017 | Posted by Liz McGrath in WI News - (Comments Off on Lower Peover WI May 2017)

Lower Peover WI continues to meet on the first Wednesday of each month in the School Hall of Lower Peover School at 7.30 pm.

This month’s meeting on Wednesday 3rd May followed a slightly different format, as discussed by members the previous month. All members were welcomed and name tags were offered to everyone to ensure new members and old friends were all aware of each other’s names. We sat in a circle to discuss the resolutions, following an introduction by members who had attended a briefing meeting. There followed a full exchange of views on loneliness which can strike anyone at any age and micro fibres being disgorged into the waterways and the destruction caused to sea creatures and the food chain. The group voted in favour of the resolutions which will be taken by Valerie Bowyer, our representative, to the National Federation.

Sue Ward then gave an interesting and insightful talk about her move to France over ten years ago, building a property and establishing herself and family within a French community and wider groups. Sue and her husband had the most positive of experiences and obviously embraced the challenges and made a great life for themselves. Now they are replicating this enthusiasm in their move to Knutsford. How fascinating to know more about the lives of our members.

Lower Peover had organised the WI County Walk in April, a lovely day walking around our beautiful countryside with friends. Thank you to all who came and made it a successful event.

Our Book Club continues from strength to strength, meeting on the second Monday in each month at 2.00 pm in a variety of venues. On the 8th May we discussed ‘On Cold Mountain’ by Charles Frazier, a book of the toils and travels around the South of the USA during the American Civil War. We are indebted to Wendy Antrobus who provides us with searching questions to discuss.

A small group are preparing our joint venture for the Cheshire Show and other members are putting the finishing touches to their individual entries.

Everyone is welcome to visit us and to join in our activities.

 

 

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Lower Peover WI April 2017

May 10th, 2017 | Posted by Liz McGrath in WI News - (Comments Off on Lower Peover WI April 2017)

Lower Peover WI continues to meet on the first Wednesday evening of each month in the school hall of Lower Peover School. Our meetings start at 730. All visitors are welcome to join us.

Our last meeting was held on Wednesday April 5th when Brian Green returned to give a particularly interesting and illuminating talk on ‘The Music of Disney’.

Music was key to the Disney Brother Studios‘ success. In 1928, Walt Disney produced the third animated Mickey Mouse short, Steamboat Willie, which had a soundtrack while previous efforts were silent films. During the next 90 years music has remained key to the success of Disney productions, in cartoons, television, films and nature documentaries.

We listened and enjoyed examples of Disney music, being transported to the time and era we first heard the music, from Mickey Mouse to Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and onto Mary Poppins and we discussed modern examples of Disney music, its values and ethos as well as its use in engaging the listener.

Within Lower Peover WI we have a thriving book club; we enjoy local and county wide walks, visits and participate in local and county wide WI activities.

Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday 3rd May. We would love to see you.

Lower Peover WI January 2017

May 10th, 2017 | Posted by Liz McGrath in WI News - (Comments Off on Lower Peover WI January 2017)

Lower Peover began the year with an evening of friendship, fun and laughter. We had borrowed 3 short play lets from WI house Chester and performed them impromptu, with some props. In the Chinese tragedy, everyone died; in the Greek tragedy some die and in the sketch based on the two Ronnies and John Cleese, where two people looked benevolently down on a third, nobody died at all. As yet undiscovered acting talents were seen and our Meryl is the WI’s answer to Meryl Streep!

During the formal part of the meeting, plans were made for the year ahead, including visits, outings, sporting participation (darts), the Cheshire Show, our book club and participation in WI business and activities. A bring and buy sale helped to swell our coffers, as does the regular book club sale.

Thank you to everyone who helps make our WI work, including the committee and members.

We meet on the first Wednesday evening at 7.30 pm in the school hall of Lower Peover School. Visitors are always welcome. At each meeting we have WI business and then we welcome a speaker or have a social evening.

This year’s dates are:-

January 4th

February  1st

March 1st

April 5th

May 3rd

June 7th

July5th

August 2nd

September 6th

October4th

November 1st

December 6th

Lower Peover WI April 2016

April 7th, 2016 | Posted by Liz McGrath in News | WI News - (Comments Off on Lower Peover WI April 2016)

Lower Peover WI meet the first Tuesday of each month in the school hall in Lower Peover. We welcome any visitors or guests.

For our April meeting, Brain Green gave an excellent theatrical presentation of the life and times of Andrew Lloyd Webber. To enhance the presentation he included personal anecdotes from Lord Webber’s family and friends and we listened to renditions of songs from the musical theatre including Cats, Starlight Express and Phantom of the Opera. Lloyd Webber is heavily involved in collecting works of art including Pre Raphaelite paintings and a Canaletto. He supports important architectural buildings and his company owns several theatres and even a church. The singing was superb and the evening a great success.

The competition was to bring a theatre related item, so signed programmes were brought in together with beautiful fans not forgetting Sooty and his magic wand. The opera memorabilia, including opera glasses and collapsible opera top hat were a find but the hit of the night was the ‘Cats‘ display.

Last month Christopher Smith spoke about Canals of the North West, very important historical and current engineering achievements to extend trade and community movement. It was a fascinating evening and resonated with everyone as canals were the lifeline of the country at one time and now are an important and treasured part of our leisure activities.

WI November meeting report

November 9th, 2015 | Posted by Liz McGrath in News | WI News - (Comments Off on WI November meeting report)

Our November meeting was held on Wednesday 4th November 2015 in the school hall of Lower Peover School. Our AGM was held, where the standing committee and officers all agreed to stay in place for another year. The financial statement was presented and agreed.Following the more serious part of the meeting, Olivia Norbury demonstrated how to construct a timely Christmas wreath and table top decoration. Olivia used all natural materials. If anyone would like a traditional Christmas tree from Chelford, Olivia and her family will have an excellent selection. Following Olivia’s motivating demonstration several members are planning to make their own seasonal wreaths within the next month.

We planned our Christmas events, including afternoon tea for the Book Club and an evening meal for the group. The darts team invited any members to join them, to practice and to have fun. We also discussed meeting the WI challenge, gathering together personal information of ‘A moment in time’. This will form part of a larger display in Chester, next year. We even organised our quiz team for the February group quiz event.

We held a minute’s silence for our friend and fellow member, Norma Leech, who has recently died. Norma has been an important part of our WI, being a member for over 60 years; she has held all offices at some time and has been on our committee. She will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go to her family.

Anyone who would like to join our group, for one meeting or to join us more regularly is very welcome. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month in the school hall in Lower Peover. It would be a great way to start the New Year, to make new friends and maybe meet old friends. 

Lower Peover WI report September 2015

September 26th, 2015 | Posted by Liz McGrath in WI News - (Comments Off on Lower Peover WI report September 2015)

We held our September meeting on the 1st Wednesday of the month as usual, at 7.30 pm in Lower Peover School Hall. Please remember that guests and friends are always welcome.
Wednesday 2nd September.
Sadly our speaker was unable to attend due to a friend’s ill health, so another of her friends stepped in to the breach on the last minute. Fay Kitching was remarkable. She demonstrated cheese making that her family have perfected over generations. She was informative and had fist hand knowledge of making unique organic cheese from cow, goat and sheep’s milk. She had great presence, fantastic humour and her products were fabulous. We were delighted to have had such a good speaker as we celebrated the Centenary of the WI with lavish food and drinks members had provided.
Members are planning to attend group meetings and even their Christmas meals…. Time moves on!! The Book Club and walking group continue with enthusiasm. May we encourage everyone to visit the Heritage Centre in Knutsford to view the exhibition celebrating the first 100 years of the WI, we think you’ll enjoy it.

WI exhibition

August 10th, 2015 | Posted by Liz McGrath in News | WI News - (Comments Off on WI exhibition)

Visit the heritage centres WI inspiring women exhibition. 

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