Lower Peover Womans Institute
Lower Peover W I meets at Lower Peover Primary School, The Cobbles, Lower Peover , WA16 9PZ on the first Wednesday of the month (excluding December) at 7.30 pm.
If you are interested in seeing what the WI does, and would like to find out more you are welcome to join us for a visit. Just turn up.
Latest News and Reports from the Women’s Institute:
Wednesday 6th November 2019
This month’s meeting was our Annual General meeting and our guest speaker was Mary Pease who gave al illustrated talk about “Crafts of the Andes”.
Mary had spent some time volunteering in orphanages in Peru and started her talk with a description of the geography, history and colours of Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. The crafts of the population living in the countryside consist mainly of weaving, tapestry making and gourd engraving, all inspired by their local scenery, native life and animals and plants. Mary showed us photographs of work by a famous artist called Tino, who specialises in stuffed tapestry. She brought along many examples of
these crafts, some of which were for sale to raise funds for a local school. We were all fascinated by the wonderful designs and brilliant colours of the crafts of the Andes.
Our December meeting will be the Christmas meal and we will recommence our regular meetings on Tuesday 7th January in Lower Peover School at 7:30, and again we cordially invite anyone who may be interested to come and join us
Wednesday 1st May 2019
There was no guest speaker this month, the meeting was mainly concerned with discussing the two resolutions being put forward by NFWI this year and deciding which one our members wanted to support.
The remainder of the meeting was spent discussing the decoration of the bauble we have been asked to provide for the Centenary celebrations of the Cheshire Federation of the WI celebrations this year, the Cheshire Show arrangements, our October meeting Craft Show and the various outings we have planned over the next few months.
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday June 5th at 7.30pm in Lower Peover School, when the speaker will be Rowena Lovalt and the talk “A Lingerie Designers Life”, and we invite anyone who may be interested to come and join us.
Wednesday 3rd April 2019
Our speaker this month was Brian Greene who gave an illustrated talk entitled ‘The Brill Building. The sounds we grew up to’.
The Brill Building was an office building on Broadway, New York City and was famous housing music industry offices and studios where many of the most popular pop songs of the 50’s and 60’s were written. Brian kept us entertained with interviews, video recordings and music from that era. Whilst we had all heard of the groups and singers:- The Coasters, The Drifters, Elvis, Bobbie Darren to name but a few; but we were not familiar with most of the people who wrote the music and songs for them:- Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Doc Pomus to name but a few – although we all recognised the songs once they were played for us. Carol King, Neil Sedaka also worked there in the days when they wrote songs for famous artists to perform rather that perform them themselves. We all had a great ‘blast from the past’ and learnt a great deal about the development of the music we all grew up with.
Members had really enjoyed the visit to Manchester Airport in March which was reported in The Guardian recently, complete with photograph..
Anyone who is interested in joining us is welcome to attend our next meeting to be held on Wednesday May 1st at 7.30pm in Lower Peover School, where we will be discussing this year’s WI Resolutions and playing indoor bowling.
Wednesday 6th March 2019
Our speaker this month was Yvonne Mathews who gave us a talk entitled ‘7 Secrets to Health from the Beehive’
Yvonne gave a very informative and fascinating talk, in a humorous and entertaining style, on keeping bees. Yvonne has been bee keeping for over ten years and has 13 hives in North Wales. She described how she had harvested their honey and other products including pollen, beeswax, nectar and propolis. Yvonne has a background in complimentary medicine and extolled the health benefits of the products from bees. She explained that there were over 300 types of bees but her focus is on keeping honey bees. Yvonne now has a stall at Glastonbury Festival. Members were able to purchase some of her natural products.
Members had really enjoyed the ‘Food to Fork’ morning at Tatton Park organised by the group and are looking forward to a visit to Manchester Airport later this month.
Anyone who is interested in visiting joining us is welcome to attend our next meeting to be held on Wednesday 3rd April at 7.30pm in Lower Peover School, when Brian Greene will give a talk entitled ‘The Brill Building. Sound we grew up to’.
This month, we were given a very informative talk by Nicholas Hatton about the Butterflies of Cheshire. Nicholas explained that some butterfly species had declined in recent years whilst others maintained their numbers. His talk was accompanied by some beautiful slides mostly of photographs taken by himself, some of which had won photographic competitions. It was sad to hear that Cheshire has become one of the least butterfly rich counties in England, his theory being the loss of deep hedgerows and wild flower meadows. He also told us how to tell the difference between a butterfly and a moth. Not as simple as we thought: it’s not just a case of day or night time flight, or position of wings, it’s the fact that butterflies have a little ball shape at the end of their antennae and moths don’t!
On Thursday 28th February, following an invitation to the local WI, some of our members will be visiting Tatton Park to take part in a pilot ‘FOOD to FORK’ trial. We are looking forward to their report back at out next meeting.
Anyone who is interested in visiting /joining us is welcome to attend our next meeting to be held on Wednesday 6th March at 7.30pm in Lower Peover School, when Yvonne Matthews will give a talk entitled ‘7 secrets to health from the Beehive’
Wednesday 7th November 2018
Following the discussions of the AGM, this month’s talk “Tis the Season to be Jolly” by Kath Reynolds got us all into the Christmas spirit, even if a month early. Kath had a wonderful collection of slides and memorabilia of Christmases past. We now know, for example, that the first Christmas card was sent in 1843; coca cola is responsible for the red coated Santa and crackers first appeared in 1845 as well as many other fascinating facts . Her collection of forties and fifties decorations and pictures and samples of vintage toys was fascinating and prompted many exclamations such as – ‘we had those on our tree’; ‘I was given one of those’ and amazingly many ‘I still have it/them’. Who nowadays would believe the excitement generated on Christmas Day by a stocking filled with an orange and embroidered hankies!
Our December meeting carries on the theme as it will be out Christmas party, complete with Secret Santa presents.
Anyone who is interested in visiting /joining us is welcome to attend our first official meeting of 2019, to be held on Thursday 10th January at 7.30pm in Lower Peover School, when Caroline Aspin will give a talk entitled ‘Every Child Matters’.
Pictures from the Cheshire Show
Sally Aspin and her ‘Calendar Girl’
Countess of Wessex after the tour of the WI marquee.
Tony Garnet (Chairman of the Agricultural Society) and Pamela are with her and Frances Woollam, Chairman of the Cheshire Federation of WI’s.