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 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’.
Wednesday 3rd October 2018
This month’s meeting was our produce show – we were all asked to bring a variety of produce/craft items for judging. The categories included – plain biscuits, a dried flower card, a flower arrangement, miniature art work, a water photograph, and a favourite hat with a note to say why. All the members took part in the judging for the favourite item in each category and at the end of the evening we discovered who had submitted them and won the cup for each category.
Three of our members reported back following their attendance at ‘A Cheshire Walking Weekend’ in Coniston. The weekend in late September had been organised by Cheshire Federation for WI and there were guided walks on all days to suit different levels of walking skills. In the evening, after dinner there were games, entertainment from the members, skittles and quizzes. They all had a fantastic time with good fun and friendship, lots of chatting but with time for quiet reflection, or to settle down with a book. They were blessed with fantastic weather most of the time and the Lake District showed off her autumnal beauty. Thank you to the organisers of the weekend and the guides. A good time was had by all.
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday November 7th at 7.30pm in Lower Peover School and will consist of the AGM followed by Speaker Kath Reynolds on; ‘Tis the Season to be Jolly’.We would love to welcome anyone who may be interested to come and join us.
Wednesday 5th September 2018
This month’s talk ‘What is Art and who decides what is good art?’ was given by Philip Powell from Philips Art Gallery Altrincham. Philip illustrated his talk with a varied collection of paintings from his own art dealing business. There was a great deal of discussion as to whether good art was that which gave pleasure to the viewer or whether it was decided by the art experts who valued it. An interesting exercise was trying to work out the most expensive of the paintings he had brought to show us.
Arrangements for the several outings planned for the Autumn, including a visit and talk at Arighi Bianchi, the Terracotta Warriors, Curzons cinema for the ballet and of course the Christmas meal were also discussed.
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday October 3rd at 7.30pm in Lower Peover School, it is a produce show and members are invite to submit items of cookery, craft, flower arrangements, photographs and this year your favourite hat. We would love to welcome anyone who may be interested to come and join us.
Tuesday 3rd July 2018
Our July meeting was a garden meeting held in the beautiful garden of one of our members. We all had a wonderful time – eating great food provided by all the members, drinking prosecco, chatting and enjoying the wonderful weather. There was also a display of all the member’s entries for the Cheshire Show. Although we are a comparatively small WI, we had great success with our entries this year. Lower Peover won the Middlewich Cup awarded for presentation and interpretation in the group entry. The theme was Land, Sea and Sky, and our combined craft and cookery exhibit celebrating the role of women in the army, navy and air force in the First World War, also received many compliments from the visiting public. Several of our individual entries were given second prize or commendations and one of our members won a first and best in class.
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday August 1st at 7.30pm in Lower Peover School, when the speaker will be Alf Hughes and the talk “Victorian Portraits”, and we invite anyone who may be interested to come and join us.
Wednesday 6th June 2018
The Guest Speaker this evening was Josephine Gosling, who gave us a talk entitled “Amazing Walks”. Josephine and her husband are keen walkers and over the years have walked in Europe, USA, Africa and Australia and of course extensively in the UK. She encouraged the walkers amongst us to research each walk before the start, particularly to seek out any historical monuments or places we might pass through en route. She illustrated the benefit of this information with a series of interesting photographs and historical facts about many of the walks they have undertaken over the years. The July meeting be a garden meeting held in the garden of one of our members.
Our next Wednesday meeting will be on Wednesday August 1st at 7.30pm in Lower Peover School, when the speaker will be Alf Hughes and the talk “Victorian Portraits”, and we invite anyone who may be interested to come and join us.
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.