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:
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.