As winter is with us, it would be a good time to think about coming along on a Tuesday evening once a month (the second Tuesday) to visit our thriving WI. You get the chance to try your hand at different crafts, hear a variety of speakers, watch demonstrations and meet new people and make new friends.
As the Village Hall was closed due to being redecorated in August, we met in the parish room of St George’s Church. After an interesting talk from Elaine Montfast on scams, members were able to chat about their own experiences over tea and cakes.
In September, we entertained other WIs as this was our 95th birthday. Local singer, Kathyrn Buck, came along to entertain us with an evening of singing, and attempted to teach us to sing. And after much effort and practise we achieved a reasonable measure of success, harmonising and producing a good and tuneful rendition of some popular songs. This was followed by some great refreshments supplied by our members, and a beautiful birthday cake made by Val Pendle.
October was our practical month when we had popular Ruth Sindall who demonstrated Brush Embroidery icing. This involved an outline of Holly and leaves on an icing plaque, and the carefully filling in with a paintbrush and edible colouring. This resulted in varying degrees of success by members. These were then taken home – hopefully to decorate some Christmas cakes.
October was a busy month as we also hosted a Jigsaw Morning in the Village hall for the Isle of Ely Federation of Women’s Institutes, this was well attended and very enjoyable.
And on 31st of October we held the Ely group meeting. This group consists of Ely City, Ely Northwold, Witchford and Littleport Women’s Institutes, and after the business section was over we had a wonderful demonstration of Floral arrangements by Ann Purt. Ann showed us how to put together 5 beautiful table decorations which were later won by our members in the raffle. She explained how to mix different foliage and colours to the best effect showing us how to twist and secure leaves to create different shapes. An interesting and enjoyable evening was rounded off by a delicious spread of homemade cakes and refreshments. A lovely and lively evening.
If you are interested, contact our President Rosemary Coleman 01353 969783 or Secretary Lynda Whytock 01353 863761.