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Welcome to Barford WI
LATEST NEWS :
Joint President Louise Cleife opened the March meeting by welcoming everyone and especially Betty Woodcock as a visitor. Louise congratulated Barford’s Team A quiz team consisting of Hilary Maynard, Diane Sinclair, Sue Lusby and Gill Jones for performing so well in the Warwickshire WI Quiz. The plans for our own quiz on April 1st are well under way and only a few tickets are left.
Carole Whiteley was thanked for her impressive job in updating the WI leaflet given to new and prospective members. It was agreed to have them printed professionally.
After last year’s success, Jan Bradley has agreed to produce a new play with some of our members and a meeting is planned at the end of March to start rehearsals and be ready to perform at our meeting in June.
We enjoyed a light hearted talk about Maths in primary schools from Graeme Currie, our speaker for the evening. He talked about the importance of engaging pupils and making the subject fun and we were then put in a classroom situation with a range of tasks to tackle with limited success in some cases!
The next meeting will be held on Thursday 6th April at 7.45 pm in Barford Memorial Hall when Jenefer Heap will be “Telling Tales”.
Visitors will be most welcome.
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JANUARY MEETING :
Joint President Louise Cleife welcomed all members and guests to the February meeting. She thanked Philippa Wilson and her committee for arranging such a successful New Year’s Dinner. The catering was excellent and 47 of us had enjoyed the happy and relaxed atmosphere.
Barford WI has a very busy programme of events planned for 2017 starting with the Village Quiz on Saturday 1st April. Tickets are going fast so please contact Cindy Cook on 624175 for more information.
The speaker was Nick Channer who gave an illustrated talk entitled Downtown Abbey to Watership Down. This turned out to be a description of The Wayfarers Walk which is a 71 mile trail running from the north of the county down to the sea at Emsworth. It starts with imposing views from Combe Gibbet on Inkpen Beacon and we were given several interesting snippets of historical information along the way, being taken past Highclere Castle and the beautiful rolling countryside at Watership Down.
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DECEMBER/ JANUARY MEETINGS:
At the December and January meetings, Co-Presidents Sheila Reed and Louise Cliefe welcomed members and guests wishing everyone "A Happy Christmas and New Year".
After the minutes and reports, the speakers were:
Mr Liam D'arcy Brown on Chusan the Opium Wars and forgotten story of Britain's first Island. He was enthusiastic making it a fascinating talk.
Mr Alan Leech on Thoughtfully Wrapped. He explained how-to wrap a bottle making folds and cones. He made it an enjoyable evening.
The speaker for February 2nd will be Mr Nick Channer on Downtown Abbey to Watership Down.
Visitors and New members always welcome
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NOVEMBER MEETING :
President Rosemary Lloyd welcomed members and guests to the November meeting. Diane Sinclair showed everyone examples of the sensory bands which she and a few other ladies had knitted at the request of WI for people with dementia. Patterns were handed out for anyone who wanted to get involved. Hilary Maynard gave an entertaining account of the recent lunch with Michael Portillo which so many of us had enjoyed at Wroxall Abbey. Marion Hancock reported on the recent Group Meeting held by Hampton Magna and Bubrooke. The New Year’s Dinner is to be held in Barford Memorial Hall on 19th January and tickets costing £22.50 will be available at the next meeting. Contact Philippa Wilson for information.
The Annual Meeting began and Rosemary introduced Yvette Hunt and Julia Baker, WI advisor and trustee. Last year’s minutes were provided and the Byelaws were agreed. Jean Tuck, the Treasurer, gave her report and Judith Coltman, Secretary, gave her report of our year’s events. Other reports were given by Gill Jones (Book Club) and Sue Lusby (Lunch Club). Rosemary Lloyd thanked everyone for three enjoyable and busy years as President and encouraged all members to consider standing for committee for the coming year. She thanked everyone for their support.
A discussion took place and Louise Cleife and Sheila Reed agreed to be joint President for 2017. Judith Colman is to remain as Secretary and Jean Tuck as Treasurer. The rest of the Committee include Marion Hancock, Sue Lusby, Jane Price and Cindy Cook. Sheila Reed was thanked for preparing the Ploughman’s Supper enjoyed by all.
The next meeting will be on Thursday 1st December at 7.45 pm in the Memorial Hall. The speaker is Liam D’Arcy Brown who will be talking about Chusan: The Opium Wars and the Forgotten Story of Britain’s First Chinese Island. He comes highly recommended!
Visitors and new members will be very welcome.
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The October meeting was held a week later than usual as a result of the referendum and members were treated to an evening where they could try out their skills at curling after a short business meeting.
Sheila Reed thanked everyone for their help and attendance at her recent coffee morning in aid of the Scout and Guide Hut. The event raised £211. Entertaining reports were shared about the AGM in Brighton and a locally organised “Essence of India” where members had learnt about Indian food, dress and had even tried out some Bollywood dancing moves.
For the future, it is hoped to organise a course in jewellery with Karen Van Hoff and a new play under the expert guidance of Jan Bradley.
Members were invited to put themselves forward for the committee and a new President will be required for the coming year.
A very competitive curling session then began with teams hurling the "stones" at a target with a huge variety of techniques on show and with varying levels of success. The team who prevailed in the knockout competition were unbeaten all evening and well deserved their victory. Many thanks to Matthew Macfadyen for organising the evening for us and managing to keep control! Hopefully the five visitors who joined us enjoyed their evening
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SEPTEMBER MEETING :
Vice President, Ingrid Oliver, welcomed our members to the first meeting
after the summer break on Thursday 1st September.
A range of activities for members were announced including a walk at Draycote
on Monday 12th September as part of WI Sports Week. The lunch in November
with guest speaker Michael Portillo had proved so popular that a ballot
of members had to be taken and 13 lucky ladies had their names drawn out
of the hat.
The speaker for the evening was Karen Van Hoff who gave us an amazing talk
on her life and showed us the most exquisite jewellery and embroidery she
had designed. She is totally self taught and was both funny and inspiring.
Her career was kick started by entering a WI competition by mistake and
her entry was given first place. The company that organised the competition
gave her a job making flowers for hats sold in Liberty´s London. Today
she knits and embroiders with fine wire, gems and pearls to create her
unique fine art, couture jewellery. She also organises workshops for small
groups and many ladies seemed interested to organise this for later in
the year. Her talk included many funny and poignant anecdotes.
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JULY MEETING :
Our July meeting was our Members’ Night held at the home of Gill Forster
and despite the dull weather we managed to have a lovely supper in the
garden, a big thank you to Gill and her committee. Hilary Maynard won the
cup in the cortège competition. We sang happy birthday to Jo Westbrook
who had recently celebrated her 90 th birthday.
We now have a break until September but as always we would be happy to welcome
new members. We meet on the first Thursday of the month at the Memorial
Hall at 7.45 pm.
A Coffee Morning is being held at Watchbury Cottage, 6 High Street on
Wednesday 7th Septemberfrom 10.00 a.m. by kind invitation of Sheila
Reed. Cost £2.50 to include a cake. All monies to be donated to the
Youth and Community Centre (new Scout Hut). Everyone welcome.
In the Autumn we are having a walk as part of the WI Sports Week. We have
also been invited to join in a walk around Draycote Water, Best Foot Forward
(music and movement) at Cawston Community Hall and Yoga at Hatton Park
We are meeting up with 5 other W.I’s in the area in October when we
have a meal and a floral demonstration and the Secretaries read out reports
of what their Group has been doing during the year.
Thursday 17th Novemberthere is a trip organised by the Warwickshire
Federation called “Lost and Found” – with a visit to
Sunken Cities … Egypt’s Lost Worlds at The British Museum.
In December there is a trip to Chester Christmas Market and a Festive Food
and Flowers demonstration at Bulkington Village Centre .
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JUNE MEETING :
President Rosemary Lloyd welcomed 35 members and 2 guests to the June meeting.
A Minute’s Silence was held in memory of Freda James who had been
a member of Barford WI since 1983 and will be sadly missed.
As part of WI Activity Week, a walk has been arranged on
Tuesday 13th September along the canal from Morrisons to Warwick
and back, stopping off at The Cape of Good Hope for lunch. Hopefully there
will be a big turnout.
Plans for a coffee morning in aid of the new Scout Hut were announced. It
is to take place on
Wednesday 7th Septemberat Sheila Reed’s, Watchbury Cottage,
from 10am onwards. Entry will cost £2.50 and there will also be a
raffle. Please come along and support this event.
Pam Harben shared her experiences of the Legal London trip which included
Gray’s Inn and the Supreme Court and Liz Hainey reported on the Book
Group’s interesting trip to Stoneleigh Abbey. It seemed no coincidence
that the success of both events seemed to revolve around what they had
for afternoon tea!
Our speaker for the evening was Val Rainbow who spoke to us about the origins
and history of belly dancing. She showed us some lovely costumes which
she had had made for herself in Egypt and several very brave volunteers
took part and shimmied their way around the hall. Maybe this is a new interest
for some of them!
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MAY MEETING :
The WI Quiz night proved a great success with everyone enjoying the challenging
questions and a most enjoyable supper. The raffle raised an impressive
£228 which has been donated to the Scout Hut Appeal.
The WI members congratulated Pauline Currie on celebrating her 90th birthday
and presented her with a beautiful bouquet of flowers.
At the May meeting two Resolutions were discussed which will be presented
to the National Annual Meeting in June. The first one calls upon the NHS
to provide facilities to enable carers to stay with people with dementia
during a stay in hospital and the second addresses the issue of food waste
from supermarkets. Both of these very important issues were discussed and
a vote was taken on whether to support the resolutions. Our delegate, Angela
Watkins, who will attend the National AGM in June, will vote on our behalf.
Following the debate a ploughman’s supper was enjoyed by all.
We are also planning an evening in September to walk along the Birmingham
canals and a curling evening in October.
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APRIL MEETING :
President Rosemary Lloyd opened the April meeting by welcoming 28 members
and 2 guests. It was a busy meeting dealing with up and coming events both
locally and nationally. Helen Clay gave a detailed report on the Annual
Federation Meeting held at Chesford Grange on
21st March with its wide array of interesting speakers.
Denman College in Oxfordshire featured largely in the night’s business.
Our members, Anne Starkey, Maureen Tweedie and Gillian Glover, who had
recently received bursaries to attend residential courses there, gave interesting
and enthusiastic accounts of their experiences urging those who had never
been to consider a visit.
We enjoyed a lively talk from our speaker Meriel Acton. Her talk was entitled
“Life of a Crown Court Judge” but, in fact, she turned out
to be the Judge’s Clerk of Court and she told some rather hair raising
accounts of her experiences in the Fred West and Rosemary West trials.
Surprisingly, she had no qualifications in law as she took us through her
career ending now with her involvement in the Family Law Courts. Her outgoing
and dramatic personality made for an entertaining evening.
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MARCH MEETING :
President Rosemary Lloyd opened the March meeting by welcoming new member
Elizabeth Manrey and also friends and guests who were invited to enjoy
the play being presented later by our own members,
A WI Inspector Calls.
She congratulated Barford’s Teams A and B for their recent fine performances
in the Warwickshire WI Quiz. Tickets for our own quiz on
16th April are going quickly and several members offered to supply
raffle prizes in aid of the Scout Hut. A few tickets remain priced at £10
to include Ploughman’s and a dessert. Contact Rosemary Lloyd (624670)
for further information.
Hilary Maynard intimated that there were copies of an “easier”
cryptic quiz available in the shop to help raise funds for the Scout Hut.
The business meeting ended with a good luck message from Kerry Rosney, the
A WI Inspector Callswhich set up Jan Bradley’s preamble about
how the play had come about. She pointed out that the actors were all novices
and she was proud of them all.
Well, what a success it was! It was slick, funny and at times quite outrageous.
It was quite clear how difficult it must have been to perform with all
the farcical comings and goings and some of the character depictions were
almost too convincing. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, both in the
audience and on stage. Many thanks to Jan as Producer/Director and to Terry
Offiler for his guest appearance as a disgruntled villager. Hopefully this
could be the start of a new career for some of our members…….
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FEBRUARY MEETING :
In the absence of President Rosemary Lloyd, our Vice President Ingrid Oliver
welcomed members and visitors to the February meeting.
Two teams from Barford will be entering the Federation quiz on the
15th February. Barford WI quiz will be held on Saturday 16th April
in the Memorial Hall when the proceeds from the raffle will be donated
to the fund for the new scout hut. We were advised that some places are
still available for the Warwickshire weekend at Denman College in June.
Toiletries for the homeless may still be donated by members, and will then
be taken to the Federation AGM on the
Our speaker for the evening was Ted Watson, whose career as a musician with
the Royal Shakespeare Company commenced in 1966 until his retirement some
42 years later. Composers through the ages have been inspired by the works
of Shakespeare. We were taken on a wonderful musical journey through many
of Shakespeare’s plays and together with recorded music we listened
to Mr. Watson playing a range of musical instruments including a penny
whistle, didar from India, the bones (ribs of sheep) recorder, crumhorn,
soprano saxophone and an outback sax from Australia. Finally a waterphone
giving a vibrant ethereal sound throughout the hall.
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DECEMBER AND JANUARY MEETINGS :
The December meeting began on a sad note with a minute’s silence after
the announcement of the death of one of our past Presidents, Margot Healey.
After the short business meeting, Rosemary Lloyd introduced Jane Wroe and
her fellow actors to act out 5 civil cases where the police had not been
involved and we, the audience, were to judge on who was guilty or not.
We were split into 3 teams and the evening was both jolly and extremely
Our first meeting of the New Year was on 7th January when President Rosemary
Lloyd and her committee welcomed 39 members and 3 visitors. We were told
that the new flag we had donated was now flying above the Church Tower.
The Warwickshire Federation appeal for 2016 will focus on the homeless
and we were asked to donate any sanitary items such as toothbrushes, soap
etc and bring these along to the next two meetings. We were invited to
view the 2014 Village Diary and our Centenary book at Angela Watkins home
on 20th January from 10 am to 12.30. Many thanks to all those involved
for their hard work.
A donation of £30 has been given to the Motor Neurone Charity in memory
of Margot Healey and her family are delighted that her name has been entered
in the Denman Memorial Book. Jacky Meyers is to be the Programme Organiser
for 2016 and Philippa Wilson to be Sick Visitor. The speaker, Sue Drage,
surprised and exhausted us with her demonstration and ideas on recycling.
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NOVEMBER MEETING :
President Rosemary Lloyd welcomed everyone to the November meeting and thanked
all those involved in a very successful Group Meeting in October which
had been enjoyed by all our guests from other WIs in the area. She thanked
Sheila Reed for organising a lovely trip to Westonbirt and Tetbury . It
was agreed to provide a new flag for the Church as the original was now
badly frayed. Rosemary also thanked Angela Watkins, Philippa Wilson, Hilary
Maynard and Carole Whiteley for all their hard work in preparing the newly
bound Archives celebrating 95 years for Barford WI which were on show at
The Annual Meeting began and Rosemary introduced Sue Coats as our WI advisor.
Last year’s Minutes were provided and some changes to the Byelaws
were agreed. Sylvia Udell, the Treasurer, gave her report and was thanked
for looking after the books so competently over the last five years. Other
reports were given by Judith Coltman ( Secretary), Gill Jones (Book Club)
and Sue Lusby (Lunch Club). Rosemary Lloyd, President, thanked everyone
for a very successful year and encouraged members to stand for committee
for the coming year.
A vote for President was taken and Rosemary Lloyd accepted the position
of President for a third year. Judith Colman is to remain as Secretary
and Jean Tuck will be taking over as Treasurer. The rest of the Committee
include Marion Hancock, Ingrid Oliver and Sheila Reed. Angela Watkins thanked
the committee for all their hard work over the year and Gillian Glover
gave special mention to Sylvia Udell.
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WELCOME TO BARFORD WI
What is the WI?
Barford Wl, together with others in Warwickshire, forms the County Federation
(WFWI) which in turn integrates with other counties to form the National
Federation (NFWI). Barford meets eleven times a year, on the first Thursday
of the month from 7.45pm until around 10:00pm. At eight of these meetings
we organise a speaker, from a wide range of interests, sometimes accompanied
by slides or a demonstration. In May we have a meeting to discuss Resolutions
usually with a social, health or rural theme. The result of our vote goes
forward to the Annual National Meeting in June. In July we hold a social
gathering hosted by a member in their garden, weather permitting. This
a fun evening - maybe a quiz - with food and wine. The evening which is
run by members allows the committee to relax.
In November we have our Annual Meeting when the President and committee
are elected for the coming year. As the committee organise all the events
and business of the Barford Wl, there are many other smaller roles available
for the members to take on.
The evening commences with a short business meeting foHowed by the speaker.
Afterwards coffee and tea are served by members whose names are shown in
During the year we organise various events to raise money for the benefit
of the local community. There is also the opportunity to attend lunches
and suppers with other local WIs, as well as joining for example outings,
holidays and lectures.
The National Federation publishes the Home and Country magazine. The Warwickshire
Federation publishes a County News Sheet providing information on local
events that you may wish to attend.
NFWI has its own residential adult education college, Denman, a lovely
Georgian mansion in Oxfordshire. Courses are held in a wide range of interests
including sports, country pursuits, arts and crafts, drama, music, not
forgetting the domestic subjects. Every alternate year Barford Wl offers
a bursary for a member to attend a course at Denman College. Details and
date of the next meeting will be found on the Village Notice Boards and
History of Barford WI
The Barford Heritage Group website has a page showing some of the history
of Barford WI.
Click here to visit.
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