Waldron WI

Where we meet

Lucas Hall, Waldron, TN21 0RB

When to come along

2nd Wednesday of every month at 2.30pm

What we do

President – Janice Bell, Vice President – Ginny Day
Secretary – Moira James, Treasurer – Margaret Hughes
Minutes Secretary – Veronica Greenslade

We also enjoy the following activities with the groups meeting each month:
Book, Walking, Lunch, Garden, Film & Theatre, Craft and Writing Groups.

New members and visitors are always welcome.

Waldron WI meetings
DateEvent
11 January 2017Out on a Limb
Lesley Baker
8 FebruaryValentine Social
+ fund raising table
8 MarchWe Are Amused
Bertie Pierce
12 AprilMusical Instruments of the Medieval Period
Dorothy & Michael Withers
10 MayLunch and Resolutions Meeting
14 JuneMeeting starts at 6pm
Sussex Trugs
John Carnell
12 JulyGarden Party
AugustNo meeting
13 SeptemberBeekeeping
Michelle Emoult
11 OctoberThe English Soap Company
Bob Butts
8 NovemberLunch and
Annual Meeting
13 DecemberChristmas Party

A Summer Tea Party

What better way to celebrate summer than with a lovely afternoon tea? We met at The Middle House in Mayfield, a village not far from Waldron and enjoyed a fun afternoon chatting with friends whilst enjoying the delicious tea of sandwiches, cakes and scones with copious amounts of cream and jams. A raffle was held with exciting plants and a gift voucher for a meal for two kindly donated by our host venue. A fabulous afternoon was had by all!

Sussex Trugs

John making a Sussex Trug

Arriving at the Waldron Village Hall, John Carnell was busy setting up an exciting array of hand made wooden ‘props’, it was if we had just walked into a scene from a Thomas Hardy novel!

John started his talk with an introduction about the history of trugs and their durability. Originally they were used for stock feeding, but their move to the garden came with their appearance in the Great Exhibition of 1851. Queen Victoria became a big fan, and their popularity spread with the middle class burgeoning love of gardening. Later the ladies of the land army found them invaluable as they have to dual benefit of being both light and strong.

John went on to make a trug, splitting sweet chestnut branches and bending willow (a bi product from cricket bat making). It was delightful to see a craftsman deftly working at his bench (called a horse!) to make a perfect Sussex trug.

Resolution Lunch
Our resolution meeting was wonderful starting with a superb ploughman’s lunch with dessert.

This was followed by two superb speakers in Sarah and Toni who were concise and eloquent in their explanation of the topics. The members discussed the proposals with a high degree of concern and voted in favour of both the issues of ‘loneliness ‘and ‘plastic soup’ going forward.

After an exuberant AOB we settled down to tea and biscuits and voted to repeat this approach to the resolution vote next year.

A musical feast from bone to bagpipe

A wonderful afternoon was had by all when Michael and Dorothy Withers came to give a talk and demonstration of Medieval musical instruments to the Waldron WI.
Michael used slides and demonstrations to explain the transition from the first ‘musical instruments’ to those that we see today. We learnt that the first instruments were invented 40,000 years ago by blowing through a bone. Then, showing us a myriad of instruments, we saw how instruments eventually morphed in to those used in Mediaeval times.
The talk was further illustrated with Michael playing some of the Mediaeval instruments accompanied by the delightful singing from his wife Dorothy.

We Are Amused!
From the start of the talk, Bertie Pearce had our ladies enthralled as he whisked us on a journey through the pleasures and pastimes of the Victorian era…. Art, music, gardening, garden sports, and of course the advent of the railways and all they had to offer, deftly interspersing his talk with a myriad of magic tricks from the Victorian era, .. A truly entertaining afternoon.

A String Ensemble Ukulele Workshop with Ooksadaisy.

Ooksadaisy is a ukulele band that Melanie heard at the Heffle WI at Christmas. Enthused by their performance, Melanie organised for some of the group to teach nine members of Waldron WI and one from Heffle WI.
We were all complete novices but eager to learn. The group arrived with spare ukuleles for those of us without so that we all could strum at the same time.

Ooksadaisy sang and taught us 3 chords which can be used to play along to many songs. We did not need to read music as our fingers and the strings were numbered to form the chords. Although the technique looked simple we had to concentrate moving fingers to the right place and some of us discovered that we had large, clumsy digits. However, with practice by the end of the evening we were brilliant.


The tips of our fingers became sore but with regular practice the skin toughens up we were assured. The group were great saying that when they first started they were just like us and were very encouraging.

The evening was fun and challenging to the ‘little grey cells’. Ukulele is being used now in primary schools instead of the recorder. I will certainly continue and now have the fun bit of buying my own instrument – they come in many colours and are not expensive! I hope too that the others will continue and maybe you will have the great joy of hearing us play at Christmas.
We collected £80 pounds which Ooksadaisy will donate to Cancer Research UK.

Valentine’s Social

Smiles from the Winners!

An afternoon of fun and laughter is an excellent way to sum up our Valentine’s social. The event started at 2.30 on the dot, the members gathered around the Valentine themed tables and enjoyed a three-part Valentine Quiz, happily compered by our President, Janice! After much jollity, winning and losing teams alike were rewarded with padded, embroidered hearts.

Our members then enjoyed lots of chatting, tea and pretty Valentine themed cakes, very kindly made by Rose McIlvenny and Henny Carpenter.

Out on a Limb
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The new Waldron WI year started with a very interesting talk entitled ‘Out on a Limb’ by a lady tree surgeon, Lesley Baker.

Lesley had a wealth of tales from the early days of her training, when, as a girl, she was quite a trailblazer ! She then regaled us with a myriad of tales, from having to call on the help of an elephant to move logs when working in a zoo, to wielding a two stone chain saw from the top of a rather large tree!

A great start to our new year!

Waldron WI Gardening Club 10th Anniversary

Gardening Club 10th Anniversary

Gardening Club 10th Anniversary

WI club members, along with their partners, enjoyed a drinks party to celebrate ten years of garden visits, speakers and advice on both flowers and vegetables. The weather was fine and the Pimms flowed. The perfect garden outing that we have come to expect from this group.
Something Fishy at Waldron WI

Members enjoying a fishy tale

Members enjoying a fishy tale

The WI recently enjoyed a visit from Veasey and Sons who are award winning fishermen and fishmongers based in Forest Row. We were given a talk on their family business and a demonstration of their cooking skills.
Waldron WI celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday in style

Forty-eight WI members enjoyed a splendid afternoon tea at The Priory Cross-in-Hand on July 13th in the Osmond room. The tea was excellent with a swathe of sandwiches, cakes, strawberries and cream.

Celebration Party

Celebration Party

Our tables were attractively dressed with delightful floral arrangements (provided by two members) in red,white and blue with matching napkins.Many members complemented the occasion with imaginative red,white and blue outfits.

The raffle prizes also reflected the Royal connection : A Red Rose plant, A Blue Hydrangea and a White Astilbe.
It was a very happy, noisy afternoon. The chilly weather did in no way dampen our spirits.

Waldron WI in the dock

Waldron WI in the Dock

Waldron WI in the Dock

Mike Bustard and Katharine Lee-Jones, both magistrates, constructed a mock trial for the Waldron WI at the April meeting. A magistrate court procedure was undertaken with ten WI volunteers taking the roles of those involved in the case. Fifty plus members were enthralled listening to a common assault dispute with scripted parts taken as magistrates, lawyers, witnesses, usher and of course the defendant. As the magistrates left to make a decision, the remaining WI members discussed the defendant’s fate and gave their verdict.

The mock trial was informative and entertaining. A rare combination!

The outcome…………………Well you should have been there.

On Wednesday 14th October, forty members of the Waldron WI were able to show their great dexterity in a very diverse Christmas Craft session. The instructors included Margaret Mawson who taught eight of us to make jewellery as gifts for Christmas (or for ourselves!) Acrylic painting was led by Richard Pert resulting in a plethora of winter scenes. Three further groups were involved in the making of felt reindeers, Christmas boxes and Christmas cards. It’s safe to say that even with all the laughter and sound of Christmas bells that filled the hall, novices and skilled artisans alike went home with a memento that will take pride of place this December.

Donner, Blitzen, Dasher… & Ginny Day

Donner, Blitzen, Dasher… & Ginny Day

 

Waldron WI celebrated the WI Centenary by having Afternoon Tea at the Buxted Park Hotel instead of their usual Garden Party.

Wi Celebration Tea

WI Celebration Tea at Buxted Park Hotel

Lesley Cooper

Lesley Cooper

Waldron WI were entertained, educated and fed by our speaker Lesley Cooper during her talk on “Food and Fame”. Initially Lesley explained her inspiration from her background and how poverty affects all aspects of life. Then Lesley went on to cook samples of her food which are part of her £1.00 a day regime. We then tasted breakfast pancakes, vegetable crumble, chicken pie, sandwiches and a dessert. No surprise then that her blog, ThriftyLesley.com, has created interest that has been recognised by the media, with Lesley appearing in several newspapers, on TV (including Russian TV!) and radio, hoping to spread the message that you can eat healthily and well on just £1 a day. Indeed, several recipes have been used for WI lunches, and if it’s good enough for the WI …..

Carmel Bodenham dressed for the Garden Party at Buckingham Palace

Carmel Bodenham ready for Buckingham Palace Garden Party

‘Royal garden party – I opened my curtains on the morning of the garden party, someone up there was having a joke, the wind was howling and the rain was beating down on the windows. But this was a chance in a life time, so I donned my outfit and set off to Victoria where I met Val, a lovely lady from Eastbourne WI. We walked together to the Palace, and once through security we wandered eagerly down the winding path that lead to the main lawn. The sun was now shining as we stood in awe with the huge expanse of lawn full of WI ladies brimming with excitement, all looking stunning, I didn’t see two dresses or hats the same! The tea was served with military precision each sandwich and cake was perfectly presented – top tip from the Palace ..cucumber and mint sandwiches. ..delish! After waiting for an hour in a very excited queue, our patience was rewarded with a quick chat to the Duchess of Cornwall, Sophie Wessex and a hand shake with Princess Alexandra …even a nice chat with a cheery Beefeater! Just before I left, we visited the rose garden and the beautiful summer houses that are tucked away in the oasis of beauty that is the Buckingham Palace garden!’