Members of our WI joined a packed Newark Parish Church on Saturday 14 April 2018, to join in the celebrations of the last 100 years of Nottinghamshire Federation of WIs. It was an inspiring programme, which closed with everyone joining the WI Choir, singing "We'll meet again", while presidents of all WI's present paraded with a placard displaying their name. (Thanks to Nikki who designed and produced ours).
Photo shows our President, Valerie Pope, holding East Stoke's placard.
We also got our first viewing of a beautifully produced "Centenary Scrapbook". Each page depicted a Notts Fed WI, with a short narrative and three photos. Jan, who was responsible for our entry, took a quick snap on her phone of our page.
Well done Nottinghamshire Federation. Here's to the next 100 years.
OUR FIRST MEETING OF 2018 WAS VERY ENTERTAINING
Thanks to Mr Clive Rudd, Entertainer, who has moved from Bedford to Elston, our members enjoyed a most enjoyable and fun packed evening. His songs and stories from the 50s, 60s and 70s, presented with a touch of humour, were just the ticket for a cold, January night with all the festivities of Christmas and New Year behind us.
A look at his website www.cliverudd.co.uk. indicated that he is doing very well on the WI circuit.
Below is a snap taken by one of our members.
MEMBERS FROM YESTERYEAR
We were sad to learn recently of the death of one of our earliest members:
Mrs Mary Peatfield.
Mary's daughter kindly gave us a copy of an early East Stoke WI Cookery Book, shown here, which was found amongst Mary’s belongings. There is no date on the book, but as Mary was not far from 100 years old when she died, and the book is priced at One Shilling, we can only guess that it was printed over 50 years ago. Amongst the recipes of the day, there are household hints – eg vinegar for burns or scalds, and a pinch of starch or a copper added to water to prevent tulips from drooping!
An example of some of the early recipes - interesting to see the Xmas pudding, with dates and a carrot!
Congratulations to a former president, Mrs Pauline Bradley.
This article appeared in the Newark Advertiser.
ANNUAL "WALKING FOR PLEASURE" IN AUGUST
As we do not hold a meeting in August, each year, those ladies of our WI - who are willing and able - embark on a walk, arranged by Sally. We combine our 'cross country' ramble - no more than a few miles, with lunch at a hostelry in the chosen location. This year several members enjoyed a walk through and around Hough on the Hill. Local parishioner, Gill, gave us an interesting insight into the village's beautiful All Saints church. After lunch at the Brownlow Arms, we were treated to a visit to Gill's cottage and garden for tea and cake.
TWO MEMBERS' CRAFT STALLS
Lesley and Nikki are two of our most "crafty" members! Both ladies are blessed with a most impressive, artistic flair for all kinds of needle and craft work. They can always be relied upon to provide inspirational ideas and put in the hours when it comes to competitions, or just lending a helping hand to us less gifted members. They can now be seen manning their craft stall at various shows.
Photographs: Top. The only craft stall in the WI Tent at this year's County Show, Newark.
Below. WI Centenery County Show, North Muskham.
On a dull rainy evening in May, seven East Stoke WI members visited the St. Ann’s Allotments situated in the Meadows area of Nottingham. Covering seventy five acres it is the largest and oldest Victorian allotments in Europe and is an English Heritage site. The area is divided into detached town gardens all surrounded by hedges. We were shown around by Alice a very enthusiastic allotment holder. After our tour she took us to her garden and her cosy brick summer house where we were treated to hot drinks and homemade cakes and scones. Thank you to Fiona and Sally for being our chauffeurs for the evening.
NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE TOUR
Friday, 19th May 2017
After a delicious lunch in the adjoining restaurant, two of our members enjoyed a thoroughly interesting and informative "behind the scenes" tour of the Nottingham Playhouse.
Derek Graham, the Playhouse Membership Manager, gave us a brief history of the theatre, and then escorted the group of 25 members from various WIs through the different departments - including props, costumes, scenery, backstage - where we saw the Cinderella curtain nearing completion. Oh yes it is! Can you believe they are already making costumes for the 2017 pantomime, as well as for all the forthcoming fixtures? Finally onto the stage, where the set for RENT was in situ, looking out to the vast auditorium. Many thanks to Derek and to our Nottinghamshire Federation of WI's for arranging the tour.
Photos : Playhouse exterior with sky mirror. Derek with one of last year's pantomime costumes and showing how painting the curtain starts with a computer image. Some props from previous productions. Sky Mirror.
For information on the Nottingham Playhouse and forthcoming productions, visit www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk.
OUR HALL GETS A SPRING CLEAN!
A group of our members took to the task of giving our hall a spring clean in March. Plenty of elbow grease (and cups of tea) soon had the kitchen, toilets, windows and floors gleaming. Together with the new curtains, our hall is now fresh and ready for our monthly meetings, private hire, election days, etc. The outside was something of a challenge, as Jan found when she had to use a ladder to remove grass from the gutter!! Not sure if that comes under the definition of "spring cleaning".
But it was a good job done by all. Thanks girls.
Our AGM was held on Thursday 16th February 2017. Our secretary's Trustees Report was as usual a pleasant reminder of all the fixtures we had enjoyed during the past year. This was followed by the Treasurer's report, votes of thanks, and finally voting in of the committee. We were all very pleased that each of the following committee members agreed to stand again for another year and were unanimously voted in:
Valerie Pope - President
Christine Lee - Secretary
Viviene Maltby - Treasurer
We then enjoyed a delicious faith supper. We look forward to another year's programme, packed with interesting talks, outings, our August walk/lunch, East Stoke WI's birthday dinner in November (always in a different location) ending up with fun and games at Christmas. (Details for 2017/18 can be seen under "Programmes" on this site.)
It's wonderful to see that the WI movement continues to gain in strength and popularity year on year. EAST STOKE IS NO EXCEPTION!
EAST STOKE ACHIEVE 3RD PLACE IN THE SOW AND GROW PROJECT
A total of £7,524 was raised across the Nottinghamshire Federation of WIs to boost County funds. East Stoke WI with only 15 members raised £345, coming third.
Burton Joyce and Bulcote, with 68 members raising £393, were second, and in first place was Hickling, who with 28 members raised £423.
We felt very proud, as the WI with the least number of members, our contribution was very close to the WIs with far more members.
Our three members, Nikki, Lesley and Fiona attended the prize giving awards at the Everyday Champions Centre, Brunel Drive on 29th September 2016 and were awarded a lovely "goodie bag" which was shared amongst members at the next meeting..
NOTTS FEDERATION "SOW AND GROW" PROJECT
Always up for a challenge, Stoke WI entered into the spirit of the Sow and Grow Campaign. The object was to make £10 grow into a much larger sum. On Saturday, 2nd September, we organised a beetle drive - but with a difference. Instead of a beetle, competitors had to fill a jar with strawberries to make a pot of jam. Over 60 people attended and enjoyed the supper provided by WI members. Our £10 was turned into £345. Well done everyone.
EAST STOKE BAG LADIES
OUR MEETING VENUE
WI Hall, School Lane,
East Stoke, Nottinghamshire - map
Third Thursday each month starting at 7.30pm
The opening times of the federation office at Trent Bridge House, Beastmarket Hill, Newark, Nottinghamshire. NG24 1BN
are as follows:
Mon–Wed only 9am – 3pm
Closed for painting & cleaning in August
Contact Rosemary, Heather & Fiona by
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 01636 67 3550
The Nottinghamshire Federation web pages are here:-
You can download documents & booking forms.
These ladies are on hand to give help and advise to you about all aspects of the WI.
They can attend your annual meeting or your committee meetings or just offer help on the end of a phone or email.
To get in touch on any WI matters :-
or check out their phone numbers in the Year Book.
Michelle Jafaar is the new Groups co-ordinator. If you have any questions about any matters concerning your WI group you should direct them to Michelle using the email@example.com
OTHER NOTTS FED WI WEBSITES
Abbey Gates WI
Averham Kelham & Staythorpe WI
Bestwood Village WI
Brookside (Mansfield) WI
Burton Joyce & Bulcote WI
(Nottingham) City WI
Dorewood WI (Balderton)
East Bridgford WI
Granby & Sutton WI
Gringley on the Hill WI
Lapwings WI (Linby & Papplewick)
Newark Palace WI
Radcliffe on Trent WI
West Bridgford WI