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A New Year with a new team

Hello all.  Many apologies for the non-appearance of this blog through 2015.  It was such a very busy year icup of tean WI Land with the centenary celebrations that I’m afraid something had to give and the something was this blog.  But here we are back again and raring to go in 2016.

We have a new president in Gwyneth Davies, Jen Owen remains as treasurer and Jean Hurrell reprises the secretary’s role.  Our January meeting saw Gwyneth and Jean, with help from Rita Lloyd, presenting information aboutt he eight shortlisted resolutions.  There was a lot of info to take in, so a reviving cup of tea was much needdominoes03ed – some people learned how to play dominoes over their cuppas  – then it was on to the voting.  12 members voted for the resolution regarding free sanitary protection for homeless women in shelters, with other votes going to care for dementia patients in hospitals, avoiding food waste, first aid and equal funding for mind and body.  Jan Stanley was presented with the cup for the “Bloom from my Garden” competition; well done Jan!

Many of us enjoyed a festive meal with Helen Davies providing the catering and John Hughes the entertainment.  Many many thanks to Rita and Dot Neville for the table decorations and to all those who helped to Search-and-Rescue-4set up the room (it looked lovely) and to clear away afterwards.

On February 9th Caroline Yorke will be coming to the Old School to tell us about Search and Rescue Dogs, which should be really interesting.  I once saw some of these dogs in training on a walk in the Lake District.  Come and join us at 7.30pm – you can be sure of a warm welcome.


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Sheep – and other stuff

sheepThere was sadness at the beginning of our February meeting when we remembered our friend and member, Doreen Jones, who had passed away after an illness at the age of 90.  We did, however, have a good turn-out plus two visitors – we hope they will come and join us again.  Life in WI is busy with the 100 year anniversary of the founding this year – how will we celebrate it on 16th September?  One suggestion has been to have a garden party – but the committee would welcome other ideas.  Three members, Sally, Jennie and Margaret W, had set to and made sheep for the PMFWI panel – they were really lovely – the picture above doesn’t do them justice!

Diana Humphreys, who spoke to us about women’s health, was well -informed and some of the issues caused debate.  One thing, though, it is important to still keep doing our pelvic floor exercises – we’ll look around carefully at the next meeting to see who’s doing theirs!

Don’t forget the invitation to join Meifod WI on 5th March at their open meeting to celebrate St David’s Day.  Also there will be an Easter Floral Workshop on 28th March in the Old School.  Will you be going?  Our next meeting wil be on 10th March when we’ll hear about Jimmy Hancock who was head gardener at Powis Castle from 1972 til 1996.  Please remember that at this meeting we will be voting for the next members of the Board of Trustees at NFWI, make sure you’ve read about them in WI Life.    witiny

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What a happy month!

January proved to be a happy month for the members of Guilsfield WI, even though we were sad to learn that our friend Doreen was residing in the Severn Hospice.  First of all we learned about Biodanza, the dance of life, from Marion Verhaegh.  Marion hails from the Netherlands, has spent time before in Britain and has now settled here again to spend time with her grandchildren.  She is a devotee of Biodanza and teaches classes at West Felton.  Marion talked about Biodanza and then we were invited to join her in dancing.  There are no set steps, everyone is free to express themselves and many of us had a go.  I think everyone ended up smiling – dancers and spectators seemed to enjoy the experience and there was certainly a very happy atmosphere.

This continued at our seasonal celebratory meal.  We did something different this year and decIMG_4783orated the Old School and had caterers to cook for us – Helen Davies of Cardeston supplied us with delicious food, in spite of a few problems in the kitchen.   Margaret Watkin and Joan Woodcock, our two longest serving members, unveiled a plaque commemorating our 85th birthday in 201Stonechaser3 – yes it’s taken us that long to sort it out!     The plaque was made by Neil Saunders ( and is a superb piece of craftsmanship.  The evening finished with entertainment from John Hughes, who must have got it just right, because we were all up on the floor before the night finished.  This must be one of the happiest Christmas IMG_4798celebrations we’ve had.

Next month on February 10th Diana Humphreys will be talking to us about women’s health.  Look forward to seeing you there!     witiny

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December 2014


On the left iRitas Rita, our President, working on her topiary tree at our Floral Workshop on 6th December.  Some marvellous results were achieved, as you can see from the other pictures.  We send our thanks to Leanne, from Serendipity, for leading us on the day.

Then at our meeting the following Tuesday we were really well entertained by Penybontfawr WI Choir and friends, including members of Llanrhaeadr and Llangynog WIs.  We enjoyed the singing, the reading the instruments and, of course, the jokes in between.  Many thanks to them all for coming.

Sadly we weren’t able to sing our carols at our two village pubs, due to lack of numbers, but we did win the YFC Christmas Tree competition and donated the prize to the Montgomeryshire Emergency Doctors, which the YFC were supporting.

IMG_4762IMG_4765And now we look forward to 2015 and another busy and happy year.  The WI organisation was formed in Llanfair PG in 1915, so this year is our centenary.  Many events are being organised for members’ enjoyment – why not join us, become a member and help us celebrate the WI’s acievements over the last century; then help us move forwards into the second hundred years.  We’d love to have you!

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Back at last!

Many apologies for lack of news from Guilsfield WI – it’s been a busy summer in the federation, but I shouldn’t use that as an excuse!  I WILL do better!

At our Annual Meeting the committee was elected with all officers staying in post.  Thanks to Rita, Celia and Jen for doing their jobs so well.  After the business we held a Beetle Drive, which proved to be great fun,  especially with the winners from each table moving up and the losers moving down – confusion reigned.  And pity those people who were unable to shake a 6 to get started before someone shouted “Beetle”!  Sarah proved to be the winner with Diana getting the metaphorical wooden spoon.

carol_singersNow we look forward to our Christmas floral workshop on 6th December in the Old School; to being entertained by Penybontfawr WI and friends on 9th and to entertaining others (hopefully) when we lead Carol Singing in our two local pubs on 12th to raise money for Welshpool’s renal unit.  Then it will be Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and after a short break we’ll be back in January, looking forward with renewed vigour to help celebrate the centenaryof the WI organisation.  Come and join us!   witiny


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Easter Chicks and Old Welshpool

chicks1Pictured are some of the arrangements done by Chris Walton when she came to demonstrate flower arrangements for Easter.  Chris was very generous in donating the arrangements for raffle prizes, so there were some very lucky people at our March meeting.

Work is still going on with Guilsfield’s entry for the Spring Show, many thanks to Jan and  Beryl for their hard work.  Thanks also to all those who have bravely entered individually – I know I shall be trying out vegetable pizzas – but I’d better not use the  veg that I’ve been busy knitting in recent weeks!    chicks2

The Wales Conference, this year being held in Wrexham, is coming up on 2nd April – a chance to meet up with friends from all over the country and to listen to inspiring speakers.  On 8th April, Julie Prince will be coming to talk to us about Old Welshpool, so that should prove interesting.  We have had some new members join us recently – if you’d like to find out what the WI in Guilsfield is all about come and join us on the second Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Old School.  I can promise you a warm welcome.     witiny


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Into 2014

There was a good turn-out at Guilsfield’s Old School for the first meeting of 2014.  What an educational evening it was too!  Gary and Jan Ball of History Matters came to talk to us about the Middle Classes in the Middle AgTy Mawres.  Gary and Jan work at Ty Mawr – the medieval hall near Castle Caereinion – and came dressed in authentic copies of medieval attire.  Their talk was enlightening and they had many artefacts with them to help us understand the history of our area.  Ty Mawr is open during the summer on the first weekend of each month – I feel a visit ought to take place!

We’ve been invited to Middletown and Meifod WIs, plans are afoot for a healthy eating group, crafters are knitting teddies for tragedy or making bags to put them in, we’re already thinking about the Spring Show in May and not least we’re looking forward to our seasonal meal at the Kings Head.  Gwyneth was awarded the prize for the most points in the Flower of the Month competition and we voted for the resolution we most wanted to hear debated at the NFWI AGM in June.

As the Kurling was a popular activity in November we shall be hiring two kurling sets and having another go next month on 11th February.  Come along and join us – it’s going to be good fun.   witiny

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Annual Meeting

Kurling     Apologies for the break in posts recently – it’s been a busy time.  Don’t forget that Guilsfield WI holds its annual meeting on Tuesday 12th November at 7.30 p.m. in the Old School.  After the usual business and the election of the committee and President the WI will enjoy a game of New Age Kurling – no ice will be needed as the stones have castors to run on.  It will be interesting to see how the stones behave on a floor with a slope!  Hope to see you there!     witiny

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Alterations and additions

Further to the last post: the August social outing is an early evening meal at the Sweeney Hall Hotel, it doesn’t include a trip to Pontcysyllte.  The next walking evening will be on 17th July, meet at 6.30pm at the Old School – and every fortnight after that.  There will be a meeting in the Kings Head at 8.00pm on Monday 29th July for all those interested in helping in any way with putting together ideas for an entertainment to be performed in Abermule in October.  We need all sorts of people to come, not just those who are prepared to stand on stage – writers, directors (ie those who like telling others what to do!), backstage crew etc etc.  All ideas will be VERY gratefully received, please come!   witiny

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I gather the talk last month was a very interesting and enlightening one, as was our visit to the Wedgwood factory at Barlaston.  There was so much to see that we could have extended our visit – some of us didn’t get to look around the museum as we were too busy in the “outlet shop”.  The factory tour was good, if a little speedy, but we could see demonstrations of many of the processes in the demonstration area and the cafe/restaurant was welcoming.  Thanks must go once again to Dot for arranging this visit for us – what a pity more members don’t come along!  Sadly Dot had no control of the weather and as we left Barlaston it began to rain;  the visit to Trentham Gardens was therefore a little damp, to say the least!  Some of us braved the rain for a look around the gardens – photos will appear shortly.

On 9th July Karen Andrew will be talking to us about the Victorian lace-maker, come along and listen to her talk.  We send our best wishes to the team putting together our entry in the Royal Welsh Show, especially to Jan and Beryl who’ll be in charge of staging the entry.  Then on 8th August you’ll find us in the marquee at Guilsfield Show selling raffle tickets and our August social meeting will be a trip to Pontcysyllte Aqueduct with an early meal afterwards at the Sweeney Hotel.

There’s so much to do – it keeps us busy!  We’ll reconvene on 10th September for the intriguing story of Mary Morgan, told by Eric Reece.     witiny

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