​   Wheatley
               Women's Institute
Trips & Events
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Wheatley WI like to get involved in a variety of activities, especially ones within the community

Trips are open to all. ​​​​​For futher details please message via our contact page or contact Yvette/ Ann.

Yvette (01865) 873277 / Ann (01865) 873666
 
Future Trips & Events

Chavenage House, Gloucester- Thursday 17th May 2018

A trip to the location of the hit tv series Poldark and a house with recorded history back to the ninth century.

Stop at Tetbury for lunch and some shopping then on to Chavenage House for a two hour tour, after which you will have tea & scones in the Ball Room.

​http://www.chavenage.com/

Pick up St Mary's Close, 9.30am

£25 members, £30 non-members

Contact Yvette or Ann on above details to book this special trip.

Previous Trips & Events

Wheatley Christmas Fair- Friday 1st December 2017, Wheatley High Street

Wheatley WI had a stall at the 2nd Wheatley Christmas Fair. It was a great event organised by the Wheatley traders, with pop up food stalls including a Pig Roast, Chinese and Indian, along with mulled wine, jewellery, cards and gifts, and various music including the church choir and a local Silver Band.

We were selling homemade preserves, tickets for a Christmas tombola with chocolate, biscuits and much more, and our raffle of the R2-D2 to be drawn at our next meeting. 

We raised a fantastic £400 for our 2017 Charity- Maggie's.

​Thank you to all that contributed items for sale and for all who wrapped up warm and came down to support this great event.

Rememberance Sunday- 12th November 2017

Wheatley WI took part in the Rememberance Day Service and Parade. Sylvia Street had the honour of laying the British Legion Wreath at Wheatley Memorial. All participants then proceeded to walk to the Merry Bells where Wheatley WI were serving much needed refreshments as it was a very chilly day. Also on display was the Poppy Wreath made by the Wheatley WI Craft Club, which will be on display throughout the rest of the year at St Marys Church, Wheatley.

National Federation of Women’s Institutes Annual Meeting- 7th June 2017, Echo Arena Liverpool

I had the pleasure of representing Wheatley, Cuddesdon & Denton, Garsington and Little Milton at the NFWI Annual Meeting held on 7th June at the Echo Arena Liverpool.​​

The Annual Meeting started at 10.30 a.m. with the singing of Jerusalem by approx. 4,000 ladies in the arena. You can imagine how this sounded. This was followed by a welcome from the Mayor of Liverpool explaining about Liverpool and how they grow and create opportunities for inspirational women. 

The 2 resolutions debated were ;-
Alleviating loneliness
This resolution was proposed and seconded by East Yorkshire Foundation. Marcus Rand
spoke for the resolution
This led to a lively debate the main consensus was that the wording should be altered to
use local agencies such as GP’s and to have a very soft approach, such as sitting next to
someone and listen to them rather than across from them.
Loneliness is not confined to just the elderly but includes young and disabled. We need to connect with all people in the community, sometimes just a smile and a good morning makes a huge difference. The resolution was passed with 4334 For and 1919 Against.  

Plastic Soup
This resolution was proposed and seconded by Buckingham Federation. Dr Natalie Weldon spoke very passionately for this resolution.
There was a discussion about this resolution for and against. Fish are ingesting these fibres and it is moving through the food chain. This has become so widespread that samples taken from deep in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean are showing large amounts of this plastic. One of the main culprits are cheap synthetic clothing especially sportswear.  Some suggestions to tackle it are filters on washing machines, targeting sewage and waste water plants all expensive solutions.  A better answer in the future is to use natural fibres for clothes. The resolution was passes 6132 votes for and 157 against.

                                                                                                                             The 2 guest speakers were:- 
                                                                                                                             Jo Fairley co- founder of Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate – Jo explained how                                                                                                                                         she had been motivated from being an editor, to starting up and running one of the                                                                                                                                  first fair trade brands Green and Black’s organic chocolate. Now it is run by Cadbury’s                                                                                                                              who are also using fair trade for chocolate such as Kit Kat, Maltesers and Dairy Milk.                                                                                                                               The WI and Anita Roderick were instrumental in inspiring her. Her motto -No Life                                                                                                                                        without chocolate. unfortunately no free samples!

Susie Dent Author and resident dictionary expert on Channel 4’s Countdown – Susie kept us entertained with her use of words, their meaning and how new words were formed and how they became included in the dictionary.

Chair’s Report Janice Langley reported on the highlights of her years as chair –  2015 – Meeting the Queen; All the exciting places and people she had met and visited; She is going to look up on a map the many places she has visited. How she is inspired by how the WI is committed to improving the lifestyle of women, educating them, challenging their natural curiosity, and helping them experience new things. The new digital MY WI for members only will be launched from June 12th on the NFWI Website  She thanked the staff for all their support and help during her years as Chair.

This was followed by Denman’s band Retro , who had many ladies dancing in the aisles during their
performance of mainly 60’s music from the Liverpool area.

The meeting finished with singing Jerusalem and Land of my Fathers in welsh.

If you have the chance to go to the Annual Meeting I would recommend it as it is good fun, you meet lots of new people and learn new things. A very enjoyable day.

​Margaret Wilson- Wheatley WI
   

Annual Garden Party- June 2017

We had our Annual Garden Party on a beautiful warm evening, in the marquee at the Plough, London Road, Wheatley. After a very brief business we were treated to short talks by seven members who had brought along collections, which ranged from skulls, thimbles, elephants, curiosities, postcards, glassware and stamps. It was so interesting to hear why people had started to collect their items and give us some fascinating facts about the items. We were then treated to scones, strawberries and cream along with tea and coffee all served on vintage crockery owned by one of our members. The evening ended with the Annual Val Targett Cup cake competition judged by Janet Clifton, with this years cake being a Cherry & Almond. 1st- Pam Hills, 2nd- Margaret Wilson, 3rd Dory Gethings. Members then had time to browse and purchase the bric-a- brac and scarves, along with getting a closer look at the collections. 

Fritillary Group Meeting- June 2017

All of the WI groups of the Oxford Fritillary meet at Horspath Village Hall for our Annual Group Meeting. We began the evening by singing Jerusalem and then proceeded to sample the excellent spread of food supplied by all groups. After the food we were treated to the most wonderful entertainment by the Oxford Fiddle Group. With such energy you just couldn’t help but tap, bop and sway along. The evening continued with the results of the musical card competition, which was won by our own member- Lucy Collinson. The last part of the evening was the raffle of chocolates, prosecco, a hamper and the table flowers. The whole evening was a really enjoyable event.

Tea & Talk by Heather Jacks- 26th April 2017
Winner of 2014 BBC’s Sewing Bee

A small group of members travelled to Cassington Village Hall to listen to the talk by Heather Jack’s. She recounted her experiences and gave an insight into the behind the scenes stories of the popular tv show. She had on display all the garments which she had made in the programme. We then had a delicious afternoon tea made by the Home & Garden Committee.

Annual Coffee Morning- Saturday 20th May 2017

Our Annual Coffee Morning was a great success, with us raising £393.86 in aid of our charity of the year, Maggie's Oxford.  We even had to get some more tables out due to the volume of people!
Our stalls included, cakes & preserves which was as popular as ever, bric-a-brac, scarves, books, a raffle and a very popular Chocolate Tombola.

Community Groups Fair, Wheatley Parish Council AGM- Wednesday 3rd May 2017

A couple of members from Wheatley WI manned a stall at the Community Groups Fair at Wheatley Primary Academy. This was an opportunity for groups and members of the public to network  and find out all that’s happening in our community. The attendance was disappointing but to those that were there we had a great opportunity to promote Wheatley WI and our forthcoming Coffee Morning on Saturday 20th May.

Mill View Garden Centre, Ladder Hill, Wheatley-Wednesday 26th April 2017

We all arrived at Mill View Farm just before 3.00pm and Clive and his Assistant Harvey began their Display. They displayed a Peregrine Falcon, a Harris Hawk, a Barn Owl and a tiny Merlin who had a bad start in life but now seems very settled! One of our Members handled a Barn Owl ( with protective glove!) and Clive gave us an interesting commentary on each individual bird. He then went on to fly a Male Peregrine Falcon which in the short time he was flying flew a mile. Quite amazing. We then went into the Tea Room for refreshments including delicious cakes, scones etc., Colin Dallimore then gave us a very interesting talk on his Family History from the beginning of how Mill View began. He then took us to visit his Greenhouses where he does his work of potting and seeding. We then went on to the Shop where Members were able to purchase goods with a 10% discount. Although the weather was chilly and breezy it was a most enjoyable afternoon.  

W.I. Fair, Alexandra Palace- Thursday 30th March 2017

​​13 members of Wheatley WI went to the W.I. Fair at Alexandra Palace, London. It was a fantastic day out with lots to see, and many talks to listen to, plus workshops to take part in. 
As you can see from the pictures below some members enjoyed the gin tasting talk! 

Queen's 90th Birthday celebrations- Sunday 12th June 2016

This was an absolutely fantastic day to get involved with the community. A.W.Mobbs Coal Merchant kindly agreed for Wheatley WI to decorate one of their vintage lorries and for members to stand in it and walk along with it as part of the vintage vehicle parade.

Other activities included:
Birthday tea-party with giant cake, music, dancing and village Ceilidh, pop-up food stalls, bar, bbq, hog roast, quizzes and street entertainers.
After a rather wet morning the weather came good and there was sunshine for the event.