January monthly meeting – a couple of things!

Egyptian dancerDo join us for a fun and friendly evening of Egyptian Dancing on Wednesday 23 January 2013.  Rose Metaxa will demonstrate and there’ll be a chance to have a go.  So checkout your wardrobe for that floaty scarf with coins you’ve always wanted to wear and didn’t dare, and bring it along.  You could be the star of the evening!

Membership fees – these are now overdue.  Do remember to bring along your cheque book or some cash.  It’s £33 but where else can you have 11 nights’ out for £3 each?  Not only that, you can meet new friends and try out new things.

There’s an exciting social programme too, so remember to check out the noticeboards when you come along and put your name down.  Again, have some spare cash with you to put down a deposit when booking.

Christmas presents-w500-h500If you have any unwanted gifts that you can donate to our monthly raffle, then pop them in a bag and bring them along and give to any commitee member.

Book groupFinished reading your Christmas books?  Then bring them along and donate them to the book box so someone else can enjoy them, too.  You can browse through the box and for a small donation to MHWI fund raising you can even take away a book of your choice to while away these dark winter evenings.

2013 Programme and Social Activities – out now!

The new 2013 monthly programme is now published.  Hard copies of the folded programme available at the November meeting.

A list of social activities is also planned.

There’s also lots of suggestions under Hobbies, interests and sporting activities.

October meeting – our 1st birthday and Annual Meeting

We’ll be celebrating our first brithday on the 24th as well as holding our first Annual Meeting.  Besides looking back on our first, very successful year, recruiting 80+ members and running many enjoyable events, it’s a chance to have a say about what happens in the year ahead.  Your suggestions are always very welcome and the committee will do their best to make things happen.

Talking of the committee, there is the opportunity to step up and have a go.  There’s currently vacancies for a Treasurer, Secretary and Marketing Secretary.

Hope you can make it in this busy half term week.  Don’t forget to bring a plate of nibbles for a Dutch supper.

Uncorking the mystery of wine

This week Sue Lobb unveiled the mysteries of wine making, including the world’s major wine producing regions and the vast range of ingredients that can be used, as well as the characteristics that should feature in the finished product – even the taste of old leather in one wine.  I now know that red grapes also make white wine!

Hints and tips followed on sampling: sight, smell, taste, and, yes, touch (your palette!) and suggestions for food and wine matching.  Best of all, we tried wine tasting with a Veltliner, Syrah and Monbazillac.

Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Resolutions night was a huge success on Wednesday 23 May 2012.   After giving unanimous support to the resolution at the fothcoming National WI AGM, members were entertained by a delightful array of songs performed in the Congreational Church by Great Bowden Choice: ‘You’ll never walk alone’ to the leader’s own choice of ‘Why I love music’.

Members then tested their knowledge on all things Royal in a quiz.  Questions, Guess Who and a fun round of Royal Pictionary, proving how resourceful members can be when drawing stick people!  The evening was rounded off by a Dutch supper, with a strong Jubilee theme.

Metres of red, white and blue bunting decorated the hall. Members displayed their own individually decorated bunting, judged by visitors from Stoke Golding WI.