How did your skills raffle prize go?

A reminder to the lucky winners of skills raffle prizes to claim their prize.  We’ve had a couple of success stories on the blog and would love to hear about others.  So, if you were a lucky winner (or even the skills person), then do send in a photo and a few words letting us know how it all went!   We can then post them to the website.   Email:


Crochet skills raffle prize ‘such fun’

MHWI member Jenny Hirst reports, ‘My grand-daughter and I have just had our 3rd session of learning how to crochet with Clare Farquhar, our president.
‘We have had such fun and Clare was not phased at all with Imi (14 yrs) being left handed. I have refreshed an old skill and Imi  has learnt a new one, and with the extra help from a YouTube video for left handers, she has produced her own designs.
‘Clare was patient, enthusiastic and eager to show us her extraordinary creativity. A great raffle prize, please let’s have another one soon.
‘I must admit I put off claiming my prize for a few weeks, but I am so pleased I did stake my claim.
‘Thank you Clare, you were great!!’

Bath time skills bonanza

bath time-w500-h500Bath time is going to be a superb treat over the next few weeks.  At the recent Skills Raffle, member Anne Clayton donated her skills in making bath salts, bath bombs, soap and handwash liquid.  Anne ran a wonderful session for myself and friend Jan, expertly taking us through all the skills and techniques needed to make these products.  We just had to take ourselves and aprons  We even had tea and sponge cake to round off the afternoon.  Great fun.  A chance to make new friends, too. Thank you.

Helen Salisbury, Committee member - website/blogger

Prize winners – let us know how your skills raffle prize went

Last Wednesday saw our first ever skills raffle.  Members donated their time to do a whole host of things, including learning to knit or crochet, baking a cake, demonstrating decorating cup cakes, learning to play poker, babysitting, making bath bombs and bubbles and a car valet.

If you were a lucky winner (or even the skills person), then do send in a photo and a few words letting us know how it all went!  Email:

Easter chicks and lambs!

Easter bunnies and lambs (1)-w500-h500A brilliant evening thanks to the resourcefulness of the Committee. Having been advised only yesterday that the dancers could not make it due to a ‘family grievance’, several Committee members stepped in, sought ideas on the Not the Official WI Facebook page, located a whole range of resources (coloured card, tissue paper, wool, stickers, pens, rulers, scissors and Easter eggs) and made tonight a successful evening.

Members eagerly made decorated Easter boxes and filled the contents with tissueEaster bunnies and lambs (2)-w500-h500 paper strips and tiny Easter eggs.  .

An Easter quiz rounded off the evening plus our first ever Skills Raffle.  Members had donated a whole host of exciting offers.  These included a car valet, babysitting, baking a cake, decorating cup cakes, learning to play poker, making bath bombs and soaps, learning to knit and crochet and playing the piano.  All part of our ‘caring and sharing’ theme.   Don’t forget to let Helen Salisbury, Committee website/blogger have pictures of the fun you have with the skills sharing and what you make or do.



Donate a skill for our spring raffle

WI Centenary logo eeD5k3OX_400x400The WI Centenary year is just the time for members to share their many and varied skills.  This could be a skill such as knitting, crocheting, DIY, gardening, hairdressing, nails, baking a cake or babysitting, the list is endless.  You need to give 2 hours and the venue can be wherever you wish.  You could even make it a social evening by sharing a bottle of wine while you help several members learn a new skill.

It’s not too late to donate your skill, so please Contact Us, call 07547 890 756 or speak to a Committee member.  It would be great to have enough skills so that every member wins something in the raffle!