Our December Social was a fun-filled evening with a glass of fizz and mince pie. There was a Christmas quiz and the concentration can be seen in the photos! We also enjoyed a game of matching the committee members to their baby photos, which few people got right! Finally we played handbag bingo – it is surprising what some people have in their handbags! The winner was Sunni with her ‘Mary Poppins’ bag! Thank you to Rowena and Jan for organising the games.
We also had our sales table selling home made goods to raise money for Tetbury Hospital. With our market stall and the sales table at our social, we raised £500 which we are delighted to donate to Tetbury Hospital.
Some members visited the local company Tracklements known for their award winning artisan condiments. This is how our president described the visit:
‘What a wonderful place Tracklements is, I felt I had arrived at Willy Wonka’s factory!! We were shown round by Guy Tullberg, the owner, who was bursting with pride as he showed us everything about pickle making, we even peered into the bubbling cauldrons of chutney, bright red like the interior of Mount Vesuvius, ending up at the gorgeous festive shop where temptation was too great, even though we had a free jar of pickle….all in all, a fantastic way to start a Saturday morning…. Shame about the hair nets and white coats, we had to leave them behind and I really wanted to chair the next meeting in them…’
The ladies from Tetbury WI had a stall at the Tetbury Christmas Market selling home made produce to raise funds for Tetbury Hospital. It was a bitterly cold evening but everyone was in good spirits and lots of sales were made.
A few of our ladies took Linda up on her kind offer to show them how to make marzipan fruits. Everyone had a enjoyable and productive afternoon and went home with two boxes of beautifully presented marzipan fruits
Our Christmas meal was lots of fun and absolutely delicious at The Priory Inn
Some of our ladies went to a session making items for our stall at the Tetbury Christmas Market. Items include dog bow ties, festive christmas gift bags, jewellery and lavender filled hearts. It was a fun afternoon with some beautiful items being made. All proceeds go to Tetbury Hospital. We hope you will come and visit our stall.
On Remembrance Sunday, members from Tetbury WI attended the service at St. Mary’s Church and joined the march to St. Saviours Church where they laid a wreath on behalf of our WI group.
October’s meeting saw a visit from Uke Stroud and a group of ukulele players from Tetbury. We had a fun sing-a-long followed by an opportunity to have a go ourselves. A few of our ladies were quite taken with the idea of playing the ukulele – maybe some new additions to the band!
This year’s August trip out was to Sheppy’s Cider Farm near Taunton. Our host, Alex Sheen, organised a lovely day for us, starting with lunch and then a very informative guided tour of the farm. After the tour we tasted many different ciders – luckily no-one had to drive home as we had hired a coach! At the end of the day there was time to visit the museum and the shop where many a purchase was made! It was a such a popular trip that some of our men folk didn’t want to miss out and joined us.
Our stall at the Gloucestershire Roadshow hosted by Kemble and Ewen WI
Some of our ladies enjoyed a visit to Wentworth Wooden Puzzles, where they learnt about the history of jigsaw puzzles and how they are made. A very interesting visit to a local business.
Supper at the Priory Inn was a very well attended and enjoyable event.
For the Group Meeting hosted by Avening WI, the theme was Italy. We were challenged to make a group competition entry reflecting the theme and the Tetbury WI Craft Group made the shape of Italy in salt dough and decorated it with ‘pizza toppings’ and well-known Italian sights. There was also an individual competition to make table decorations. Although there were no prizes for Tetbury this time, a good effort was made by all.
Sun, wine and good company! What a lovely way to spend an afternoon. Thank you to Wendy and Simon Bond, owners of Larkhill Vineyard, for their hospitality and brilliant vineyard tour and wine tasting afternoon. Our ladies enjoyed it so much that quite a few bottles went home with them!
For our May meeting we had a royal theme with a toast to HM King Charles III and HM Queen Camilla, a Royal Quiz and a Crown making competition. Our members voted for the crown they liked the most and the winner was Claire with her crown of wild flowers.
Tetbury WI was honoured to receive two invitations from the Palace to attend the Coronation of HM King Charles III and HM Queen Camilla. Heather and Helen travelled to London to represent our group and were seated in the Grandstand near to the Queen Victoria Memorial with a fantastic view of the parade, flypast and Buckingham Palace.
Our Coronation-themed cake stall at the Wacky Races was very popular. We hope you got some cake before they all sold out!
30 of our ladies enjoyed a delicious dinner at the Snooty Fox.
Our meeting this month was Chrissie’s Owls. Chrissie gave us a very informative and entertaining talk about running a 24/7 owl rescue and homing service. Chrissie brought with her Acorn, a 20 year old tawny owl and Shadow, a 5 year old black barn owl. Chrissie’s rescue service is all funded by donations and giving presentations to schools and groups. If you would like to know more, please see www.chrissiesowls.com
‘Mouse Party’ – needle felted mice made at Linda’s needle felting workshop.
The delicious chocolate cake made by Rowena was the prize for our raffle. The lucky winner was Sue Parr and as it was her birthday it was very welcomed.
Richard Jones from the Barn Theatre, Cirencester entertained us with a very interesting presentation about the theatre and what’s coming soon!