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January Quiz - 09 January 2016

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Christmas Party - 13 December 2015


WI party
Candles and decorations


WI members gathered together for our Christmas party with a hot meal prepared by the committee, followed by craft activities of candles in decorated flowerpots,  along with a soap and flannel in the style of a reindeer complete with antlers, tinkling bells, red nose and wiggly eyes!! Magnificent efforts everyone!

Secret Santa presents added to the excitement and yet more food with mince pies & chocolates – just practicing for the coming weeks of course!!

We have a quiz for our next meeting on January 13th – do come along.

Merry Christmas everyone!


Vanessa Vicars

Storyteller At WI Link Meeting - 02 November 2015


  WI link meeting speaker

    Storyteller Jo Blake Cave            

Twice a year there is a link meeting of local Women’s Institutes.   On 7th October  it was Helmdon’s turn to host the event and  institutes from Aston le Walls & Appletree, Boddington, Byfield, Chacombe, Chipping Warden & Edgecote, Lois Weedon & Weston, Middleton Cheney and Woodford & Hinton,  converged upon Helmdon.

 A warm welcome awaited them and after excellent entertainment from Jo Blake Cave, Storyteller (you could have heard a pin drop the audience was so entranced), a delicious supper was served by Helmdon members. 

To end the evening each Institute reported on their previous six months programme, giving ideas for future institute meetings.   The ceremonial rose bowl was presented to Byfield, who will host the next event in spring 2016.

Members' Celebration Of 100 Years Of The WI - posted 09 September 2015

Jenny Saunders hosted a garden party for the members of Helmdon WI.
(July 2015)

WI Centenary Celebrated In Helmdon - posted 06 August 2015

After its beginnings in Canada in 1897, the WI in England celebrated its Centenary this year.  Helmdon WI has been in existence for nearly that time, in fact 94 years, seeing many changes in the country throughout the Second World War and the ensuing century into 2015.

WI centenary tea
A crowded Reading Room

Wi centenary tea
The splendid tea

What began as an organisation influenced by suffragettes seeking rights for women developed into a vast women’s organisation which still identifies national issues, and  which still tenaciously crusades for what it believes is right,  making the organisation  so much more than “Jam and Jerusalem”.

On Saturday 25 July, to celebrate the national Centenary,   Helmdon WI members invited anyone who wished to come to what was a very successful Tea Party in a decorated Reading Room.   There was a craft exhibition of members’ work, a display of history of the WI, and photographs of Helmdon branch’s activities throughout the years.   A delicious tea was provided by members which was enjoyed by all.

Here’s to the next 100 years!

The Japanese Craft of Sashiko - posted 16 February 2015

Over twenty WI members enjoyed a talk and demonstration by Rebecca Ayrton on Sashiko quilting on Wednesday 11 February.  Even the less creative of us (yes, there are one or two!) became enthusiastic as Rebecca told us its history and showed us beautiful examples of her work.

Rebecca and Sashiko quiilting
Rebecca showing some of the Sashiko designs

part of the quilting display
Part of the quilitng display

Sashiko is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching from Japan. Traditionally used to reinforce points of wear, or to repair worn places or tears with patches, this running stitch technique is often used for purely decorative purposes in quilting and embroidery with some of the patterns being amazing.

Rainbow coloured quilt and members enjoying the coffee break (from left) Carol Brookhouse, Pam Jeffs, Audrey Forgham, Ann Smith and Joan Hadfield

Display of Japanese articles

After the talk there was time to look at the different Japanese articles such as pottery, fans and photographs brought by members which were on display.

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