Reports and Speakers 2017



Joan welcomed 38 members and 1 visitor to the first meeting of the year and wished everyone a very happy 2017.  There were apologies for absence from eight members but we were still able to give a good rendition of Jerusalem!  The Minutes of the 2016 AGM were displayed on the board awaiting signature of acceptance at the end of the Meeting.

Points from the November Meeting:

  • The knitted display at the AGM was excellent and they have now all been sent off to their various worthy recipients. Everyone who had donated wool at the Christmas dinner was warmly thanked.
  • The Group Carol Service was lovely and thanks went to everyone who took part. Group funds and Acorns Children’s Hospice benefitted from the event. We received a lovely letter from the Hospice thanking us.
  • Everyone appeared to enjoy the Christmas dinner and the entertainers were certainly different and entertained us well. The Committee are already mulling over plans for next year!

Future Events.

  • The coach for Beautiful leaves the Village Hall at 9am on Thursday 19th January, everyone must be there by 8.45 as the coach will leave on time. We hope to be home by 9pm, rush hour traffic allowing. Joan thanked Elaine and Margot for arranging everything.
  • The next Saturday Market is on Saturday 28th January and volunteers are required to set up the hall and to help in the kitchen.
  • Craft. Jane is setting up courses for sugarcraft, calligraphy, willow work, shibori and mosaic work.
  • Skittles. A fun skittles evening on 16th March is being arranged at the Railway Inn at Ripple in preparation to enter a team in the County Tournament.
  • County Quiz. Preparations are in hand for the annual quiz and we would like to enter three teams if possible.


  • Information on feedback requested by CQC on Gloucester and Cheltenham Hospitals.
  • Snowdrop Weekend in February were available to read on the notice board.


  • Joan highlighted two WI walks.
  • a Shibori bead embroidery workshop.
  • A mosaic paving stone or wall mural course.
  • GFWI Annual Council Meeting in Cheltenham Town Hall.

President’s Update

  • The NFWI Annual Meeting takes place on 7th June and the resolutions we voted for from WI Life were handed to our Secretary for delivery to GFWI.
  • Volunteers were needed to sign up for 2017 for the vote of thanks, refreshment stewardesses and flowers.
  • Bursary Draw. There were three bursaries of £200 each.  In addition to three lucky winners, there were three reserves drawn too.

Our Speaker was Fiona Warin who gave a very interesting, amusing and informative talk on Land Army Girls. Telling us that heir first task was to increase the domestic food production in Britain to sustain us through World War II. 70% of our food was being imported at the beginning of the war so there was a lot of work to be done on the land. The Land Girls even got involved with supervising men cutting down trees to make pit props. The Land Girls had one week’s holiday a year and worked very hard at different tasks on farms for the rest of the year. A very impressed Viv Ebbage gave the vote of thanks.

The next Meeting is on Tuesday 21st February.



Margot welcomed 46 members and 1 visitor to the Meeting in Joan’s absence. There were apologies for absence from four members. The Minutes of the January Meeting were displayed on the board awaiting signature of acceptance at the end of the Meeting.

Points from the January Meeting

  • The Saturday Market was very quiet last month and Margot suggested “rent a mob” might be the answer by getting members just to be there to swell the numbers!  Two volunteers agreed to help serve refreshments at the February market.

Future Events

  • Viv told us the Group Spring Meeting at Beckford is on Wednesday 17th May and there will be a talk by the ladies from Kemerton WI on the Calendar from which they made £2,350.00.
  • The Gloucester Federation is celebrating its 100th birthday in Gloucester Cathedral in 2019 and ideas were asked for.
  • Viv also has a list of cakes for volunteers to bake for the Three Counties Show.  Bakers will receive some remuneration.
  • Peter Bryant our GFWI Secretary for 6 or 7 years is to give the talk at Churchdown about his career.
  • There are lists available for names for our County quiz teams and the friendly skittles evening.
  • The Annual Council Meeting is on 22 March at Cheltenham Town Hall with good speakers in Lucy Worsley and Lady Bathurst and transport will be arranged.
  • Craft – There are a few vacancies on the sugarcraft day and also the copperplate day (May 6th). Willow work is to be arranged for September or October.
  • The Parish Council are organizing a litter pick for Saturday 4th March and are looking for helpers.


  • There is a free Denman Day on Thursday 11th May by P.D.S.A. (animal welfare).
  • Interest looked for on Walking Netball in partnership with England Netball which is at walking pace. A local WI is needed to talk to England Netball for thoughts and ideas.
  • WI Life stories are still required.
  • There are last minute discounts at Denman.
  • The WI Fair is 29th March to 1st April at Alexandra Palace, London and prices and more information are on the board.
  • The deadline has been extended for the questionnaire on “Our WI Our Future” to 28th February.
  • The new Denman brochure is out covering March 2017-February 2018.
  • NFWI Raffle Tickets have arrived, volunteers are required to sell them.
  • Margo received a letter from Bredon Football Club about raising money for a skittle alley by selling bricks. We agreed to have a large brick for £250.


  • Margot highlighted the Science of Dementia, 200 Club, walk at Dumbleton and the Food Hygiene course.

Our Speaker was Marion Beagley who gave a very interesting talk on “Mother was a Cockney”. She raises a lot of money for the charity – Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline.  She spoke about her mother’s time during the war and brought garments she had made herself and decorated with lots of pearl buttons like the Pearly Kings and Queens wear. She also played music from that era of which we all knew the words and sang along! The vote of thanks was given by Mary Daniels.

Our next Meeting is on Tuesday 21st March.



Joan welcomed 42 members and one new member to the Meeting. There were apologies for absence from eight members.  We sang Jerusalem.
The Minutes of the February Meeting were displayed on the board awaiting signature of acceptance at the end of the Meeting.

Points from the February Meeting.

  • Joan gave a personal thank you to Margot Dryden and Elaine Cantle for standing in at the February Meeting when she was “Hors de Combat”!
  • The Saturday Market needs more helpers, they don’t have to do it every month, but it would be nice to see people other than the Committee. We start setting up at 9.45am.
  • A donation was sent to the Football Club for a large brick for their new Skittle Alley with the inscription:-
    Bredon WI
    15 Jan 1924

Future Events.

  • There are still tickets available for the Spring Meeting at Beckford on 17th May and the talk is on the Kemerton calendar girls.
  • The GFWI Annual Council Meeting is in Cheltenham Town Hall tomorrow (23rd March) from 10.30am and ends at 3.30pm with a break for lunch between 12.30 and 1.50pm. The first Speaker is The RT. Hon. The Countess Bathurst, The High Sheriff of Gloucestershire and in the afternoon Lucy Worsley. Peter Bryant is retiring so it has been arranged for certain members to flash mob the stage singing “We wish you luck” and then “ For he’s a jolly good fellow”.
  • The Roses Cinema is showing “The Viceroys House” on Tuesday 18th April at 11 am at a cost of £6. People can purchase a reduced-price coffee and have free refills. Joan will book tickets and members will make their own way there.
  • The Copperplate Course will now be at the instructor’s home and Jane will advise at a later date.
  • There is a Willow Taster half day in October at which we have 8 members interested and anyone else please see Jane.


  • The two resolutions going forward to the Annual Conference are “Alleviating Loneliness” and “Plastic Soup” and there are briefing notes on GFWI website.
  • Current campaigns from NFWI include “Food waste action weekend”, “WI supports 50-50 Parliament Campaign” and “take a stand against scams” and more details are on the board.
  • Details about a driving course with IAM to develop driving skills are also on the board.
  • The new email address for the GFWI Secretary is and the new secretary is Lindsay Gow a member of Baking, Making and Shaking WI who started work on 6th March and takes over from Peter on 30th March.
  • The Elizabeth Bell Challenge was won by Newnham on Severn WI (digital storybook).


  • Joan highlighted the walk at Eastcombe
  • Design and make a silk infinity scarf.
  • A fashion show to raise funds for Denman. Denman are in the process of refurbishing the Gloucestershire room and in particular the bed is being replaced with a larger four-foot size.

Presidents Update

  • If you wish to help at the Three Counties Show please contact GFWI but be aware they are 5 hour slots.
  • There is one ticket available for the Talk by Peter Bryant on Wednesday 29th March which was taken up by Rita Davies. Chris is to allocate drivers.
  • We now have 4 teams for the County Quiz but need helpers to serve refreshments on 20th April at 7pm.
  • The friendly skittles evening last Thursday at the Railway Inn at Ripple was excellent and a lot of fun. We have some budding stars for the County matches and the winner was Sarah Harding.
  • The Knit & Natter group are making lots of Twiddlemuffs, garments for the Neonatal Unit and lots more.
  • The NFWI raffle has been started off by Viv but we need one more volunteer to help out.
  • If you are putting suggestions in the Suggestion Box please put you name on them.
  • The Committee are looking at various ideas for Outings . Tyntesfield at Christmas in December, Cardiff for possible shows, ghost tour around Cheltenham, Vale Garden Centre, tour of Tewkesbury Abbey, picnic in Pershore by the river, Out of the Hat in Tewkesbury, John Moore Museum and Old Baptist Chapel and the Butterfly Garden in Cheltenham to name but a few!

Our Speaker this evening was Sandra Ashenford on “Objects of Interest” and they were certainly that! Sandra passed all sorts of historical objects around tables of 6 or so with pictures of each of them on a sheet of paper and we had to guess what they were. There was a lot of hilarity and scratching of heads and all was revealed at the end of the night. The vote of thanks was given by Mairwen Lloyd.

Our next Meeting is on Tuesday 8th April.



Joan welcomed 41 members to the meeting and it commenced with the singing of Jerusalem.  Apologies were received from five members.

Points from the March Meeting

  • Joan offered her thanks to Sarah for standing in as Minutes secretary for the evening.
  • There was a shortage of helpers at the village market last month despite requests for help. A board is out now for members to pick a slot.  We need four extra helpers so please help.
  • The evening for Peter Bryant (the retiring County Secretary) was a great success with over £1000 being raised for charity.
  • The visit to the Roses Cinema this morning was declared enjoyable by all who attended.
  • Joan reported that unfortunately Bredon were knocked out of the County Skittles Competition in the first round. However it was reported as a most enjoyable evening.

Future Events

  • The Spring Group Meeting at Beckford will be held on May 17th.  There are still some tickets available.
  • The calligraphy course will be held at the instructors house and participants will be contacted by Jane.
  • There will be a willow taster session on 19th October.  If anyone else would like to sign up, please contact Jane.
  • There will be a fun skittles session on May 18th at Cheltenham CS club. Cost £4.
  • Newtown WI will be running the Touching Souls tea room from 12pm – 4pm on April 30th. They will be raising money for Denman College and hope to make £200. They will also use it as a PR opportunity and hand out the names of the local WI groups to interested parties.
  • The Church Flower Guild are visiting Water Perry Gardens, Oxford on 13 June. There are spare places so members are invited to take them up, tickets cost £10.50. Please contact Jeanette by Tuesday.
  • There will be a lunch at Dumbleton in May. Names to Wendy.
  • Those members who visited Windsor last year were invited to reuse their tickets. A coach will be going there on September 19th at a cost of £20. They will pick up in Bredon if there are 5/6 passengers. Names to Liz.

Resolution Meeting
The meeting in May is scheduled as a resolution meeting and volunteers were invited to present the resolutions on:

  • Alleviating Loneliness
  • Plastic Soup – keep microplastic fibres out of the oceans.
    Viv and Sarah offered to present the resolutions.


  • UK Parliament week is 13th-19th November. Free kit to be provided.
  • There will be a golf croquet day on 27/7/17 or 17/8/17. £13 to include afternoon tea.
  • Last minute offer of a mosaic workshop on 22nd April. Ring WI house for a place.
  • The secretary has a hard copy of the Denman Courses if anyone would like to see it


  • Walk at Winstone.
  •  Visit to Harvington Hall and Webb’s of Wychbold.
  • Dementia care talk.
  • Prehistoric Astronomy and Ritual talk.
  • Practical course to Model a Stoneware Green Man Mask.
  • Members were encouraged to read the Denman clarification on P6.

President Reminders

  • County quiz will be held in Bredon this Thursday. Teams to be at the hall at 6.30pm.
  • Knit and natter group still require more double knitting wool. Please see Elaine if you wish to work on the projects individually.
  • Members were asked if there were any volunteers to organise any outings, this does not have to be a committee member.
  • If members have any items for inclusion on the agenda for a meeting, please ring or email Joan before the meeting.

The Speaker was Chris Evans who gave a passionate talk entitled ‘The Butterfly Garden’.  He was quite inspirational, and enthralled us with the story of his journey from nurseryman to setting a project for people with different needs. His journey has resulted in making this a charity where all are welcome and no one is charged to attend the project. Many members felt quite humbled by his talk.  A vote of thanks was given by Wendy Roberts.

Our next meeting is on May 16th 2017.



Joan welcomed 40 members and 1 visitor and Jerusalem was sung with gusto.  Apologies were received from six members.  Minutes of April meeting were on the notice board for members to read and if they were content, the President would sign them at the end of the meeting.

Points from the April meeting.

  • Jane was thanked for stepping into Angela’s shoes as secretary for this Meeting.
  • The Saturday Market was poorly attended with the refreshments taking less than the rental and an IOU for 50p. was needed!  The 27th May Market will go ahead, hopefully people will visit Bredon’s Market first then go onto Tewkesbury’s Bank Holiday Market. Members were reminded helpers were needed again.
  • The Spring Group Meeting is being held at Beckford Village Hall and transport was finalised for those attending.
  • The calligraphy course (Copperplate) was enjoyed by 8 members and Jane was thanked for organising the session.
  • The County Quiz proved successful for 2 teams, and they will be going forward to the next round, which is to be held at Toddington Village Hall 28th June. 7.00pm for 7.30pm.
  • The Three Counties Show cake supply has now been met.  GFWI will reimburse bakers with £2.50 per cake.
  • The celebration of Eileen Jones 100th birthday is well in hand, with photos of her years as a W.I. member will be on display, a cake, Rosé wine and bingo being played – a proper Birthday Party!  A party is also being arranged at the Rugby Club Bredon on 28 June (her actual Birthday) by her family and everyone has been invited.
  • GWFI Choir has asked new singers and old singers to sign up, members requested to see Viv Ebbage.
  • The Flower Guild has organised an outing to Waterperry Gardens in Oxfordshire on 13 June. Members asked to see Jeanette Aldred.
  • Christmas Concert on 6th December 2017, for tickets see Elaine L.

Future Events

  • Willow Taster Day is now Thursday 23 November from 10.00am until 1.00pm in Bredon Village Hall. The cost for 10 people will be £18.00 per person. A list has been made.
  • Croquet at Beckford 29 June. Sue Peters an experienced tutor is organising the event. £5.00 each.
  • Fun skittles has been arranged at Dumbleton Social Club on 28 June, 7.30pm at a cost pf £4.00 each which includes a snack!
  • Wendy has organised a lunch at the Abbot’s Table in Tewkesbury on 16 June – 12.30 for 1.00pm. People to make their own way there.

Resolutions. The meeting then moved on to the two Resolutions that would be presented at the Annual NFWI Meeting on 7th June in Liverpool.

  • Sarah Harding presented the first resolution ……… “This meeting calls on every WI to work alongside health and social care providers and their local community to raise awareness of the causes and impacts of loneliness, thus ensuring betting identification of lonely people in order to be able to offer them the appropriate assistance and support.”

Members discussed relevant points then voted… For 37 Against 0 Discretion 3

  • Viv Ebbage presented the second resolution …… “Microplastic fibres are shed from synthetic clothing with every wash and are the main contributors to microplastic contamination of the oceans. The NFWI calls on Government and industry to research and develop innovative solutions to this problem in order to stop the accumulation of microplastic fibres in our oceans.”

Members discussed relevant points then voted ……… For 38 Against 0 Discretion 2

Joan thanked Sarah and Viv for taking this unenviable task on, not an easy job but they made them very interesting.

Correspondence. Unusually, there were no items other than those in the newsletter.


  • Christmas Concert
  • GFWI walk hosted by Sevenhampton
  • The Royal Three Counties Show
  • Lady Denman Cup Competition 2017
  • Midweek Walk with Lunch
  • GFWI Centenary Institute Competition
  • ACWW Project

President Reminders

  • NFWI raffle tickets, still some left.
  • Star of the week was Carol Cowley who competed in the London Marathon in an amazing 3hours and 46 minutes despite falling! Well done Carol.

Our speaker was then introduced, Joanna McKerlie, who read (with dialect to fit) “Humorous Readings” , featuring Pam Ayers, Joyce Grenfell, and Stanley Holloways “The Lion and Albert”. It was enjoyed by all. The vote of thanks was given by Isabel Masters.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 20th June 2017.



Our special evening for Eileen who is almost 100 years old!  Joan welcomed 41 members and 2 visitors to the Meeting. There were apologies from seven members.  The Minutes of the May Meeting were on the board awaiting signature of acceptance at the end of the Meeting.

Before Eileen arrived, Joan asked for one minutes silence to remember Mairwen Lloyd, along time member of the WI who had died very suddenly.  Eileen Jones was welcomed to the Meeting with a round of applause and the singing of “Happy Birthday” for her 100th birthday. We also sang Happy Birthday to Marion Ralls who is 97.  Then more singing with Jerusalem.  We are a very musical WI!

There was minimal business as shown below:

Points from the May Meeting.

  • The next Saturday Market is on 24th June and we need at least two members to sign up to help.
  • The Spring Meeting was excellent and it was hoped everyone who attended enjoyed themselves.

Future Events.

  • The Willow taster day is on 23rd November in Bredon Village Hall from 10 am until 1 pm and there is still one space.
  • The croquet at Beckford is on 29th June and we need a few more interested members.
  • The fun skittles is at Dumbleton Village Club on 28th June and members were asked to sign up if interested.
  • The Chair of the Playing Fields Committee would like us to do the teas and cakes for Bredons Big Day Out on 20th August.  Plenty of helpers and cakes will be needed so look out for lists soon.
  • This is the last chance to order tickets for the Christmas Concert on 6th December.
  • We have had suggestions for outings from two of our members who are also prepared to help organise them:
    • Mary Arden’s Tudor Farm
    • Ragley Hall
    • Stratford to visit Shakespeare’s Birth Place, New Place & Hall Croft. The latter all being in Stratford itself.  Please sign up on the boards.

The Report on the NFWI Annual Meeting from Yo Yates of Beckford was read out by Viv with the results of the voting on the resolutions. Alleviating loneliness had 4333 for and 1919 against. It was felt that the WI were already in place and doing their bit. Microfibres had 6133 for and only 157 against.

Correspondence. The course on Public Speaking at WI House is on the board along with the Stay Safe Online poster. GFWI are advertising for an Assistant Secretary at GFWI House anyone wishing for more details contact Angela.

Newsletter. Joan highlighted –

  • The Autumn County Meeting
  • Visit to the Friends Meeting House in Cirencester
  • Crochet for beginners
  • Rounder’s Tournament.
  • The talk on Richard III and Gloucester has been cancelled and also the walk at Staunton.

Presidents Reminders

  • Viv still has NFWI raffle tickets to sell
  • Our two teams in the County Quiz were wished much good luck.

End of business.

The rest of the evening was a celebration for Eileen and there were photographs of her at various WI functions and Meetings over the years.  In the centre of the display was a humorous poem written by Margot Dryden. The Meeting room was decorated for the occasion and we enjoyed a beautiful cake and signed a card for Eileen.  We then had wine and nibbles, which accompanied a fiendish quiz that Margot had devised with “old money” as the subject.  This caused much scratching of heads, groans of recognition when the answers were out and much hilarity!  After that we had a good old fashioned game of Bingo, which was enjoyed by all with the winner being Jacqui Clark.

Eileen was presented with a lovely bouquet of pink flowers from us all.

The date of our next Meeting is 18th July and our speaker will be Chris O’Grady on “Walk to Roma”.



Joan welcomed everyone and we had one minute’s silence for Sue Rowles. There were 45 members and 1 visitor & apologies from 3 members.  The flowers were supplied by Marilyn Brierley.

Points from the June Meeting.

  • The next Saturday Market is on 29th July and help is still needed with teas and coffees and setting up and putting away.
  • Skittles. A fun evening was had at Dumbleton who were very welcoming. Skittles and supper a mere £4!  The venue had also featured in CountryFile with Matt Baker!
  • Croquet. The croquet has been rained off but 24th August has been suggested.

Future Events.

  • Bredons Big Day Out is on 20th August and being organized by the Playing Fields Committee. We will be manning tea and cake stall and lots of helpers are required.
  • Group Fundraiser. There will be a “Puddings and Prose” evening on 24th October at Beckford Village Hall for a cost of £5. Each WI in the group to supply 1-2 large puddings and 2 pieces of prose (or more).
  • Kemerton’s outing to St. Fagan’s History Museum and the Royal Mint is on 3rd October for anyone wishing to go. It is a reserve list now as the coach is full.
  • GFWI Denman Weekend is on 6th to 8th April 2018, details are in the Newsletter and anyone wishing to go are to contact Joan for forms as soon as possible.
  • Crafts for Christmas is on at the NEC on 2nd November and the cost is £23 which includes the coach.
  • Our Christmas Meal is booked for Saturday lunchtime on the 9th December at the Bell Inn, Eckington.  Menu and name list will be out soon.  This means that there will be no Meeting on Tuesday 12th December.
  • On 10th August Denman are showing an exclusive screening and Q & A of the true-life drama “Let Me Go”.  This is a free showing and names will go in a ballot.
  • The NFWI AGM for 2018 is in Cardiff.

Newsletter . Joan highlighted Gloucestershire WI Racing Club membership for 2017/18, the Clay Pigeon or Rifle Shooting, Creative Paper Cutting, the midweek walk and the Federation Weekend at Denman.

President’s Update. 

  • Diaries and calendars are still available to order for 2018.
  • 2nd September is the St Giles annual Boat race and 8 members are needed to man the WI boat.
  • On 31st July Sylvia Harrington is hosting afternoon teas at home from 2.30 onwards to raise money for dementia care.
  • A local artist Samantha Dadd from Conderton is having an exhibition in Cheltenham from 2nd to 8th August.

Welfare.  Please let Joan know of any member who is unwell.

Our Speaker was Chris O’Grady on a “Walk to Roma” which was very interesting and amusing. He walked from Pershore to Rome on his own and relying upon the benevolence of people for food and lodgings. He even managed an audience with the Pope.

The Date of our next Meeting is 15th August 2017.



Joan welcomed 35 members to the Meeting but we still managed a creditable singing of Jerusalem. There were apologies for absence from 12 members.

Points from the July Meeting.

  • Don’t forget – NO Saturday Market this month!

Future Events.

  • Helpers are still needed to help with teas, coffees and cakes on Saturday 20th August at Bredons Big Day Out.
  • Croquet. There is a board out for croquet on 24th August.
  • Three more paddlers are needed for the Bredon Boat Races on 2nd September.
  • Willow Workshop on 23rd November is now full but if anyone would like to put their name down on a reserve list please do so.
  • Christmas Lunch is at the Bell, Eckington on 9th December and there will be a list for transport at a later date.
  • The GFWI Denman Weekend on 6th to 8th April 2018 would be ideal for those with a bursary
  • GFWI are trying to encourage people to attend ACM on 29th September.

President’s Update

  • Rita and Sarah have been selected to represent us in a Bowls competition against Avon WI on Friday 18th August and everyone wishes them good luck.
  • Diaries and calendars to be paid for tonight.
  • Sylvia’s Afternoon Tea on August 2nd was very successful and raised a good amount for Dementia Care.
  • We are looking for new Committee members for next year as some current members are stepping down.
  • Sarah has booked the Butterfly Garden for Thursday 21st September for a guided tour at a cost of £2 plus transport.

Welfare. Joan sent cards were sent to Elaine L who now has a new hip and Carolyn W who has broken her ankle.

Our Speaker was Janet Dowling with a talk entitled “Stress Management and the Importance of Sleep”. It was a very interesting talk on the complexities of the mind and how to deal with stress and get a good night’s sleep.

The date of our next Meeting is 19th September 2017.



Joan welcomed 39 members and 1 visitor to the Meeting and apologies for absence from 5 members.

Points from the August Meeting.

  • The next Saturday Market is on 30th September and help is needed plus someone to man the bookstall.   It is confirmed that it will be the 2nd Saturday in the month in 2018 but not January, August or December.
  • The GFWI Bowls Team were successful against Avon County and two of our members, Sarah and Rita, were playing. Well done!
  • Bredon’s Big Day Out on the playing fields had been a most successful and inclusive community event. The success of our Tea Tent enabled us to send a cheque to support the organising committee.  Joan thanked everyone who supplied cakes and helped on the day and she also completed a feed-back comment form to their committee.
  • Croquet. Six members had an enjoyable time at the croquet afternoon in August. Thanks go to Sue Peters as coach.
  • Boat Races.  The Bredon WI team acquitted themselves very well in the Boat Races on a glorious sunny day against very tough opposition!
  • NFWI Advanced Motorist Training Day.  Three of our members acquitted themselves very well, with one member – Gail, winning a prize for “Best parallel parker”. Refreshments were on tap and a visit to the Motor Museum was included.

Future Events

  • Our visit to the Butterfly Garden is on Thursday 21st September and transport has been arranged.
  • The ACM evening in Pittville on 29th September.
  • Skittles.  A skittles evening has been arranged at Dumbleton Social Club for 12th October and a board is out for names of members wishing to go.
  • Group Fundraiser.  The Puddings and Prose evening in Beckford Village Hall on Tuesday 24th October.
  • The GFWI Annual Walk has been cancelled as there appears to have been a communication problem with GFWI and they have arranged for another WI to host in November.
  • Discovery Day at WI House is on Saturday 4th November and covers cards, winter flowers or sugar paste decorations.
  • The Willow workshop on 23rd November is full but if anyone would like to put their name down on a reserve list please do so.
  • Christmas lunch at the Bell, Eckington is on 9th December. We are just awaiting the menu for next month’s Meeting when we will be able to choose our preferences – (2 courses are £17.25 and 3 courses £20.00).
  • Michael Portillo’s visit to Cheltenham Town Hall is on 25th January 2018.
  • GFWI Denman Weekend is the weekend of 6th to 8th April 2018 and the closing date is 8th October with an £80 deposit.
  • Spring Meeting will be hosted by Bredon on 24th May 2018 and is for all 6 WI’s in our Group.  The speaker has been arranged, more details to come.
  • Local Walk.  There will be a local flat walk on Tuesday 3rd October starting at 2 pm at the Village Hall.

Correspondence. There are three vacancies for a trustee post at GFWI if anyone is interested in applying for one of them. Denman events are on the notice board.

Newsletter. Joan drew our attention to the following – a nice chatty piece from our Chair.  The Resolutions Shortlist Conference.  South coast Spring Holiday.  NFWI Annual Meeting and the Discovery Day in November.

President’s Update.

  • There will be a County Scrabble Competition next year of which details will be advised for all you scrabblers.
  • The annual WI sub will be £41 in 2018.
  • Chris is doing a walk on Sunday 8th October at Pittville Park to raise money for the Alzheimer’s charity and would be grateful for any donations.

We did not have a speaker having decided to have a home grown craft evening.  Everyone was very busy making greeting cards, ably assisted by Jane, Sarah and Kay. There were lots of different designs made and everyone went home happy with their efforts.

Welfare. Joan would like to be advised of anyone who is ill or house bound.

The date of our next Meeting is 17th October 2017.



Joan welcomed 41 members and 2 visitors.  We had a good rendition of Jerusalem. There were apologies for absence 6 members.  Before we started the business part of the meeting Margot thanked everyone for their kindness and care over the last few weeks  since Terry died and praised the cakes we made for the funeral.

Points from the September Meeting.

  • Saturday Market is attracting more stalls but we do need more customers!
  • The Butterfly Garden visit was amazing and well worth another visit in the Spring. They work with people in need of special care.
  • The September Meeting was enjoyed by everyone with a great deal of hilarity and lovely cards being produced.  Our thanks go to Jane, Sarah and Kay for their expertise. It was felt that another craft evening next year would be good.
  • Autumn Council Meeting. Only two members attended but was well attended generally and the speaker exhausted everyone. Refreshments at the venue were not readily accessible to all.
  • Local Walk. On Tuesday 3rd October 5 members enjoyed their walk around Kemerton Lake.
  • Sunday 8th October Chris completed an Alzheimer’s charity walk at Pittville, gained a medal and raised over £500.
  • The Skittles evening at Dumbleton was a great success and another booking has been made for Tuesday 16th November.
  • Group Carol Service is at St. Nicholas Church, Kemerton on Saturday 2nd December at 2.30. The cost is £3, there will be hand bell ringers and the collection is for the Star College at Leckhampton.

Future Events.

  • Group Fundraiser. The Puddings and Prose evening is in Beckford Village Hall on 24th October at 7.30, so put your name on the board if you wish to attend. Provide your own drinks and glasses will be provided.
  • Christmas lunch at the Bell at Eckington on 9th December.  The menu is now available for you to make your choices.
  • Spring Meeting hosted by Bredon is now on Tuesday 22nd May 2018.

Correspondence. The talk at Stroud on Vulnerable Women in Prison on 14th November by Alma Hageman who works at HMP Eastwood Park, details on the notice board.  Angela has the new Denman Course brochure for anyone who has a bursary.  Denman are having a Cotswold Distillery, Gin & Whisky talk, tour and tasting on 9th February 2018 which is also displayed on the board. If any member is still waiting for their “Welcome to the Digital WI” email or having problems logging in please call 02073719300 to be up and running over the phone.

Newsletter. Joan mentioned the garden at Miserden as a possible Spring outing. The walking holiday in Devon and the silk shading and stumpwork embroidery.

President’s Update.

  • The Knit and Natter group brought in a number of blankets, hats etc for members to see where their kind donations of wool produced.  As we are going out for our Christmas lunch this year it was suggested that donations of DK wool could be brought to next month’s Meeting instead of December.  Any buttons, beads and ribbons would also be appreciated for the twiddle muffs.
  • The suggestion of a bring and buy table at our Meeting in January was greeted enthusiastically.
  • At the AGM next month 3 members will be leaving the Committee. The current committee had agreed that 8 members instead of 9 for the 2018 committee would be more workable for the tasks available.  It was pleasing that 2 volunteers had come forward to serve on the new committee.

Our Speaker for this evening was Mike James on Ghostly Tales of Gloucestershire and the Cotswold’s.  He began by lighting candles and turned off the lights in the room to create atmosphere. The tales he told of ghostly sightings around Prestbury and Cheltenham were well told with no reference to notes.   Very spooky!  A vote of thanks was given and we all went home for a good night’s sleep!

The date of our next Meeting is 21st November 2017.


AGM – November

It was good to see Forty seven members at our AGM.  It made for a good sound when we all sang Jerusalem!  Apologies for absence were received from three members and Elaine Cantle was thanked for her seasonal poinsettia gracing our Rose Bowl.

The secretary gave the Annual Report; where do we find the time to be so busy and active!  The President proposed the adoption of the Annual Report which was passed by a show of hands. Our Treasurer led us through her Report with the news that we made a deficit for the year but still have money in the bank! Questions were asked for but none were forthcoming. The adoption of her statement was proposed, seconded and carried by a majority. There is no appointment of an Independent Examiner yet but one is in the pipeline. There were two new nominations for Committee members, Carol Cowley and Sue Peters.  The following people were proposed, seconded and elected to the committee:  Margot Dryden, Viv Ebbage, Angela Kane, Elaine Lane, Chris Frame, Sue Peters, Sarah Harding and Carol Cowley.  Viv Ebbage was proposed as President by Sarah Harding and seconded by Angela Kane.  This concluded the AGM.
The Minutes of the October Meeting were available on the notice board awaiting signature of acceptance at the end of the Meeting.

Points from the October Meeting

  • The Saturday Market is on 25th November and is the final one of the year.  In 2018 we will be holding the market on the second Saturday of the month but NOT in January, August and December.  More helpers would be very welcome!
  • The Group Fundraiser – “Puddings and Prose” was a great success and good fun.  We raised £311.50 which will enable us to award 2 extra bursaries at the Spring Meeting.


  • Denman have organized a Battlefield Tour in July 2018 and Angela has the details.
  • Christmas Concert tickets are still available at WI House.
  • Mental Health First Aid England are running a series of free training courses in the county in conjunction with the organization Healthy Lifestyles Gloucestershire through to March 2018. Details of more information are available from Angela.

Newsletter. Joan highlighted the Canal Art Workshop and Hexagon Table Mat workshop. The Scrabble Tournament was of interest to our Scrabblers and members were urged by Viv to come along to scrabble in the Church Rooms. It was decided that Mary Daniels would be our representative who would hopefully progress through to Group and then County.

Future Events.

  • The Willow workshop is on Thursday 23rd November at 10 am in the Village Hall for those who have applied.
  • The fun skittles is at Dumbleton on Tuesday 28th November and so far 8 people are on the list.
  • The Group Carol Service is on Saturday 2nd December at 2.30 at Kemerton and this is the last chance to put your name down. There will be handbell ringers and refreshments.
  • Our Christmas lunch at Eckington is on 9th December and Chris will be arranging transport.

Other Matters

  • Joan reminded everyone of the Carol Service in Bredon Church on Wednesday 20th Decembers and Viv was looking for WI members to sing in the WI choir.
  • Bredon Church have organized a Bazaar in Church on Saturday 2nd December.  Anyone who could donate a cake and attend on the day would be welcomed.
  • One of our members Sheila Taylor featured in an article in Tewkesbury Direct and attention was drawn to said article ( in which Sheila played down her part).
  • There will be a Bring and Buy table at our next Meeting and everyone is urged to bring something.

Our Speaker was Sarah Harding on her holiday “half way around in 49 + days”  – a cruise which called in at lots of interesting and far away destinations. The talk was aided by a slide show of photographs of all of the places visited along with an amusing commentary. The vote of thanks was given by Marion Ralls and the meeting closed with refreshments.