Nether Heyford W.I. – October 2019


Debby Horsman, the speaker at our September Meeting, gave us a new insight into Shackleton’s intended, but ill prepared, Atlantic Expedition in 1914. She concentrated on the support operation which was to provide supplies to the second leg of the Expedition. It was an interesting evening and we were joined by several “WI Husbands”!

The Meeting on October 3rd is our AGM at which we hope to see as many members as possible. The Meeting will be followed by a games evening, which usually produces a great deal of laughter.

On Saturday, October 5th at 7.30pm in the Village Hall the WI are holding a Quiz Evening. The tables will be for 6 people, the cost is £7.50 per person and will include a hot supper – but please bring your own drinks and glasses. I know it will be a good evening and we hope you can join us. Tables can be booked by ringing me on 01327 340101 or our President, Pat Essery, on 01327 340682.

Looking ahead to November our speaker will be Helen Frost and she will be telling us about the Women’s Land Army.

Mary Rice – Heyford Lodge – 01327 340101


Nether Heyford W.I. – September 2019


At our July Meeting (which seems a long time ago!) we had an interesting and informative evening with Denise Cowling. She brought a large number of antique items and proceeded to test our knowledge with quiz questions as diverse as which gems were real diamonds to picking the oldest of three plates. I have to say that there were some ladies who would do quite well on a certain TV show.

In August we were very lucky that our outing down the canal with Crusader’s Community Boating took place on a sunny day! It was a very peaceful and happy trip with a stop for lunch at The Wharf in Bugbrooke. We all enjoyed ourselves and, which made it even better, we were supporting a charity which means that disabled people and those in care can take the same trips.

In September the speaker for the evening will be Debby Horsman. She is a Friend of the Scott Polar Institute in Cambridge and a distant relative of a member of the ill-fated support team to the Antarctic expedition. In her talk, “Shackleton’s Forgotten Men”, she gives an intimate account of this little known aspect of an otherwise heroic British story. We thought this might appeal to the Gentlemen as well so are opening the evening to anyone who would like to come. The meeting is in the Village Hall on Thursday September 5th at 7.30, the cost will be £5 to non-members and refreshments are included.

A reminder to all our WI Ladies that our October 3rd meeting is the AGM – usual
time, usual place!

On Saturday October 5th we will be holding a Quiz in the Village Hall. The tables will be for 6 people, the cost is £7.50 per person and will include a hot supper – but please bring your own drinks. The WI quizzes are a fun evening so please come along and join us – we look forward to seeing you!

Mary Rice – Heyford Lodge – 01327 340101


Nether Heyford W.I. – July 2019


Our evening talk by Analiza Jones on the making of hand woven bags from the Philippines was fascinating and the amount of work which went into producing the materials for one handbag was staggering. Although the islands looked wonderful, it is a hard place to live and with very low wages. The finished articles were beautiful and you will probably see one or two of them in the village over the summer (if we ever get one!)

The subject for our next meeting is ‘Antiques and Collectables’ when the speaker for the evening will be Denise Cowling who has much experience as an Auctioneer and Gemologist and will be bringing articles to illustrate her talk. We are very much looking forward to seeing her as she was ill and had to cancel her visit to us last November. The meeting will be in the Village Hall on Thursday July 4th at 7.30. The cost will be £5 for non-members and will include refreshments.

We always have a break in August and this year members are taking to the water as we potter down the canal from Blisworth to Bugbrooke and back. Will it be too much to ask for a little sun, do you think?

Our next meeting in the Village Hall will be on Thursday September 5th when Debbie Horsman will be telling us about ‘Shackleton’s Forgotten Men’.

Thanks to everyone who supported our stall on Fete day. It was a shame about the weather, but turned out well in the end. Congratulations to everyone involved.

Mary Rice – Heyford Lodge – 01327 340101


Nether Heyford W.I. – June 2019


On May 2nd Nether Heyford W.I. ladies went to visit Rugby School. Sadly, due to a
swollen ankle I couldn’t go but I am reliably informed that it was a very interesting
and enjoyable evening with the Chapel earning a special mention. Unfortunately the
weather was not at its best but I’m guessing that the laughter still flowed!

At our meeting on Thursday June 6th Analiza Jones is coming to talk to us about the
making of hand woven bags from the Philippines. The fibre of stalks from locally
grown plants, like Abaka and Buntal, end up as vibrantly coloured bags which are
not only light and strong but also water resistant. It should be interesting to find out
about the hard work that goes into the harvesting, drying and weaving these lovely
bags so, if you would like to join us for the evening, we will be in the Village Hall at
7.30. The cost for non-members is £5 and refreshments will be included.

Our July meeting will be a talk on ‘Antiques and Collectables’ by Denise Cowling.
This was scheduled for last year but Denise was ill and unable to come so we are
very much looking forward to seeing her in 2019.

A reminder (just in case you have missed all the others!) that our Village Fete is on
Saturday June 8th. The W.I. will be having a produce stall as usual and we hope you
will come and meet us and support our Village Hall. How lucky we are to have such
a beautiful centre to our village and a hall that allows us to take part in so many
different activities. All we need now is the sun!

Mary Rice – Heyford Lodge – 01327 340101


Nether Heyford W.I. – May 2019


How quickly the months seem to fly by! It seems no time at all since I was writing the last Prattler article and telling you that Renee Watt was coming to show us how to do Country Dancing. The ladies of Nether Heyford W.I. who were able to attend our April meeting are still laughing as we remember ‘trying’ to do our heel–toes, chains and hand clapping whilst counting at the same time. As a Mother I had always thought I was pretty good at multi-tasking but I obviously got that wrong! Anyone passing the Village Hall would be forgiven for thinking that the W.I. had been drinking something more potent than our normal ‘cuppa’ but how good we all felt when we eventually sat down for the refreshments. Many of you will know how passionate I am about music and there is no doubt that laughter is the best tonic for friends to share. Combine the two with dancing and the end product is magic. I do hope that our two visitors felt the same.

May is the month for our members to go on an outing and this year we are visiting Rugby for a tour of the famous school. Just to remind you all that the bus will be leaving the village at 6 pm from the shop side of the green. Let’s hope the weather stays fine.

We are back in the Village Hall for our June meeting when Analiza Jones will be telling us about the making of hand woven bags from the Philippines.

Congratulations to all those who organised and carried out the Village Litter Pick. The W.I. ladies’ contribution was about 16 bags plus assorted car-parts!! It is great to see the roads into the village looking so clean and shows visitors that we do care about the lovely area we are lucky to live in. Who knows, perhaps it will make them think first before they drop their fast food wrappers on the way through?!!

Mary Rice – Heyford Lodge – 01327 340101


Nether Heyford W.I. – April 2019


At our March meeting we were treated to an evening of reminiscences of a working life in education – through life as a young teacher, progressing to School Inspector and ending working on white papers for the Ministry of Education. Despite playing golf retirement weighed heavy – and so an author was born! Graham Jones told us of the problems of getting books published, the sometimes unexpected reactions of people when they were and of his surprise when they were a hit in China! All this was done with great humour and the evening flew by.

There is a slight change to our April meeting. Renee Watt will still be there but will be showing us how Country Dancing is made easy! It is some years since I took part in country dancing and my joints were more supple – perhaps one or two of you younger ladies could come along and remind me how it’s done?! However, I do remember the laughter that always accompanied the effort that went into it and, as the world seems a bit short of laughter at the moment, let’s hope it still has the same effect. We will be in the Village Hall at 7.30 on Thursday April 4th and the cost for the evening plus refreshments is £5 for non-members.

In May we will be going on a W.I. Members’ visit to Rugby School so there will be no meeting in the Village Hall but it will be back to business as usual in June.

Mary Rice – Heyford Lodge – 01327 340101

Nether Heyford W.I. – March 2019


Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, in their various guises, came to life in an interesting evening with Steve Dimmer at our February meeting. We saw clips of Margaret Rutherford catching sight of a murder through a train carriage window and later in the film Joan Hickson, a future Miss Marple, pushing a bicycle round a village. Then we were shown the many actors who had portrayed the wonderful Hercule Poirot – it was amazing how many famous faces want to act in an Agatha Christie film. At the same time we learnt some lesser known facts about Agatha Christie, her family and her temporary disappearance. A great evening with Steve Dimmer who is fast becoming a favourite speaker with Nether Heyford WI!

In March, Graham Jones will be making his first visit to our WI to tell us how he became an author. Having spent his working life in Education he was wondering how to fill his retirement years. At his wife’s suggestion he started writing and during the evening he will tell us of some of the hurdles and unexpected reactions encountered in his new career. The meeting will be in the Village Hall at 7.30 on Thursday March 7th and the charge, which includes refreshments, will be £5 for non-members.

In April we hope some of the younger and fitter ladies in the village may like to join us for an evening of Line Dancing with Renee Watt. I missed the last one but was reliably informed that it was great fun so I’ll look out my dancing shoes!!

Mary Rice – Heyford Lodge – 01327 340101