Nether Heyford W.I. – February 2020


We ended our 2019 Meetings in The Barn Restaurant at the Old Dairy Farm for a delicious Christmas meal. Good food and good company – it was a happy way to end what had been a very successful year for Nether Heyford WI.

However, our last job in 2019 was to make the ‘bacon butties’ for the Crafty Club Sale. It is a long way from ‘Jam & Jerusalem’ and is always great fun. Who knows, it may even encourage some of you ladies who were there to come and join us.

We started 2020 in a similarly happy frame of mind as we welcomed several gentlemen to join us in hearing Geoff Allen re-living his sporting life. Geoff has a great ability to bring things to life and it was great to hear about people and places that we had perhaps forgotten. As well as this there was the inside view of some of the problems encountered as amateur rugby changed into professional – all alongside some of the more humorous moments. Thank you, Geoff.

The speaker for our February meeting is The Rev. William Adams, Director of the Banbury Branch of the Samaritans. His talk for the evening is entitled ‘Who we are and what we do’. The Samaritans is a wonderful organisation providing round the clock telephone support to anyone in emotional distress and which, I would imagine, is much needed during the darker winter months. The meeting starts at 7.30pm and is in the Village Hall on Thursday February 6th. Should you like to join us for the evening the charge is £5 and refreshments are included.

Mary Rice – Heyford Lodge – 01327 340101

W.I. & Crafty Club – Christmas Fayre Update – February 2020

Crafty Club / W.I. Christmas Fayre – Saturday 7th December 10:00 TO 14:00

The Village Hall looked absolutely amazing with all the stall holders making their tables look very inviting. W.I. commenced “frying” their wonderfully, delicious bacon butties, and apparently were sold out before the 2 o’clock deadline. All the trees were decorated and ready by the start of the Fayre and a banner was placed outside on poles.

The Christmas Trees and Mystery Boxes in the Chapel Rooms had a steady flow of people through the four hours, with many comments about how people felt the idea of the trees all being the same, giving the various groups the same opportunity to win, was a “good idea”!

At 2 o’clock votes for the best dressed tree were counted, the results were as follows:

Flower Society – 8 votes
ReStore – 5 votes
Crafty Club – 16 votes
Singers – 23 votes
Messy Church – 16 votes
Foresters – 6 votes
Garden Club – 5 votes
Quilters – 2 votes

So, the overall winner was the Singers with Crafty Club & Messy Church tying for second place. The Singers were awarded a box of chocolates and as there were two joint seconds Crafty Club gave Messy Church the box of biscuits.

Thanks to the Baptist Church for the use of their room.

The Mystery Box went well – two numbers were picked by an independent person at 2 o’clock and the winning numbers were

126 – Jude Massingham
11 – Lorraine Streeter.

I would like to thank all the people for their hard work helping with the organisation of the Fayre and for all the people who came along that made the whole event worthwhile.

Finally I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year.

Chris Phillips



Nether Heyford W.I. – December 2019


At November’s meeting, using a power-point and screen, Helen Frost gave the WI members a huge insight into the workings of the Women’s Land Army during the First World War. She explained that, because of the poverty, conditions of housing and welfare, it was mainly the middle and upper class women that had the opportunity to enrol. It was certainly the start of a completely different life for the women of Britain.

In December WI members are off to the Old Dairy Farm at Upper Stowe for our Christmas meal at The Barn Restaurant. We have had many happy Christmases there over the years and I am sure we are all looking forward to it!

In the Village Hall on Thursday January 2nd at 7.30 we are pleased to welcome Geoff Allen whose talk is entitled “My Sporting Life”, and I am assured by him that it bears no resemblance to the book of the 1960s which features a roguish Rugby League player. Knowing Geoff as we do I am sure we are in for an enjoyable and amusing evening. Any Gentlemen who would like to come along to join us will be more than welcome. What a great way to start the New Year!

The Ladies of Nether Heyford WI wish all the Prattler readers a Very Happy Christmas and Healthy and Prosperous 2020. Ladies, why not join us at WI as your New Year’s resolution – we would love to see you and I can assure you that you don’t have to make jam OR sing Jerusalem (well, very rarely) and that great fun is had by us all!!

Mary Rice – Heyford Lodge – 01327 340101

Nether Heyford W.I. – November 2019


After sorting the business agenda of our AGM in October we ended the evening with an hour of playing board games, old and new. As expected, there was much laughter followed by the usual delicious refreshments for which Nether Heyford W.I. is well known.

Laughter was again very much to the fore on the following Wednesday when a few of us went to see the musical version of ‘Calendar Girls’ at the Derngate Theatre. There were a few gentlemen present but the majority of the audience were ladies (probably WI members). It was a fantastic show and anyone who thinks that the WI is an old and stuffy organisation should have been in that auditorium!!

We would like to thank everyone who supported us by coming to our Quiz Night. It was a very successful evening and we hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did. At our meeting in November we will be welcoming Helen Frost who is coming to talk to us about the often forgotten, largely overlooked and unknown Woman’s Land Army of the First World War. This was the time when women’s lives began to change and it has had a lasting effect on us all. The meeting will be in the Village Hall on Thursday November 7th at 7.30pm. Any ladies who would like to join us are very welcome and the cost for the evening, including refreshments, is £5.

There will be no meeting in December as WI members will be ending the year by
meeting for our Christmas meal.

Mary Rice – Heyford Lodge – 01327 340101

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