Nether Heyford W.I. – March 2020

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At our February meeting we were told about the foundation and history of The Samaritans. I’m sure many of us knew of their existence but hearing first-hand of the commitment and incredible work they do left me feeling very humbled. The Reverend William Adams told us of their lengthy training, which teaches them that they cannot suggest solutions to people’s problems but just listen and support – and all completely anonymously on both sides. The shifts the volunteers work cover 24 hours, 7 days a week. I can only begin to imagine what the night shifts can be like, especially in the gloom of the winter months. It is a lifeline for many and one which can only survive with our charitable support.

We have a change of programme for March when Michael Peachey, a Northamptonshire artist, will be coming to talk to us. Evidently this is an evening of art for people who know nothing about art! I only know a little so, with luck, I will come home more enlightened. We will be meeting in the Village Hall on Thursday 5th of March at 7.30pm and there will be a warm welcome for any ladies who would like to join us. The cost of the evening is £5 and includes refreshments.

In April our speaker will be Jayne Jones who will be telling us about ‘Foraging and Cooking’. I can’t wait to see if she can tell me what to do with the enormous crop of ground elder that we always have in our garden (and probably in everyone-else’s, too) Who knows, Heyford ground elder may yet be able to rival spinach in Sainsbury’s next year!! But, then again…

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

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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

The Prattler – December 2019

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The Prattler is run by an active voluntary committee comprising of Sue Boutle, Christine Watts, Vicki Hamblin, Jez Wilson, Nick Essex, Richard Musson and Mary Rice. If you would like to submit articles or have any suggestions for future issues, please get in touch.

The Newspaper is supported by donations from the Parish Council, the Parish Church, the Baptist Church, Heyford W.I., Heyford Garden Club, Heyford Singers, the Bowls Club, the Village Hall and Heyford Picturedrome as well as the advertisers.

Thanks are also due to the volunteers who distribute it every month.

Please note that this issue covers December and January. The next issue will be available on 1 February 2020.

In the meantime, we would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year.

Nether Heyford W.I. – November 2019

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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

The Prattler – November 2019

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The Prattler is run by an active voluntary committee comprising of Sue Boutle, Christine Watts, Vicki Hamblin, Jez Wilson, Nick Essex, Richard Musson and Mary Rice. If you would like to submit articles or have any suggestions for future issues, please get in touch.

The Newspaper is supported by donations from the Parish Council, the Parish Church, the Baptist Church, Heyford W.I., Heyford Garden Club, Heyford Singers and Heyford Picturedrome as well as the advertisers.

Thanks are also due to the volunteers who distribute it every month.

Nether Heyford W.I. – October 2019

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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

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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