Sutton WI - past events and meetings
9th November: story-telling
We were happy to receive the speaker for the evening, Mark Steinhart who was a story teller. He belongs to a group of story tellers who tell old stories and try to make them work for new audiences. His first story was entitled Felix, the Shoemaker. It was rather a sad story as Felix’s wife died from TB and he was haunted by her. Eventually, however he found a new love and happiness.
The second story was about a young sailor who had rescued a peregrine falcon who returned later in the story as a witch. In the interim he got into bad company and murdered a Russian sailor.
The stories were not that well received by members who found their content in some cases distressing. However, thanks must be given to him for coming.
January: Annual dinner - location and date tbc.
Feb 11th: Kate Gardener - The National Garden Scheme reference to Beds Gardens.
Mar 10th: Ellee Seymour - The sales girl - 1940s to 1960s in a ladies' department store in Cambridge.
May 14th: Simon Michael - "My life in crime". Tales from the Criminal Bar.
Jun 11th: Meeting on wheels. Henlow dog racing.
Jul 9th: Garden meeting - our 80th birthday party.
Aug 13th: Gaynor Tinsdale - anecdotes and stories about working with children who use braille.
Sep 10th: Beverley Bond - history of the English garden.
Oct 8th: Gordon McCann - Samaritan's Purse.
Oct 29th: Sutton hosts the group meeting - Christine Adams, "Miss Savidge moves her house".
Nov 8th: Soups and sweets evening - Catherine's house, 7pm start.
Nov 12th: David Longman - Churches of Bedfordshire. The weird, the wonderful and the curious.
Dec 10th: Alison Ross - New Age Kurling
Jan: Annual dinner.
Feb 13th: Easter cookery delights - Carol Jones.
Mar 13th: Jewellery by design - Wendy and Andy Schneider.
Apr 10th: AGM + bring & share supper.
May 8th: Behind closed doors: the life of a prison officer - Pauline Martingale.
Jun 12th: Meeting on wheels, Swiss Garden. Tea and tour with guide.
Jul 10th: Garden meeting in Village Hall grounds. Fun with mosaics.
Aug 14th: SERV emergency blood bikes.
Sep 11th: Fun oil painting and humorous talk on artist's life - Michael Peachey.
Sep 24th: Group meeting at Dunton.
Oct 9th: Harvest auction. WI members to bring own produce.
Nov 13th: Letters from the trenches - 100th Anniversary of the end of WW1.
Dec 11th: Crafty Christmas fun evening - Margaret Jameson and Pauline.
Jun 13th: Tour of Higgins Museum, Bedford.
July 11th: Garden meeting at Pippa's Raptor Foundation. Flying display and presentation.
Aug 8th: The work of East Anglia Air Ambulance.
Sep 12th: Elizabeth Fry: Pride or Prejudice. Amanda Goody.
Sep 15th: Group meeting, Biggleswade.
Oct 10th: The wonderful world of willow. Sandra Barker.
Nov 14th: Man on the spot: a reflection of fifty years with the BBC. Bill Hamilton.
Dec 12th: Biddenham handbell ringers. Jackie Bland.
12th October: silk for Sundays
Yvonne Bell visited us at Sutton WI on Tuesday 12th October. She makes and decorates ecclesiastical vestments. She is an accomplished artist who mainly works in silks. She talked animatedly about both the process and the commissions she has undertaken. In addition she described the silk and the dyes that she uses to paint her designs. To form the outline of her designs she uses gutta percha which forms a barrier and prevents the dye going where she does not want it to. As the silk is thin the dye runs until it is stopped by the gutta percha. Once the design is complete the work is backed with interfacing to give it body and to keep the colours bright. Sometimes she appliqués on to the work.
Yvonne told us about the colours used at different times of the year in church and showed us lots of beautiful examples of her work. In addition to her commissioned work which is mainly for churches and for priests she has some cards which have been printed from her designs. The talk was very much enjoyed by everyone and we all marvelled at her imagination and skill.
14th September: can you turn your life around?
The September meeting welcomed Barbara Hudson, speaking about Internet Dating.
Barbara is a writer of short stories and novels, she lives in Oxford. One of the novels she has written is titled "Timed Out", which gives an enlightening personal insight into finding love as an older woman.
Barbara spoke candidly about her own experiences at Internet Dating, revealing some very interesting experiences. It was an entertaining evening with Barbara sharing many humorous details, with one or two rather scary ones thrown in!
Following her talk, she was also happy to hand out notes and guidance on information regarding writing stories and novels for beginners.
We were all very grateful for the effort Barbara put in to the evening following a lengthy wait in a traffic jam due to an incident on her journey.
We were very pleased that she was able to join us for refreshments, savouries and home-made cakes, served by the Committee & Members.