Posts By: Puckeridgewi

NFWI Annual Meeting in Brighton 11th June 2016

2016 NFWI Annual Meeting Notes Chair’s Address – Janice Langley Janice looked back on the centenary – including the fruit cake! – the WI Fair in Harrogate and the Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House. She spoke about Denman and how with the extension of the campus, costs have also increased.  Only 3% of members… Read more »

June Monthly Meeting – Photo walk

Our June meeting caused a bit of a stir in the village when a group of women were spotted roaming around with cameras.   Was Tom Hiddleston expected in Puckeridge?   Were William and Katherine popping down to the Crown and Falcon to avoid the crowds in Cambridge?   No, it was Puckeridge WI out… Read more »

May Monthly Meeting – Annual Meeting

Our May meeting was our Annual Meeting when we looked back on the last year’s events, elected a new committee and president, reviewed the accounts and debated the shortlisted Resolutions. Resolution 1: Appropriate care in hospitals for people with dementia. “We call upon HM Government and the NHS to provide facilities to enable carers to… Read more »

Twiddle Muffs

We are asking members who knit or crochet to make up some Twiddle Muffs for us to complete and embellish at our September meeting.   Twiddle Muffs, also known as Sensory Bands, are textured and embellished bands which are given to dementia patients.   Fiddling with them can comfort and calm them and help with… Read more »

April Monthly Meeting – Life as a Prison Officer

Our April speaker was Pauline Martindale, a former prison officer, who has worked in various roles in the prison service, and at different locations including Holloway and Wormwood Scrubs. She told us a bit of the history of Holloway which opened as a mixed prison in 1853 and was built to resemble Warwick Castle.  … Read more »

March Monthly Meeting – Gardening for Wildlife

Anne Luder came to our March meeting to talk about Gardening for Wildlife. She started her talk highlighting the numbers of native British birds, animals and plants that we have lost or are in danger of losing.   The WI has previously campaigned on the decline of the bee population due to decline in a favourable… Read more »

February Monthly Meeting – Heart Crafts

Former President, Victoria Hudson, visited us in February to help members make Valentines themed heart-shaped decorations to take home.   Attendees at the meeting enjoyed rummaging through Victoria’s stash of felt, fabric, ribbons and buttons to customise their own designs.

January Monthly Meeting – Walking the Camino

Our speaker for January was the inspirational Jacqui Robinson. Jacqui tragically witnessed the sudden death of her husband.   This was obviously a traumatic experience, and she went through a painful grieving process.   A few years on, a conversation with an old walking friend led to them meet up again to walk the Camino… Read more »

Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House

The WI Centenary is almost at an end, and celebration events for myself as a member of Puckeridge WI have already ranged from listening to a ukelele band in a barn at a Hertfordshire County centenary baton event to a royal garden party at Buckingham Palace.   The year has come to a fabulous end… Read more »