On the Move – again!

From February 2019, Puckeridge WI will start meeting on the 1st Tuesday of the month from 8pm at Standon Village Hall, Hadham Road, Standon, SG11 1LE.

We are still working out a programme, but this is our provisional plan for 2019.   If you would like to come and see what we are all about, email us at info@puckeridgewi.org to check where we are.

February 5th            Napkin decoupage

March 5th                     tbc

April 2nd                       Easter craft

May 7th                          Annual meeting

June 4th                    Local walk and pub

July 2nd                         Summer social

August 6th                     tbc

September 3rd            Charity crafting

October 1st                     tbc

November 5th               Quiz

December 3rd             Christmas Meal

New Venue from September 2018

Since we started Puckeridge WI almost 6 years ago, we have been meeting at Roundhaye Lodge.   It is now under new management, so our new home from September will be New Street Farm, Kents Lane, Standon SG11 1PJ.   We’ll be in the hall and are keeping the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 8pm as our meeting day.


Directions to Puckeridge WI


Handmade Christmas Fair 3rd December 2017

It’s just over a week to go until our Handmade Christmas Fair returns to the Standon and Puckeridge Community Centre.   We have managed to attract a number of our regular stallholders, as well as some fabulous new ones, and I am so excited about the wonderful range of products that will be available.   We will also have a charity raffle in aid of Singing for the Brain, Hertford, which is an initiative with the Alzheimer’s Society, and of course there will be WI cake!

Tansy’s Country Crafts – Hand painted tree decorations, cushions, rustic cards, tags, notice boards and other unique gifts

Vie’s Cards –  Cute fairy doors, greeting cards and hair bows

Karla’s Kandles – Hand designed candles

Craftyguider – Cards, Christmas decorations, button badges and crafty destash

Handmade Retro Jewellery – Handmade retro polymer clay jewellery

Jonardan Glass – Contemporary unique fused glass pieces

Kim’s Creations – Christmas gift hampers, light bottles and Christmas bowls

Flossy’s Pantry – Homemade healthy dog treats and Christmas gifts

Harry Kent – Wood turner

Catherine Durden Artist – Striking paintings, prints and cards

Handmade by Caroline – Christmas cards and decorations personalised while you wait

Fabstitchery – Handmade bags

Village Craft England – Children’s dresses, bags, pencil cases and Christmas decorations

Home Sweet Home Crafts – Decoupage bottles, family trees in frames and handmade wax melts

Buildaid Charity Shop – Handmade candles, cards, cakes, chocolates, infused spirits and cat treats

JOG Handknitted – Handknitted children’s clothes, dog coats and cosy mittens

Blanket Stitch – Machine and hand sewn bags, aprons, cushions and other fabric gifts including adorable tooth fairy pillows

Jodie Rose – handmade and personalised items including T shirts, babygrows, plaques and Christmas socks

Erika Price Artisan Jewellery – Handcrafted silver and antique style jewellery made with handmade artisan glass, resin, clay and porcelain

Dogs Trust and Hearing Dogs for Deaf people – Handmade dog pulls, dog bandanas, dog treats, Christmas decorations and gifts

November Monthly Meeting – Chocolate

When we put chocolate into the programme last year, we’d planned to book a speaker to come and teach us about chocolate.   Unfortunately after looking at several companies who either didn’t call us back or were going to charge us hundreds of pounds which a small WI like us couldn’t afford, we had to adopt Plan B.

Fortunately we are a resourceful committee and Vice President Karen came through with a couple of simple recipes (and some delicious tasters at our committee meeting!), and skillfully made batches of truffle mix for our meeting.   All we had to do was scoop out spoonfuls of mix, roll them into balls and then coat them in coconut, vermicelli or cocoa.   She’d even sourced cases and boxes so that we could present them for gifts.
This was one of our favourite meetings to date.   We were all covered in melted chocolate, had a great time chatting and sampling the chocolates (we are very strict on quality control!) and had a far better time than if we’d paid for a speaker.   Everyone went home with the recipes to recreate at home, which I fully intend on doing!

October Monthly Meeting – World Food Social

I know it’s December, but I’m using the holidays to catch up on our blog posts for 2016.   It’s been such a hectic year end and I’ve been so busy, our blog has suffered a bit!In October, we held a social event so that members could get to know each other a bit better.   As President, I rarely get to chat in any depth with members as I’m always doing admin and organising the meeting.   As a start for any conversations, we asked members to bring in a food that reminded them of a place they had visited this year, whether that was a Danish pastry, Australian fairy bread or even a Braughing sausage.

We had such a great collection of food.   There were cream scones from Cornwall, American chocolate brownies, Spanish omelette and sangria, French brie, Madeira cake, Greek olives and stuffed vine leaves, and so much more.   The food was fabulous and the company was even better.   I felt that it was an incredibly successful meeting.

Handmade Christmas Fair 6th November – List of Stallholders


Sunday 6th November from 11am-3pm
at the Standon & Puckeridge Community Centre, Station Road, Puckeridge, SG11 1TF

The Christmas Fair is almost upon us and we have a great line up of local makers, producers, craftspeople and creatives.   There will also be refreshments available for purchase, and a charity raffle to raise money for Teens Unite Fighting Cancer – helping young people during and after their battle with cancer.   Bring plenty of money to purchase some unique and original Christmas gifts.

Puckeridge WI – handmade cakes

Craftyguider – handmade cards, sewn gifts and pin badges

Boxworth Botanicals – all natural skincare, soaps, gift packs, room diffusers, lotions and much more.

Moggy’s Pickles – delicious pickles and chutneys

Kathryn Parratt Handmade Jewellery – handmade jewellery using semi-precious stones, handmade glass and swarovski crystals

Handmade Retro Jewellery – polymer clay jewellery based on retro foods and sweets.

Rona’s Beads Aboard – Gemstone bead necklaces, bracelets and earrings designed and made on a canal boat.

Roger de Clare School Association – Christmas Eve boxes, reindeer food, hot chocolate gifts, and other Christmas items.

Jonardan Glass – Items made from fused glass such as bowls, plates, platters, candle holders and Christmas decorations.

Crochet Christmas – Crochet Christmas decorations.

Blanket Stitch – hand and machine sewn lingerie bags, tote bags, cushions, bunting, aprons, tooth fairy cushions etc.

Shed 6 Creations – Up-cycled glass items including wine bottles, decanters, candle sticks and serving platters.

JOG Handknitted – handknitted children’s clothes, mittens, scarves and dog coats.

SAS Crafts – handmade dolls clothes and jewellery

Dawn’s Nimble Fingers -Knitted and crocheted blankets, baby clothes, animal rugs, playmats, hats, scarves and shawls.

Leaf & Bubble – Handmade candles, soap and wax melts, hand-drawn cards, prints, stationery, gift wrap, ceramics and knitted items.

West Essex and East Herts Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers – Handspun, handwoven and hand-knitted items and rag-rugging.

Christmas Surprises – Scarves, snoods, tree decorations and Christmas gifts.

Handmade Christmas Fair – Stallholders Required

puckeridge-christmas-fairWe are looking for stallholders to sell at our annual Handmade Christmas Craft Fair on Sunday 6th November 2016.
This highly successful event has been running in Puckeridge for several years, and this is the third year that we have been running the fair to showcase local makers and craftspeople.  
The event will be held at the Standon and Puckeridge Community Centre and stalls will cost £20 (with table supplied), or £17 (with own table).   In addition, all WI members from any federation are being offered a 25% discount on the cost of a place.
As well as the stalls, refreshments will be sold and a raffle will be held to benefit a local charity.
Anyone looking for more details should contact info@puckeridgewi.org for an application form or can download one below.

September Monthly Meeting – Twiddlemuffs

puckeridge-wi-twiddlemuffsEvery year we try and include a charity crafting session in our programme.   In the past we have made pillowcase dresses for the Dress a Girl Around the World charity, and nose bands for abused horses and donkeys.   This year we decided to make twiddlemuffs as it ties in well with the national federation resolution of better care for dementia patients in hospitals.   Twiddlemuffs are usually knitted tubes with various embellishments sewn on to them which dementia patients find calming to fiddle with.

Over the summer, the knitters in the group made the blank knitted base pieces, and then everyone sat round at the meeting sewing on donated buttons, zips, ribbons and other textured items.puckeridge-wi-twiddlemuffs-notions

One twiddlemuff has already been donated to a local day care centre where a couple of our members work.   The others will be given to a local representative from the Dementia Friends programme once they have been finished.