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Beoley WI Craft Fayre at Beoley Village Hall

- Sat 17 Novermber 2018 - 10-1pm

A warm welcome greeted everyone at the entrance as well as a raffle with a prize every time.
Inside the hall were many stalls including lots of homecrafted Christmas decorations, hand printed scarves, knitted baby items, jewelery, paintings and quality 'bring & buy'.
Hot drinks and biscuits were available to purchase and then sit and chat with members from other institutes in the Weatheroak Group of WIs.
A good event to purchase some of your Christmas presents and the odd treat for yourselves.

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Around 20 Wythall WI attended the Autumn Group Meeting hosted by Pearls of Wythall WI at Park Hall, Wythall on 14 November 2018.
Two hostess on each table greeted their visitors and the tables were decorated with pretty flowered tablecloths and teacups/saucers.
After a short welcome from the President we were introduced to Ashley Grove who gave a talk and slide presentation on birds from around the world.
Ashley has taken some great photographs and has a good knowledge of his subject. There was a bird quiz and a raffle which included lots of items for the wild garden birds. Wythall were fortunate to win a number of prizes.
Our tea and wonderful cakes were served by the host members.

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He went on to tell how food establisments evolved & the B&B
as well as 'punch and judy' shows & ice creams in the 'penny and half penny licks made of glass. Deseases were sometimes obtained from the unhygenic manner in which these glasses were washed or not.
The Victorians were encouraged to visit the coast with the birth of the railway with cheap fares for medicinal benefits .
However many ended up getting cholera from the raw sewerage sent into the sea.

After the talk we enjoyed some lovely homemade cakes and tea.
Then we ere given a slice of Hillside WI's lovely Celebration cake.

Congratulations Hillside WI.

At the last Weatheroak Group meeting in September 2017, Joan Lovett from Beoley WI asked members if they would like to take part in a 'Stained Glass" workshop in February 2018.

On arriving at Beoley Village Hall we were introduced to Tracey and her husband Paul from Bath. Tracey explained about the items we could make including angels, buntings. square decorations and seaside themed hangers. The choices were made and we made our way to the tables to be shown how to apply the copper edging before going on to try and master the soldering irons.
This is not an easy task and great care is needed to be taken not to touch the 'iron' on the hot end. Gradually our creations started to take shape before we had our lunch and a chance to chat with friends old and new.
When returning to our projects everyone seemed to be critical of their own items but everyone had made a wonderful effort, especially as non of the members had participated in this craft before and therefore it encouraging to see what all had achieved.

It was good to be able to try a completely new craft and achieve such good results.


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