Virtual Show … and the winners are

Virtual Show … and the winners are

Thank you to everyone who has entered our Virtual Show so far. Classes 1, 2 and 3 have now been judged and the winners are … Class 1 – Scones 1st – Jean Ball, Warton 2nd – Shirley Talboys, Broom 3rd –  Julie Sanders, Grendon Highly Commended Jo Taylor,...
Dear Friends (Newsletter No 21)

Dear Friends (Newsletter No 21)

Dear Friends, I do hope that this letter finds you all well. This will be the last Newsletter until the beginning of September as the Office will close for the staff annual holidays at the end of the week.   Sarah and Kathy have worked extremely hard throughout the...
Summer Recipe – Pear & Courgette Soup

Summer Recipe – Pear & Courgette Soup

Another lovely recipe from our Kitchen WIsdom cook book … and a great way to use up all those courgettes! Put a saucepan on a medium heat and add butter and olive oil Add onions & carrots and cook until browned Add courgettes & pears and cook for 10 mins...
John Johnson Zoom Talk

John Johnson Zoom Talk

John Johnson was hearteningly up-beat about the future of his family business, the well known Johnsons Coaches based in Henley in Arden and carrier of many successful WFWI trips over the years. John would prefer to be zooming round the country but he gave us, via...
Great News from ACWW

Great News from ACWW

Congratulations to all Warwickshire WI members! We have raised the full amount of £4765, which was pledged to support 40 women farmers in Tamil Nadu, India. They have now been trained to grow indigenous varieties of rice more productively and have been able to raise...

August Already !

Sunday 9th August Home again…. And it’s the Sunday before the Board meeting on Tuesday! Lots of sorting an checking of paperwork, writing up the Blog and a Newsletter for members as normal.   Then I made the mistake of going to see how the courgettes have behaved...
Dear Friends (Newsletter No 21)

Dear Friends (Newsletter No 20)

Dear Friends Well, here we are in August already and as my dad remarked recently, the nights are drawing in! Never mind, WIs across the county are beginning to consider ways and means of enabling their members to meet if they wish to do so.  I have been meeting with...
Keep Dancing – Quiz Answers

Keep Dancing – Quiz Answers

The answers are all dances The word ‘dance’ is not included in any answer 01           TYPE OF SAW – FOR A PUZZLE? (3) 02           ODD GRADUATE (5) 03           DIRTY BASE (11) 04           STROLL IN SOUTH LONDON (7,4) 05           IT IS BAD IN FRANCE, A BAD BAD! (7)...
Summer Recipe – Pear & Courgette Soup

Summer Recipe – Spanakopita

Thank you to Trustee Sue Gill for this one …. Spanakopita – Greek spinach pies (vegan version) I prefer these at room temperature. Delicious but very tempting to grab one every time you walk past! Ingredients (serves 4): 1 tbsp olive oil Large onion (chopped) 8...
Dear Friends (Newsletter No 21)

Dear Friends (Newsletter No 19)

Dear Friends, I do hope that this newsletter finds you well.  Here we are at the end of July already! I have enjoyed talking to many of your Presidents and Officers over the last couple of weeks as we have started a “Chat with the Chair” session on ZOOM.   This gives...
Keep Dancing – Quiz Answers

Keep Dancing – Quiz Time

The answers are all dances The word ‘dance’ is not included in any answer 01           TYPE OF SAW – FOR A PUZZLE? (3) 02           ODD GRADUATE (5) 03           DIRTY BASE (11) 04           STROLL IN SOUTH LONDON (7,4) 05           IT IS BAD IN FRANCE, A BAD BAD! (7)...
TOP TIPS – Money savers …

TOP TIPS – Money savers …

Thank you to Trustee, Christine Dyer, for these great Top (Money Saving) Tips Instead of buying expensive freezer labels, why not buy a box of address labels and cut them into strips? Takes very little time and saves money. Old tights just get thrown away, but why not...
Virtual Show – The Classes

Virtual Show – The Classes

WFWI Produce and Craft Show … we can’t do it as planned so we are holding a smaller ‘Virtual Show’ and we really hope you will take part! Here are the classes you can enter … Class 1 Four Fruit Scones (photographed on a plate, with one cut in half to show...
Summer Recipe – Pear & Courgette Soup

Summer Recipe – Lemoncello !

Thanks to our newest Trustee, Glynis Forknall for this one I have found a lovely recipe for Lemoncello, I have done it and can highly recommend it Makes about 2 litres. Juice and finely grated rind of 8 unwaxed lemons 800g of granulated sugar 650 ml water 1 litre of...
W F W I – newly planted

W F W I – newly planted

A great big thank you to Jane Whyatt, Jeryl Stone and the members of Hampton Lucy and Charlecote WI for bringing our W F W I planters at Federation House back to life Here is the before, during and after ! Before … During … After … Many thanks to...
Dear Friends (Newsletter No 21)

Dear Friends (Newsletter No 18)

Dear Friends, My Mum always used to start her letters to all her friends and relations with “I hope this letter finds you and yours well, as it leaves me and mine, we are all well.” So I do hope that this letter finds you well. It’s been an interesting week at...
Summer Recipe – Pear & Courgette Soup

FOOLPROOF FRIDAY BAKING …

Foolproof Ginger Cake (freezes well and keeps well) Does anyone remember this one from Anne’s Check in With The Chair video back in the middle of April? Well here is the full recipe …  55g butter 115g dark treacle (of golden syrup or a mixture of the two)...
Virtual Show … and the winners are

Get Creative and Fill a Vase … winner

Get Creative and Fill a Vase Competition … And the winner is Tam Reuter Warton WI, well done Tam a for a very sweet entry !   Second – Sue Steele Norton Lindsey WI   Third – Maggie Bence Southam WI   Comment from the Judge, Trustee Veronica Chapman...
Federation Lockdown Book Club

Federation Lockdown Book Club

Trustee Yvette Hunt introduces the Federation Lockdown Book Club… To get us started some of our Trustees have made recommendation for you including a review of their suggested read. We hope they provide you with literary inspiration to try something new or to...
Dear Friends (Newsletter No 21)

Dear Friends (Newsletter No 17)

Dear Friends Another week has just flown by, hasn’t it? We have all been busy at Federation level as we are beginning to think about how we might make things safe for when we re-open in September. We are following the current guidance as a starting point and I guess...
Summer Recipe – Pear & Courgette Soup

Summer Recipe – Norwegian Cream

Thank you Trustee Heather Howell for this one … NORWEGIAN CREAM Ingredients 6 oz Apricot jam 3 large eggs 1 level teaspoon sugar Few drops vanilla essence Three quarters pint milk 3 oz plain (dark) chocolate Half pint Double cream, whipped Method Cover the base...
Zooming marvellous !

Zooming marvellous !

Zooming Marvellous or, WI to your door. So, what comes direct to your home nowadays – food deliveries, letters, parcels from that well known on line shopping warehouse and now, your WI. The last few weeks have seen WFWI offering an eclectic variety of Zoom talks – who...
Vegan Summer Recipe – Briam (A Greek summer stew)

Vegan Summer Recipe – Briam (A Greek summer stew)

Thank you to Sue Gill, Trustee and member of Stockton WI for this lovely recipe Briam (a Greek summer stew, vegan, and can be made gluten free) This is truly delicious if you allow the flavours to develop, either by standing before reheating to serve, or by roasting...
TOP TIPS – Money savers …

Trustee Top Tip – It’s a corker !

Corks from wine bottles … If, somehow, you find yourself with a collection of wine bottle corks why not use them as drainage in the bottom of plant pots and tubs? They’re very light so don’t add much to the weight of the pot. Most of them are a natural product...
Summer Recipe – Honey Cake (with Whisky!)

Summer Recipe – Honey Cake (with Whisky!)

Fancy a bit of midweek baking … Honey and Whisky Cake An old family favourite For the cake. 170g/6oz unsalted butter 170g/6oz soft brown sugar Zest of one orange 3 eggs 50ml/2 fl oz of your favourite whisky 170g/6oz SR Flour For the filling 170g/6oz icing sugar...

July Blog

Friday 31st July No WI stuff today as it was our tenth Wedding Anniversary- celebrated on Zoom….. and we ate the Easy Cheesey biscuits as nibbles with our champagne! Thursday 30th July Easy Peasey Cheesy Biscuits were the subject of my last  Check in with the Chair...
Dear Friends (Newsletter No 21)

Dear Friends (Newsletter No 16)

Dear Friends, I hope that you are beginning to feel slightly more relaxed about the loosening of the Lockdown and that most of you have been able to enjoy seeing family members even if it is at a distance. I was privileged to be interviewed on Coventry and Warwick...
Summer Recipe – Courgette and Ginger Loaf

Summer Recipe – Courgette and Ginger Loaf

Another lovely recipe from our cook book Kitchen WIsdom from Gillian Crisp, Norton Lindsey WI Ingredients 3 eggs 125g caster sugar 8fl ozs sunflower oil 1 tsp vanilla essence 1 tbsp syrup from a jar of preserved ginger 250g courgettes grated 250g wholemeal flour 1 tsp...
Sun Worshipping WI Super Scrubber !

Sun Worshipping WI Super Scrubber !

What a wonderful picture from Harbury WI Six members have been busy sewing scrubs, gowns, bags & headbands for the last 6 weeks. The photo (with the members permission) is of a “Sun Worshipping Super Scrubber” and one of me in a rather large set of scrubs I had...

June …..

Tues 30th June Great Public Affairs meeting today. What an interesting meeting Jane is sorting out all of the Speakers for Serious Science 2021 – goodness me, she does have the knack of finding really great speakers! There are two sub- groups of the committee...
Poetry Mornings 2021 – dates for your diary

Poetry Mornings 2021 – dates for your diary

Did you enter our Summer Verses Poetry Competition? Do you enjoy poetry? Would you like to find out more about poetry? Why not join us in 2021 at our quarterly poetry get togethers when we enjoy reading and listening to poetry on a given theme, together with coffee,...
Dear Friends (Newsletter No 21)

Dear Friends (Newsletter No 15)

Please do share this newsletter letter with as many of your members as you can. It is also available on our facebook page (www.facebook.com/WarwickshireWI) Dear Friends, What a week for the Federation! Our first ZOOM event was on Monday night with Louise of Silver...
Virtual Show … and the winners are

Poetry Winner … Congratulations to …

… Marion Fewkes of Wolston WI Congratulations Marion, the judges were both agreed on the first reading that you were the worthy winner SWALLOWS SOAR (A Villanelle) Swallows soar in a sky cyan blue. Watching in wonder from my hospital bed in my soul I soar with...
Lady Denman Cup Competition time …

Lady Denman Cup Competition time …

“What I heard on the bus ….” Using no more than 500 words, WI members are invited to submit a piece of writing, either comical, serious, fact or fiction, based on a conversation they have overheard, or imagined they had heard, on the bus. The cost for entry is £7 per...
Enter our competition … some ideas from the Chair Anne

Competition Time – Get Creative and Fill a Vase

Competition time … “Get Creative and Fill a Vase” Your vase can be filled with fresh, paper, knitted, silk, clay or wild flowers, foliage, vegetables … anything you like. The rules are simple 1) You can use any size vase you like and fill it as creatively as you like....
Ros Trophy Winner – Sheila Light

Ros Trophy Winner – Sheila Light

The Ros Trophy is a WFWI speaking competition held every other year and in 2019 we celebrated the vast library of Agatha Christie. Competitors prepared and read a 3 minute piece from any of her books.  Competitors and audience alike were treated to a fabulous and...
Summer Recipe – Lemon Meringue Ice Cream

Summer Recipe – Lemon Meringue Ice Cream

An excellent way to use broken meringues … 2oz Meringues 1/2 pint Double Cream Grated zest & juice of 1 lemon 1/2 jar of Lemon Curd Line a 1lb loaf tin with clingfilm Break up meringues and leave to one side Whisk cream Add lemon zest, juice and curd to the...
Dear Friends (Newsletter No. 14)

Dear Friends (Newsletter No. 14)

Dear Friends, Well, it feels like GOOD NEWS Week this week. First of all, I am sure you will all join me in congratulating Lynne on her re-election as National Chair and Jeryl on here -re-election as National Vice Chair. How proud we all are to have such prestigious...