Belles lend their support

Thank you ladies! From all the discrete parcels you passed to Michelle, she has 33 bras, aka a bagful, aka 2.5 kilos in weight to send off to Against Breast Cancer's research funding/Africa campaign via Hayloft Plants' freepost address. There's still time to join in (by mid December) if you'd like to make a donation. Hayloft Plants have thrown open their freepost address so that anyone who hasn't got one of Against Breast Cancer's bra banks nearby can donate their bras without the cost of postage. The bras help in 3 ways: they raise cash for breast cancer research they support a project in Africa where the bras are refurbished and distributed by African women it keeps as much of these items

What a lot I've got!

Sally was the latest Pewsham Belle to attend a workshop when she tried the Christmas willow crafts day at Denman. As you can see, she not only got her Christmas wreath sorted, she also came home with plenty of other festive decorations. The cute reindeer got an especially good ahhhhhh of approval at our monthly meeting! Clare announced a £200 Denman bursary will be drawn at December's Christmas Supper on the 14th as our funds are currently in a healthy state of affairs. This will easily cover a day's workshop, or a substantial part of a three day one. April has chosen a patisserie workshop at Denman with her win from last year's prize draw, and we look forward to trying out the results! If

Christmas Crafts with the Crafty Crew

There was a lot of chat and laughter at our monthly meeting last night as everyone got to grips with felted Christmas makes with our resident Crafty Crew! There was a choice of Christmas puds, stockings or cute gingerbread men decorations, with the shapes pre-cut so they could be assembled within the allotted time. With a choice of embellishments and ribbons everyone had a chance to make their decoration their own! We all enjoyed the chance for a sociable evening with WI friends. November was a busy month with Our Town's Remembrance walk around Pewsham plus Pauline and Fiona represented all Chippenham WIs at the town's Remembrance service and commemoration. The Book Club reviewed a not

Book Club: The story so far...

Now is a good time to pause and reflect on what we've read so far. We've selected 16 books - both classic and contemporary fiction - from a wide variety of genres. Our top read was A Town Like Alice, closely followed by Rebecca and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society. Other high scorers were The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Life after Life. Four books achieved a score of 7 out of 10: The Storyteller, The Boy Who Never Was, The Cuckoo's Calling (we also thoroughly enjoyed the TV adaptation), and The Paying Guests. Bringing up the rear - and still achieving scores between 5 and 6.5 out of 10 - were Gone Tomorrow, Persuasion, This House is Haunted, The Good Sister and T

Follies at the cinema

The Theatre Group enjoyed a fabulous evening at the Astoria cinema watching the NT Live production of Follies. A wonderful production and a great budget alternative to going to the theatre.

Five go on a stained glass adventure

Five Pewsham Belles tackled their first Wiltshire Federation workshop with enthusiasm and impressive results! They joined tutor Annie Mulholland in Broughton Gifford to make their first stained glass windows and were amazed at the number of different techniques and tools involved. Everyone came home with a piece to treasure after a thoroughly enjoyable day.

Remembrance

Fiona and Pauline did Pewsham Belles proud today when they took part in the Remembrance service and wreath laying ceremony this morning. Our pictures give you a flavour of the town's commemorations and the key part they played representing all four Chippenham's WIs - Pewsham Belles WI, Pewsham WI, Lockside WI and Hardenhuish WI. Thanks also to Teresa for organising the wreath. Kudos also goes to the Knit and Natter group who meet at the Salvation Army on Fridays. They ensured the area outside the Town Hall was festooned with poppies earlier in the week and brought a smile to everyone in town. Apparently they've been planning and knitting since January!

November Book Club: This House is Haunted by John Boyne

This month the book club reviewed This House is Haunted by John Boyne. We thought it had a strong start which deteriorated into a predictable, unbelievable, and not very frightening tale. Most of us like a seasonal chiller! Everyone was fairly unanimous in their voting, with an score of 6 out of 10. Those of us who'd read The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas agreed it's a far better book by this author. Our book selections for the coming months will be put up for voting in the next few days. There are great options from everyone, thank you. Our December meeting is at La Passione on Tuesday 5th, we'll be having a meal and doing a mini quiz. Non readers are welcome to join us - see you there Suppe

Remember them

The start of the month saw the Our Town group exploring the streets of Pewsham where they'd researched the soldiers commemorated in the streets in which they live(d). Teresa's story of her great uncle showed there are names yet to be commemorated. The route started outside Pewsham Community Centre and was determined by the streets applicable to the walkers involved (or absent members who live on Pewsham). At each street we stopped and told the story of the soldier commemorated by the street name. We ended the walk at The Old Lane with refreshments and some war poetry written by women. The story of how the Commonwealth War Graves Commission was formed during WWI added some background to "

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