We're Ready to Fly

The Crafty Crew introduced us to the world of Origami butterflies at this month's meeting. After a well thought out demonstration from Diane with the aid of a few made earlier, everyone was soon folding their own using the pretty specialist papers supplied. The smiles in the photos show how much everyone enjoyed this meeting! Elsewhere this month we've enjoyed a meal at The Garden and found out The Importance of Being Earnest. Nicholas Searle's The Good Liar was reviewed and Chippenham's blue plaques discovered. We had quiz team success thanks to Lockside WI's event, plus two members enjoyed Wiltshire Federation's visit to Buttle Farm. May's events aren't quite over yet, as we're slipp

The Importance of Being Earnest

Our latest theatrical production was quite different! Firstly it was held in a church (St Andrews to be precise) in an "in the round setting", i.e. the audience are seated around the stage instead of facing it. Secondly all 7 parts in Oscar Wilde's famous work were played by just 2 male actors, both of whom took on the formidable role of Lady Bracknell when needed. The church setting made it a little hard to hear at times, but for most of us that didn't prevent enjoyment of a thoroughly entertaining and hectic version from Split Second Productions, whose talent well deserved our prolonged applause at the end.

Down on the farm... revisited

A visit to Buttle Farm near Compton Bassett this week was our latest foray into the events put on by Wiltshire Federation. Two members of Pewsham Belles had an interesting evening seeing all their traditional pigs and learning about the charcuterie side of the business, including tasting the delicious products. NB their Saddleback weaners are sourced from Carolyne's farm!

We have the answers!

6 members of Pewsham Belles plus family and friends joined Lockside WI at their first ever fundraiser, in the shape of a quiz evening plus fish supper at the Consti Club. Pot Luck, Sport & Pastimes, Food, Anagrams, Science & Nature, Entertainment, and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire were some of the rounds on offer. Lockside made us most welcome, though they may feel differently now as the teams involving our members came first and third! Chocolates and a selection of wines went to the winners, as did at least one of the gorgeous raffle prizes on offer. Congratulations to Lockside for a well organised and fun evening. We hope you'll join us at our quiz later this year.!

The Good Liar

We had a great evening at book club, though unfortunately Nicholas Searle 's debut novel 'The Good Liar' wasn't such a great read. It felt like the first half of the book had been written by a different person than the second half. The story and characters had great potential but the author failed to really engage us and let down the book with poor writing and lacklustre characters. We scored the book 4.25 out of 10, our lowest score yet. Next month we will be putting forward our book suggestions for the next 6 months ready for voting and agreeing meeting dates. We meet on June 12th at 7.30pm at Rivo Lounge.

Our Town investigates blue plaques

Fiona Plant reports (via Facebook): The Our Town group had a very interesting blue plaque walk round Chippenham led by Margaret who gave us lots of background and had some great books to show us more of how the town has changed. We retired to The Angel for a warm drink and lots of chatting afterwards. Notes/trail/map are available from Margaret for anyone who missed it who'd like to walk the trail for themselves. Alternatively, details of the blue plaques can be found on Chippenham Civic Society's website and you can hunt for them yourselves.

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