Chill and Chat

June's midsummer group meeting turned out to have perfect weather for our picnic in the park - we couldn't have ordered better if we'd tried! Pimm's and refreshing non-alcoholic drinks were served to welcome everyone to Pewsham Park, the venue taking many members to parts of the estate they'd never been before. A host of outdoor games were on offer, but everyone preferred the opportunity to chill and chat instead. Sometimes that's all that's needed for a great evening. We've had several comments on how it was great to have the opportunity for a mental freshen up - something to keep in mind for the WI's new mental health resolution. June saw the Crafty Crew try their hand at glass paint

A new craft and venue for the Crafty Crew

It was a beautiful evening at Caroline's for the Crafty Crew last night where she introduced us to the delights of glass painting. This proved to be a relaxing craft and one which is suited to both beginner and experienced crafters. We all started with an outline design to stick on the glass to give a stained glass effect, we then choose our colours and painted away! Caroline showed us some beautiful examples of designs she's made for hanging ornaments and cards. A craft with definite possibilities for future sessions. Anyone interested in glass painting may find this website a useful starting point. Crafty Crew's July meeting is on the 16th, where we'll meet at Gill's for a jewellery ma

Book Club: The Sunrise

It was another enjoyable evening for the Book Club where we discussed The Sunrise by Victoria Hislop and had very differing opinions. For the first time we had two people not making it to the end of the book. We felt that the main characters were not very likable but agreed that the book was very well researched and interesting to know more about the events of the time. We scored the book 6.5 out of 10. Our next book is Chris Packham's Fingers in the Sparkle Jar., which we'll review on July 10th. Note, there are limited copies at the library so you may need to source this one yourself. Wendy is also looking for your next 2 book choices to put to the vote to complete our reading list f

Maud Heath's Causeway is explored

June's Our Town meeting was another outdoor one, exploring Maud Heath's Causeway this time. It was a perfect summer's evening for our activities. We started at Hathaway Retail Park and found the Causeway's starting plaque close by which solved the mystery of the location of 'Chippenham Clift'. At Kellaways we explored the raised part of the Causeway which has 64 brick arches over the River Avon. We also found the newly restored commemorative sundial nearby. The river itself was admired in this peaceful spot and time out was taken to explore Kellaways church. Our final stop was Wick Hill at the other end of the Causeway and the location of Maud Heath's monument with spectacular views ov

Roses for Rosie

Our latest community project was to make some 'Roses for Rosie' ready for Springboard's fundraiser at Castle Combe on Sunday (10th June). Rosie is fondly remembered by everyone at Springboard and as she always wore flowers in her hair, handmade roses are a fitting tribute to her. You may remember the Crafty Crew made some felt roses for them a couple of months ago. As you can see from the photo they've been joined by knitted ones using Springboard's suggested pattern, plus some pretty crocheted ones. They've all been made into brooches for sale on Sunday. Springboard are highly delighted with our efforts and we wish you every success for Sunday. They say a huge 'Thank you' to all Pewsham

Caravan of Love?

It was another lively and interesting evening with the Creative Writing Group listening to one another’s stories with the prompts of Caravan and Key. Was it a Caravan of Love, A Caravan to Midnight, or a Cozy Caravan? All three made their appearance in some way as did the accompanying image. It’s fascinating to see how different the stories are with the same prompts. We also swapped ideas for future endeavours. The next meeting is on Thursday 5th July and the prompts are Location = On a bridge, and Object = Passport. We aim for around 1,000 words but that’s just a guide. Why not give it a go and join us next time? We are very friendly and non judgemental

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