November Meeting: Portrait Photography

We were delighted to welcome Anna Durrant to our November meeting who shared her top tips and secrets for taking better portrait photographs. There are four main elements (apart from equipment) to consider: lighting, background, camera settings and composition. In her allotted hour, Anna focused (scuse pun!) on natural lighting to demonstrate the wide variety of results which can be obtained from this element alone. Her tips included: Group photos - vary the height to avoid everyone standing in a stiff, straight line Back lighting can frame the subject nicely ('halo hair') Side lighting can make the face look thinner if the photo is shot from the darker side Look for even lighting - avoid da

Look who's in WI Life!

Our first ever mention in WI Life and it's a major splash! When their call went out on the UWI Facebook Group for stories about inspiring women we knew they HAD to feature Pauline. Her amazing world record achievement this year is a story that's hard to beat. We've always thought Pewsham Belles has a wonderful membership of inspiring women and it's great WI Life thinks so too. Well done Pauline and here's to further success for you and the rest of us!

Shooting stars

The Crafty Crew had a lot of fun at Diane's last night creating stars using their bead stashes, upcycled jewellery, holiday purchases, and items acquired from the Middle of Lidl, with quite different results. That's where individual creativity comes in! Thanks to Steph and Caroline for providing the inspiration for this activity. We were also delighted to welcome Susan to the Crew. Our top tips for this make: Use a cloth as a workstation base. You can lay out your beads to see which combinations you like, and it'll catch any beads you might drop during the make. Several of us were relieved we'd taken one of the tea towels Diane offered us! Make sure you have enough individual beads - we wo

November Book Club: The Forgotten Village

Another good turn out for book club this month. We discussed The Forgotten Village by Lorna Cook and we had some very different view points. Definitely a marmite book with scores ranging from 4 to 8. Fiona B was even inspired to visit the village that the book is set in. We had a hearty debate before we moved on to whole heap of other topics....we try our best! Overall we scored the book 6.5 out of 10. Thanks ladies, a very interesting evening discussing so much more than just the book! We're trying something new for December with everyone who's a member of Pewsham Belles invited to join book club members for a curry at the Taj Mahal on the 10th. We won't have a book to discuss, but prom

Thanks from Wilts & Berks Canal Trust

The final tally from October's cakes and raffle came to £90.10 after Kim took her Bakewell leftovers into work. We've now had a lovely email from Alan Lake at the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust, who Michelle met at the Neeld earlier this year. This inspired her to nominate the Trust as our local charity and you'll see in Alan's thank you there's some good news about the leak at Pewsham Locks... "I understand from the WBCT head office that you on behalf of the Pewsham Belles WI, have made a very generous donation to the canal trust. Patricia Clements forwarded your email onto me. I just wanted to say how much we appreciate your kind gesture, and to offer my services if I can be of any help to

Meet our award winning author!

Several Belles enjoyed various Story Town events in Corsham recently; none more so than our talented author Fiona P! An afternoon trip to Sanders Paintings & Sculpture gallery revealed lots of inspirational art for perusal. In fact, several felt they could have bought the entire gallery. A fine pig sculpture was purchased on the spot and other pieces earmarked as Christmas presents. Whilst there many items were photographed as potential inspiration for Story Town's 500 words competition. Fiona was also amazed to find that she already had a picture by one of the artist owners; one of Michael Sanders' atmospheric seascapes, which now hangs in her bathroom. In the end Fiona was the only o

Curious cabinets... and gin!

Friday night saw several intrepid Pewsham Belles at the Cabinet of Curiosity and Gin event. This was a new venture for Chippenham Museum, as part of the Museums at Night initiative. We were encouraged to dress up, so we simply had to oblige, for the whole evening or for our Victorian photo booth experience! It turned out the museum has many cabinets of curiosity, with the current exhibition The Obscure Eye Presents... forming the inspiration for the evening's activities. This in turn was inspired by a real event in 1896 when a flea circus visited the town, and this plus the themes of Victorian circus and quirky, macabre objects were on show. This theme was extended further on the night w

Congratulations Lesley and Sally!

From Sally via Facebook: "Really good news today: our WI Advisor, Lesley Holdway, has been elected as Chair of Wiltshire Federation. Lesley makes such a great contribution to many WIs, including all of the advice and help that she has given to Pewsham Belles - in fact she was instrumental in getting us kicked off in the first place. Great work Lesley!" What Sally doesn't mention is she's been elected as Federation Vice Chairman. From Pewsham Belles President, to Wiltshire Trustee, and now Vice Chairman. Not bad work yourself Sally! Congratulations to you both and everyone at Pewsham Belles wishes you every success in your new roles.

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