With the current situation as it stands our regular diary slot is replaced with some virtual activities to bring us together plus ideas we've found to help while away the time at home. Don't forget we have an active Pewsham Belles Facebook Group who'd love to keep in touch with you, plus many of our Clubs have active Messenger Groups for a more focused chat. Over the coming weeks look out for other ways to keep in touch; the committee have already met via a video call on Messenger for instance!
Pewsham Belles and other WI activities available:
Thursday 26th March: Virtual group meeting via Zoom at 7.30pm. You should have received an email with details.
Sunday 29th March: Kim invites everyone to join her to watch the West End production of Wind in the Willows at 3pm. You will need to sign up to stream it for yourself here and look out for more details on Facebook for our post viewing chat.
Thursday 2nd April: Join our Theatre Club at 7pm for the first #NationalTheatreAtHome broadcast of #OneManTwoGuvnors with James Corden. Connection details to follow.
Monday 6th April: Join Sarah W for a virtual coffee morning 10-11am and rattle your teacups! Look out for further details on Facebook.
Thursday 23rd April: Join us on Zoom for our second virtual group meeting!
Ongoing: Poppy Making is still going ahead in readiness for the joint Chippenham WI cascade being put together at a later date. You can find more details, patterns, and top tips here.
Creative Writing group: are planning to meet virtually on 9th April with the results from their latest writing prompt The last time I saw Bland he was upside down. Look out for more details from Wendy via the group's club Messenger chat.
Our Town: Michelle is putting together some online materials to replace April's meeting about the Wiltshire dialect.
Book Club: a list of their favourite reads so far is here. There will also be a virtual meeting on 14th April at 7.30pm to review The #1 Ladies Detective Agency.
Crafty Crew: Are looking into a possible virtual paper crafts activity and chat on 20th April.
Also look out for: Denman are putting together some online courses whilst their college programme is suspended. There are also craft, cookery and other creative ideas available on MyWI.
Other resources we're using already or like the look of:
NB Let us know if your favourite activity isn't listed and we'll add it below! Also look out for further discoveries made by members and shared on Facebook.
Art and Culture:
The At Home in April 30 day sketchbook challenge - starts April 1st and everyone is welcome. Several members enjoyed January's challenge and are planning to add this to their April activities. Further details and signup are here.
Filmed On Stage - a constantly updated curated list of filmed musicals and plays available for free.
Chatter Pack has a huge curated list of links to free concerts, opera, virtual museum, landmarks and zoo visits, wellbeing resources, online learning and more.
Join Gareth Malone and his virtual choir of thousands. Rehearsals are daily at 5.30pm for around 25 minutes, or catch up on YouTube. Register for the choir here.
Arvon has a 5 day short story challenge and competition – starts March 30th. Sign up here.
TED Talks - lots of topics and expert speakers. Who knows? We could use one of these as a group meeting substitute in the current conditions. The full library is here.
Wiltshire Arts Photography Club has produced an activity pack. It's suitable for anyone wishing to improve their photography, not just the kids it's aimed at. Find out more here.
#NationalTheatreatHome - 7pm every Thursday for a broadcast of a National Theatre production. The broadcast is available free for a week, then a fresh one presented each Thursday (see also Theatre Club above). Connection details to follow...
Science and Nature:
The RSPB are conducting a daily breakfast birdwatch from 8 to 9am, a great way of finding out more about our feathered friends who visit the garden. You can catch up with the action on Twitter (where else?) by looking at the #BreakfastBirdwatch hashtag (NB you don't need a Twitter account to look at the hashtag entries).
Fancy a spot of citizen science? The BBC has a page with links to lots of different projects you can help with, some can be conducted from your laptop or mobile, others take place in your garden.
Get Moving & Wellbeing: (NB the Chatter Pack has lots of wellbeing links too):
Sheila - our favourite Zumba Gold teacher - has a Fitness and Wellbeing page on Facebook and plans to post plenty of wellbeing tips, videos, recipes etc over the next few weeks.
A number of our members are already enjoying PE with Joe (Wicks) on weekdays at 9am. It's aimed at schoolkids, but adults are loving it too! His YouTube channel has lots of other workouts for you to try.
If you love Strictly and would love to learn to dance, then Oti Mabuse's dance classes are for you!