We had a creative morning of flower arranging, led by our very own Sandra Hutchinson, who started us off with a demonstration.
Then we were let loose and as you can see from the small sample below there were some beautiful arrangements created.
Tuesday meeting April 2019
What a mind - curling experience!
You would think we would get better at our second experience of indoor curling, but somehow those points evaded some of us. Too short, too long, knocked off by an opponent, thrown in the air, wheels coming off, chasing the curling 'stones' round - all the excuses possible. What would we be like on ice!
in spite of all that it was a very enjoyable evening again. There were winners - just - after a sudden death play-off. Thanks must go to the two very patient ladies who got us into teams and cajoled us into getting some points.
Instructions... Concentration... Final - no score... At last a winner!!
A Life in Gardening....
John Stirland entertained us with tales of his life in horticulture. From his school days, his time with Boots and a spell at Wollaton Hall, through to his 42 years as gardening expert on Radio Nottingham.
Filled with anecdotes about the people he met over the years as well as expert knowledge in the Q&A session.
Not only did we learn a lot we laughed a lot as well.
Tuesday Meeting, March 2019
Bollywood comes to the Lapwings...again!
Before the dancing President Joanna Parris presented a cheque to David Burnett, from the Community First Responders. He was, again, very grateful for the donation which will be used to buy necessary medical equipment used by the First Responders.
A full house for the welcome return of Vina Ladwa from the Manushi School of Dancing in Nottingham. Firstly, a massive queue to put on the beautiful saris brought by Vina, with a generous donation of a sari for the raffle - later won by Jane Boyce.
Vina explained the origins of the dancing: each movement of the hands, face, neck, the body and feet tells a little bit of the whole story. She taught the very eager ladies some of the movements and then quickened the pace to music. Quiet concentration and then the laughter showed that every one enjoyed the experience.
Another new experience for the netballers.
February has been such an exciting month for the Lapwings Walking Netball ladies. On Thursday 28th they took part in their first Round Robin Tournament at Loughborough University. This was not related to WI so they were a little anxious as to what to expect.
10 players, plus Coach Laura and Kath, faced the 8 other teams in the competition.
We watched the first matches being played - running, pushing, contacting, jumping - this was NOT Walking Netball! After the first round of matches were played the organisers stopped the event and reminded the players what Walking Netball was about!!
It didn't help that some of the umpires were not familiar with the rules of Walking Netball and did not pull up players when they forgot that it was Walking Netball. Kath ended up scoring for most of the session as teams did not provide scorers!
But we braved the onslaught and even forgot to 'walk' ourselves - if you can't beat them, join them! All the other teams had taken part in Tournaments before and some were involved in games within their own areas - practising every week!
BUT we were not last. Just next to last. The compensation was that we again met some past and present England players as well as Loughborough Lightning Super League players.
Gill had a great day (it was her birthday) - we voted her our player of the match - she received a Loughborough water bottle and had her photo taken with the Loughborough Lightning players, followed by everyone singing 'Happy Birthday' to her - 'made my day'.
If another Tournament comes we will play again!
A most exciting day for the Lapwings WI Walking Netball
It is difficult to describe what a fantastic day the lapwings Walking Netball group encountered.
We left promptly at 8.00am and arrived at Denman College 2 and a half hours later. A bit late due to having a tour around the village as the Satnav decided to take us slightly off route. The entrance to Denman is very narrow and not really suitable for even small coaches!
Ruth Pickthorn was overjoyed to see us (think she thought we were not coming). She kept mentioning the words 'Demo, Angels!' it transpired that we and another 2 smaller groups of WI were to be the demonstration group. Great! As we entered the marquee with its portable netball court, what should meet us but a big stand up poster with Lynn Jordan greeting everyone! She was so excited and had her picture taken later with the poster by us and the official photographer.
We were then all told how the day would enfold by Ruth, after which we were asked to go into the Ferris Room for coffee, biscuits and a quick introduction. To our surprise the tables had lovely bouquets of roses and small A4 posters of Lynn, Gill Strickland and Amy Goodman scattered on them. AND in one corner was another big stand up poster featuring Ann Whyte and Kath Howard. Excitement mounting!!! The intro started with a video - guess what - it was the one taken when we went to St. Ann's to support a group Ruth was taking. And to top it all there were TVs with rolling Powerpoints. Interspersed with pictures of many WI Walking Netball Teams, were pictures of Ann, Kath, Tracey, Amy, Rita, Gill and Lynn. WE felt mighty PROUD
So what other VIPs were there besides us! Lynne Stubbings (NFWI Chair) and other members of the Board; Joanna Adams (CEO@ englandnetball); Lindsay Sartori (Honorary President@ englandnetball) ; Mike Diaper (Exec. Director Sport England) - he came to see if the money given to Walking netball was worth it!! Helen, who directed the photo shoot we did a year ago and of course, the lovely Ama Agabeze, who was just so accommodating and friendly. In the afternoon they all had to get rid of their heels, put on trainers and play. Very funny, especially Ama whose side was definitely going to win - some rough play there!
After the introduction we went back into the marquee to start the demo games. We did not play as Lapwings but were mixed with the other 2 WI teams. Ruth's warm-ups amused everyone and when we were actually playing the games it was very difficult to stop throwing the ball to someone who is always on your team! Still we were impressive.
Lunch was buffet-style, very nice! Disappointed that there were only flapjacks and brownies as cakes - we thought there might be a Victoria cream sponge or two!
After lunch, Joanna Adams spoke to everyone about the effect of the Englandnetball/WI partnership and its success. After which there was a Q&A session with Ama Agbeze - she was funny, very relaxed speaker and very interesting, especially about her training schedule and how little time the England Roses have to train together as they all have jobs as well as representing England. Time for them to have the same status as other teams representing England.
The afternoon was spent watching the non - Walking Netball players 'have a go'. Very entertaining. Everything was finished at 2.45pm, but then the photographer who had been snapping pics all the time (but then we're used to it), asked us if we wouldn't mind staying behind for some more photos of us shooting and playing. Of course we agreed!
All in all a very memorable day. We didn't forget - The Lapwings tote was photographed outside the entrance to the college and a 'mass' tote photo in the marquee (photos on Facebook).
We were very lucky to have Philip Roadley the owner and baker at the local artisan Bakery Spelt and Rye in Hucknall come and talk to us.
Philip told us how he had worked for many years in France and missed the bread so much he learnt how to bake it when he returned to Nottingham.
From a hobby grew a business and the bakery itself is worth a visit as not only is there a great variety of bread and bakery products on sale, it is also a delicatessen and stocks treats from a numbers of local suppliers, "jams from Lenton and sauces from Sneinton" as well as local honey and pork pies. and much more....
We enjoyed sampling his delicious bread and no doubt he has found a few new customers. February 2019
Before the Colour Analysis, President Jo presented a cheque on behalf of the Lapwings to the Nottinghamshire Search and Rescue Team (NSART) - the proceeds of the November Craft Fair. The two gentlemen from NSART were very grateful for the donation and continued support from the Lapwings, but did not yet know if the proceeds were to be used for something specific.
At the first Thursday meeting of 2019, the crowd of ladies were very eager to listen to Sue Burton, a Colour and Style Analysis Consultant, as she demonstrated what colours to wear to look really good. Whether you are a summer, winter, autumn or spring person, there's a right combination of colours - not just black! Black is no longer an excuse to look thinner or smarter - there are plenty of colours which can do the trick more effectively. And Sue proved it by analysing the colour combinations suitable for a very nervous Lapwings member, and provoked a lot of discussion!
Craft and Chat
What better way to start the new year that have a group craft session. There was lots of activity, from people sewing together squares to make blankets for the homeless, to paper flower, card making and clay modeling.
,,,,,and of course a lot of chatter as we caught up on what had been happening to the friends around us.
Janet also told us about a new community project for the Childrens Hospital of making puppets. Various patterns have been up loaded to the patterns page. January 2019
How many Christmas Parties....
Friday 14th of December saw the second of our Christmas parties. A great night was had by all as we played silly party games, tucked into a lovely buffet provided by our members and had a good old sing song.
Some of the games got a little competitive, not sure if that was because of the bar or just good camaraderie. We all went home with our Secret Santa presents as well as our WI cookbook, useful carrier bag and our beautifully designed Lapwings Christmas card.
Christmas Party Number One....
Tuesday mornings meeting saw us have the first of our two Christmas parties.
Great fun was had by everyone as we tackled the buffet table laden with treats and the Christmas quiz! Who said it was easy.....
We had a couple of games of Snowman Drive (a seasonal variation on a Beetle Drive), Secret Santa and some singing.
The local food bank also benefitted from our donations, which contained many festive treats.
Wow - Our Amazing Christmas Tree Won!
We won 1st prize in the Hucknall Christmas Tree Festival!
Well done to everyone involved in this fantastic achievement, with special thanks to Janet for all her hard work in putting this together and encouraging us all to get involved.
The behind the scenes helpers that put together the frame and helped with the transportation are also stars.
For those folk that haven't had the chance to see this amazing tree, it is now on display in Hucknall Library for a couple more weeks.
In January the hard work continues as all these squares (and many others) will be made into blankets for the shelter at Emmanual House.
So the Christmas Festivities begin...
...on the 6th of December we had our Christmas Meal at the Cockcliffe Country House Hotel. The photos say it all - clearly a good time was had by all.
Christmas Wreath- making fun!
Tables full of winter greenery, a hoop, wire, moss and off we go!
With Jo Oldham's instructions and demonstration the Lapwings ladies embarked on making their own Christmas wreaths. Easy - it was not!
First the moss had to be secured to the hoop with the wire...just how much was a dilemma! Once that was accomplished we could start to place the greenery around the wreath, again securing it with the wire to the ring. 'Does it have to be symmetrical?' 'How many bunches of greenery?' 'Bits are falling off!' 'Who's pinched the berries?' 'I've lost my secateurs in the greenery.' 'Can I cut the wire off?'
And then the exciting bit - adding the accessories - cones, ribbons, cinnamon sticks, bells, dried oranges...
…..and voila... so many masterpieces! So many proud ladies. So much mess on the floor - an indication of a great crafting session. And it only took 2 days to get the earth and moss out of fingernails!
Thursday 22nd November 2018
Sherwood Forest Project - Where Legends Grow
What a fascinating talk this morning from Ross Frazer about the RSPB Sherwood Forest Project! With such an enthusiastic, passionate person in charge it can only go from strength to strength and it will be great to see the area develop for the trees, people and the wildlife.
The area has the largest collection of ancient oak trees in Europe, and each ancient oak tree can sustain 1000 different species.
Our Strollers group will be exploring here next week (perhaps they will go in search of giants!). It probably wont be long before the walkers group also enjoy a visit here.
For more information go to the website visitsherwood.co.uk
Tuesday 13th November 2018
Lapwings Annual Craft Fair
What a fantastic day we had on Saturday 10th November with our craft fair. So many talented folk displaying (and hopefully selling) their products. Lovely food in the tea room and a friendly atmosphere enjoyed by everyone that attended.
Knitting/crocheting squares for blankets
Just to inform all Lapwing Ladies - the Christmas tree is now complete, however we still need lots of squares to make up the blankets for Emmanuel House. They can now be of any colour and the size can be either 4 inch or 8 inch squares.
If anyone would like to knit/crochet a whole blanket please ensure that they are single bed size.
Evening of magic!
Thursday's meeting was an evening full of 'Wows' and 'how did he do that'!
Alex Cadabra, a Nottingham based magician, entertained the Lapwings with tricks, illusions and secrets of the tricks.
He was amusing, giving a little biography of how he started, his views on 'The Magic Circle' and why he preferred not to be a part of it, all interspersed with magic tricks.
Alex explained how some of the tricks and illusions worked, giving members a chance to have a go. But did he really give secrets away?
From card tricks to Rubic cube tricks; from guessing a film to pulling yards of ribbon from his mouth, Alex held us spellbound and baffled. His many assistants were none the wiser after having tricks performed with them.
Sarah got a little tangled up when assisting with a trick.
A different evening but very entertaining...
Thursday 25th October 2018
A Strong Women Indeed - Bess of Hardwick
Our speaker today Bess Throckmorten (aka Maureen Taylor) arrived in full riding habit and struck quite the imposing figure. She came to tell us about the interesting life of her good friend Bess of Harwick.
A very crafty evening!
Busy, busy crafting, chatting and laughing. Last Thursday's meeting was a hub of activity learning new skills, perfecting old ones.
Ann Whyte brought her distillery with her and showed members how to make sloe gin, and, of course, some to taste too!
Book folding was a popular craft as we learnt how to make Christmas trees and to decorate with sparkles. Lovely.
Janet Tilford set members working on making more granny squares for our Christmas tree - great concentration was needed for this! Felt and crochet poppies were made and stones were painted with poppies and then varnished.
In another part of the room members were trying their hand at quilling and producing fabulous results...and 20 heart cushions were stuffed ready to be taken to the City Hospital.
Above everything else was the chatter and laughter as Lapwings WI members enjoyed each other's company.
A great night.
What a Load of Rubbish....
85,000 tonnes of it a year to be precise, this is what the Materials Recovery Facility at Mansfield (run by Veolia on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council) handle each year.
Lesley Taylor gave the morning meeting a fascinating talk on what we can and can't recycle. We had an informative quiz and interesting discussion, which saw us all learning a lot more and understanding why we can't recycle some things:-
- hard plastics like bottle tops have very little use
- plastic is recycled by colour, so hence we are being helpful when removing tops
- shredded paper jams up the machinery
- anything contaminated with food waste (or worse) can mean that paper and cardboard is spoilt and unable to be recycled
It was also interesting to hear that virtually all our rubbish that isn't recyclable is incinerated and less than 10% now goes to land fill. No doubt a future trip to the MRF is being planned. September 2018
Pork Pies Galore
38 ladies journeyed to Melton Mowbray to try their skill at pork pie making. After putting on our fetching hair nets and plastic aprons, a quick drink and a taste of the Kiwi pie, the group was split into two, with one group staying to hear about the interesting history of Brocklebys pies, while the other group went to make pork pies.
Lots of laughter and then moments of concentration as pastry was kneaded, pie cases were formed, filled and decorated. Spurred on by a competition element decorations were inventive! Winner of Group 2 was Tracey Valvona with her sunflower pie. Kath Howard was Group1's winner.
Over 30 of us had a really interesting day out at the UNESCO heritage site of Cromford Mill, exploring the mill site and surrounding area. Our guides were really informative and explained the history of Sir Richard Arkwright and how this mill came to exist and how it was effectively the first factory.
Informative and interesting!
The speaker at last Thursday's meeting (26th July) was our own Julie Woodfield, and although the talk was entitled 'Basic First Aid', it was more than just the basics! Julie's talk was very informative and serious in its content, however she did made us laugh too! Julie spoke about the need to act quickly if a person had a suspected heart attack/stroke/ or was not responding/breathing. She demonstrated CPR and the way to use a defibrillator on an adult, child and baby. It's not easy but can save a life … and don't worry if you break a rib, it means you are doing it correctly!
Julie also demonstrated what action to take if an adult/child was choking. Thanks Julie!
Welcome by Jo Parris
Jo Parris, our new President, welcomed everyone to the meeting and gave us a brief insight into her life and work...
"I would like to thank you for nominating me as your president for the coming year, and to tell you a little about myself and how I became involved with Lapwings.
I was brought up in the Southampton, where I still have family, and moved to Hucknall in 1989 along with my partner Geoff, we have been together for 35 years and have 2 boys in their early 20s, both still living at home! They are all very supportive of my role in Lapwings, other interests I have and in my work. I have been in the NHS for 38 years and work shifts including evenings, weekends and nights, which sometimes get in the way of things I would rather be doing!
I became involved with Lapwings from the very beginning at the first meeting, when I entered Papplewick Village Hall, not knowing anyone, I chose to sit at a table joining Janet Stevenson, our secretary, and Judith Baker, who, along with others from that time, is still a member. Somehow Janet and I were cajoled onto the committee, where we have been ever since! Janet took on the awesome role of secretary and most of the work within Lapwings is done by her and the treasurer, Teresa. The rest of the committee also work tirelessly to ensure the smooth running of meetings, trips, interest groups and the craft fair with a great help and input from all the Lapwings Ladies. So I would like to thank everyone, and let’s hope we all continue to enjoy our Lapwings WI group in the future years."
Janet Tilford has been very busy 'crochetting' some of the ideas put forward for decorating the Christmas tree in December. Yes, we know it's only July/August but there's nothing like starting early! Once off the tree the squares can be used to make blankets.
Linby Open Gardens
We supported Linby Parish Council at the Open Gardens event by running the tea rooms. We had a hot, busy afternoon and plenty of money was raised towards running future events and the restoration of the lower cross.
Paul Dawson, from Diabetes UK, was the guest speaker at our Tuesday morning meeting. He was diagnosed with diabetes over 40 years ago when in his early 20s.
Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed fairly young, and is a result when the pancreas stops producing insulin. Without insulin people cannot live for more than a few days. It is necessary to correct this with daily insulin injections. However recently insulin pumps have been developed which allow a controlled release of insulin into the bloodstream every few minutes.
Type 2 diabetes is related to lifestyle and can affect 1 in 50 people. It is often caused by eating the wrong kind of food, being overweight and underactive. For many people it can be controlled by diet. However even if reversed it never actually goes away.
Paul recommended that attention is paid to diet, and that 120 minutes of heart-raising exercise is done each week.
First Responders, AGM and 4th Birthday Party
It was a busy evening!
First Derek Burnett, from the First Responders came to give a brief talk. The First Responders were founded in Nottinghamshire, and are all volunteers who are sent to medical emergencies when they are able to arrive before an ambulance. He told us of an event this week when he arrived to find a lady who had died, but through the use of CPR was able to bring her back to life. First Responders are our charity of the year and Debbi, our chairman, presented a cheque for £300.
The AGM was held, overseen by WI advisors Helen Forrester and Helen Ainley, and Joanna Parris was elected Chairman.
The outgoing Chairman was thanked, and presented with a WI rose.
Finally we all tucked into a delicious buffet, provided by the members.
Members gathered at the Lapwings Garden of Reflection in Linby for the presentation to Linby Parish Council and dedication of the second Lapwings bench.
The evening also provided an opportunity to dedicate trees to our late members Jane Muggleston and Kathryn Hill, and members of both families were present.
Lapwings Summer Picnic
The Summer Picnic took place at Beauvale Priory. Everyone brought their own food, but it was wonderful to eat in the company of friends.
We had games - including walking rounders, and the three legged races proved very popular - and tactical!
Pitch invasions came courtesy of the resident chickens and sheep, and the peacock commented on the scene in his own raucous fashion.
Thank you, Ann, for allowing us to use this wonderful location for a fantastic evening. We hope that we can come again!
4th Birthday Party
The first of the 4th parties was held on Tuesday morning.
Following the essential AGM reports, everyone enjoyed a delicious 'faith lunch' provided by the members. Lastly we had a short quiz.
Lapwings Walking Netball Team
Lapwings Walking Netball ladies now have their own team strip.
Don't they look smart?
Resolution Discussion and Quick Crafts
Each year WI groups across the country debate a Resolution which hopefully will develop into a campaign. This year the subject for discussion is Mental Health Matters, calling on all members to recognise the parity between mental health and physical health and to take action to make it as acceptable to talk about mental health issues as physical health issues and to lobby government for better support for mental illness. This was discussed at Lapwings WI's latest meeting, with Jan Carrier giving a talk on the scale of the problem and the current situation in the UK. Joanne Oldham gave the pros and cons of the Resolution before members voted whether to accept it or not. The votes will go forward to the National Federation's Annual Meeting which is to be held in Cardiff next month.
After the vote Lapwings members enjoyed a craft session of decoupage, card making, adult colouring and painting rocks. Once the meeting had finished, several members also took part in a session of seated exercises set to some great music tracks, led by Anne McDowall.
Julie Leivers, a Reiki Master and practioner for over 20 years, came to our Thursday evening meeting to give us an insight and some practical demonstrations of the healing art of Reiki. Reiki is a Japanese universal life form which channels the Chi or healing power which is inside everyone. Julie also talked about the 7 Chakras, and her job as a healer which is to ensure that these are cleared so that the energy can be absorbed so you can get back to being you.
Julie started by giving us a grounding exercise when we imagined roots growing down from our feet and bringing colour, light and healing energy back into the body. Then we did a similar exercise to imagine light and healing coming from above and back through the body.
It proved to be an interesting and enlightening evening.
Nottinghamshire Annual Meeting
Thirteen members of Lapwings WI attended the Annual Meeting of the Nottinghamshire Federation of WIs, held at the Royal Centre, Nottingham. The Sheriff of Nottingham, Councillor Glyn Jenkins, welcomed members from115 WIs across the County before the Chair of the NFWI, Lynne Stubbings spoke about the doors that had opened for her as a result of joining the WI, including attending the Buckingham Palace Garden Party and a meeting at No 10 Downing Street.
Sheila Hammond, a dual member with Lapwings WI and Woodborough WI was presented with a trophy as winner of the Spring Scrabble competition.
After lunch, the members were entertained by antiques expert Charles Hanson who shared his passion for items that told a story. At the end of his talk he auctioned off 8 exciting packages of a day out at the races and filming of Bargain Hunt, with the proceeds going to the Associated Country Women of the World who are affiliated to the WI and who help women's projects around the world.
There was a lovely tribute to Jane Jefferson, the retiring Chair of Nottinghamshire Federation of WIs, followed by two songs from the WI choir before Pam Stoddart was announced as the new Chair for the coming year.
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