Ay up me duck
We had a fascinating talk from David Amos about the Erewash dialect. It was interesting to hear how it had been influenced over the years and how words are being lost from use.
Who would have thought that Maggie Thatcher, when she was Prime Minister would have accused Jim Callaghan of being "Frit" in the House of Commons. Or that GP's new to the area were given information on the more commonly used words that they might come across in their surgeries! Even the police were given "translation tips" during the miners strike.
Bringing his knowledge from the mining industry and more recently in academia David tested our knowledge and we had a lot of fun as we "translated" words and sayings
-Oo worree wee - worree wee issen?
- Stik woodin tow'l
- A tow'd im e'kud pleez issen!
- Gerrup yo, else al bat ya tab, to give just a few examples.
I think we all agreed - Ezz gorrabee lont ow tertolk proppa
February 11th 2020
What an interesting night we had for our first evening back for 2020. not only was the hall packed we had an interesting and insightful talk from Paula-Marie Turner about Colour.
Paula shared her life's journey with us and explained how she became a colour therapist. She told us about how this holistic therapy works and how the language of colour can reveal our personality, character, gifts and talents.
Her fascinating display of colourful bottles, which are a mixture of oil and water are the starting point of this. The individual selects 4 of these bottles and then using her own knowledge and training Paula explores your story with you. Paula demonstrated this with two willing participants from the audience. Overall it was a really enjoyable and thought provoking. www.facebook.com/truecolourtherapiesuk
January 23rd 2020
The first Tuesday morning meeting of the 2020 was dedicated to 'food' - a tasting session.
Three samples of 7 different foods were offered for the discerning palettes, with the tasters marking each sample. On offer were samples of Cheddar cheese, chocolate, cookies, Hot Cross buns, jam, plain crisps and popcorn. Some surprising results - Aldi's crisps were favourite above Walker's - see for yourself how each product was judged and the concentration of the judges!
14th January 2020
A great party night.
A great attendance at our January party night. A true WI evening full of fun, laughter and friendship - no falling out about the best snowwoman!
The evening started on a more serious note with a presentation of £400 from the Craft Fair, made by President Joanna Parris to the Nottinghamshire Blood Bikes, who came to talk to us earlier in September. Due to the generosity of the members a further £143.88 was collected and donated to this very worthy cause.
Then the fun and games started, as you can see from the pictures below....
6th January 2020
Panto and Cheers
We were well entertained by Trevor Lee who told us about the history of Pantomime, shared with us various anecdotes and tales from the Theatre Royal in Nottingham and we heard about some of the famous folk who had trod the boards there.
We also had a sing a long to various songs that would have featured on the stage.
To round off the last meeting of the year we enjoyed some delicious cakes and mulled wine.
December 10th 2019
Our Amazing Tree Makes it a Double...
Wow! We triumphed again and 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.
For those who 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 all the hats will be taken off the frame and donated to the homeless.
December 7th 2019
Christmas Party Night
The pictures say it all, lovely company, beautiful tables (courtesy of the committee) and wonderful entertainment from the Brinsley Community Choir. An evening of much chatter, fun and laughter.
More pictures can be found in the gallery
Friday December 6th 2019
Lapwings at the Beeb...
A fun night was had on our recent visit to the local BBC studios. They might have found some new recruits. More pictures can be found in the gallery.
Getting Creative with Christmas Crafts
The sound of chatter and laughter filled the room as we all tried a variety of crafts - from card making, glass painting, paper trees, paper angels, pom poms to gift bags - all of course with a Christmas theme.
Not only was it great fun, we were all very productive and surprised ourselves with the results of our work. To top it all we managed to finish off the cakes and sausage rolls which were left over from the Autumn Fair.
Evidence of our hard work and enjoyment can be seen below and more pictures can be found in the gallery.
Tuesday 12th November 2019
Autumn Craft Fair
We hosted another very successful Craft Fair in Papplewick Village Hall. A wide range of talented artisans selling their wares, along with our ever popular Tearoom with lots of scrumptious cakes and savouries. Below is a brief glimpse - more photos can be found in the gallery.
This year a share of our profits will be donated to Nottinghamshire Blood Bikes.
Saturday 9th November
Something to think about
Heroes on bikes
It was a surprise to us all as a large yellow and black motorbike was wheeled into the Village Hall. This was part of a demonstration and presentation on behalf of the Nottinghamshire Blood Bikes given by John Devlin. Their voluntary work greatly helps the NHS in fulfilling its role. They are 'unsung' heroes who go about their duty quietly, often in the middle of the night, to ensure that blood, breast milk, organs and other necessities get to their destinations quickly. Self - funding and reliant purely on volunteers, this is a group to be admired. President Jo presented a cheque and further monies will be gifted after our Craft Fair.
And then the ladies couldn't resist a pose on the bikes - Teresa, however, looked a little uncertain!
Thursday 26th September 2019
Christine Robinson (former housekeeper at Chatsworth House) took us on a historical tour of the beautiful gardens and gave us an insight into how they had evolved over the years, using historical photos and plans in her presentation.
It was amazing to hear that the gravity fed Emperor's fountain (the largest in Europe) took a mere six months to build; this involved not only creating a new lake, but also draining moorland and creating a pipe and sluice network! Makes you think how long it would take to build today, considerably longer that six months I suspect.
Christine also gave us many tips of places to visit away from the crowds to enjoy the beautiful grounds and park vistas.
Tuesday September 10th 2019
We had a wonderful day out at Trentham Gardens, exploring the beautiful gardens with a fascinating array of garden sculptures. Then we found the time to indulge in a little retail therapy. More pictures can be found on the Trentham Gardens gallery page.
August 20th 2019
We had a evening visit to this amazing place, designed in the early 1880s to pump millions of gallons of clean fresh water every day to the rapidly increasing population of Industrial Nottingham. It is a fantastic example of Victorian engineering and excess at its best. Even the drain pipes are works of art! The brick built underground reservoir is a place of beauty and also has great acoustics as a rendition of Jerusalem took place. Many more pictures can be found in the Papplewick Pumping Station gallery page
August 15th 2019
Vice & Villainy
On the hottest day of the year so far Mildred Freeman, aka The Lady Historian, told us about the goings on in Nottingham in the Victorian times.
Crime, Vice and Villainy were rife and for huge numbers of poorly paid workers living in poverty, crime was often a necessity not a choice. We heard gruesome tales of murder, theft and cruelty and all about the spectacle of a public execution.
Throw into this mix the "Angels" of Angel Row and we heard some entertaining stories about the ladies of the night.
Thursday 25th July 2019
We had a fascinating talk from Peter Nicholls, a volunteer fundraiser, from the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance.
Having originally started in 1994, the service has developed and will soon be available around the clock 7 days a week. This will cost approx. £4 million each year, all of which has to be raised through events, the air ambulance lottery and charity shops as the Air Ambulance receives no government support or national lottery funding.
The air ambulance has a crew of 5, 2 pilots, 2 paramedics and a doctor plus equipment costing £1 million. They have the skills to deal with every incident and also now carry blood in case it is needed. If bad weather grounds the helicopter, there are two rapid response units available too.
Our President Joanna Parris, presented a cheque for £100 for the Air Ambulance to Peter and volunteer shop assistant Lorraine Stokes.
Tuesday 9th July 2019
Serious stuff and games
Before the start of the 'serious' stuff, members were able to view the fantastic Art exhibition showing off the talent of the Lapwings Art groups.
Then the formal part - with the Treasurer's Report, the Secretary's overview and the President's report; the reading of which was shared out between Jan, Ann and Sue, as Jo was unable to attend due to previous commitments. However if you look very closely at the photo you can see she was there in 'cutout' form!
The second ' serious' formalities of the evening - voting in of a new President - were dealt with quickly and once again Jo Parris was voted in as President for Lapwings WI year 2019 - 2020.
Whilst votes were being counted we tucked into a fabulous selection of cheeses and freshly baked sourdough breads. Lovely combination!
'Serious' stuff over it was time for some games - what better than a game of Bingo and Sticky 13s to end the evening.
Thursday 27th June 2019
Bingo & Bacon Baps
Our morning AGM got off to a fun start with a game of bingo, followed by our tea break which was enhanced due to the occasion with a Bacon Bap (Cob, Bun, Roll take your pick).
We then got on to the more formal part of the meeting with the Treasurer's Report, the President's review of the year and the Secretary's overview.
As we have two meetings a month, the WI formalities cannot be confirmed until the Thursday evening meeting has taken place and every member has had the chance to vote.
We closed our meeting with a few very noisy (and ever so slight competitive) rounds of sticky 13s.
Tuesday meeting, June 2019
5th Birthday Party
So how do we celebrate our 5th birthday - with a delicious afternoon tea of course.
110 Lapwings members enjoyed tea, much chatter and laughter at Eastwood Hall.
More pictures are in the photo gallery
We had a fascinating tour around the Masonic Hall in Nottingham and an informative talk by Bill Lawrenson, followed by a lovely lunch at the Corinthian Restaurant.
Thank you to Linda and Tony Cooper for making this trip possible and for Jan, as ever her organising skills led to another successful outing.
June 4th 2019
Netball - Sunday 'Wiggle and Giggle' Tournament
The Lapwings Walking Netball players braved another Tournament at a very impressive venue - Derby's Velodrome - a fantastic new build with cycling circuits above and various sports' courts below.
It was so much more enjoyable than our previous expedition, definitely more like 'Walking' netball!
We didn't win - might have even come last - but enjoyed the experience. However, Carol was awarded the Player of the 'Wiggle and Giggle' Matches medal.
Also very lucky to actually see the BBC Sports Personality Team of the Year 2018 Trophy which was awarded to the England National Netball Team (Vitality Roses).
2nd June 2019
Both our May meetings had the same agenda, a rather unusual format for us, but the meeting were both interesting and fun.
First the Resolutions were read out and thorough information was given by Jo, Sue and Jan so that we had a clear understanding when voting.
This was followed by a lively game of Lucky 13s... we're so competitive!
The hearty singing led by Helen on both days soon led to some 'air' (plastic) guitar playing and great vocal renditions of some well known numbers, accompanied by tambourines and maracas.
Again a game of Lucky 13s, ending with 'Jerusalem'! Different but very enjoyable!
Imagine the cleaning...
Being Head Housekeeper isn't a joke, especially if the house is Chatsworth.
Christine Robinson's talk about her life at Chatsworth was both entertaining and very interesting, especially on the subject of 'cleaning' Chatsworth.
She has always lived locally in the shadow of the great house and through a 'holiday' job eventually ended being its Head Housekeeper.
She spoke about the Devonshire family's determination to keep things up-to-date at Chatsworth, introducing new events and keeping older traditions. Her talk showed her passion for the House and although she has now retired she continues to stay in close contact and continues to live nearby.
Christine showed us Powerpoint pictures of how the 'cleaning' was done and also the great parties for 1,200 people in the grounds of Chatsworth!
Never mind the cleaning - think of the catering!
For anyone visiting Chatsworth you may look at it in a very different light.
For earlier activities please refer to the archive pages
Lapwings WI are a very dynamic group and you are definitely guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome at our meetings which are held on the 2nd Tuesday morning and the 4th Thursday evening of each month.
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