When and where we meet:

Every 2nd Monday of the month at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall, Leigh on Mendip

Visitors welcome!

For more details contact Mary Mears

or leave a comment here on our blog


Leigh on Mendip Community Coffee Mornings.

1st Monday of the month in the Memorial Hall from 9.45 to 10.45am.

Come along for a coffee and a chat! Everyone welcome.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Our December meeting was very traditional, with an interesting talk and tasting of some delicious seasonal breads. Also, Jenni was welcomed as a new member!

We're all looking forward very much to our next year of fascinating talks, activities and projects!

Some of us will be able to meet again for lunch on Friday 6th January...
 ............and we can all get together and find out how to get back into shape with the talk from the Chiropractor on 9th January!
Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Frome Group W.I. Carol Service

What a lovely evening! Almost 50 WI members from Leigh on Mendip, Nunney, Kilmersdon, Buckland Dinham and Hemington gathered to celebrate together in a tradtional carol service in the beautiful St Giles church at Leigh on Mendip. Each WI provided a reader to unfold the Christmas story through the Bible readings, and the new vicar, Anthony, very kindly lead the service for us. Our organist did us proud, especially as she is a Leigh WI member; there was such a sense of warmth, cooperation together to make the whole event run seemlessly. Everyone stayed on to enjoy some mulled apple juice and savoury nibbles.

Thank you to everyone who came along and to all of the folk who helped to make it run so smoothly - from sweeping the church to organising the collection and clearing up afterwards!
(More of those inspiring women!)

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Let's Cook Local course in this area!

Yes! I am now a fully trained 'Let's Cook Local' tutor!
I went to Stafford Federation HQ yesterday to spend the day learning all about this lottery funded project to help young lone parents to cook for their children using as much local produce as possible.
Now I need to find a venue, some people to take the course... and some helpers! Is anyone interested?
The course will be once a week for 6 weeks; on a week day possibly 10.30 - 12.30, as the idea is to cook and then eat together with the children (who will have been looked after in a creche during the cooking session). I guess it's not likely to begin until late January or early February.

Let me know if you would like to help out - on a volunteer basis, like me, but expenses will be paid.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Christmas Meal 2011

We had a Very Merry Evening last night at The Strode Arms in Cranmore - excellent company and nice food. The Secret Santa was a great success, as always! people are so very creative with thinking of unusual and fabulous gifts! Thank you  everyone!
PS These photos are mine which I took on my 'phone, hence the slightly grainy quality (only 1 glass of wine, honest!) - I'll post the better photos later on! (taken with a camera by a more experienced photographer!)

Monday, 5 December 2011

Craft Days in the Memorial Hall - change of date!

Following a very successful afternoon, scrap booking, sewing and Dorset Button making, we've put another 2 dates in the diary for anyone to come along with their crafts to enjoy the company, the space and the time to get on with it!

Monday 9th January & NOT Monday 6th February - we can't make this one.... watch this space for the next date - possibly Monday 13th February, to be confirmed!  10 am until 4 pm.
Bring your own craft and your own lunch.  Tea & coffee provided.
We share the cost of the hall hire between the people present.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Nature Walk on the Somerset Levels

Yesterday Sue V & I set off for the Peat Moors Centre near Shapwick to join the WI Nature Walk. It was sunny during the morning, so we were hopeful of a good afternoon.... we drove through the rain which dried up as we arrived!
There were 19 of us altogether, and as we were waiting for everyone to arrive we learned that our guide, Simon, had driven there from Stoke St Michael and the first WI members we met were from Binegar and Kilmersdon!
Thanks to the grey clouds and threat of the light going, we did a pretty fast walk along the south ditch to where Simon had seen the starlings roost the previous evening. He showed us how to spot otter tracks and signs of their activity on the way and pointed out various birds as we went. He said that they can never be sure where the starlings will roost and that no-one really knows exactly why they all gather together in such a spectacular way.
Well, we were very lucky and watched flock after flock flying in and just dropping out of the sky into the reed beds. It was simply fantastic! We watched, almost speechless (well, obviously not actually speechless!) for ages as more and more appeared. Simon suggested that we might like to return to precisely that spot the next morning just  before dawn when we would be able to see them all rise up and fly off to feed for the day.

I wonder if anyone else was there! I do plan to go again, one sunny afternoon in the next month or so.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

We did it for Denman!

This is the table at the end of the morning! It was laden down with gorgeous cakes & loads of very diverse and interesting bring & buy bargains!
Our fundraising coffee morning for Denman was a great success! The target was £5 per member, we have 24 members (+ 2 who are intending to join) so we were aiming for £120.
It seemed quite quiet at first, but lots of lovely people came along with contributions - and we raised £145!
How fab is that! Well done everyone and thank you all very much for your support.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

A date for your 2012 diary!

Following a very busy e mailing few days we have found a date for many of our members to enjoy meeting for lunch! Beginning on Friday 6th January, possibly at The Duke of Cumberland (although we may indeed revert to The Bell) we shall bring in the New Year in style!

In order to achieve this more that 75% of our members communicated by e mail!

I hope everyone is planning to bring a cake/donation for the bring & buy/a friend and themselves to the coffee morning at Caroline's house on Saturday from 10 until 12 noon! We are looking for another successful event!

Monday 5th December 12 noon - 4 pm is our next craft session at the Memorial Hall (the same day as our Christmas meal). Do come along!

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Catch up....

Caroline, Jackie and I spent a very enjoyable and productive day working on our crafts on Saturday! I'll let you know as soon as we have chosen our next date!

Gill Baker has given us a lovely thank you card for her gift. (She was unable to attend the AGM and receive it in person, so I called round to her house with it). The choice of Christmas cactus was a perfect one for her, as she had been admiring a friend's only a few days before!

The Christmas Carol Concert programme is almost ready to go into production - we need to have an idea how many of our WI members and families will be coming along - please let me know! ('phone or e mail, or even a comment on the blog!)

I hope you are all able to find something for Barbara's 'Bathroom' stall at the Church Christmas Fair on 2nd December? I have a huge bottle of pink bubble bath to donate and a very pretty little cloth bag which will be perfect to hold.... something or another. I'm sure it will be just right for someone!

Just in case you were wondering about our AGM, here is the WIFTA awarded to all of us! (for a bit of fun!) It's the Women's Institute Fabulous Team Award.

Please come along to Caroline's house next Saturday morning for our 'Do it for Denman' coffee morning. We really need to raise £120 (£5 for each of our members) bring friends, cash to spend, cakes and items for others to buy... can we do it? Yes we can!

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Craft Day

Yesterday I went to Pitney village hall (near Somerton) for a 'Patchwork Christmas craft' workshop.
It was excellent! I spent the day with some lovely ladies, one from Binegar and another from Yeovil. The tutors were all so patient, experienced and encouraging! This is what I made - unfortunately I didn't mange to make everything which was available - so pehaps I should get a place on the next one! We really appreciated the hours and hours spent beforehand by the tutors in creating all of the individual kits for each of us - all we had to do was assemble each item according to the instructions - and what festive results!
This day cost only £12 and included tea and coffee throughout the day, kindly provided by the ladies of Pitney WI. The County Federation craft committee certainly came up trumps!

Saturday, 12 November 2011

"Luck be the Lady Tonight!"


Six lucky WI ladies had a wonderful, winning evening at the Owl Babies fundraising bingo last night! The Owl Babies pre school committee had clearly worked very hard to gather some fabulous prizes and put on a really fun event.

We all sat together around one table... and the novices amongst us received instructions on how to do it! I was armed with Beginner's Luck (which, you will be pleased to note, I shared!) and a professional 'Bingo Dabber' in bright pink (bought for me especially by my lovely husband!). In addition we had June B on our table, who told us that she is lucky.

Tension mounts as the two 'full house' winners draw for the M&S voucher!

Unbearable tension! Who will draw the highest card to decide the winner of the cash prize?

The lucky pink bingo dabber and our cache of prizes! June was right - she did bring us loads of luck!

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Shepton Mallet Carnival!

Yes! We did it! Four intrepid Leigh on Mendip WI members partied all evening in the streets of Shepton Mallet! There were 9 WI ladies altogether, from Binegar, Milborne Port & County.
Our music was superb! Pretty Woman, Dancing in the Street, Cecelia and many more great foot tapping tracks! We danced and sang all the way round the route, twirling our umbrellas while the crowds were smiling, waving and laughing! It was a great success!
The WI is officially FUN!

Thank you to the Binegar team for our warm green wigs, glow sticks and to the WI for our brollies and the fluorescent wrist and ankle bands. (Also thank you to Binegar WI for the photo!)
Oh dear, did we really wear that? !

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Somerset County Federation of W.I. - Annual Meeting in Yeovil

Saturday 29th October saw Yvonne, Barbara and me in Yeovil for the Somerset County Federation Annual Meeting. It was an excellent day! Lots of stalls to browse, plenty of information to glean and I don't know how many WI members! We applauded and marvelled at the anniversaries to be celebrated next year by various Somerset WIs: from 60 years right up to 95 years! One of the ladies who went up to receive the certificate had joined when she was 14!

We heard about the work of our Somerset committees, including a very moving poem read out by Eileen Hurd (Public Affairs and International committee) about the lady who has to collect water every day for her family. The new project for ACWW being 'Water for All'. The focus for next year, in addition to the farming debate, is how to secure safety for children using the internet.
There will be plenty of craft workshops organised by Shelia Budd and her committee including felt making and sugarcraft as well as some more 'dabble days' which have been very popular. There will also be a national competition to create a WI heirloom.
Marie Masters from the Music and Drama committee encouraged us all to take part in the singing for fun day which will be for any ability and any age on 28th April at Chilthorne Domer. It will really be lots of fun!

How does the WI inspire women? Well, we listened to the cover model from a recent WI Life magazine - the woman who had attended a hat making session at her local WI, only to discover a talent and a passion for hat making, which otherwise would have remained hidden. She now works one day a week in London for a famous milliner and has begun her own very promising business.

Our guest speaker, Sarah Raven was fascinating! Her description of a career change from medicine to growing flowers commercially was inspiring! Anything is possible! She went on to show us beautiful slides of the favourite flowers she grows and then finished by demonstrating how to use a sieve, some fillers, a bride and some gatecrashers to create a gorgeous flower arrangement! Intruiging! It all looked so easy!  
Maggie Symonds, a former Somerset WI member who now lives in Wiltshire and is a member of the National Federation of WIs told us about some of the things in store for us: there are action packs for crafts we can hire (incidentally, I looked on the WI website to see that we could hire one on how to make paper beads.... and then when we visited Radstock museum last night I noticed a womens magazine from 1923 with an article on how to make paper beads!). There will be grants available for new gardening projects, training for 'Let's Cook' tutors, a 'Sing for Joy' initiative and a "Big Walk, Little Splash" which will take place from 1st April - 16th September and we will be required to cover 209 miles. (that figure was significant, 'though I'm afraid I can't remember quite why!) 
Margaret Bigg, from the membership Support committee, explained the plans to amalgamate the AGM and the Resolutions meetings into the May meeting for all Somerset WIs, with effect from May 2013 This means that whoever is elected on the committee in November 2012 will serve only until May 2013! 

It was most enjoyable, and in very pleasant company!

P.S. Wednesday, I read in a magazine, the following paragraph:
Singing brings a whole host of health and emotional benefits. Even in 10 minutes filling your lungs and singing along to a few Christmas songs in the car on the way to work can put you in a good mood for the day. Singing not only raises self-confidence, experts also believe it can boost the immune system by lowering stress levels, and all that deep breathing helps us take in more oxygen, which releases muscle tension. That has got to be a good thing....
WI leading the field again, then!

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Food & Farming explained!

Last night's meeting proved to be a great success!
Thanks to our excellent speaker, James Small, the Chairman of Somerset County NFU who farms near Priddy. He gave us a very informative and interesting talk about farming and food. He covered many angles, from the Common Agricultural Policy, the environment and the food we choose to buy as well as the high standards of animal welfare practised by British farmers today. We need to think globally and about the future of farming if it is to meet the needs of the growing population as well as realising how we, as consumers, can affect what is produced.
I think it's safe to say that he explained all of the issues we raised at our resolutions meeting back in May; there were plenty of questions and discussion, making it a very lively evening.

We rounded it off with some tasty scones, local home made jams and a generous helping of Cornish clotted cream - our Alternative Jam Festival in recognition of the National WI jam festival which took place over the weekend at Denman College.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Alternative Jam Festival at Leigh on Mendip W.I.!

Yes, it's true! As we cannot attend the Real Jam Festival at the W.I Denman College this weekend, we will be holding our very own alternative jam festival at the next meeting! (Monday 10th October)

Instead of our usual tea & biscuits we shall devour scones, clotted cream and home made jam as supplied by our members! Plenty to taste and savour....mmmm I'm looking forward to it!

We'll be having a very interesting meeting all about farming and the future of our food - what better way to end the evening than with good, traditional English food?

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Facebook Workshop

After a very successful first workshop we've decided to hold another one! We even put a message on the W.I. National wall!
Everyone is welcome!
Monday 31st October at 10 am at my house.
Val, Ann, Jean & Sparks

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Theatre trip on Tuesday 4th October

Would anyone like to use a spare ticket for Tuesday's theatre trip? One has become available - including transport!
We're going to see 'Austen's Women' at the Strode Theatre in Street.
Let me know if you are interested!

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Village Sign Workshops

Just to let you know that the organisers are arranging for an extra Tuesday evening session so that more of us will be able to attend and put forward our ideas for the village sign. Luckily they are very flexible, so we will be able to take part!

Friday, 16 September 2011

Save our Libraries campaign

Here I am on Friday 16th September, waiting for the library to open!
This is the WI day to use the library! Have a look at the National WI website for more information and go along! Browse, take out a book! Above all, take action!

Monday, 12 September 2011

Resolution on mega farms - more information!

Think back to last May when we had a very interesting meeting discussing the resolution on mega farms - everyone had an opinion and expressed concern at the lack of facts and information.

We have been able to secure the vice chair of our local NFU to speak to us - James Small, who farms near Priddy. He will be able to answer  those burning questions and explain the situation as it is today in farming and food production. This will be on Monday 10th October. I think it will prove to be another very interesting session!

For those who are free, there is a farm visit to New Manor Farm Downside on Thursday 20th October, during the afternoon. This visit has been organised by the County Federation.

Friday, 9 September 2011

September is here!

It seems that the weather has decided to bring in the Autumn a bit sooner than usual! Plenty to enjoy and look forward to, and as they say, it's not bad weather, just the wrong clothes!

On Monday we have a very interesting talk coming up all about stained glass from John Yeo. Have a look at his website - it's well worth it to give you a taste of what's to come!

We have several workshops organised, too - from contributing to the creation of the new village signs, to social networking and craft! All in the village - can't be bad!

Thursday, 9 June 2011

National WI AGM in Liverpool 8th June

What a fantastic experience! Thank you very much to Somerset Federation of WIs for enabling me to be a part of the National AGM. Report coming up soon! Have a look at the WI Facebook page for photos, & Twitter for updates on the day - all very exciting! 

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Chocolate in aid of the Children's Society!

Tha answer is a chocolate fountain!

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Children's Society and ACWW fundraising

A message from Caroline: Many many thanks to everyone who came along to the Children's Society coffee morning and for all the boxes (contents of). A grand total of £670.08, which was fantastic.

At the Bring and Buy sale held at out May meeting, we raised £38.01 for the Associated Country Women of the World. Thank you to everyone who brought - and bought!

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Interested in winning a prize?

Here's an idea!
I have some prizes to give out to Leigh on Mendip WI members! How to win?

Read the blog and then e mail me with the answer!

Cryptic? NO! all you have to do is read through the blog and you will find the answer!
There will be another prize for comments added to the blog!

Who is up for the challenge?

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Very successful and enjoyable evening!

At our May meeting we had a very useful and heartfelt discussion about the W.I. campaign issues on the closure of libraries and the prospects of 'mega' farms. Many people voiced strong opinions and many very valid points were raised. Both of these resolutions are close to home for each of us.
When I go to the National Conference next month I shall make a decision to vote on our behalf; the discussions last night have given me a clear picture of  your views.

Our fact file was great fun! Well! What interesting - and some funny-  insights we discovered about each other! Val was the most astute amongst us, in correctly guessing  whether our statements were true or false; she very kindly gave the prize to Gill, who came second on the right answer front - but, I think, had the best story to go with her true statement!

Unfortunately our outing on 16th May  to the chocolate factory has been cancelled - so, undaunted and on the chocolate trail ...... we have decided to meet (16th May) for a chocolate evening at Jan P's at 7.30p.m. Please bring items (marshmallows, fruit.....) to douse in the chocolate fountain which Caroline will bring (+ some cash to pay for the chocolate!). It will also be useful to bring a fondue fork/ skewer to spear your chocolate carrier! (and perhaps an apron, some napkins and wipes!! - or maybe it won't be messy? will we be genteel? Or try to recreate that scene from the Vicar of Dibley when Dawn French put her head into a chocolate fountain?). This is a members only event! The answer is chocolate!

Friday, 22 April 2011

Children's Society Coffee Morning

Saturday 23rd April 10 am at Mary's house, at the Old Sawmills
bring something to donate to the bring and buy or plants for sale.... bring some cash to buy and have a lovely cup of tea or coffee and a good catch up with everyone. (Oh, and don't forget the collection boxes you have been filling all year!)

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Photos in County News!

Ladies we have something to live up to!

I sent an e mail to the editor of County News to thank her for putting in so many of our gorgeous wedding dress photos. Here is her reply:
Hi Sparks -  thank you for your email, so nice to get feed back!   I will await your next contribution with interest.
Now.... is this a challenge? Our next contribution! It will have to be something rather special.... but I believe we are up to the mark! Hmm.... looking at the programme of forthcoming events .....

Monday, 18 April 2011

County Walk in Milborne Port

Jan, Marguerite, Barbara and I went over to Milborne Port for a lovely afternoon walk with W.I. members from all over Somerset - 40 in total. After a pub lunch we enjoyed a two and a half hour walk in the surroundings of Milborne Port - through a gorgeous field and copse which was brim full of cowslips, primroses, wild thyme, ground ivy, violets, red campions and even a few bluebells. On the way back we made our way along a river and at the top of the adjoining hill there were three or four cows, silhouetted against the blue sky. The idyllic English countryside! What a perfect shot for the Milk Mission competition (see previous post).... unfortunately I had left my camera at home, so you'll just have to use your imagination!
Once back in Milborne Port we were rewarded by a welcome cup of tea (or two) and the most scrumptious lemon cake! ( and a piece of coconut cake, too - but who's counting?)

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Can we help to save British Milk?

Mission Milk Logo
In the April edition of County News the Mission Milk campaign is mentioned - what we can do right now is to look out for the Red Tractor logo with the Union Flag - this shows that the product has been farmed, processed and packed in the UK. Look out for the logo on all dairy products you buy - make a list of the ones which don't carry the logo and send it to whereistheredtractor@nfu.org.uk (or bring the list to our next meeting and we'll send them off together). The NFU will contact the retailers & manufacturers.

Photographers amongst you will be interested in the competition - send a photo that captures how dairy cows contribute to the unique look of our countryside to jon.chinery@nfu.org.uk The winner will receive £250 of Farm Stay vouchers. closing date 30th June

and, of course we can drink more British milk, use more British butter and cheese....

have a look at the campaigns section of the WI website for more details about Mission Milk

April meeting & Community Coffee morning

Monday 18th April in the Memorial Hall - come along for a lovely cup of coffee or tea, some scrummy cake and enjoy the delightful company. An ideal way to meet friends and spend some time on Monday morning!

We had another very interesting and social meeting last night! Did you know that Bristol Water produces the best tasting water? (according to a recent taste test carried out in London) and is of a higher quality with fewer impurities than many brands of bottled water? Drink tap water! Put a jug full in the fridge for an hour - it will taste great and be chilled as well! Have a look at our 'Previous Meetings' page for photos & some more information.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Monday 11th April - Chew Valley Lake

We're looking forward to another sociable evening on Monday!
All you need to bring this time is a photograph or picture of water... some connection with water, however tenuous! We will display them all and have a chance to look during our refreshments, and find out who, what  and where the photos were taken - and perhaps why?

For May's meeting: don't forget to look at  www.thewi.org.uk/resolutions where you can read more information about our resolutions. There is some information in your copy of WI Life magazine.

The resolutions this year will affect us all, and I think it will be difficult to choose, so we need everyone to think carefully and come in May well prepared. 

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

group meeting at Nunney

We had a fabulous evening at Nunney - with the most gorgeous savouries and cakes served during the break (you can see where my priorities lie, mentioning the food first!). The entertainment which rounded off the evening was very funny and extremely well presented! Two of the members from Nunney read comic poems - to great effect and much laughter. Finally we watched a short sketch which was extremely well written and very well acted.
The main talk was very interesting; it was given by an auctioneer from Devizes who specialises in memorabilia from the Titanic. He shared a wealth of stories about the artefacts he has sold (for enormous sums) and told a lot of imaginative tales to paint the reality behind many of the photos and documents we saw on the screen.
Two of our members were lucky in the raffle (which seems to be a bit of a tradition from what I can gather!) and the competition prize was won by a marvellous, huge creation in sugar craft of a boat at the bottom of the sea.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

group meeting tonight!

Don't forget it's the group meeting at Nunney village hall tonight, where the speaker will tell us about memorabilia of the Titanic.

....and are you looking around for your photograph of water to bring to our next meeting on 11th April?
Please keep on collecting for our recycling, too - Danone yoghurt pots (cleaned!) and kenco 'eco refill' coffee packets.

Success of WI campaigns!

This just goes to show it's really worth taking time over the resolutions for the W.I. national conference - we can make things happen!
Click on these links and read more:-
The WI (National Federation of Women's Institutes)
The bee's are back in town. Read Martha Kearney's latest bee blog on the NFWI website at http://www.thewi.org.uk/standard.aspx?id=18528.
 The WI (National Federation of Women's Institutes)
News in today’s Guardian on the WI’s Care not Custody campaign reception - http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/mar/28/divert-mentally-ill-offenders-prison.
For more information on the campaign go to
The official press release can be found here

Andrew Lansley and Ken Clarke launch first stage of plan to create national liaison and diversion service by 2014

Tuesday, 15 March 2011


Click on the 'previous meetings' link (blue writing at the right side of this page) to see my photos from last night's lovely meeting! More photos and a report to follow soon! We had a great time!
In addition, we raised £6.82 because we were 'wearing something funny' for Red Nose Day.

Monday, 14 March 2011

News from National W.I.

Strengthening Women's Voices in Government - The GEO has launched a consultation which seeks views on proposals for a new approach to engaging with and listening to women, and asks what the key challenges and priorities are for women in the UK today. The consultation will be open until 10 June. You can access the consultation paper here: http://bit.ly/hkheDM, and access the questions online here: http://svy.mk/fahHjX

Sunday, 13 March 2011

The Best Photo of the Village Clean Up

Village Clean Up - more photos

hard at work
Parish council workers: a job well done

Village Pride! Thank you!

What a successful Village Clean Up day we had!
The weather was dry and sunny, which makes the whole thing a lot easier.
50 people turned out to help - possibly there were more - ages ranging from Helen, age 11 months ('though I think she really just came along for the ride and to give moral support and her lovely winning smiles) to Roy who celebrated his 80th birthday recently (I did tell him he doesn't look a day over 40, and they do say that 80 is the new 60!) If anyone present is more chronologically experienced, all I can say is that you, like Roy,  simply don't look your age! 
Thank you very much indeed for all of your efforts; we were able to clear every street, lane, footpath and even the top road. There is a large pile of rubbish waiting for Mendip to collect on Monday. (plastic drinks bottles, cider cans, vodka bottles, sweet wrappers, crisp packets, cigarette packets, plenty of plastic, a car wheel, a bra and various other metal items, a chamber pot and some fast food wrappers.....)

Thank you all - I'm sure that as you went home after a spot of rest and a lovely cake in the Memorial Hall you all looked around you with pride - I certainly did!
How wonderful all of those snowdrops look, too, they stand out even more now.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

International Women's Day event in Draycott

Barbara & I spent a very enjoyable and informative day yesterday at the International Women's Day event at Draycott village hall. In the morning we heard three very different speakers, telling us how their charity supports women in Africa and South America. We had a 'Mary's Meals' type lunch (Mary's Meals gives a meal to african children who each bring along a mug to hold the porridge) of delicious home made soup in our mugs, followed by a short walk in the lovely sunshine. The views over the Mendips were quite stunning. In the afternoon an Indian lady (all the way from Amesbury!) told us about her life and demonstrated how to put on a sari. She had a fabulous range of clothing to show us. Next she showed how to make potato curry and onion bhajees. She was very entertaining and told us great deal not only about Indian cookery but also about the way of life. Fascinating!
Potato curry on the menu here tonight!

Details of the charities at our International Women's Day event

The three charities represented were: African Initiatives, Tree Aid and Create, the fairtrade collection for sale through Tearfund.
Oxfam also had a presence there & between us we donated £40 to sponsor two African women.
Here are the websites for you to find out more:



Friday, 4 March 2011

Events in Somerset

have a look in your copy of County News for more details of the following...
  • There are 3 Road Shows to choose from across the county - our closest is at Shipham on 14th April
  • The Spring Ramble at Milborne Port will be great fun! (I know because I took part in the last one at Leigh!) To take place on 18th April
Village Spring Clean!
We need your help!
All volunteers welcome!
Saturday March 12th

Starting from Leigh on Mendip Memorial Hall
2 pm for cleaning up
‘High Viz’ tabards, bags and ‘litter pickers’ available
Bring your own protective gloves 
Come back at 3pm for lovely refreshments, 
supporting Fairtrade fortnight.