CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS AT CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL
What a splendid day of celebration at Christ Church Cathedral on 15 September. Oxfordshire members proudly brought their WI banners to parade up St Aldates before entering the Cathedral to the very moving and haunting music of Vangelis, Chariots of Fire, being played on the organ.
After the wonderful singing of Jerusalem, Ann Jones, Chair of Federation of the Wales Committee, Sir Hugo Brunner KCVO, and Pauline Goddard, Chairman of Oxfordshire Federation, all gave excellent speeches. We also heard the beautiful voice of Eloise Irving singing I dreamed a dream and Bridge over Troubled Waters, before finishing with our National Anthem. The banners then congregated in the quadrangle for photos in glorious sunshine, a selection are given here:
More can be seen on our Facebook page.
A NEW WI IN HENLEY
Welcome to Henley on Thames WI (HOT WI!). Formed in July, they will be meeting on the 2nd Friday of the month, 7.30pm, in Henley Town Hall. Why not pop along and say hello? You might even feel like joining! They welcome visitors and we wish them every success!
FEDERATION WEEKEND AT DENMAN
A super weekend for Oxfordshire members at Denman. Superb courses with some of the best tutors around, delicious food, comfortable rooms, a real treat!
Pulling & stretching Mozzarella Cheese
ANOTHER NEW WI FOR OXFORDSHIRE !
Welcome to THAME BELLES WI just formed in Thame. They had an amazing 67 potential members turn up for their first meeting but would love to see more! So if you'd like to go along, they meet in the Thame Barns Centre, on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 8pm. They already have their own Facebook page
so do visit and 'Like'. We wish them every success.
A WOMAN'S LOT
A wonderful day with super speakers and delicious homemade refreshments. Philippa Bilton, with the sign below, told us about the suffragette movement and Wafaa Powell, (in blue) born and brought up in Lebanon reflected on a very different life for women. Fascinating day. The two on the outside are committee members.
CAKE DECORATING FOR EASTER
These super cakes were iced by those doing a Cake Decorating workshop for Easter. What wonderful colours and ideas.
Yes, OFWI is now on Twitter! Very excited at taking ourselves on to a new social media. Do join us and 'follow' us!
CHRISTMAS SONGS 2014
This event is always a wonderful start to the Christmas season. This year we were treated to the delightful sound of the St Giles Church Choir on arrival to enjoy with our glass of wine and homemade mince pie; we then listened to some beautiful singing by the Garsington School Choir and were also treated to a couple of carols from our own federation choir, the Foxy Singers. Later we did some singing of our own, led superbly by Jenni Matthews, listened to some lovely readings by the Combined Arts Committee as well as their usual amusing sketch to round off a wonderful evening.
Oxfordshire Federation was delighted to welcome Michael Portillo to Oxford Town Hall in October. A charming and considerate man, he gave an amusing and informative talk to our members, dipping into his political career and his work with Margaret Thatcher, as well as giving some humourous insights into his railway TV programmes. Lots of laughs, lots of questions, lots of book signing, a wonderful evening! He is pictured here with Federation Chairman, Cheryl Boorman, standing behind him.
OFWI CHOIR - THE FOXY SINGERS
The OFWI Choir, The Foxy Singers, conducted by Nick Prozillo, is competing in the first round of the NFWI Choir Competition on 18 October in Dorking. Their dress rehearsal drew many compliments and we wish them every success for the first round. They can be seen here at the concert they gave in St Giles Church, Oxford.
2014 TREASURE HUNT
This was a very successful day in
Woodstock. A splendid turnout of 73
members ensured there was much chatter and fun to be had while walking round
Woodstock looking to solve the clues. Pleasant weather helped and a nice lunch
was already laid out for the quizzers on their return. The marking resulted in
a three way tie to find the winners, which was then decided by several tie
break questions. The winning team was the PSVs, no, not Public Service Vehicles
but a Pauline (Goddard, Wendlebury WI) a Sue (Oliis, West Witney WI) and two
Vals (Val Lester from West Witney WI and Val McCarthy from Langford Village WI). They
are shown with their prizes.
The eventual runners up were Thame Tearaways,
namely Sue Jenkins, Julie West and Chris Burrows, all from Thame WI. Well done to everyone who took part in such good humour, a real day
of true WI fun.