What a wonderful occasion this was! Exquisite saris in such stunning colours, delicious food and some wonderful talks. Seen here are just some of the saris we tried on during the afternoon.
New WI in Oxfordshire!
We are delighted to welcome COUNTRY GIRLS WI to the Federation. They will be meeting on the second Thursday of the month at 7.30pm in West Challow Village Hall. If you would like to join them, do go along, you are sure of a warm welcome. We wish them every success.
Murder Mystery Solved!
A wonderful evening full of mystery and surprises! A delicious meal with appropriate ingredients for 1944 and the costumes were superb! It was thrilling to see so many making the effort to look the part and really added to the atmosphere. Below are photos showing some of the splendid outfits to be seen. The first shows our Federation Chairman, Sue Cox, on the left, who was delighted that her disguise left many wondering who she was!
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Bowling Club was the venue for the competition for the Elizabeth Davison Trophy
for 2013– the September day was very sunny and the hospitality was
wonderful. 24 WI members, representing
12 WIs, made 8 teams of triples who then played 5 matches during the day – very
demanding in the heat.
In the photo, you can see the winning team from Sutton Courtenay WI - L-R, Brenda Budd, Doreen Denton and Claris Jordan receiving the trophy from Cheryl Boorman, chairman of the Sport & Leisure Committee. In second place were Denise Whitehead, Abingdon Fitzharrys WI; Alison Eastgate, Begbroke WI and Pam Faulkner, Yarnton WI. Everyone had a lovely day of bowls in a super setting.
The final match was played between Stoke Row A and Shipton-under-Wychwood WI teams, with Stoke Row being victorious by three games to none. On a warm evening, games were played in a friendly spirit and the scoreline does not show how close the games were. In the end the team from Stoke Row WI were just quicker at the doubles, thanks to one of their players, Sylvia, who got them all! Pictured with the OFWI winners shield are from the left, Sylvia Miller, Marian Turner, Cheryl Boorman, Vice Chairman, and Penny Noble
Sarah Raven comes to Oxfordshire
TV personality, gardener, cook and author, Sarah came and gave a presentation aptly named 'Grow, Cook, Eat' to a full hall at Horton-cum-Studley in June. Sarah began by giving us her ideas on what vegetables she considers best value for money per square metre and how she came up with this list. She interspersed these facts with wonderful mouthwatering suggestions for light meals and helpful tips on sowing seeds ready for planting out direct from a length of gutter piping!
Sarah (right) is seen here with the Chairman of the Home & Garden Committee, Jane Probitts. After a lunchbreak, the audience was treated to more mouthwatering suggestions in the way of edible flowers! and the afternoon concluded with Sarah putting together a very impressive hand-tied arrangement shown here.
Oxfordshire members help the Chancellor
Hartwell House played host to the spring summit of the G7 group, chaired by Chancellor, George Osborne, and the Governor of the Bank of England, Sir Mervyn King.
Mr Osborne called on the WI for help in producing an Afternoon Tea for his guests. Here we see Marilyn North on the left and Carrol Eaton, on the right, both Federation Catering Organisers, preparing some meringues with fruit and cream. Anne Harrison, National Vice Chairman and also recently, judge on the TV programme, Food Glorious Food, is seen centre with George Osborne.
Mounds, Monks and Mills
A lovely 4 mile walk in the Vale area of the county just outside Faringdon. Lots to see including this stunning Tithe Barn at Great Coxwell.
100 ladies had a wonderful evening of chocolate in Little Milton. We never knew so much went into the creation of this lovely substance! We tasted our way through the fascinating history of this amazing product with the help of Dawn from Le Salon du Chocolat (left).
After the talk it was a bit of a chocolate fight as several ladies were seen waving notes in the air to get their hands on a bar of this superb chocolate. All the free tastings vanished in minutes. We shall certainly look at our regular chocolate bars with even more interest in the future!
Annual Council Meeting
A superb meeting with interesting speakers on a wide range of topics. Mark Stacey, our keynote speaker, kept us all entranced with his life story and anecdotes from the world of antiques. Mark is seen below taking lunch with our Federation Chairman, Sue Cox.
Tea Birds WI
Yes, another new WI for Oxfordshire! Tea Birds WI was formed at the end of February and will be meeting on the last Tuesday of the month at 8pm in Upton Village Hall (near Blewbury). We were very pleased to welcome four of their members to the ACM in Oxford.
Folly Dollies WI !
A new WI has been formed in Faringdon - Folly Dollies WI - and they will be meeting on the second Wednesday of the month at 8pm in the Old Town Hall, Market Place in Faringdon. New members are, of course, welcome! We would like to wish them every success and hope to be hearing from them soon.