November 22, 2017

Womens Institute 2014

The Programme of Events has been Updated on the WI pages on the website and is shown below

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Women’s Institute

Ladies of Claxton & Sand Hutton!

With a New Year, why not try out your local WI which usually meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. This year we have a wide variety of speakers and you will be assured of a very warm welcome from our friendly group.

If you’re not sure about joining as a full member yet, then come along as a visitor for just £3 payable on the night.

The next meeting is on Thursday 16 January when our speaker for the evening will be Mr W Anderson talking about his life as a vet.

November WI Meeting

This month’s meeting started with the annual meeting where the current committee (with Helen Webster as President) were re-elected for the coming year.

The evening’s talk entitled “A Life of Loops and Looms” was given by local knitting Guru Rachel Hirst who brought along a wide selection of looms and knitting materials to show us.

Rachel told us how ‘Grandma Hirst’ first inspired her life long passion for knitting although two Aunts, an Uncle and her Father also taught her knitting and weaving craft so you could say it is in her genes.

We heard about the delights of French knitting (who amongst us doesn’t remember the cotton reel with 4 tacks knocked into it?) Of course these days, the health & safety brigade are much happier with the plastic version that doesn’t snag the fingers! Rachel still teaches children French knitting –making finger puppets, spiders and snakes.

We also heard about Rachel’s favourite shop ’Fred Aldous’ where she used to go as a girl and still goes whenever she’s in Manchester. We were shown weaving looms made out of simple cardboard, peg looms, indeed looms of all sizes – Rachel is always on the look out for them. Then there were weaving sticks which are great for making bookmarks and we were even shown how to use our hand as a loom.

Rachel showed us examples of her knitting work from fine lace knitting to rug knitting and even a knitted carrier bag made out of ……..old carrier bags!

The evening was a fascinating insight into the fascinating life of a lady who knits and Rachel concluded her talk by presenting the WI with another example of her trade craft – our very own knitted ‘WI’ bunting; a truly magnificent gift.

Women’s Institute

Ladies of Claxton & Sand Hutton! Don’t forget next Thursday’s (21st) WI meeting – 7.30pm in the village hall. Our very own local knitting guru Rachel Hirst will be giving the talk – “A Life of Loops and Looms”. It promises to be a very entertaining evening so why not join us – just £3 on the door for non members.

Women’s Institute

Ladies! This month’s Claxton & Sand Hutton WI meeting features our very own local knitting champion Rachel Hirst (of Knit & Natter fame) who will be giving the evening talk and no doubt keeping us in stitches (sorry, that was groan making). If you haven’t been to a meeting before why not try this one and be prepared to have a really pleasant evening out in very friendly company. We look forward to meeting you on Thursday 21st November at 7.30pm in the village hall. There is a small fee of just £3 for visitors on the night which includes refreshments.

October WI MEETING

This month’s meeting saw a large turnout of around 45 members and visitors who came to experience a cooking extravaganza laid on by Siobhan White of local catering company FEAST (ably assisted by her Mum Anne!)

Whilst telling us how she came to set up her company (after training at the Ballymaloe cookery school), Siobhan demonstrated how to make apple tart tatin, followed by large meringues topped with vanilla cream, raspberries and pistachios and (my favourite) Greek yogurt, (Fiona’s) runny honey and fresh figs. Whilst the desserts were being created before our eyes, we were also given an insight into ‘Sous Vide’ cooking. You may have seen this most modern of cooking techniques used on Masterchef The Professionals – it consists of cooking sealed packets of food (on this occasion rump steak and chicken breasts) in precise temperature controlled water baths for several hours. After cooking the meat is quickly browned in a pan and the result on the night was the most delicious tender rump steak and chicken to dip in sauces also whipped up by Siobhan as she talked. Oh, and we also tasted smoked salmon and cream cheese pate on soda bread plus mini rosewater meringues. A feast indeed!

Added to all of this the ladies enjoyed wine and nibbles as well as good conversation and the whole evening was a resounding success.

Next month’s talk will be by our very own local knitting supremo Rachel Hirst, another event not to be missed. More later………………….

Women’s Institute

Ladies – Don’t forget this Thursday’s WI meeting in the Village Hall at 7.30 p.m.

Our guest speaker for the night is Siobhan White who runs the very successful local catering company FEAST. She will be demonstrating a number of dishes and bringing some recipes on the evening too.

There will be a charge of £5 for non members (payable on the night) to include a glass of wine and nibbles. We will also have a sales table and a raffle so if you fancy an enjoyable night out, why not join us; you will be assured of a very warm welcome if you do

Women’s Institute

Ladies – Claxton & Sand Hutton Women’s Institute would like to invite you to join them at their meeting to be held on Thursday 17 October in Sand Hutton Village Hall at 7.30 p.m.

Our guest speaker for the night is Siobhan White who runs the very successful local catering company FEAST. She will be demonstrating a number of dishes and bringing some recipes on the evening too.

There will be a charge of £5 for non members (payable on the night) to include a glass of wine and nibbles. We will also have a sales table and a raffle so if you fancy an enjoyable night out, why not join us; you will be assured of a very warm welcome if you do.

September WI Meeting

This month’s meeting saw a large turnout of members who came to hear the delightful musings of Sister Agatha Leach of the Bar Convent in York.

Sister Agatha began by asking us to consider her view that “success is not always helpful but failure is”. We heard about her trips to Turkey escorting groups to visit places off the tourist track such as Harran – “so much more interesting” and how it was during her visit to Sanilurfa (the birthplace of Abraham) and seeing how several faiths lived side by side, that she had the idea of creating a multi faith care complex for the elderly (especially those with dementia).

We heard how Sister Agatha was “good at having the ideas” (although they were not always financially viable!) and that “when you fail, something better always comes along”. Persevering, a committee of people with the right skills eventually brought about her dream and today a 90-bed, multi faith care complex in Hunslet, Leeds is testament to her determination. ‘Assisi House’, run by the Methodist Housing Association offers all types of care for any older person regardless of their beliefs.

Sister Agatha also gave us an insight into life at The Bar Convent (whose community of nuns was founded by a Yorkshire woman Mary Ward in 1585). From there, the community ran a school for 299 years, until in 1985 it was transferred to the Diocese of Middlesbrough to form part All Saints Catholic School. Today, the Bar Convent is still home to Mary Ward’s religious order and the Grade 1 listed buildings remain open to the public as a museum, shop and café with a guest house and meeting rooms, all run by the Bar Convent Trust.

The whole evening was an enjoyable, amusing and fascinating account of a wonderful lady’s vocation.

October’s meeting sounds to be an equally interesting night as we will be hosting a cookery evening courtesy of local business “Feast”. All ladies are welcome to join us – more details to follow shortly.

Women’s Institute

Ladies – don’t forget the WI meeting next Thursday – 19th in the village hall. Starts at 7.30pm. Visitors are most welcome to attend.