Saturday, 26 November 2011

SHWI members had a swishingly good time at the November meeting

It was a cold November Thursday evening and I made my way to St. Matthews Hall eagerly anticipating a night of swishing action. For the un-initiated, ‘swishing’ is basically a great big clothes swap. Guests were invited to bring along up to five items (either clothes or shoes) and were given a ticket to swap them for an equal number of items. It was first come, first served – so those who got there on the dot of 7.30pm were in the enviable position of having first dibs of the goodies laid out at the back of the hall.

We hit upon a small obstacle early on when we realised that St. Matthews was locked and the key bearer delayed. Those of us waiting to get in momentarily considered hanging the items from the church railings and commencing swishing al fresco, but were rescued from having to implement that rubbish plan by a kindly old gent named Norman who let us in just in time for the meeting to start.

Myself and Mrs Spataro were responsible for handing out the tickets and resisted the urge to secretly bag the particularly desirable items. We both lusted after an AMAZE Cath Kidston print 50s style dress, handmade by the lovely Angela – I’ve yet to establish why she was prepared to give that little beaut up! At the end of the night, there were a few items that hadn’t managed to find themselves a new home. These were taken by SHWI member Becky Chauhan to a charity shop .

The evening wasn’t just about pretty clothes and an eco approach to fashion, it was also our Annual Meeting in which the committee report back on the year to members. We were all pleased to hear that our finances are in the red, thanks to some nifty number crunching by Treasurer, Vicky Porteous. Secretary extraordinaire, Kim Whelan had also prepared a presentation detailing some of the group’s highlights from the past year, including taking part in the Sheffield Food Festival and subsequently raising much needed funds for local charity, Sheffield Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Service.

The best bit of the evening for me was singing Jerusalem. Whilst most WIs sing this rousing hymn every month, our members voted to only sing it at the Annual Meeting. Beautifully led by Ruth of Music a la Carte (who volunteered her voice for free), we belted it out as best we could. Whilst not quite managing to reach those high notes, I gave it my all and was left with a mini tear in my eye as I was reminded why I love being part of SHWI.

See you next month for some festive fun!

Ruth, Vice President

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Now we are two

It was Seven Hills WI’s 2nd birthday this week and what a party we had to celebrate!

Before the party, there was a flurry of activity making sure all boxes were ticked and the meeting ran like clockwork. Adorning the room was our exquisitely embellished new bunting, courtesy of our talented members and of course Kim, who stitched it all together. Prizes were bought and wrapped; numerous times in the case of pass the parcel. Lindsay made sure that our magician BenZ would appear on the night and, thanks to our wonderful bakers, the room wafted with the aroma of homemade goodies.

As we gorged ourselves on cake and even delicious bread, the meeting got underway. Magician BenZ wowed us (and tried to woo us a little, too) with his sleight of hand. Then, it all got a little silly as 80 grown women sat down to play pass the parcel. Who knew it could be so difficult to remember to pass to your right? And still, nothing could have prepared us for the carnage of musical chairs. Children, step back. Your sisters, mums and nans will show you how it’s done.Special mention goes to Wendy and Julie who nearly did themselves an injury in battling it out to the end.

Finally, thanks to everyone who came along and helped make it an enjoyable evening.

Love Jen x
On behalf of the SHWI Committee

We also had a visit this month from Aletheia Gentle from Sheffield Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Service who came to collect the £200 donation Seven Hills WI made to the charity. This money came from the profit we made at our stall at this year's Sheffield Food Festival.

Left: Lindsay, Vicky, Aletheia and Kim.  

Friday, 16 September 2011

September's meeting - Bunting making

There are plenty of SHWI ladies who claim to have no crafting abilities - but give them some fabric off-cuts, ribbons and buttons, and it's amazing what they come up with.

Last night's meeting was bunting making. After the usual business matters, we settled down to an evening of stitching and chatting. Materials were supplied, but a handful of more craft-minded ladies had brought in bits and bobs to help things along.

The idea was for everyone to decorate a triangle flag and Kim (our secretary) would put them together in time for our 2nd birthday party in October.

Some opted for simple, elegant rows of ribbon and the odd button, others emblazoned their flags with Radley style dogs or fancy feathers and lace.

Whether people adopted a simple running stitch or more intricate embroidery work, the results were fabulous. The finished article should look fantastic. There were plenty of "oohs" and "ahs" once all the flags were laid out on the table. Well done ladies!

Laura Bainbridge, SHWI Committee

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Sheffield Food Festival

Hi all,

Apologies for not posting on here for so long! The website, Twitter and Facebook have kind of taken priority but I will endeavour to update this more!

So, what's been happening in the world of SHWI? Last weekend we took part in Sheffield Food Festival and held a cream tea stall, raising money for the Sheffield Rape Crisis charity.

The stall was a huge success, we sold out both days, and have made lots of money to donate to the charity.

We also helped with the judging of the festival's 'Best in Show' competition, well done to all the winners and thanks to everyone who entered.

Finally big thank you to all our members who helped by baking scones, helping on the day, bagging us freebies, or promoting our stall. And a special thanks must go to Anna Tebble and Blanche Duggleby who spent so much time organising our stall - thanks girls :)