At last. Our return to some kind of normal!
From October onwards, we will at last be back on track with our official programme of events (Please see details on the What’s on page) which following advice from the Federation, will all be taking place indoors. We will be meeting inside but taking sensible precautions to keep our members safe such as ventilating the room and providing hand sanitiser. Members can wear masks if you wish to. Apologies if it is obvious but please do not come if you have any symptoms or have been in contact with anybody who has COVID symptoms. The big news is our change of venue. We are moving to a lovely classroom/lecture room in the Regents Theological College on the opposite side of Westminster Bank from the Sugarloaf. We have a choice of rooms and they have the benefits of more space, easy ventilation, and plenty of parking. The room is accessed from the car park and members of the committee will be there to greet you. Here is a map showing the venue and car park. Information about October 14th’s meeting (Belly Dancing) coming soon!
August 12th 2021 at 7.00 pm – Guided walk around the Elim Centre grounds
We will be taken on a Guided Walk of the beautiful Elim grounds and trees by the Estate Manager, Phil Hidderley. We will be meeting outside Reception (De Walden Road entrance). Wear sturdy shoes and bring a plastic bag to sit on, a flask (coffee, tea etc) and a snack, so that we are able to take advantage of the possible sunset at the end of the walk. Expect beautiful trees and stunning vistas!
Adventure on Puffin Island May 13th 7.30 pm
Matt Williams is a lifelong birdwatcher and environmentalist who has worked for the RSPB, National Trust, and in Indonesia for the Borneo Nature Foundation. His Zoom talk for us will cover intrepid adventures from the uninhabited Treshnish Isles on the west coast of Scotland including:
- Close-up encounters with dolphins, puffins, eagles and otters
- Tales of wild camping on these uninhabited islands, living in a bothy and watching hundreds of storm petrels on a moonlit boulder beach
- Images from a wildlife photographer whose work has been featured in BBC Wildlife Magazine
- The important conservation role for seabirds that the Treshnish Isles play.
Our walk will now take place on Saturday April 17th!
Ruth Pole (and other leaders for each group of 6) will be leading a walk starting at 10.00 a.m. from the churchyard of St James’s, West Malvern WR14 4AY. We have had to wait a very long time for this to be able to happen, but the bonus is that there should be plenty of beautiful Spring flowers to see en route. The walk will head down through the beautiful Chestnut Avenue towards the Old Bell Inn and then back up to West Malvern through the valleys and wooded ridge. The walk will last for about an hour and a half and there will be a coffee break. Please wear sturdy footwear (for the muddy bits) and bring your own hot drink and snack (and perhaps something waterproof to sit on). Dodgy weather will not put us off! We will respect social distancing and face coverings will not be necessary. There is no need to tell us you are coming – just turn up – but if you have any queries either email or post your question on the West Malvern WI WhatsApp Group.
April Easter baking
For our April Zoom meeting, we were delighted to welcome back our favourite cookery teacher Stephanie Harrison of How to Cook for an indulgent chocolate bake-a-long in celebration of Easter (and our love for chocolate!) Steph really knows how to make cooking fun and interactive and under her guidance we all achieved some wonderful (and wonderfully varied) results. We made melting chocolate pots AND Easter egg brownies and the results were absolutely delicious. See the photos of our chocolate deliciousness in our photo gallery and on facebook!
Our crack committee delivery squad was back in action over the Easter weekend delivering surprise Easter goody bags. Chocolate, wild-flower seeds, daffodils, and hand-crafted gifts and packaging were much appreciated by our members.
Read all about the beautiful green hearts that our members have crafted out of recycled materials for the Climate Coalition’s Share the Love Campaign. See the blog post below.
Crafting Paper Wreaths with Felicity Jennings
Read all about March’s meeting with WI crafting star Felicity Jennings, (and see the photos of some beautiful flowers and wreaths made by our members) on the blog post below.
Extinction Rebellion – Climate Change -Thursday 11th February 7.30pm
Please see our blog post below for a small flavour of Dr Johnny Birks’ compelling talk for us on the climate change crisis and the XR response to it.
In March, super-crafter Felicity Jennings gave us an exclusive Zoom lesson on the creation of a spring wreath. Felicity, who is President of Spa Sweethearts WI in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, runs a craft school, Felicity Crafts, which grew from her WI craft group, and followed 30 years as a teacher. Always a keen crafter, Felicity … Continue reading Flower Wreaths with Felicity Jennings
#ShowtheLove Apart but together, showing we care – our members have been crafting with a wonderful variety of repurposed materials in February to make Green Hearts bunting in support of The Climate Coalition. “Show the Love is an annual celebration of everything we care about and want to protect from the worst impacts of the … Continue reading Show The Love – Green Hearts for Climate Change
February’s talk by local retired ecologist Dr Johnny Birks was extremely well attended, with 25 of us (including 3 potential new members). Johnny is a member of the Malvern Extinction Rebellion Group and his talk for our members via Zoom, produced by Extinction Rebellion in collaboration with climate scientists and ecologists, shared all of the … Continue reading ‘Heading for Exctinction and what to do about it’