In the middle of January 2014, approximately forty members, enjoyed a very pleasant evening at the Blue Anchor in Feering for a belated Christmas meal. The food was excellent, tasty, well presented and there was plenty of it!
The company and hotel atmosphere made for a very enjoyable evening.
Our speaker, Sarah Shehadah gave a very humorous and informative talk on the history of underwear from Victoria to Elizabeth II in March 2014. Open drawers were worn by ladies, made from separate leg drawers, apparently easily lost if the ties came undone! It was fascinating to hear how underwear had evolved, being influenced by so many different social aspects. Comparing the open drawers with the more modern version, have things changed that much?
New Book Group
The first meeting of the new Book Group will be at Amber's home on Tuesday 25th March, 7.30pm. Come along and discuss your favourite books and authors, either fiction or non-fiction and covering any subject.
Have you read Life After Life by Kate Atkinson? What is it about? Come along and find out more.
Over 40 members turned up to our May monthly meeting with their empty tin cans, eager to try out a new craft. We were joined for the evening by Claire Mackaness from Beautiful Things, who demonstrated the art of ‘Decopatch’ to our group. So what exactly is ‘Decopatch’? Well, it’s a decorative and funky papercraft, similar to papier mache, a sort of twist on decoupage. By using special paper and a glue-varnish, you can transform all kinds of items!
Once a month WI members, their friends and family get together for a walk.
Here they are resting in the grounds of Copford church on Friday 16th May.
On Friday 30th May some of our members took part in a WI Quiz at the Essex WI Centre in Hatfield Peverel. They came 5th.
Kelvedon Flower Festival
Many businesses and organisations were represented at the Friends of Kelvedon Institute Flower Festival on 7th & 8th June, including the Women’s Institute.
Our display shows some of the many activities that we are involved in.
Half a dozen WI members turned up at Pensioners’ Piece on Thursday 19th June. They snipped and clipped, making such a difference to the garden on the corner of Station Road and the High Street.
This small plot was most likely a remnant, left behind after some old buildings were demolished to make way for modern shops in the 1960’s. The area languished until it was proposed as a site for public toilets. However, this was rejected due to its prominent position!
Finally a group, including various retired but very active residents, decided to do something about it. They created flower beds, planted trees and shrubs, laid concrete for ease of management and the area was christened Pensioners’ Piece. But, after several decades it deteriorated and was in much need of a makeover.
Kelvedon in Bloom took over and created a Memorial Garden. This was funded by grants and donations; remembering those whose names are recorded on the site. A special bench was designed with a higher than usual seat to help people with mobility problems. It was partly paid for with Kelvedon’s prize money as Essex Village of the Year and East Anglian Best Village for the Elderly. Then, when volunteers were needed to keep the area ‘up to scratch’ the WI stepped in.
The garden is popular with all ages, it’s not just for pensioners. Youngsters congregate there to meet up with friends, shoppers may pause for a while before returning home and we hope that the many commuters, going to and from the station may spare a glance as they stride past.
Our July meeting took the form of a Cookery Demonstration with Wholefood. Our guest speaker, Frances Harper produced five amazing dishes in a relatively short period of time.
A definition of wholefood is ‘Food that has been processed or refined as little as possible and is free from additives or other artificial substances.’ It’s the kind of food that has the ability to heal, nourish and delight, which is the philosophy at the heart and soul of wholefood cooking. Frances demonstrated five different recipes – bulgar wheat salad, fennel casserole, stuffed tomatoes, peach scotch and pashka (Russian cheesecake). All that in 45 mins!
If you would like to try out some or all of her recipes then click on the subheading of Recipes.
Visit to Ingatestone Hall
On 13th August fourteen members of Kelvedon W.I. visited Ingatestone Hall, a Tudor manor house built from glowing brickwork which has been the home of the Petre family since the time of Henry VIII.
We were given a short talk on the history of the house and family - one of the eminent aristocratic Roman Catholic families in England. We enjoyed lunch, and later, afternoon tea in the restaurant, toured the house, walked round the gardens and sat in the sun appreciating the peace and quiet of this beautiful setting. It was hard to believe how close in fact the house is to the busy A12.
Ingatestone Hall is little more than half an hour’s drive from Kelvedon and we would all recommend it as a place to visit.
Shrimathi Susanna), a Bharatanatyam performer, demonstrated the art of classical Indian dance. Bharatanatyam is a classical dance from Southern India full of imagery and grace with beautiful hand gestures and striking rhythmic patterns.
Kelvedon Christmas Tree Festival 2014
Members were busy tying bows at the begining of December as Saint Mary's Church was once again filled with beautifully decorated Christmas trees.