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Talk on the Village Defibrillator

Perhaps you have observed the appearance of yellow boxes adorning the outside walls of village halls, schools, Post Offices, leisure centres or other public buildings over the past few months. One has attached itself to the Memorial Social Centre in Wickhambrook so the ladies of the W.I. decided to investigate this phenomenon further. To this end our guest at the July meeting was Martin Render from The Community Heartbeat Trust who let us in on the wonders of the yellow box...

W.I. Literary Lunch 2018

Those attending the annual 9th Literary lunch hosted by the ladies of the two Wickhambrook W.I. Reading Groups enjoyed a delicious buffet including some yummy home baked desserts in the company of author Rosy Thornton, author of Sandlands from East Suffolk...

W.I. Members Meeting 2018

The committee had a rest this month and several members organized and presented for the evening. After President for the night Deidre Smith had dealt with any business of the Institute, she along with Joyce Draycott, Angela Cross, Thelma Farrow, Wendy Mansfield, Jackie Merry and Veronica Ditchburn presented The House of Wickhambrook Wacky Designer Fashion Show...

Lackford Lakes visit

Twelve members and walking group friends spent an afternoon at Lackford Lakes Reserve in the company of Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Will Cranstoun. In February Will gave a talk at the WI meeting so this was a follow-up visit and was thoroughly enjoyed by all...

2018 W.I. AGM & Resolutions

Another year enjoyed, another A.G.M. and the return of Dorothy Anderson as Wickhambrook President after thanking and congratulating Hilary Bradfield on her last three successful years at the helm of the Institute...

Pottery at the W.I. with Geoffrey Kay

Hands on evenings are always popular and so it proved when potter Geoffrey Kay came to talk and demonstrate his skill with clay. He willingly admitted that he is addicted to making anything, using a variety of clays from around the world but especially from his own garden.

The Suffolk Wildlife Trust

For the March meeting we were joined by Will Cranstoun, manager at Lackford Lakes for The Suffolk Wildlife Trust. He took us through the charities conversion of a commercial quarry site in the sixties to the 400 acres of man-made lakes, reed beds, meadows and breckland now providing pockets of many diverse habitats for wildlife today...

Making Jewellery

The new W.I. Year started off with such creativity and concentration for our members thanks to Sikander Jadd and the jewelry workshop she led for us recently. The objective was a beaded bracelet, made by ourselves from scratch...

W.I. Christmas Party

It was a lovely way to end the year and get into the Christmas spirit joining together to enjoy a festive evening organized by our hard-working committee. A welcoming drink and beautifully decorated tables, greeted our arrival...

Astronomy for Beginners

It was a chilly, dark, evening as we met to discover the wonders of the astronomy BUT unfortunately it was too cloudy above to see anything of the planets or the stars and their constellations!!!

The Trafficking of Women

Our guest this month was Pam Bowen from the Crown Prosecuting Service, based in London, but travelling around the UK, Europe and sometimes beyond in her work investigating and bringing to justice those involved in trafficking of women and modern slavery...

Soft Power Education

Our guest speaker at our September meeting, filling in at very short notice due to illness was Margaret McAlpine from Bury St Edmunds to give us an insight to her volunteering work with Soft Power Education based in Uganda at the Amagezi Education Centre near Jinja...

Garden Meeting

Our members meeting for this year took place recently under leaden skies with the threat of rain by invitation of Trustee Joyce Draycott and her husband Philip at their home Ashfield Green Farm. Despite the August evening weather, a very warm welcome awaited all from Joyce and her band of member helpers greeting us on arrival with either an Elderflower or Pimms...

The Spy who loved

At the July meeting, Clare Mulley of Saffron Walden, a writer and historian, came to talk to us about her book, ‘The Spy Who Loved’. The subject of the book is Krystyna Skarbek, a Polish countess who changed her name to Christine Granville when she became a British spy during the first World War...

Belly Dancing

At our open meeting in June we had several visitors attracted by the opportunity to see and find out about Belly Dancing from teacher and expert of 13 years Victoria Strudwick of Sudbury...

W.I. Literary Lunch 2017

Those attending the annual 9th Literary lunch hosted by the ladies of the two Wickhambrook W.I. Reading Groups enjoyed a delicious buffet including some yummy home baked desserts in the company of author Rosy Thornton, author of Sandlands from East Suffolk...

AGM, Resolutions and Yum Yum Tree Fudge

We started the meeting with a sugar rush, which kept us awake and lively for the whole meeting! The business of the monthly meeting was swiftly concluded. Future events were publicised including the Literary Lunch with Rosy Thornton on 16th June (tickets from Dorothy), an ice-cream tasting and a breakfast walk...

My Life as an Auctioneer

Our February speaker was Edward Crichton from Lacey Scott and Knight who gave us an excellent insight into his life as an auctioneer. His description of the excitement of finding treasure in ordinary houses and selling it on was very interesting...

Burns and a Taste of Scotland

There was a good attendance at the first meeting of 2017, which included two visitors, hopefully members to be. Vice President Sue Burton-Griffiths welcomed everyone wishing all a happy new year and led members through Resolutions...

90th Anniversary Celebration for Wickhambrook W.I.

The ladies of the Wickhambrook W.I. don't always need a reason to celebrate but on this occasion it was the remarkable milestone of 90 years since it's foundation in December 1926, which prompted President Hilary Bradfield and her committee to organise a Thanksgiving service to be followed by Afternoon Tea, for members and invited guests firstly at the Wickhambrook Methodist Church and thereafter in the Institutes own Hall within the village...

Christmas Flower Arrangements

We were in the skillful and creative hands of Thelma Farrow and Angela Cross for this month's meeting. Two of our own, they demonstrated several ideas for simple Christmas floral arrangements with their own unique delivery and style they produced eye catching, colorful, sparkling displays which could grace anyone's table or fireplace over the festive period...

Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine was the subject at this month's meeting when local practitioner Beverley Meredith-Bailey spoke about her work to the ladies present...

The War on Drugs

Detective Inspector Richard Southwell was our guest speaker this meeting from the Metropolitan Police invited by our President Hilary Bradfield with whom he worked with during several cases over many years...

Painting on Glass

It was all hands on and paintbrushes to the fore at this month's meeting as we tried painting on glass following instruction from Ann Datson, our tutor for the evening...

W.I. Literary Lunch 2016

Those attending the annual 8th Literary lunch hosted by the ladies of the two Wickhambrook W.I. Reading Groups enjoyed a delicious buffet including some yummy home baked desserts in the company of author Edward Parnell from near Norwich...

Members Meeting

The members took over June's meeting, there was a welcome floral buttonhole for everyone on arrival and once a short time of business was completed, led by President for the evening Judith Pitcher, we were placed in the expert and enthusiastic hands of Jen Lerner to learn how to Circle dance together...

The Winch and Blatch Story

We were very pleased to welcome our W.I. Advisor Julie Higgins to our April meeting who joined members to hear our speaker Judith Blatch from Winch and Blatch, the Merchandising director and wife of the Managing director of the small family run department store based in Sudbury, Suffolk...

What Does an Artist do all day?

This month’s meeting was truly “In House” with three members telling us “What does an artist do all day”. Ruth Seal, a calligrapher, Jayne Pope painter and graphic artist and Jackie Merry, print maker are all professional ladies using their talents to earn income, satisfaction and admiration in a wide variety of artistic disciplines...

Suffolk Farmhouse Cheeses

This month’s meeting was truly “In House” with three members telling us “What does an artist do all day”. Ruth Seal, a calligrapher, Jayne Pope painter and graphic artist and Jackie Merry, print maker are all professional ladies using their talents to earn income, satisfaction and admiration in a wide variety of artistic disciplines...

How to Climb your Family Tree

A new year and an excellent turnout to discover "How to climb your family tree" with the help of Sharmain Thompson and her technical assistant Brian, her husband from the Haverhill Family History Group. Her talk illustrated using a slideshow presentation, took us through the stages of researching a family tree...

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