Sunday, 14 October 2012


Monday 17th September 2012

Hurley WI had an evening of magic with Cliff Daniels. He entertained us by demonstrating his magic tricks, he also had some HELP !!!! from some of our members. Here you see our secretary Jane ready to have her head chopped off. At least he provided a bowl to catch the mess. Good Luck Jane - snap the guillotine was pushed down ARE YOU STILL IN ONE PIECE ?!!!! Of course - that's MAGIC.

Wit ' Wills

Monday 12 July 2012

Hurley WI had amusing evening with Steve Evans. Steve has been involved in the legal profession for 30 years. He worked in Atherstone, has also lectured at the college of law and works as a solicitor.

Steve read us extracts from law books which students study, he then gave us a taster of some funny things which people had placed in their wills. He discussed probate and when this document becomes a public document for people to be able to read if they require. This was a light hearted amusing evening enjoyed by all.

Monday, 6 August 2012

History of the Corn Dollies

Monday 18th June 2012

Hurley WI experienced an interesting talk from Judy Marshall about the Corn Dolly and it's history. The Corn Dolly goes back to Pagan Times, it was believed the spirit of the Corn Dolly lived in the corn. People would plait and decorate the corn in different designs, the neck is a symbol of the goose's neck. This is the last head of the corn and was carried high to tell everyone on the farm the corn was gathered safely. The eldest member of the family would then plait the last corn and design a goose's neck. A feast was provided for the family with the meat of a goose. This is where the design of the goose's neck comes from. A very interesting and informative evening. Everybody had the chance to make their own small Corn Dolly!

Free Cycle

Monday 21st May 2012

Angela Jones visited Hurley WI and gave a short talk on FreeCycle. It was an interesting talk regarding the recycling of our unwanted items. They may be junk to us but to someone else it could be treasure! There is a free website where you are able to advertise your unwanted items which can range from something small to something large. All items are advertised as free of change. To log on to FreeCycle all you need to do is google FreeCycle and search for your local branch.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Planters Garden Centre

Monday 16th April 2012

Hurley WI had a very informative evening with Gerald Ingram from Planters Garden Centre. He demonstrated how to make the most of your hanging baskets and containers for the summer.

Gerald explained which flowers would look best ranging from herbs, petunias, geraniums etc. Our ladies had the opportunity to plant up their own pot or basket. We were also able to purchase some of the quality plants that Gerald had from Planters Garden Centre.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Hurley Spice - Talk And Taste

Monday 19th March 2012

Hurley WI experienced an evening with Hurley Spice, the Indian restaurant within The Anchor Inn, Hurley Common. It enabled members to take the opportunity to ask questions and experience the taste of different variety of spices which produced some fabulous curries, we learnt about the different spices used to create a wonderful taste to improve of the curry. We were provided with lots of different curries for us all to try, ranging from the very mild to slightly hot!
A very enjoyable evening for all who attended.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Olympic Baton Exchange

Wednesday 14th March 2012

On Wednesday 14th March Hurley WI presented Kingsbury WI with the Olympic baton in Kingsbury Village. This is part of a wider initiative to connect all the local WI's in support of London 2012. Our president Karen Coningsby handed over the baton in style with the help of a JCB, which was kindly provided by John Farmer of Hurley Village. We decorated it with banners and balloons!

The baton was previously passed to Hurley WI by Dosthill WI on Saturday 10th March. Dosthill WI came wearing antlers and arrived by bus at the Anchor Inn!

Monday, 20 February 2012

Meals in Tudor Times

On Monday 20th February 2012 guest speaker Carol Haines attended the meeting in full Tudor costume and talked about Meals in Tudor Times for the rich & poor.
The main talk focused on how the tables would be laid based on your status and that of your guests. She also touched on the value and importance of salt in those days and how it was held in such high regard.
The everyday person had a square plate (hence the term "Square meal") whereas the master of the house would have a silver plate.
We also learned how some of today's everyday phrases originated from Tudor Times, such as "Turning the tables" and "Take the rough with the smooth".

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Colour Me Beautiful

On Monday 16th January 2012 we had a very interesting speaker who explained to us all about colour and which colour was best for you as an individual.

A very interesting and welcoming talk and gave us some good tips.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Welcome to our new website

We're delighted to announce the re-launch of our website. We hope that the site will become a useful resource to our members and potential members over time. We are in the process of updating all the events past, present & future. So you should always be able to check in (even on your smartphone) and find out what's going on.

We hope to include more pictures and write-ups of our guest speakers and demonstrations.

Initially in 2011 we met at The Anchor Inn,Hurley Common but now we meet on the 3rd Monday of every month at Hurley Village Hall, Knowle Hill, Hurley at 7.30pm. We look forward to seeing you there.