Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Christmas Celebrations

Monday 15th December

Once again our Christmas celebrations were at The Rose Inn at Baxterley. It was a great evening with excellent service and lovely food. All our members received a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink and chocolate favours. Looking forward to Christmas 2015 already!

Friday, 24 October 2014

Festive Paper Hearts & Baubles!

Monday 17th November


Unfortunately Hurley WI member, Crazy Mary, was unable to attend due to family illness but Anna Roebuck stepped in at short notice to show us how to make a festive bauble & paper heart from recycled Christmas cards. We were shown how to cut the strips and join them all together and embellish them with beads. The hall was extremely quiet due to the intense concentration! Members kept their creation to take home. Afterwards we had two games of Bingo!

Friday, 17 October 2014

Annual Meeting

Monday 20th October - Our Annual Meeting.
Thank you to all the members who attended our Annual Meeting. With help from WI Advisors Ann Beatty & Lynne Stubbings our new Committee for the coming year will be:
Joint Presidents: Glenis Middlemas & Maureen Wyatt
Secretary: Karen Coningsby
Joint Treasurers: Sarah Wilson & Leigh Fessey
Minutes Secretary: Janet Crump
Committee Member: Jenny Hardman
Retiring President Karen Coningsby thanked everyone for their votes and support over the past 3 years. Special thanks went to Shirley Reeve who was resigning as our Treasurer due to ill health.
Afterwards we had refreshments and a "Spelling Bee!" which got the brain cells ticking away! We had 3 joint winners getting 24/25 - Jenny, Helen & Marilyn. Well done.

Coleshill Group Meeting

On Thursday 16th October, 5 of our members attended the Coleshill Group Meeting at Curdworth Village Hall. The speaker was Kevin Barfield who talked to us about "The Life and times of George Formby". It was a great talk with original recordings of his interviews and songs, which got every-ones feet tapping and a sing-a-long at the end!
We had some lovely refreshments and there were some delicious cakes on sale by Country Markets. Wishaw WI were the winners of the Pumpkin Pie competition. We look forward to the next Group Meeting - A Christmas Carol Service at Wishaw Church, December 11th 7.30-9pm.  

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Denman College

On Monday 22nd September Karen, Shirley & Maureen attended a free day at Denman College in Marcham, Oxfordshire. The day was "A Modern Look at Home Improvements" sponsored by Anglian. It was the first time any of us had visited Denman and we were not disappointed. On arrival we had Tea & Coffee with pastries in the main house. We then went for our first talk by Anglian with special guest and Anglian ambassador, actress Sally Geeson (Bless This House). We had a delicious buffet lunch outside in the beautiful gardens. Our afternoon talk was by David Domoney the TV gardener, he was very entertaining and even had some members
taking part in a potting challenge! We finished the day with afternoon tea on the lawn! A very enjoyable day and would definitely recommend a visit.  More pictures in photos section.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Centenary Baton Handover


On Tuesday 30th September our President, Karen, attended The Great Hall at Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick. One representative from each Warwickshire WI was invited to witness the handover of The WI Centenary Baton from Warwickshire Federation to Northamptonshire Federation.
Please go to Photos section to see more!

Monday, 18 August 2014

Tara from Forever Living Products

Monday 15th September

Our speaker was "Tara from Forever Living Products". She told us of the properties, uses & benefits of using Aloe Vera. All our members had the opportunity to try all the products, either by drinking, spraying or rubbing in! There was then the chance to buy. Afterwards we had games of "Beetle Drive" which Janet beat Jenny in the final! She gets to keep the cup for a month.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Margaret Henley - "A History Miscellany - 4 Stories Spanning 12 Centuries"

Monday August 18th 


Margaret Henley was our speaker for the evening, with "A History Miscellany - 4 Stories Spanning 12 Centuries" 
She had a wealth of knowledge of Polesworth, Tamworth, Nuneaton, Bosworth, Kingsbury, Curdworth and more. She talked to us about the possibility of Henry I's mistress being from the area and the battle with Richard III. Her final story was of the murder in Nuneaton in 1832 of Mary Green, known as Polly Button. Her throat had been cut possibly by the married man she had been seeing and got pregnant by for the second time!  A very interesting talk. We also had a fresh produce table - with home-grown tomatoes, green beans, marrows & home-made plum jam.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Elaine Fox of "Bee Bold Bee Beautiful"

MONDAY JULY 28th (Rescheduled from July 21st)


Elaine Fox runs a clothes shop in Atherstone called "Bee Bold Bee Beautiful." She gave us an excellent talk on surviving breast cancer and finding clothes to fit and flatter her changing body shape after drastic surgery and treatment. It was a very interesting and moving talk, so much so we didn't even have time for Bingo! As it was such an excellent evening and some of our members were on holiday, we have asked Elaine to return to Hurley WI next year and she has agreed. We will confirm the date soon.


Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Paul Taberner - Real Crime Scene Investigation

Monday June 16th
Our guest speaker this evening was Paul Taberner who was head of Warwickshire Police Forensics Team. He gave us an extremely informative & humorous talk on real crime scene investigation. He has also helped out on programmes like Silent Witness, Dangerfield & Dalziel & Pascoe. He went into some gruesome details regarding bomb explosions, murders & drugs raids.
We had our first games of Bingo! Members had the chance to play two complimentary games, with our President, Karen being the caller! Maureen won the first line & full house, the second line was won by Sarah & Eunice and the second full house by Sarah & Jenny. We will play again at our next meeting in July.

Monday, 28 April 2014

"Carrie of Match Foster Care"

Monday May 19th


Could you make a difference to a child's life? Carrie of Match Foster Care gave us a very informative & moving talk on the process and rewards of being a foster parent. We also had the WI Resolutions discussion, which was a unanimous YES to try and increase organ donation. Members also brought along "Bottles & Jars" to be sold on our Table-Top.

History of Hurley WI - Cancelled due to ill health

Monday May 19th

Unfortunately our talk on the History of Hurley WI has had to be cancelled due to ill health. We wish Edna Pearson & Dorothy Swaddle a full recovery.
We have made arrangements for a new speaker, please see further posts.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Great Social Evening at Capello's, Atherstone

Monday April 28th


10 members of Hurley WI  met up for a delicious meal and social evening at Capello's in Atherstone. The presentation of the food was excellent as was the service. We will definitely be visiting again!

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Silk Painting with Clive Garner

Monday 7th April 2014




We had an extremely interesting talk and demonstration on the art of painting on silk by Clive Garner of the Guild of Silk Painters. He started off by drawing an outline on the canvas to stop the paint bleeding along the silk threads. One cocoon will provide up to a mile of silk. Silk was discovered in China over 5000 years ago, approx 3000 BC. The size of picture that Clive was painting would take up to 8 hours to complete, he would then steam it to set the paint. This is called "fixing" and the canvas is rolled up in plain paper and put in to something similar to a vegetable steamer for approx one and half hours.
Clive also bought some beautiful items for our members to purchase: scarves, necklaces, cards, pictures and vases.
There were only two entries in our Easter competition! So they both received a prize for their efforts. The raffle was won by Janet R. Refreshments were supplied by Jenny.
A very enjoyable and informative evening.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Zumba Taster Class!

Monday March 17th 2014

This time we decided to do something a little more energetic! Lots of people wonder what Zumba is all about but perhaps are a little scared to go to a class. So this gave us a chance to have a go and see if we can actually do it. And Yes - some of us can!

Simon - A Trained Chocolatier

Monday February 17th 2014

Simon, a trained Chocolatier joined us after some of us saw him at Fillongley WI. He demonstrated how to melt and then temper the chocolate and made us some truffles. The smell was divine and the chocolate delicious! He also had lots of products to sell - which many members bought!

Wine & Cheese Tasting

Monday January 20th 2014

Helen and Sharon organised a "Wine and Cheese Tasting" evening for us. We had to try all of the cheeses and taste the wines then see if we could guess what they were and where they were from. Alison won - guessing ALL of the wines and most of the cheeses!!!! Members had the chance to purchase any of the wine that was left.

Xmas Celebrations

Monday December 16th 2013

After two years of Carol Singing, this year we decided to do something different! So all the members of Hurley WI went out for a celebratory Christmas meal. We went to The Rose at Baxterley, the food and service was excellent but most of all we all had a really enjoyable evening. All our members received a Christmas Card and Favour from the Committee of Hurley WI.

Janelle of The Body Shop

Monday November 18th 2013

Janelle talked to us about how the Body Shop started with Dame Anita Roddick and has now become a worlwide store. She explained about their policy on animal testing. We tried some of the products, there were some to purchase on the evening and also a catalogue we could order from in time for Christmas!

Annual Meeting

Monday October 21st 2013

Our 2nd Annual Meeting was held where our Committee for Hurley WI was re-elected.

Lorraine Harding - The Art of Spinning

Monday September 16th 2013


Lorraine Harding joined us with her spinning wheel and showed us how to spin wool from the fleece. She explained the different types and textures of wool that you get from different fleeces. Some of our members also had a go at spinning the wool using the spinning wheel.

Fowlers of Earlswood

Monday August 19th 2013

We had a great evening sampling all the different cheeses that Mr Fowler brought. "Fowlers of Earlswood" is the oldest family run cheese-making business in England. He told us how the business started and the generations of the family that have run it and worked there. We had lots to try from Warwickshire Truckle, Soft Bard, Sage Derby, Real Ale & Mustard and many more....... There was also the chance to purchase the cheeses which most of the members did and took more than one home!

Glynis Gayton of W H Gayton & Sons Bakery

Monday July 15th 2013

This was a most enjoyable evening listening to Glynis Gayton of W H Gayton & Sons Bakery in Grendon. Glynis told us all about how the bakery started, when she worked there as a young girl up until just a few years ago. She told us about her family who continue to run it to this day. Glynis is a lovely local lady and had many funny stories, she also had some sad ones which gave us a better understanding of her life. She bought lots of bread to show us and donated it all to our raffle for our members to win.

Soap Making with Val Maund

Monday June 17th 2013

Val Maund from Atherstone Craft Centre gave us a talk and demonstration in the art of "soap making". Starting from the plain bar of soap to adding colours and scents. Afterwards we all had the opportunity to have a go ourselves and take home our "product"!

Resolutions Discussion

Monday May 20th 2013

On this evening we had our Resolutions Discussion. Items that will go forward for the WI members to vote on for a campaign. We had some wonderful produce donated by Paul Dawson (Sharons husband!) from Farmer Dawsons for us to sample. We had lots of different flavours of  their ice cream to try and take home. And very nice it was too!

Ohhso Holistic

Monday April 15th 2013

Jackie Stratford from Ohhso holistic based in Baddesley joined us, giving us a talk on massage and therapy using creams and scented water. All the products she used were made on the premises and all our members had the chance to purchase at the end.

Twycross Zoo

Monday March 18th 2013

We had an extremely interesting and informative talk from Twycross Zoo, the World Primate Centre. We were told how the Zoo began with the work of Molly Badham to the present day. We remembered the Chimps Tea Parties and the PG Tips adverts! Today their work is towards conservation of the primates that are in constant danger from poachers. We were also shown some very harrowing images of what happens to some of the animals and some of the babies that are left orphaned. It was a very enjoyable evening and opened our eyes to the great work that is done by Twycross Zoo.

Crazy Mary Crafts

Monday February 18th 2013

Crazy Mary, one of our Hurley WI members, joined us for the second time as our speaker. This time we all had a go at making a greetings card with a denim, decorated insert. The denim comes from lots of old pairs of jeans, all different shades and cut into small squares. We decorated the denim with braid, stars & sequins and them attached them to a greetings card. All our ladies enjoyed the hands-on evening and all went home with a handmade card.

Fowlers of Earlswood

Monday January 21st 2013

Unfortunately this meeting was cancelled due to the bad weather!
Mr Fowler was rebooked for August 19th 2013

Christmas Carol Singing!

Monday December 17th 2012

For the second year running we went carol singing around Hurley village. We were armed with torches, collecting tins and the compulsory Santa hat! We started off by the Post Office and made our way up towards Dexter Lane. People were very generous despite our not so good singing! Afterwards, we had our Xmas celebrations at The Anchor Inn, where members all brought a plate of food for our supper table.

Dawn Sumner - Aromatherapy & Reflexology

Monday November 19th

Dawn Sumner provided us with a very informative talk & demonstration on complementary health care. This included aromatherapy, reflexology and Indian head massage. She told us which oils to use for different ailments and the parts of the body to massage to be effective. Some of our ladies booked personal appointments with her and were extremely impressed and continue to use her.

Annual Meeting

Monday October 15th 2012

Our first Annual Meeting where the Commmittee of Hurley WI was re-elected. We also received a first birthday card from Lynne Stubbings our WI Advisor!