Thursday, 27 March 2014

Frome WI Programme 2014 plus April meeting, sushi vote, election & AGM, membership and promotion.

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Programme 2014

United Reform Church Hall, Whittox Lane, Frome
3rd Thursday of every month 7.30pm

January 16th - Jennie Antell Eco Fitness
Outdoor Fitness & Smoothie Competition

February 20th - Emmie Simpson
Turn your craft hobby into a business and collage workshop

March 20th - Pippa Goldfinger
Women, Engineering and Architecture plus
Getting into local politics and quiz

April 17th - Millie Moon workshop
Make a spring bird

May 15th - TBC

June 19th - Bini
Indian cookery demonstration and tasting

July 17th - Summer Party
Wine and Cheese with Yapp Brothers and Sagebury Cheese. 8 wines with cheeses to match.
£5 members/£7 guests tickets on sale at the next meeting. All welcome including gentlemen.

August - No meeting

September 18th - Marmalade Yarns
Learn to crochet granny squares.
We'd like to put them all together and make a blanket.

October 16th - TBC
Something fun!

November 20th - Bramble & Wild
Make an advent wreath

Sunday December 7th - 10am - 2pm
Christmas Craft Fayre to coincide with
Frome Independent Markets in a town centre location tbc

Apologies for the delay in confirming a full programme for 2014. We did have most of the details arranged some time ago but had hoped to be able to finalise the last couple of meetings some time ago.

There are a couple of meetings we are still working on, one we need your help deciding upon and the other we will have finalised shortly.

May Meeting - Sushi School

The first thing we need is your vote on doing a Sushi Making Workshop at Yo Sushi in Bath for our May meeting. The cost would be £20 for members and £25 for guests, you would be welcome to bring male or female guests.

If we have 25 participants Yo Sushi will close the Bath restaurant to the public for our exclusive use. The evening would be a 2-3 hour workshop learning how to cook Japanese rice, a fish cutting demonstration and Sushi chefs helping us to prepare various different types of sushi including Maki, Mini ISO, Hand Roll, Nigiri & more. You then get to eat what you have made and anything left is yours to take home with you. You also get a recipe book about making sushi, a professional rolling mat, 25% discount voucher for your next visit and a certificate. We think it would be great fun, and offers good value for money.

AGM & Election

Also coming up is our AGM and election. As Storm, Laura and Emma have been the officers of the WI for two years now we would like to stand down from these positions and offer the opportunity to someone else. Remember, this is your WI and you can make a difference and get involved. We will also be looking for new committee members to help out with organising various things. None of the roles require any previous experience or a great deal of committment. The committee meet monthly on the 2nd Thursday of the month to finalise details of meetings and discuss any other business. If you are interested in joining the committee or becoming and office please do join us at our April meeting on 10th April 7.30pm at The Cornerhouse.

There will be lots of help and support for those who take on the officer roles and Storm, Laura & Emma are all happy to continue to be committee members to ensure a smooth transition.

Membership Survey and Promotion

So far this year we have just over 30 paid up members. We have noticed this is a significant reduction in numbers from last year when we had over 50 members, although we have had several new ladies join us which is lovely. If you were previously a member of Frome WI and have not renewed we'd really love to know why, we've set up a simple survey (just 2 questions) and would really appreciate you completing it

If you have not joined Frome WI we'd love your feedback too, so please do feel free to answer the survey, we welcome feedback as the WI is the sum of its members. You are always welcome to email us at

As we have seen a reduction in numbers this year we would really like to promote the WI some more, if you have any ideas on how and where we could do this we'd love to hear them. The best promotion is recommendation so please do bring along your friends and relatives to our meetings so they can see what it is all about.

And finally... the WI magazine, WI Life are looking for stories to feature in the magazine. The sort of things they are looking for are

In the past we’ve visited various weird and wonderful festivals from pea and scarecrow to Victorian. We’ve gone worm charming, clay pigeon shooting and rush bearing. We know that WI members are always up to something a bit different and we want to be there to witness it so we can write about it! (Please give us plenty of notice so we can arrange time, travel and photographer).

If you or one of your members has a particularly unusual job, hobby or way of life, we’d love to hear from you for our ‘inspiring women’ page.

Great community projects or activities individual WI members, WIs or federations are involved in that can make a real difference, however small. Last year we reported on Saddleworth’s ‘Shop Local’ festival – a topic that became so big, saving our high street was voted on as a campaign.

Please email Liz Frost if you have any stories to tell

We look forward to seeing you at our April meeting where Millie Moon Shop will be joining us to make the lovely spring birds pictured above. Thursday 17th April from 7.30pm

Storm, Laura, Emma and the rest of the committee

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