Shropshire Women's Institute

PUBLISHED: 12:09 25 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:26 20 February 2013

Shropshire Women’s Institute

Shropshire Women’s Institute

Summer is here and with it the show season. At any county or village show one of the most popular attractions is the competition tent, often organised by the WI. It is usually close to the tea tent, adding to its appeal!

On with the show

Summer is here and with it the show season. At any county or village show one of the most popular attractions is the competition tent, often organised by the WI. It is usually close to the tea tent, adding to its appeal!

For more than 50 years, Shropshire WI has been at the Shropshire and West Midlands Show. Initially, the federation staged an exhibition but soon introduced competitive entries, in the form of shop windows. The 1960 show had two classes: Class 1 was Preserves, 10 items using six different methods, staged in a space of four feet by two feet, considerably larger than the current staging space. Class 2 was Cotton, a window six feet by two feet containing eight items. Gradually, the schedule has altered with more classes, smaller windows, overall themes rather than individual ones and classes combining two or more disciplines. Competing in shows encourages members to develop their skills in craft, cookery and floral art. Judging is done by WI-trained and qualified judges, using the handbook also titled On with the Show. This is an invaluable tool for competitors too as it gives marking schemes, methods of presentation and a guide to where marks can be gained or lost.

Last autumn, after the uncertainty surrounding the West Mid Show, Shropshire WI accepted the kind invitation from the Shropshire Horticultural Society to stage its competitions at the Flower Show in August (13 and 14). The show committee produced an exciting schedule of classes, appropriately titled On with the Show. This is not to be missed visit us in the Dingle marquee and marvel at the exhibits created by talented Shropshire WI members. It will be a showcase for both modern and traditional skills in craft, cookery and floral art.


Arctic adventure

Our county lunches continue in their popularity and members attending the most recent one were not disappointed. Speaker Amanda Francis spoke movingly about Motor Neurone disease and its effect on her grandfather. She decided to support the MND society by buying Christmas cards but ended up completing a 250 kilometre trek in the Arctic Circle with a team of four huskies, her brother and sister also taking part. What a truly inspirational person.


Scents and senses

Another inspirational speaker returns to Shropshire on July 5 when Paul Whittaker, founder of Music and the Deaf, will be our guest at the Prostar Stadium. Paul regularly signs at concert and other musical performances. The scents part of the day will be provided by the talented flower arranger Jane Pugh, who could also bring a little music into her demonstration! There will be a buffet lunch, making this a super day out.

For more information on Shropshire WI, contact our office on 01743 233446.

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