News from Shropshire WI

PUBLISHED: 00:16 23 March 2011 | UPDATED: 19:03 20 February 2013

News from Shropshire WI

News from Shropshire WI

Denman College was bursting at the seams in February when 83 Shropshire WI members took up residence for the weekend

College days

Denman College was bursting at the seams in February when 83 Shropshire WI members took up residence for the weekend. County chairman Pauline Greenhough and Denman representative Sue Bradley were there to greet them, having travelled down the previous day to put the finishing touches to the newly-decorated Shropshire bedroom. The college is no longer restricted to WI members; everyone is welcome. There were the husband and wife who had been learning about St Petersburg and then stayed on for a couple of days, using the college as their base, to look around Oxford. Then there were the two young women, neither of them members, finding out more about starting their own business. Both were very impressed with the college and its facilities and we wouldnt be surprised to hear that they had joined a WI.

Shropshire members enrolled on a variety of courses Nordic walking for the fit and active, decorative calligraphy for the artistic and Mediterranean cookery for the foodies. Bursary winner Josie Ralphs from Overton-on Dee chose Ikebana for her course, learning about the Japanese culture, in addition to their floral art. Denman first-timer Shirley Bransby from Tilstock WI enjoyed her goldwork embroidery course and the whole Denman experience. Im looking forward to next time, said Shirley.

The Shropshire bedroom, decorated in shades of green, cream and taupe, was pronounced a hit. County treasurer Glenys Wheeler, who used the room, said it was very comfortable, especially the new bed. Now were starting to plan for our next visit.

The public and rural affairs sub-committee has planned another interesting and varied programme for the coming year. Following a fascinating and informative tree talk by a member of the Attingham Park staff in February, we will be off on a guided tree walk at Attingham in May. The popular farm walk will be at Onibury in June and in September, the series of faith visits continues with trips to a Buddhist centre and a Greek Cypriot Church.

We look forward to the Federation Spring Council Meeting at Theatre Severn this month. This promises to be a full house as we have our national chairman Ruth Bond as one of our morning speakers and the popular broadcaster Adam Henson will entertain us after lunch. Its going to be a super day, packed with interesting speakers, said county chairman Pauline.

To find out more about Shropshire WI, telephone 01743 233446 or visit

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