Iscoyd WI

The July meeting of Iscoyd W.I was very successful. Twelve visitors including five men attended.  The guest speaker was the Rev Clive Hughes who spoke knowledgeably and enthusiastically about the Imperial War Museum.  It was really amazing to find out that are so many departments in the museum. Clive had worked at the Museum when he was a young man.  Light refreshments were served

Our next meeting is on Thursday 8th August 2019 at 7.30pm at Whitewell Parish Rooms. The guest speaker is Janice Partington who will demonstrate “Paper Flowers” Everyone welcome. Any queries please contact Peggie on 01948780402 0r mobile 07521758045

Iscoyd WI March Meeting

At the March meeting, an invitation was received from Marbury  inviting four members to attend their 92nd birthday party.  The guest speaker will be Mike Hasprey,Promotional Films(Crewe Movie Maker) on 9th April. Margaret Nicholson, Margery Jones, Audrey Stevenson and Peggie Beddows will attend.

The guest speaker was Paul and Christine Evans with their dog, Beau. The topic was “Dog Aid” which is an organisation which trains dogs to perform tasks such as picking up socks or other objects – something that people find difficult to do,

The next meeting will be on Thursday 11th April at Whitewell Parish Rooms at 7.30pm. There will be a presentation by Hazel Griffiths on Eva Peron.  Everyone is welcome. Any queries please contact Peggie on tel. 01948 780402 or  mobile 07521758045

Iscoyd WI Report Jan 2019

Iscoyd WI Report

At the first meeting of this year, Iscoyd W.I. welcomed Pam Hillier as the guest speaker. Pam gave a presentation on “Blood Bikes.” Blood bikes is a charitable organisation staffed entirely by volunteers who deliver blood and other medical requirements by motorbike to hospitals. Motorbikes are quicker and more efficient than motor vehicles with deliveries. The service is available 24 hours This was an inspiring presentation.

At our next meeting, the presentation is completely different.  The topic is “History of Policing in Cheshire”  with John Buckley-Howarth on Thursday 14 February at 7.30pm at Whitewell Parish Rooms. All are welcome.  Any queries please contact Peggie on 01948 780402 0r mobile 07521758045

Iscoyd WI

The guest speaker at the March meeting of  Iscoyd W.I. was Gareth Jones of Wrexham Street Pastors.  Gareth described his work which involves helping people on the streets of Wrexham on Saturday or Friday evenings. Famously flip flops are handed out to people emerging from nightclubs. The talk was both interesting and fascinating.
The next meeting will be on Thursday 12th April at Whitewell Parish Rooms at 7.30pm.  The guest speaker will be David Hayns from Malpas whose topic will be  “The History of Malpas” .  David is a well-known local historian and author. Pay on the door. £3.00.  Light refreshments will be served. This is an Open meeting so everyone will be welcome. Any enquiries please contact Peggie on 01948 780402 or 07521758045

Iscoyd WI February 2018

At the February meeting, the guest speaker was Christine Roberts from Little Green Flowers, Hanmer.  Christine gave a demonstration on “Winter Flower Arranging”. The arrangements were then donated as raffle prizes
Iscoyd has participated in two quizzes recently. Peggie Beddows, Sylvia Faulkner, Audrey Stevenson and Celia Johnson represented the institute in the County Quiz. The team finished in 9th place. Sylvia Faulkner, Audrey Stevenson, Dot Betteley and Margaret Nicholas took part in the Fun Quiz at Broxton and Bickerton where they finished 6th
The next meeting will be a presentation on the topic “Street Pastors” by Gareth Roberts on Thursday March 8th at Whitewell Parish Rooms at 7.30pm .  All are welcome.  Any queries please contact Peggie Beddows on 01948 780402 or mobile 07521758045

Iscoyd WI January Meeting

 At the recent meeting of Iscoyd W.I., the guest speaker was Harry Edwards from Penley. Harry Edwards gave an illustrated presentation on “Alpacas and their fibre” Members viewed items which had been made using alpaca wool.  An invitation was issued to members inviting them to view the alpaca at their farm
It was agreed that Iscoyd would send a team to the County quiz on February 19th and also to the Fun Quiz at Broxton and Bickerton on February 22nd.
The next meeting is on Thursday 8th February at 7.30pm at Whitewell Parish Rooms.  The guest speaker is Christine Roberts demonstrating “Winter Flower Arranging”. Everyone is assured of a welcome even though it may be freezing outside.  Any queries please contact Peggie on either 01948 780402 or mobile 07521758045

Marbury WI November AGM

President Beryl Fletcher welcomed members to Marbury WI’s AGM on 14th November, and confirmed meetings of Healthy Eating group on 6th December and the Book Club on the 12th.  The Walking Group will tour Chester on Monday 27thNovember, and the Group Carol Service will be at St. Mary’s Church, Nantwich, on 4th December.  The AGM started with Secretary Lynn Horton’s annual report, mentioning our varied and interesting speakers, the Bowls Team’s success, and fund-raising events including our very enjoyable 90th Birthday Tea Party.  Carol Love presented the Treasurer’s Report. Beryl then gave her President’s address, and in concluding she thanked Lynn for her hard work throughout the year, and all the members for their support.  Joint winners of the Competition Salver were Barbara Oakley and Carol Sheard.  Beryl was re-elected President for the coming year, and Barbara Oakley – on behalf of members – thanked her for a successful and enjoyable year.

Our speaker, the Rev. Lynne Morris, was one of the first lady vicars and set a very jolly tone for the evening with her anecdotes of various mishaps which she’d experienced during her Ministry – chiefly, as she put it, concerned with the “hatch, match and dispatch” services!  She kept us all thoroughly amused with tales such as the bride whose pet dog relieved itself on the long train of her beautiful dress just before she left for the church, and the groom whose mobile phone rang in the middle of the service – and he answered it!  Hilary Tucker gave the vote of thanks.  The competition was won by Barbara Oakley, and the raffle by Lynn Horton.


The next meeting will be on Tuesday 12th December – for information please contact Beryl Fletcher (01948 664889).

Marbury WI September Meeting

At the September meeting, President Beryl Fletcher announced that Kathy Johnson will be hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning  at her home on the Marbury Hall development on Friday 6th October from 11 am to 3 pm.  She also reminded members of the Marbury WI Coffee Morning at the Civic Centre on 20th October, and gave meeting dates for the various groups and activities.  The Walking Group will leave the Village Hall at 9.30 am on 26th September for a tow-path walk from Llangollen, and details were given of the visit to the British Ironworks Centre at Oswestry on 28th September.


Beryl then introduced Martin Wood, Shrewsbury’s Town Crier, who gave a history of town criers, and of his 32-year career in Shrewsbury.  The first Town Criers in England can be traced back to 1066 but Shrewsbury’s first Crier was appointed in 1295.  By the mid-1400s the Crier was also the Official Ale Taster and Deputy Executioner, as well as being in charge of the town Ducking Stool!  In the late 1700s there were more than 6,500 Town Criers in England – this number dwindled to 45 in 1980, but is now increasing with the current total at about 300.  Martin donned his splendid regalia and described his travels all over the world to various competitions and events.  He also demonstrated his Cry and rang the bell which had been made specifically for him to complement the pitch of his voice and the length of his forearm!  Yvette Openshaw thanked Martin for a fascinating insight into one of the great British traditions.  The competition was won by Stephanie Hockenhull, and the raffle by Mary Jones.


The next meeting at the village hall will be on 10th October when Isabel Large will talk about bee-keeping and honey production – for details contact Beryl Fletcher (01948 664889).

Iscoyd WI Celebrates 90th Birthday

Members of Iscoyd WI celebrated in style at Willington Lodge on the occasion of their 90th Birthday, in company of Cheshire Federation Chairman Jean Harding   and the Federation Regional Advisor Chris Bailey.  The cake was cut by longest-serving member Audrey Stevenson.

Marbury WI July Meeting

President Beryl Fletcher welcomed members and guests to the July meeting, reporting that the Marbury WI’s 90th Birthday Afternoon Tea had been very successful, and that our Craft Group’s entry to the Royal Cheshire Show had been awarded “Commended” in a category with over 25 entries from across the county.   The Bridge Beginners Group will meet for the first time in July, and the outing to Llandudno on the 17th August will replace our regular meeting.

Beryl then welcomed our speaker – Stephen Shakeshaft – who introduced us to “Chester Uncovered”.  Stephen is one of 30 registered Chester Tour Guides and took us on an illustrated “virtual tour” of the unknown parts of Chester and the stories behind them.  Among the many fascinating things which Stephen introduced us to was the Sedan Porch in Stanley Place – the only one in the north of the UK! – and the fact that the Cathedral Bell Tower was the first free-standing bell tower to be built in Europe since the middle ages.  Chester’s half-exposed Roman amphitheatre was the largest in Britain, holding 7,000 spectators, and in medieval times Chester was one of only five ports in the whole of Britain allowed to import wine.  With our heads reeling with facts, figures and photos, Sheila Steele gave the vote of thanks for an enthralling talk which had entertained and educated us!  The competition was won by Margaret Barnet and the raffle by Carol Sheard.


The next meeting at the village hall will be on 12th September – for details contact Beryl Fletcher (01948 664889).