Monday, 7 August 2017

Botanical Gardens Visit

Angela organised a lovely and informative visit to the Botanial Gardens.  Very nice time had by all!

Gin Tasting - Porter Cottage

We had a great night gin tasting organised by Martin the landlord at the Porter Cottage Pub in conjunction with the Wine Rack at Sharrow Vale and James from the Pointing Dog and Trippers Lounge Bar. 
James was great, and gave us a very enthusiastic and honestly... educational talk on gin, and even those amongst us not into gin were converted! 

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Sheffield Round Walk 4th June

Caroline kindly organised our 3rd Sheffield Round Walk where member's and their families can join for part or all of the 15.5 mile walk around Sheffield.

This year 27 took part, and 2 dogs, 9 people completed the full circuit.

The weather was good, staying dry until the last few miles and then brightening up again for the pictures at the end.

We enjoyed lunch in Endcliffe Park, ice-creams at Forge Dam, and a drink outside at The Norfolk Arms.

June Meeting - British Surnames

At our June members ran meeting, Roy Yates gave us a fascinating insight into the origins of British surnames.

The categories were Relationship, Occupational, Descriptive and Geographical.

These were then looked into further, linking with some of the surnames of WIER member's.

Roy then went through all of our surnames alphabetically, explaining the origin.

July Meeting - Jenny Robertson from 'The Corner'

 Jenny Robertson from 'The Corner' - a young people's substance misuse service came to tell us about the service, which the majority of us had not heard about. She gave us information about and quizzed us on our thoughts about drug misuse and the  myths and truths about them. The allocated one hour soon passed in a whistlestop blur of alcohol, inhaled, injected and ingested substances - legal and not so. 

Although Jenny has worked for the service for a number of years working with young people, families and friends, we were her first WI meeting. I think she enjoyed herself a much as we all enjoyed her talk. It was a fascinating evening, over all too soon but great to hear Sheffield has such a wonderful service.

Lyme Park National Trust Visit

Hilary arranged a day out at Lyme Park - a lovely National Trust stately home near Disley , Stockport.  A small group of 5 went along and had a thoroughly enjoyable day. The house and history was incredibly interesting but the thing that caught our attention was being able to dress up in Victorian attire - it was great, take a look at our photos. Unfortunately Mr Darcy didn't put in an appearance today.

Monday, 3 July 2017

The Houses of Parliament Visit

It was a year in the planning by Cath who did an excellent job despite many obsticles to arrange for ten of our members, and a guest from another WI, enjoyed a tour around The Houses of Parliament in May.
There was no photography allowed inside, which is a shame as The House of Lords is absolutely stunning - so opulent and grand. This is in contrast to the House of Commons which was very plain indeed, as it was rebuilt after bomb damage in WWII and there wasn't much money around for gold leaf and fanciness.
We learnt so much, and being in places we have seen so often on the television was slightly surreal. It was definitely a day to remember, and if we watch the State Opening of Parliament we will know exactly what's going on, and where, and will be able to say - "I've been there!"