Tredington and Blackwell WI Meeting Reports

WI Meeting Report for 11 November 2021

Christine Green gave us an enthusiastic and inspiring talk about her life and career and how it was interwoven with her love of stitching.  She showed us various patchworks from her childhood through to the present day.  She expressed her passion for using fabrics which ‘had a life’ and provided stories to the patchwork that she had created. For example, using old dress material and curtain fabrics from home evoked many memories.  For one piece of work she described how she had made a patchwork cushion cover using pieces of shirts belonging to a friend’s husband who had passed away, whilst making patchwork balls from the same material for his children as mementos.  It was very moving. 

Christine described her training at Rochdale Art College to become a graphic designer.  This led her to being employed by the BBC as a graphic designer for 13 years, where she worked on the graphics for the opening title sequences for programmes such as Tracey Beaker, the Queen’s Christmas Speech and many dramas.  She later became freelance and, having undertaken teacher training in design and technology, she teaches textiles, paper cutting, patchwork and stitching.  In addition, she taught at Denman.

Christine was also involved in a publication called ‘Contemporary Needlepoint’ – creating and writing about stitching projects and one of her designs was transformed into a needlepoint kit for the National Trust.  She has exhibited her work at the Festival of Quilts and has developed an interest in Japanese boro. 

WI Meeting Report for 14 October 2021

Following bowl of tasty soup and a roll, the WI Members received an entertaining and interesting talk by Lucy Morgans, an independent travel agent.  She described the changes in her business during her thirty-three year career.  Lucy trained and worked in high street travel agencies before becoming and independent travel agent fifteen years ago.  She has been fortunate to travel the world with her job and recounted her favourite destinations – the Seychelles, Kenya, Malaysia and Borneo.  She highlighted the stresses caused by the collapse of Monarch, the effect of the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud, which disrupted flights from twenty countries and, of course, the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on holiday bookings. 

WI Meeting Report for 9 September 2021

We enjoyed a very interesting and informative talk by Di Vernon, an enthusiastic and engaging Blacksmith.  A former Midwife, she fulfilled her dream and is now the resident Blacksmith at Middleton Hall, near Tamworth.  This multi-talented lady regaled us with stories of her training and showed us some of the items she had forged along with the beautiful fused glasswork she also produces.

WI Meeting Report for 12 August 2021

The WI Members enjoyed a delicious lunch in the WI Hall prepared by the WI Committee members.  This was our first opportunity to welcome everybody back to a face-to-face meeting.

WI Meeting Report for 8 July 2021

Our speaker this month was John Vigar who gave a very interesting and entertaining talk, via Zoom, entitled ‘Bedrooms, Banquets and Balls’ – the hidden and often amusing secrets of the architecture of the English Country House.