Crochet with April Towriess – February 2018 Meeting

Valentine’s Day!  It was bitterly cold and an evening when one should traditionally be with their sweetheart, but a couple of hours out with WI chums is ok, isn’t it?  We were treated to an evening of expert hooking by Nottingham’s premiere crochetiere, April Towriess, who spun her personal crochet journey yarn beautifully and then led us through creating some beautiful green crocheted hearts to ‘Show the Love’ and our WI involvement in the Climate Change Coalition.

City WI Green Hearts (April Towriess)

City WI Green Hearts

April is involved with Bulwell Arts Festival and is looking for participants to contribute to her wonderful ‘Joining Lines’ project.  We’ll certainly be joining in here at City WI and you can find details about how to create your own crochet doily and join in the collaborative artwork here.

Joining Lines Project

Nottingham Light Night was even colder!  That didn’t deter the hardy women of City WI commemorating 100 years since some women were granted the right to vote.  Two willow lantern Suffragettes welcomed visitors to Barker Gate Rest Garden, our adopted park, in Nottingham’s Lace Market, and the number ‘100’ was picked out in lights on the lawns, surrounded by glittered glass jars and lanterns decorated with the names of Nottingham suffragettes.

City WI Lantern Suffragettes

Our March meeting will see us welcoming visitors from Vietcentric Vietnamese Community Centre to talk to us about their work and specifically, their wonderful Food Tour!   Details on our Facebook page here.  Please join us!

 

April Meeting

We’re digging deep into our Pocket Park planning for our April meeting, ladies!  Our lovely friends from Maber Architects will be visiting to help us put together our perfect pollinator planting plan and it’ll be all things compostable with Anna from The Urban Worm – time to flex our creative muscles and help Verna Poppy come up with a beautiful design for our very own Urban Worm compost bin for our park!

Bee in lavender

~ Manton x

In an English ‘City’ Garden!

I’m delighted to confirm that Nottingham City Women’s Institute has won national funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Pocket Parks programme to restore and rejuvenate the neglected Barker Gate Rest Garden in Nottingham’s Creative Quarter – to create a new pocket park for the city.

Barker Gate Rest Garden is the Creative Quarter’s only open green space and with several thousand people working and living within half a mile of it, there is a real need for a peaceful green oasis in which to rest, reflect, eat and socialise.  (Pictures below of the Rest Garden in its current condition)

Barker Gate Rest Garden (Before)

Members of Nottingham City WI will create defined spaces within the park, including a section dedicated to wild flowers. This area will be allowed to go to seed after flowering, to provide a multitude of feeding and nesting opportunities for wildlife.  The area will also be used to produce nutritious leaf mulch and house a carefully designed insect ‘hotel’, allowing a variety of insects to breed and hibernate.

We will be looking to introduce a planting plan which includes bee-friendly plants to give year-round support to Nottingham’s urban bee population. This will also support Nottingham’s Bee Action Plan, which encourages the introduction of pollinator-friendly plants throughout the city, to create ‘green corridors’ to attract bees and other pollinating insects.

Working closely with the local community, the City WI want to encourage birds into the new pocket park too, by installing a variety of feeding stations and using a carefully-developed planting plan for the existing beds, featuring seasonal flowers and berries.

So grab your gardening gloves and your imagination and let’s get to work, ladies!

~ Manton x

February 2016 Meeting

This month’s meeting (on Wednesday, 10 February) is all about spending less time on hair and make-up, but looking fabulous whenever we feel the need!  We will be joined by a mistress of make-up and a teaser of tresses and learning to create bewitching eyes and stylish and speedy ‘up dos’!

Perhaps we could use our newly discovered free time to make a lovely green heart in your chosen medium – stitchery, beading, paper, knitting or maybe crochet – to wear on Valentine’s Day to show our love for the Climate Coalition?

Support the Climate Coalition

Don’t forget, it’s also time to renew your WI membership – a mere £37.50 for a year of fun and frolics with fabulous friends!  Your membership fees ensure that our group thrives and contribute to the main WI funds, supporting the tremendous lobbying work of our organisation.  If it’s your first visit to the group, there is no charge – just come along and see if it’s for you! 🙂

~ Manton x

 

 

November Meeting

How quickly has this come around?!  Our November meeting is tonight and we will be partaking in a selection of Christmas crafts, courtesy of our Craft Club organisers, Suzanne and Emma (and Suzanne’s mum!) with something for everyone to try out!

Christmas Crafts

We will once again be taking in collection of non-perishable foods for our friends at the Trussell Trust and members are encouraged to bring along any completed Samaritan’s Purse shoeboxes they may have for collection – thanks, ladies.

And finally, our next meeting will be our Christmas celebratory meal at The Bear & Lace on Maid Marian Way on Wednesday, 9th December 2015.  We will be taking £10 deposits at our November meeting tonight and giving further details to everyone who would like to join in.

Hope to see you later!

~ Manton x

 

October Meeting

Brrrr… It’s getting chilly out there!… Not to worry, you can always be sure of a warm welcome at our meetings!  Looking forward to seeing friends old (careful!) and new at our October gathering (on Wednesday, 14 October), where we’ll be having a heated debate about our speakers and events programme for 2016!

We will also be welcoming a lovely lady from CoppaFeel, who will be talking to us about the tremendous importance of getting to know our own boobs intimately, making sure we pick up on any unusual lumps or bumps.   Self-examination is good habit to get into and could, quite literally, save your life…

See you on Wednesday!

~ Sarah M x

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No? Well why not come and join us over there for a natter, event invites and other bits and bobs.

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Why not send us a message on Twitter just to say hi or to send us a picture of your craft experiments or your WI meeting?

We hope to see you there!