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February 2019 - East meets West

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Barlaston Herons enjoyed an evening of Samosa making last night at their February meeting, members learnt how to fold a tortilla wrap to fill with a tasty mixture of potato and veg flavoured with cumin, turmeric and coriander. Everyone made two samosa's although I don't think that many made it out of the hall!

The recipe for the tortilla wraps can be found here:

January 2019 - Play your cards right

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A relaxed and fun evening was had by the ladies of Barlaston Herons WI in January as they had a good old post-Christmas catch up over several games of cards. Some of the members shared an old card game known as ‘Nan’s game’ and it certainly brought out the competitive streak in the members. The hall was filled with laughter and cheering as each game ended with some lucky members winning prizes.

The business part of the meeting was had over a cuppa and homemade cakes. New members were welcomed warmly and numerous activities were highlighted. Such events included upcoming walks, WI Council meetings, theatre trips, IT workshops, sewing workshops. The ladies were reminded about the Christmas meal on Friday 18th January at the Plumb of Feathers (see picture below). Thanks were given to the Premier shop at Barlaston for their donation of £45.

November 2018 - Christmas Craft

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A very relaxed yet industrial evening was had by the ladies of Barlaston Herons WI on Tuesday 20th November. The ladies were shown how to make a beautiful Jester hat bag. This is basically a beautiful bag that can be used to store little presents in and makes a fantastic replacement for crackers on the Christmas table! There were many sewing machines set up around the hall and each lady was given a kit and a demonstration was done. Everyone got stuck in and helped each it. The magical thing is that each lady will take their bag home and fill it with a present and exchange it at the December meeting! We all went away feeling festive.

The business part of the meeting discussed the outline of the December meeting including the chance to win a pamper hamper, the craft swop, wearing Christmas jumpers, bringing and sharing food. 

Future events covered included the Christmas meal, walks and theatre trips.

October 2018 - Murder Mystery

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Who was the murderer? That was the question that kept everyone preoccupied during the Barlaston Herons WI murder mystery evening. The scene was set in 1900 Paris and a murder of a famous chocolate manufacturer. Many of the ladies dressed up to add a touch of authenticity to the event. A number of members took on a part and acted out 3 scenes to unravel the murder story. There were amazing costumes, lots of chocolate to share and some fantastic acting! The audience took notes and looked at evidence throughout the scenes and enjoyed a lively debate of whodunnit! It certainly kept everyone intrigued till the very end.

The ladies enjoyed a homemade cake and refreshments before the business part of the meeting. There are many upcoming events including theatre trips, walks, meals and crafts. New members are always welcome.

September 2018 - Guide Dogs

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There was certainly a buzz of excitement around the ladies on Tuesday 18th September as we had two canine visitors! The two speakers , both called Alison, had brought Elmo and Farley along with them and everyone had a chance to fuss the dogs whilst the speakers gave such interesting information. Farley used to be a working guide dog and is now retired but helps to keep Alison company who runs the 'My Guide' charity. 'My Guide' trains volunteers to support people and their families affected by vision impairment. This support can be guiding people, giving guide dogs free running time or supporting in the processes before having a guide dog. They are a life saving service and are definitely on the lookout for new volunteers as demand is high.

Alison has Elmo as her guide dog and she gave such an honest and open account of her journey to having a guide dog. She discussed that Elmo has changed her life and before having him she was scared to leave the house for many years. She highlighted the training both human and dog needed but it is amazing what they can do together! It was a touching and uplifting evening and the ladies had a chance to ask a wide range of questions. Both the dogs and their owners were an inspiration!

The business part of the meeting followed homemade cake and refreshments. Upcoming events included the WI council meeting, theatre trips and walks. The next meeting is a chance to become super sleuth and solve a murder mystery on Tuesday 16th October. New members always welcome.

August 2018 - Upcycle your T-shirt

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Ever wondered what you can do with your old t-shirts and shirts? They can be transformed into fantastic aprons, dresses and bags to name just a few. The Barlaston Herons WI had a creative evening learning how to upcycle old items and had a session putting this new knowledge to use. The ladies made either aprons or bags and it required no sewing, just a pair of sharp scissors! Alison, the speaker, brought a range of amazing items that she had upcycled and talked the ladies through how easy it was to do. The ladies made some fabulous items so keep your eyes peeled for unusual bags around Staffordshire!

The business part of the meeting followed the lovely homemade cakes and refreshments and included upcoming events such as the Christmas meal, theatre trips, walks and the next meetings. the September meeting is an evening with guide dogs and October is a murder mystery night.

Laughter Yoga - June 2018

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The Barlaston Heron WI ladies left their June meeting with aching sides! This was due to Kathy delivering a lively session of 'laughter yoga'. She warmed the members up nicely with a range of activities designed to encourage laughter. Kathy explained the benefits of laughter including stress busting qualities and the use of the body's rest and recovery system. Ten minutes of laughing is equivalent to ten minutes on a rowing machine and all the ladies agreed they would much prefer giggling their way to a healthier lifestyle. Everyone took part in a number of laughing activities and finished the session of yoga on meditation and quiet reflection. It was a thoroughly fun evening that had everyone smiling and feeling better!

Paper flowers from the kitchen - May 2018

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An amazing evening was had by the Barlaston Herons WI on Tuesday 15th May as they put their creativity to the test by making stunning paper flowers. Gaynor came and gave a detailed demonstration that the ladies found easy to follow. All you need is some napkins, wire and green tape to create these impressive flowers! The napkins are stacked on top of each other and folded like a fan before simply cutting the edges to create the shape of petals. The wire is then used to secure the paper before fanning it out. The flower is then finished and secured by the tape. The results were fantastic and the ladies had a lovely time chatting whilst crafting.

The business section of the meeting was undertaken after some delicious homemade cakes and refreshments. There are many upcoming events including walks, theatre visits, County Show, Staffordshire Federation meetings and even the opportunity to do clog dancing!

Community news focused on the Open Gardens in July, the Barlaston Afternoon WI's fashion show on the 22nd June and a cricket match for the older community on the 9th June at Barlaston Cricket Club.

AFM - Quiz night - April 2018

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The Barlaston Herons WI opened their AGM with all the ladies singing Jerusalem. It was also lovely to welcome some of the afternoon Barlaston WI to the meeting. Reports were written and delivered by the President, Secretary and Treasurer with a focus on celebrating all the varied opportunities and speakers that have been enjoyed throughout the year. Thanks were given to Sam and Sara as they step down as President and Secretary and the all important vote for the new President was taken! The successful candidate was Sue Laird and the ladies are looking forward to supporting her in the upcoming year.

The business part of the meeting covered upcoming events including a theatre trip, walk and environmental ideas for reducing using plastic. The ladies agreed on supporting the WI resolution in improving support for mental health issues.

The Committee thanked the members by serving them a homemade cream tea. The meeting ended with a fun quiz on chocolate and music that certainly got the ladies scratching their heads.

Parkinsons, better lives together - March 2018

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An informative and heartwarming evening was had by the ladies of Barlaston Herons WI as they gained an insight into life with Parkinson's Disease. John Mills and his wife, Jane, discussed what life was like with Parkinson's Disease and how to care for someone that has the disease. This hard topic was addressed with openness and humour. John highlighted a few facts such as one in every 350 will get Parkinson's Disease and that there are 3200 people in North Staffordshire with Parkinson's Disease. The symptoms were discussed and ways to adapt were put forward. John shared how he has tackled his symptoms and what support he taps into including the Parkinson's nurses and online support groups.

One of own members, Vicki, stood up and briefly opened up about being diagnosed at the age of 44 and offered her own insight into her journey at the very start of Parkinson's.

The ladies had an opportunity to ask questions and lead an open discussion.

The meeting finished with the usual business and lovely homemade cakes and refreshments. Many exciting events are upcoming including First Aid courses, walk at Denston, County Show competition and even oak clog dancing!