Creative Activities

Chairman: Carrie Young

This committee encourages WIs and members to participate in a variety of activities that include - music, dance, literature, painting crafts and cookery



I would like to say a huge thank you to our members for all the support you are giving the Creative Activities team. Over the past few months, I have received just so much positive feedback over our programmes of events. It’s always a team effort with everything we do and I am lucky to have onboard members who are always forward looking, positive and upbeat over any new venture. Fun filled learning is always central to everything we do.
So, I am delighted to announce the return of Steelpan drumming in September in two locations in the county. Having undertaken this some years ago I can verify no musical expertise is needed just a good sense of humour.
The wet-on-wet Watercolour class is also being advertised and should prove popular with those with just a little subject knowledge. We are lucky to have Lynne Whitfield running this session, a lady with considerable expertise. Newark art society members will know she’s a lady with real talent and enthusiasm.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are sorry to have to cancel the POTTERY session at Welbeck, scheduled for the end of September.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused and will endeavour to look at a new date and venues.

Thank you for the following email: Sent in by Elaine, President of Morton, Fiskerton & Rolleston WI. ‘WI members from all over the county recently enjoyed a one-day French Cookery course. Senior Lecturer Mark Jones was the tutor and from the outset he told us that it would be a challenging day. This proved to be true, as for six hours we were constantly on our feet. We reproduced each ‘fine dining ‘ dish that Mark demonstrated. Hot, extremely tired, but proud of our achievements, we were able to take home the culinary results of our day. This was a County WI organised event that was such an enjoyable experience for each one of us. We each learned such a lot from Mark, and the fine dining food was delicious’


I love this time of the year. The longer, warm summer days means opportunities for stately home and garden visits, eating outdoors and time well spent with like-minded friends. Garden visits always provide inspiration for new plants, flowers and planting schemes. These are a good opportunity/excuse to buy that new peony/rose, or to pre-order that bare-rooted tree for Autumn planting.
One garden that I visited a few years ago was Thornbridge Hall in Derbyshire and I am really looking forward to a return visit with WI members in August to see how the garden rooms are developing. Good company, no driving, no airports and hopefully a bit of self-indulgent shopping. What’s not to like!

Carrie Young

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