Crafty Girls Needles Ready!

Hazel and Pat were delighted to see so many members arrive for the start of the new Crafty Girls day time session.  On display were several items that had been previous BEWI projects and members also brought along designs they were creating.  Everyone had been asked to bring needles and soon, for beginners, there was a great deal of concentration with more expert knitters on hand to give encouragement.  And this has to be the best thing, members helping one another to learn a new skill and enjoying the company.

Bobble hats for bottles, knitted poppies for Remembrance, blankets for babies, stunning patchwork and a cosy knitted jacket with an intricate pattern

were being created by members.

Hazel and Pat are always keen to try new ideas and next month they’ve promised a session on felting.

Out of this world in October

The October meeting was, as usual, a buzz of conversation however, our speaker Bill Coombes had us engrossed with his fascinating talk about the International Space Station.  Would we like to visit, I’m not so sure but the winner of this month’s competition, Sara Fursdon said her luxury item would be Florida Pink Grapefruit high juice squash (from a popular food store!) if she was going to spend time there. BEWI’s members donated an astronomical sum of £232 for Bill’s chosen charity, Macmillan Caring Locally.  

In focus?

12 members of the BEWI Camera Club certainly hoped everything was in focus on a murky, dull day in October.  Mists swirled along the coast, the waves hammered the shore and we were there, cameras ready.  Our aim was to take architectural photos of the castle, cliffs and rock face. Well that went by the board and we were snapping anything and everything except for the squirrels who moved too quickly!  The rain came just as we were about to have coffee and cake in the excellent cafe, lots of chat and lots of fun.

Gardeners Get Going

After an informative inaugural meeting in September of the new BEWI Gardening Club several members visited Jacqui’s garden.  The original visit had been delayed due to exceptionally high winds but the following day was perfect and with the sun shining, the light reflected off some wonderful vibrant blooms.  As we wandered around the garden everyone shared planting tips and particularly admired the vegetable garden with its raised beds.  Ruth, as promised, bought along her secateurs and we were given a master-class in how to prune a black current bush.  Ruth had challenged us to clean and sharpen our secateurs; have you used ketchup to clean your blades?  

As well as meeting monthly, the new club hopes to share information, plants and visit gardens.

Art, Literature, Walking, Mah-jong and Wine!

There is so much choice!  This September  BEWI members have been involved with a visit to Russell-Coates; discussing Hazel Prior’s “September Away with the Penguins”; walking through our glorious countryside; socialising over a game of Mah-jong and tasting memorable rosé wines.

Reviewers said the book was “Gorgeous.  Unflinching, stubborn, funny and moving, Veronica is an unlikely heroine who will sneak in and capture your heart”.  At the Wine Club something else “gorgeous” was Whispering Angel, arguably the best Rosé in the World from Chateau d’Esclans, it’s definitely a very special wine.  History Group 2 enjoyed Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum which was founded by Sir Merton and Lady Russell-Cotes and is a rare survivor as the residence of a Victorian private collector, it’s full of gorgeous items.

Our walkers had a perfect day to meander through the fields and lanes to Hengistbury Head and back to Tuckton Tea Rooms.  And if you don’t want to be outside, remember Rosemary and friends are happy to teach you to play Mah-jong.  There is so much choice!

All Saints Church

Today we visited All Saints Church, Thorney Hill. Thank you Ingrid Tomkins for opening the church for us and for giving us an interesting talk about how it was built by Lord and Lady Manners as a memorial to their daughter Mary Christine who died in 1904 and their son, Lieutenant John Manners who lost his life at the Battle of Mons, 1914. We had the opportunity to study the beautiful mural, the theme of which is Te Deum, completed by the Arts and Crafts artist Phoebe Traquair in 1922.

You had to be there

Whilst a picture speaks a thousand words it doesn’t quite capture the atmosphere and excitement of  Bransgore Evening WI members getting together after 19 months.  Of course, we had been together in small groups enjoying walking, book clubs, quilting, tasting wine but this was all together different.  There was a buzz!  Everything had been carefully planned by the committee taking into account santizers, ventilation and space.  The hall looked inviting with flowers, delicious platters of cheese and friendly smiles.  We welcomed new members, celebrated birthdays, made our guests feel included and thanked Hazel for her contribution to BEWI.  We also thought about members who couldn’t attend in September and look forward to seeing them in October.

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Busy Bransgore Committee

With our first full meeting in September, the committee have been very busy deciding how to celebrate the event whilst keeping everyone safe and having fun!  Tuesday was a whirlwind of activity with flowers being cut and arranged for all the tables; cheese and delicious nuts, dried fruit and grapes were arranged on platters and, of course, the wine chilled.  At 6pm all the committee worked together at the Village Hall to ensure we were ready for members and guests.

Favourite Photo!

14 members of the Camera Club met at the Carpenters Arms on the 9th September to review and critique their summer holiday photographs.
There was much laughter especially when we criticised our own photos, not realising it was our own work.
Exclamations of  “goodness I didn’t send that in did I?” and “really is that one of mine?”
Next meeting will be at Highcliffe Castle at 10.30am 7th October 2021.  If anyone would like to take photos inside the castle, tickets will be available for £6.50 however,  as numbers are limited they will be only issued on the day.

Tea for Two……

In reality it was Tea for Twenty!

BEWI members sat beneath chandeliers, surrounded by flowers, an array of vintage crockery and objet d’art in the delightful Potting Shed for afternoon tea. Everything was a feast for the eyes including the huge scones filled with cream and strawberries plus tiers of freshly baked cakes.  Smiles, laughter and lots of chatter completed this perfect afternoon.