January

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Chair Yoga

Leah Starkey stepped in to teach our group of ladies the essence of Hatha and vinyasa yoga. She believes that yoga should be done with a smile on your face and valued all our members degrees of movement whilst teaching different techniques incorporating a chair.

And so our journeys for this year has begun.  Set your goals, empower your thoughts; to achieve whatever you have set your mind and body to do.

February

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A fascinating talk about how some people choose to help the emergency services. These like minded individuals go to abandoned air fields, create horrific injuries - using salt dough, ketchup, nappy cream and other everyday house hold equipment - to act out scenarios, to enable our emergency and other agencies be equipped for the what ifs.

We were told how night missions take place. When we are all tucked up in bed, these people dream up situations - one mentioned was Touchwood in Solihull.

If air ambulance is involved - clothes are not the same again!! yes they really do cut those clothes even when its make believe.

March

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Unfortunately, snow disrupted our meeting and Terry Church could not reach our humble abode. Hopefully we will meet him later on in the year or next.

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April

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We learnt some interesting facts about air ambulance helicopters , how they are funded and what goes into becoming a sky hero.

  • Costs 9 million pounds a year to run.
  • Staff are trained via the ambulance service.
  • A doctor, paramedic and flight crew are on board at all times.
  • Life saving emergency can be carried out next to the incident.
  • The government do not fund these schemes!
  • Currently they do not fly at night, due to visibility reasons.

All donations go straight into the helicopter fund.

 

May

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A new committee has been sworn in to up hold the commitments and safe guarding of Sparkles WI.

Karen - President

Alison - Secretary/events

Anne-Marie - PR/programme

Caroline - Welfare Officer/MCS rep/ Meet and Greet

Cheryl - Treasurer

Beth -  Liaison officer

Sue B - Assistant Treasurer

Anne - Minutes Secretary

 

 

June

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Wychavon's regeneration team talked about the future of our town.

Angela is concerned with tourism in Pershore, Evesham and Droitwich and is responsible for making many fabulous events happen!  Events such as the Pershore Plum Festival, the Asparagus Festival and Saltfest.  Plans are afoot to introduce a mascot for Droitwich salt.

We are looking forward to seeing what that may be!

July

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Time to shine. One entry per category. Who will be Queen of the show? All pictures are on events.

Class 1 - photography

  • 1st - Karen

Class 2 - Art

  • 1st - Alison

Class 3 - Preserves

  • 1st - Alison

Class 4 - Cookery

  • 1st - Deb

Class 5 - Cookery

  • 1st - Deb

Class 6 - Floral

  • 1st - Margaret

Class 7 - Open craft

  • 1st - Vida

Class 8 - Wool craft

  • 1st - Lorna

Class 9 - Christmas Bauble

  • 1st - Vida

Highly commended

  • Vida

Queen of the Fete

  • Alison

August

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As usual the weather turned, but a handful of ladies braved the chillier air and plunged into the refreshing Lido pool.  A relaxing evening was had by all, with an historical twist of how the Lido was re-invented and has many fundraising events to help keep this treasure functioning within our home town.

 

September

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Our very own Jules and the charmingly named 'Nancy Butterfly' group will demonstrate this lively form of Morris Dancing.

An enjoyable evening, with group participation inbetween dances.

Our group also learnt the true meaning of their name. They adopted it  from a building, but didn't quite  realise at the time that this was the place for ladies of the night!

Not putting them off, they have embellished their outfits with butterflies galore, even pressed into their leather cloggs. If anyone is interested click here.

 

October

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Local artist Rosie Philpott catches your imagination with her creations.

A fascinating talk on how Rosie developed her creations. If you look carefully there is always a character that is found on all of her art work.

November

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France Merrony or Michelle instructed us on a little movement to help restore our health, prolong life, increase personal safety, heighten creativity and maintain a happy attitude.

Our group of ladies were put through a very calming work out. Involving heaven and earth. We learnt a few moves including:

Parting Wild Horse's mane

Push needle to sea bottom

Turn around and sweep lotus

December

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Rosie Nadin demonstrated how to unwind at indulgence with a combination of acupuncture, oriental body balance techniques and maybe beauty treatments.