Book night - 25th August 2015

January 24, 2015
We’ve enjoyed two ‘book night’ meetings at Whey Aye WI.  In 2011 we read ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time’ by Mark Haddon (2003), ‘The Other Hand’’ by Chris Cleave (2008), and ‘One Day’ by David Nicholls (2009).  In 2013 we read ‘The Girl You Left Behind’’ by Jojo Moyes (2012), ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ by Truman Capote (1958),‘The Long Song’ by Andrea Levy (2010), and ‘Gone Girl’’ by Gillian Flynn (2012).

Our third book night will be held at our meeting in August 2015.  Read all, one or none (!) of the books listed below and come along for a chat about what you thought.  If you don’t fancy any of the chosen books, please come along anyway to hear the discussion or recommend your favourite read.  It’s not a heavy literary discussion; just a good natter plus a book themed Bitches Bingo which you’ll not want to miss!

‘The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared’ by Jonas Jonasson (2012)

It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, he is waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The Mayor is going to be there. The press is going to be there. But, as it turns out, Allan is not… Slowly but surely Allan climbs out of his bedroom window, into the flowerbed (in his slippers) and makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police.

‘The Rosie Project’ by Graeme Simsion (2013)

The art of love is never a science: meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.  Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie and the realisation that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you.

‘The Secret Life of Bees’ by Sue Monk Kidd (2003)

Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily's fierce-hearted black "stand-in mother," Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina, a town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily is introduced to their mesmerising world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna.
If you enjoy the book maybe watch the (2008) film too?

'The Husband’s Secret’ by Liane Moriarty (2013)

What would you do if you found a letter from your husband marked ‘To be opened in the event of my death’? Especially if he was still alive? Would you open it? That’s the dilemma faced by Cecilia, devoted mother, successful businesswoman, and, she thought, blissfully married. Her decision changes her life forever.

Programme survey 2015

July 18, 2014
It's that time of year again and we want to find out what talks, activities and outings you'd like to do next year. It's your WI so we want to make the programme reflects the interests of members.

Please take a moment or two to look at the options we've put together and let us know your thoughts by filling in our mega-quick survey.

Take the survey now


Our last year in pictures

May 27, 2014

The AGM is always a great opportunity to look back over all the fun activities we've enjoyed during the year, and we certainly enjoyed doing that at our May meeting.

Here's the photo presentation that Deb put together with the highlights:


Denman College Bursary Competition

May 27, 2014

Whey Aye WI wishes to celebrate the Centenary of the WI (in 2015) and our own 10th birthday (in 2016) by awarding a bursary to one of our members. Denman College (Marcham, Oxfordshire) is the WI’s own residential college where members (and non members) can enjoy a wide range of cookery, craft, and lifestyle courses; visit the website to see details of current courses - 

The successful recipient will receive £250 towards the cost of a residential course (two night courses, with all meals and accommodation, are normally around this price), plus up to a maximum of £100 towards travel expenses. Direct train travel from Newcastle to Oxford is available, and a free taxi to and from Oxford train station and the College is available if booked in advance. All cookery courses include the cost of ingredients; some craft courses may require students to bring materials.

To apply, please write a letter to Whey WI Committee outlining why you would like to go to Denman College, with an indication of the type of course you would like to take part in.  It is not necessary to have a specific course or date in mind at the point of application but you should explain your reasons for wanting to visit Denman College.  The deadline for applications is Tuesday 28th October 2014 (which is a WI meeting night).

“Good luck” and here’s the important small print!
  1. The £250 bursary will be paid directly to Denman College. The successful recipient will be required to pay the additional cost if they choose a course which costs more than £250.
  2. The bursary must be used towards a course to be taken between 1st January 2015 and 31st January 2016.
  3. The successful recipient will be required to make their own travel arrangements to Oxford and claim the cost back from Whey Aye WI (providing receipts for train travel; if driving a mileage rate will be provided).
  4. The successful recipient must be a member of Whey Aye WI as at 27th January 2015 (having paid their annual subscription for 2015).
  5. Applications received by the deadline will be considered by an independent panel and the successful recipient will be notified by 1st December 2014.


Jolly Scarecrow competition

May 9, 2014

The Northumberland Federation is running a competition for WIs to make a scarecrow that will make people smile.

The competition is being held at The Heighley Gate Garden Centre during October half term.

The scarecrow can be any size up to 6' in height and depict any character, real or fictional. It also needs to have a name.

Scarecrows must be delivered to Heighley Gate between 9am and 3pm on Thursday 23rd October. They will be on display until Sunday 2nd November and should be collected on Monday 9th November.

Judging will take place on Thursday 23rd October after 3pm.

The entry fee is £5 and the closing date is Tuesday 14th October.

We'd love to hear your creative ideas for a possible Whey Aye entry!

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