Lockdown thwarted the newly formed Upcycling Group, led by the lovely Sarah, after only one project. But we are WI and will not be kept down. Keeping to the “Group of 6” restriction, the group returned with a project to up-cycle jam jars into candle holders.
Sarah patiently led us through the process and we all got to try a glue gun….the glue is hot. In addition to bringing home some beautifully crafted candle holders it was an opportunity to catch up, chat and have a laugh. Such a tonic for your mental health in these surreal times.
Five of us meet up for our weekly book group in West Meads field. The postman said hello as did a cockerpoo puppy, we’re a bit of a fixture now. The sun kept us warm, but fleeces were needed in the breeze. We are currently reading I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes.
The Walking Netball Ladies have now completed their second 26 challenge.
We decided to ‘run’ a marathon – 26 miles. No, we didn’t do this individually but did it collectively. Fifteen of us took up the challenge of walking, jogging or running (or a combination of all three) 1.8 miles each, recording our times and then all these times were added together to see how fast we could complete a marathon.
The weather has been glorious and most plotted a route and set out.
Barbara started us off by sending in a time the day after the challenge was launched. She managed to walk her distance on a treadmill and gave us a benchmark of 33 minutes. Some did it with a dog for company, Mandy with her horse and Gemma made us laugh by doing her distance on the beach in flip flops with two young children. Times were all very close to the 30 minute mark until Jack emailed her amazing time, for 1.9 miles, of 17.53 minutes. Not only that but a fantastic photo followed. She is our very own superwoman.
Everyone enjoyed the challenge, some even did it several times to improve their own score. Manuela managed to shave nearly 7 minutes off her first time. This was fantastic and shows how competitive the ladies are.
The overall time for our collective 26 miles was 8 hours 35.33 minutes.
Thanks go to everyone who took part and we will be donating extra items for the Bognor food bank.
Thanks again to Dinah for organising the photos, they show us passing on a wooden spoon but nobody ended up with it!
It started with an email from Dinah asking if we could do something as a walking netball group in relation to the 26 challenge.
The London Marathon had been cancelled due to the virus and therefore the challenge was to raise money for charities in a creative way and have fun doing it.
I came up with the idea of a shooting challenge for our lovely netball group and Annie, our Team Manager, launched it in her inimitable way.
The aim was to score as many goals as possible in 26 minutes from a distance of 2.6 metres. The really creative part was the goal! Most followed a prototype of a bucket secured to a step ladder. Some had buckets which were suspended on walls or chicken runs, others had targets at ground level. Sarah’s husband even made a goal and attached it to a wall. It didn’t matter what height it was. The ‘missile’ could be any ball or rolled up socks or tea towel. It didn’t matter.
What mattered was how many you could shoot. Of course, being of a competitive nature, the ladies rose to the challenge magnificently.
I thought I had better try this out before Sunday (Marathon day) and see if I could actually do it myself. Bucket was securely wedged on top of the step ladder and time began. Well, I was pretty smug with myself and scored 50 goals and set this as the target to beat! Little did I know how the ladies would respond. Scores started coming in …
a score of 27 with “my bucket was moving a lot!”
24 goals with “after 15 minutes my bucket snapped!”
Then Maggie comes in with 83 goals
Sarah’s next “I’ve just scored 134 goals” this was amazing
100 balls in the bucket by Celia
“I hit the target 154 times but no chickens were harmed” this from Manuela
Annie secured 93 goals and did lots of retrieving
It didn’t matter what the score was we all enjoyed the banter of trying to beat each other. Some of the comments were just brilliant and I’m sure everyone had a smile on their face. Here is a selection:
The tee shirt made all the difference.
My husband made me a ladder goal post, only disadvantage the ring was a triangle!
I did a tremendous amount of retrieving the ball and bending.
Sarah, did your ball have elastic on it?
I would like to think the ball was too light and the bucket the wrong size.
My husband was pleased when I stopped as he was my ball boy.
I found it quite aerobic!
My accurate aim kept hitting the handle and so the ball went flying into the bushes.
The most important aspect of the day was to raise money for Sage House. I believe we raised approximately £350. Well done everyone, it was an amazing effort and such good fun. I’m sure you’ll agree the photos are brilliant and shooting techniques were pretty good too.
My thanks go to Dinah who collated the photos, to Annie who made it happen, and to everyone who took part
10 of our members learnt a new technique using polymer clay and extruders to make jewellery, key fobs, coasters, buttons and hair grips, in the style of Gustav Klimt.
Various coloured clay sticks were sliced, put together to make a cone and put through an extruder tool, emerging as long strips of patterned clay. The strips were stacked, cut, and re-stacked twice. The stack was cut into slices, massaged together and cut into the shapes required. The combination of colours and tiny patterns melted our creative hearts, and we all fell in love with the technique.
I had used my WI bursary money to learn the craft and pass on the skill to others – money well spent I would say. Thank you Bognor Regis WI.
The May meeting of Bognor Regis WI started in a swirl of colour with President Dinah Barrand sporting her new striped dungarees made from recycled fabric and supplied by a fair trade African company. This set the tone of the meeting which focussed on the Resolutions put forward by the National Federation of Womens’ Institutes but with an overarching theme of how all members could make a difference to our world by making small (or bigger) changes to their lifestyles.
First, however, Dinah introduced Mandy, the Deputy Co-ordinator of the Bognor Food Bank. She described how most food banks (Bognor included) come under the aegis of the Trussell Trust, a charity which aims to end hunger and poverty in the UK and to campaign for change to end the need for food banks. Mandy talked about the circumstances which led to people needing short term help including delays/changes in benefit payments, redundancy, pregnancy and domestic violence. Bognor Food Bank relies on donations of non-perishable food from members of the public and clients need a voucher from a referring agency such as CAB, Radio Respect, My Sisters House etc. This system allows the referring agency to work with the person, providing ongoing support to hopefully improve their circumstance
As well as providing food, however, Bognor Food Bank provides care and compassion and ensures that all clients are valued, listened to and cared about. The Food Bank has also provided courses on budget cookery and tries to give extra help in the summer holidays – when school meals are not available – and special Christmas bags. Sadly, the need is growing with 3,000 people being fed last year – an increase of 33%.
After a very warm vote of thanks both for Mandy’s talk and for the excellent work they are doing, the meeting moved on to a quiz and vote on the potential resolutions. These were the provision of additional council funding for public bus services and encouraging more women (including young women) to have regular smear tests. It was agreed by a clear majority that both resolutions were worthy of support and the delegate to the national AGM in June will vote in accordance with the wishes of BRWI.
swimsuits made from recycled plastic
up-cycled bags made from denim jeans, old curtains and thought plastic packaging.
During the extended refreshment break with Prosecco and cake (including the delicious vegan cupcakes – to view the recipe – click Vegan Ginger Cupcakes) members had the opportunity to explore the displays on green living set up by the Committee. These included a clear demonstration of what items can be put in the recycling bin and what can be recycled elsewhere, green replacements/substitutions for household products including homemade beeswax food covering and pan scrubbers, making the move to a plant based diet and the resources available to do so, reducing or eliminating the need for single use plastics, recycling and upcycling materials to make bags (and the examples included some unlikely raw materials!) and making rich and friable compost from garden and kitchen waste. To see all the ideas click here Lots of questions were asked and many pledges made to try something new; it was inspiring to see how the members really wanted to make a difference to the lives of the local community and the wider world.
Later in the month, twenty members will be making a visit to Tuppenny Barn a sustainable living education centre in Southbourne, and three members will be joining lots of other WIs – and many other groups concerned about climate change – when they go on the Time is Now mass lobby of Parliament. This summer the Government will decide whether to end the UK’s contribution to climate change by committing to a net zero emissions target. They will also have the chance to end nature’s decline by committing to a strong Environment Bill. The Time is Now on June 26th is hoped to be the largest mass lobby for climate and the environment that the UK has ever seen. The WI is very proud to be part of it!!
The craft group, after finishing their Easter tree decorations, this month moved onto a new challenge….making a decorated mini picture that was only an inch square!!!!!!
Amongst chat, laughter, chocolate cake and Easter bunnies they all succeeded brilliantly.
Once several have been completed, they can then be framed as a picture, for cards or even key fobs.
We learnt a lot from each other and next months meeting will see us extending our Lilliputian art works even further.
Many thanks to Chris Hutchins for hosting.
New members always welcome. Barbara Foster
Creative buds were teased out by experimenting with clay, lace, animal and flower
cutters, egg shapes, threads and colours. Taking tips from each other, and amazing
ourselves with our own talent, a range of Easter decorations were created. It was
such a joy, watching the ideas develop.
Next on the list is mini works of art called Inchies. One inch square fabrics, or other
materials, will be embellished with small items such as buttons, shells, beads or
thread, to make charms, pictures, put onto other projects or just made for the fun of
No previous skills required – all materials can be provided, or bring your own.
Come along with a desire to craft something simple. Details will be at WI.
(Note from editor – I wasn’t sure about these Inchies, sounded very strange, but then googled them and they look amazing – have a look. Kate)