Archive for February, 2012

By Jo: The February meeting of Glossopdale’s WI welcomed Val Copestake to talk about vegetarian cookery.  Val has been a vegetarian for over forty years (a convert after meeting her future husband).

Her whole family are now vegetarian and enjoy sharing recipes and techniques.  But not strictly so.  One son can be led astray by the smell of frying bacon!

Val entertained the meeting with a selection of anecdotes.  She concluded by saying that over the last forty years the whole world of food has changed.  The number of cookery books available illustrate this.  Local greengrocers now sell a range of interesting vegetables and there are vegetarian options to be had in most restaurants.

The were lots of questions from a very interested audience of women who had tried or wanted to try vegetarian recipes including bread making.  Val had brought a selection of very tasty, “herby” bread which the meeting was glad to sample.  Val, a retired teacher has many interests, including patchworking. Visit her blog at


By Anja: On 26th January some members travelled into Manchester to view a special exhibition of the work of Ford Madox Brown at Manchester Art Gallery.  A Pre-Raphaelite pioneer he spent his final years painting murals in the Manchester Town Hall.
Enjoyment of the exhibition was matched by the coffee and lunch stops!

Ford Maddox Brown Exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery

(Poster courtesy Manchester Art Gallery)