Social events

By Sara Jayne: Each year, the Derbyshire Federation of WIs’ Sports and Leisure Subcommittee puts on one large event (plus several smaller ones).  This year, they decided to stage an Eisteddfod for the large event.  Glossopdale got involved in a big way, competing in five of the nine categories: Written Poetry, Poetry Recital, Group Singing, Short Story, and Drama.
Our member Jo won the Short Story category with her whimsical piece about making damson jam.  Best in the county!


Our singing group won at the regional heat in Chinley in June and made it to the final in September, along with the winners from the other two regional heats.  Here is their performance at Chesterfield:

We didn’t win, but we had fun doing it – and a better night out than we remember having in ages!


All members involved had a great time, learned new skills, and bonded with each other, which is what the WI is all about.  Looking forward to seeing what Sports & Leisure cooks up for next year!

By Margaret: We held the last meeting of 2012 on the Wednesday before Christmas.  We had a lively discussion about the Resolutions agreed by the National Federation of Womens’ Institutes as the candidates for next year’s nationwide campaigning effort .  Support for local shops we could all agree on and already carry out on a regular basis, but concern about the provision of websites which encourage young people to self-harm or even consider suicide caused more discussion.  Experience of one member from her involvement with Childline brought to our attention the seriousness of the problem and resulted in an overwhelming vote in favour of that Resolution as the one we would recommend for nationwide support.

After that, however, the mood of the Meeting changed as we wracked our memories to identify names and tunes from a wide range of musicals in a light-hearted musical quiz.  So many tunes; so difficult to remember exactly which musical they came from or who the singer was.  After that we all transferred to the Windy Harbour Hotel for our Christmas lunch, duly adorned with paper hats from the crackers.  A thoroughly enjoyable meal was had by all, served by a friendly and helpful staff.  And then it was farewells and Christmas wishes to one and all as we went our separate ways to our own family celebrations.

We shall be meeting again at 9.30 on the morning of Wednesday 16th January, when Janis Birchall will be ‘Puffin around Northumberland’ – trains or birds?  Come and join us and find out for yourself.  All ladies are welcome.

By Joan:  The Chernobyl Childrens Project (UK) supports children and families in Belarus, the Country most affected by the Chernobyl disaster. As part of this project they bring children to Britain for recuperative holidays. Earlier this year we were pleased to be able to raise £130 towards this. On Monday 16th July 2012 together with a free room from the Labour Club we were able to provide a party to welcome them all to Glossop. The children had a wonderful time with games food and prizes.Everyone left with Goody Bags and a smile on their face. The most heart warming moment was when the children recited Russian poetry for us and mothers cried in unison SPASIBA (thankyou). Nothing can make up for what these families have to face but hopefully just for a few hours we were able to show them that someone cares.  More photos of the party can be found here.