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The cheese lady returns!

Another packed house on Wednesday 25th September – this time many members had experienced the entertaining delivery from Leagram’s Organic Dairy last year.

Faye Kitching presented the Fayre of delicious cheeses and she reminded us that her father was the mind behind it all and that the jokes included were his – and she relished in this. Her slick professional style was directed with fun and knowledge on the very subject of cheese. In a space of 40 minutes we witnessed the finished article in a net bag reduced from the size of a very large football to hand held cheese. The normal timing for this finished product takes up to 9 hours!!

There were many flavours and shapes and sizes and taster pots for all – an absolute joy and so entertaining and throughout this we were constantly aware of the love of cheese and their value to society – the evening was a huge success and enjoyed by all.

In addition the Baking Team added wonderful cakes and selections of sweets that turned a cheesy evening into a banquet feast! The year has passed so quickly and the Willows WI is preparing for the 2020 programme- that promises to be interesting and varied.

Best wishes to all readers and see you at the next meeting on October 23rd.

Cheers, Marie.

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Wellness and wellbeing event

by Marie Dixon

The Willows WI arranged and presented an evening of wellness and well being, and the members were delighted to be advised and pampered by
professionals demonstrating their crafts, including crystal healing, body
conditioning, massage, reflexology, an introduction to BSL sign language to
stimulate the brain. The room was filled with busy areas of people engaged in information to increase their wellbeing.

This followed last year’s successful wellness event, and it is proving to be popular – maybe more in 2020.

As always the members enjoyed the wonderful cakes provided by this month’s baking team – and the raffle completed the evening’s entertainment.

The Willows WI continues its journey in the community providing friendship and communication for women and rejoice that they have a full happy membership. Plans are well in hand for the programme into 2020 – details to be announced soon.

See you all at our next meeting – Wednesday 25th September!

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The Dog’s Trust

by Marie Dixon

A sunny summer’s evening and the holiday season approaching- the Willows WI members had a special treat from the representative of the Dog’s Trust who presented a most interesting account of the care love and attention to good health that the dogs receive and how many volunteers are involved in keeping the excellent policy of Trust.

There was a special guest – a member’s dog who behaved very well much to the appreciation of the members! Many gifts of food and toys were collected in support of the charity- this was followed by cake and coffee plus a super raffle- the next meeting is August 29th, when a Wellness programme is planned- see you there x

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Leading Ladies

by Marie Dixon

On a lovely sunny evening the Willows WI met for their February rendezvous – with a full house and some new members and several guests – and the promise of ‘exciting ‘cakes – Amanda Brown the speaker discussed her personal journey in search of peace and mantra for life- encouraging the membership to discover theirs and believe in this.

The presentation was linked to interactive groups who were given instructions and guide lines to follow. This was well received by the meeting and questions and answers followed. The ideal in life is to find the positive over the negative and Amanda discussed the value of the word Love asking each group to phrase conversations using the word Love and this was to to a strict timetable e.g. 1min, 30secs.

Amanda –an author and Life Coach has found the value of positive thoughts and she asked the membership to believe in this; on a daily basis perhaps starting the day with a positive calm thought and aiming to continue this.

Confidence featured well in the presentation and it was decided that posture and body language – gesture and movement all suggested the measure of confidence in a person. Group work continued with the phrase ‘I Wish . . to suggest a wish for the future. Members were keen and responsive to the content of the presentation.

The evening finished with a wonderful raffle and the generous additions to the chosen charities – and maybe some ‘Ooom’ chanting and the promise of a peaceful night’s sleep!!! Thank you Amanda.

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Getting to know you

The theme for our October meeting was ‘Getting to know You” – (sure there is a song on this theme somewhere). The Membership recommended a more social session and the committee organised some mini workshops which proved most successful and entertaining – but most of all surprising – showing the talents and originality of the members.

After greetings around the bar and general settling, prepared game sheets, on the theme of Bingo, BUT not as we all remember – rather a fact finding mission and each member had to fill in their card with facts on other members, such as find someone who had appeared on the TV; someone making a plane journey that week – the list was endless and very humorous. Secretary Sue was in charge of the timing and kept the membership ‘moving’.

Following on from this was a building challenge, where in groups of six, members were given spaghetti and marshmallows to create a structure of impressive height and depth. This may sound impossible to some – but the talents of the Willows’ members were extraordinary; the intensity – laughter and results were well worth it all. It seems that Prince Charles was recently enthused about the idea of Spaghetti Structures??? Having seen a similar presentation elsewhere – does that mean that the Willows WI (Sale) has a Royal approval??


It is a good thought that all the used dried spaghetti was taken to a local nursery for the children to use in creative play. Any unopened packets of food were given as part of our regular food bank donation. It is worth mentioning that our record with the food banks is absolute in its sincerity and support and grateful thanks to all members for creating this fundamental importance to our local community.

With the development of the Willows, the sub- groups are now evolving and the members are choosing their subjects and then organising meetups to suit those involved, which recently included a trip to see Calendar Girls at the Lowry Salford.

The raffle was well supported as always and the cakes added to the overall enjoyment of the evening; Betty Crocker is entertaining again and a further report on this will be made in a future blog.

The Willows is now approaching its first AGM –looking back over the development of the first year –the large friendly membership not forgetting the Sale Rugby Club and facilities there is the satisfaction of a job well done and now with experience here is to 2019!

Cheer Ladies Cheers!!!