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February 2017 (photographs to be posted here soon).

We were treated to a talk about the Norman Cross prisoner of war camp, life in the camp and surrounding area. Interesting that this was a pe-fabricated, wooden construction and that you can see the outline of the cross in the remaining fields from above, with the sun in the right direction! Some of the arts and crafts which were developed by the inmates in this jail were somewhat forbidden, but obviously tolerated.

The “tapestry" that was brought to the talk was fascinating in its detail and a considerable number of techniques had been used to produce the interesting work.


December 2016

We have had a successful period again with our WI. In August we enjoyed Afternoon Tea at Wadenhoe House in a lovely cool room on a very hot afternoon. The tea was splendid and enjoyed by all of us.In September Gill Morrison talked to us about her life and experiences as a Senior Nurse, the wife of a Vicar and her inspiring fundraising which has helped to bring happiness to thousands of children worldwide.

In October we had our AGM, which was well attended. We followed the business with games and refreshments.

In November our speaker was Alison Pilkington from Thurning who talked to us about her Spotty Dotty World. Alison brought along several of her (quite large) paintings and some examples of her ceramics and talked to us about what inspires her creativity. It was a very lively and interesting evening.

For our December Meeting we went to Ashton for a Christmas Meal. After our meal we sang Christmas Carols (kindly led by Richard Hamilton).

Our meeting on 11th January (note this is the second Wednesday in the month) will be a New Year Party and Entertainment.

Wed 7th July 2016 – Garden Visit  – There was a delightful opportunity to visit Pam Metcalfe’s amazing RHS open 1gardenvisit2016garden this evening!

Thankfully the rain held off and we explored what was the old Black Horse’s gardens that Pam has put so much effort into. 3gardenvisit2016Her passion is roses, but the whole garden was an abundance of colour and had some real treats within.

At the bottom of the garden, Pam explained that she had allowed this area to be “wild” for the bees and butterflies, which had been surprisingly difficult!

Nonetheless, as with all corners of the garden, is was a pleasure to wander through. The evening ended with tea and biscuits under the walnut tree.

Sat 2nd July 2016 – Coffee Morning  – Today we attended the coffee morning at Gill and Alan Anderson’s home in Southwick. The event was well-attended and homemade biscuits were available as refreshments – how could you resist!? Gill and Allan are so generous to host this coffee morning and share their garden and model railway; we raised well over £200 on the day and there was a great atmosphere.

Wed 1st June 2016 – UK Canals – Tonight was a wonderful summer evening. We are starting to see the long nights and pleasant evenings join us for our meetings. We had visitors this evening and one of them will hopefully become a new derekmember. They, along with the rest of us, enjoyed a talk – “Up the Cut” – (with songs and shanties) about the UK canals by Derek Harris. Derek is an author and a canal conservationist who became interested in canals as a young boy visiting his grandparents, although he was forbidden from playing near the canal, the inevitable happened and he spent his visits in Blisworth walking the tow path. The interest stayed with him and, along with two school friends, he hired his first boat for a holiday at the age of sixteen. 

Derek spoke about the birth of the canals and the associated engineering developments as well as the challenges and opportunities offered the boat men. There were accompanying songs which were always entertaining and ranged from funny to sad to bawdy! 

Our next meeting is being held at Tansor in one of the Open Gardens under the RHS scheme on June 6th.















March 2016 – Latest – We are all keenly missing Wendy, our wonderful WI President, but we are all united in planning to continue to make Glapthorn WI the success it has been under Wendy’s inspirational leadership. 
Cherrill (Sands) has agreed to be our Acting President until our next Annual General Meeting, which will be held in October.  I will continue to act as Treasurer and Jill Rundle has offered to continue to be the Minutes Secretary. 
A full programme of interesting speakers has been arranged, with a potential outing in the summer to a local country house. 
The speaker at our April Meeting will be Chris Carr, a local historian, on ‘What the Romans did for us in the kitchen’.  This will be a talk with cake. 
We will, of course, be doing the Shortwood Teas in the Village Hall on Sunday 1st May from 2.00 5.00 pm, and the Church will be organising them on Monday 2nd May.

April 2015 – Update given at the Annual Parish Meeting  – Glapthorn WI is flourishing. We have 33 members and an excellent committee. Our aim is to have fun and learn something new and to this end we have had varied and interesting speakers. Meetings are followed by a competition and raffle and conclude with tea and biscuits combined with laughter.

Our clubs are thriving. The Knit and Natter Group usually meet once a month and are currently knitting blankets for the Polebrook Nursing Home residents who are most appreciative. Our Drama Group provided the entertainment at our New Year Party and have been asked to provide entertainment for a group based in Aldwincle.

This year is the Centenary of the WI and we are planning to celebrate this later in the year.

We again supplied teas for the Open Weekend in Shortwood in May and supplied refreshments to many hungry and thirsty walkers.

December 2014 – Annual General Meeting – Our Annual General Meeting was held on 3rd October and was well attended. Wendy Knowles was unanimously re-elected as President.
Committee Members are as follows:
Cherrill Sands – Secretary,
Heather Ball – Treasurer,
Members – Chris Nowlan, Sandra Philpot, Hilary Horton, Nikki Hunt and Margo North.

Our monthly meetings are lively events with a good selection of speakers.

This year we shall be having our Christmas party meal at The Black Horse in Elton, in their private room upstairs. We are also having surprise entertainment!

Our Drama Group has had several meetings, which were greatly enjoyed  The Group is planning to provide the entertainment at our party in the New Year.

The Knit and Natter Group is knitting very productively, making blankets (which are now going to the nursing home at Polebook), Beanie Hats for the Samaritans Purse Operation, Christmas Child (which are now going to the Northamptonshire Branch), and baby hats for the Premature Baby Unit in Exeter Hospital. Polebrook Nursing Home are very grateful for our 7 blankets – we are knitting as fast as we can so if anyone would like to do some knitting for the above do please contact me.

Our programme for 2015 has now been finalised – we have a speaker coming from France to talk about Jack the Ripper, Flight Lieutenant Mountney, who flew the last Hercules out of Afghanistan, and many more exciting speakers.

December 2013 – WI Darts – Janet Todd, Annie Mulville, Sue Parsons, Julie Hynes and Gill Norman played for Glapthorn 's WI Dart Team. We were supposed to play four matches, each match consisting of five games. The team that won the most games won the match. Welford however withdrew from the competition before we had a chance to play them. This left us with 3 matches to play; one home and two away. The results were as follows:-
Glapthon 3 Ringstead 2
Glapthorn 3 Kelmarsh, Harrington and Arthingworth 2
Glapthorn 2 Hargrave 3
It was a very close competition and the teams were all evenly matched. The winner of the Glapthorn WI Darts Trophy this year is Sue Parsons who scored the highest score with three darts 121! Well-done Sue.

December 2013 – Visit to Chatsworth House – Gill Anderson and myself joined three other members of Glapthorn WI for a days visit to Chatsworth House to see the Christmas decoration.
We had an early start as we had to catch the coach in Thrapston at 7:45am. The journey was very good, although quite busy and also very blustery. When we arrived we were able to go into the house straight away.
This year the theme was the magical land of Narnia and the house had undergone a spectacular transformation to bring C.S. Lewis's classic tale of "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" to life.
We walked through the lower floors, which were decorated with trees, snow and sleighs to recreate the wintry wonderland discovered by Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy as they burst through the wardrobe for the first time. The Oak room was a perfect setting for Mr. Tumnus's cosy house inside a tree, while the grandeur of the painted Hall transformed itself to become the Palace of the White Witch.
The house was spectacularly decorated and really looked like a fairyland. After walking through the house we had a well-deserved lunch and looked and bought various items from the gift shops, which had high-class goods at sensible prices.
We were unable to walk round the gardens due to the very high winds and the courtyard was also closed during the day. However this enabled us to go back into the house and have another look, without the crowds of people.
After leaving Chatsworth House we went to their farm shop, where again we shopped and had tea.
We all agreed we had had a lovely day and it was very good value for money.
Thank you WI for organizing it.

May 2013 – Bluebell Teas 5 May – On a glorious sunny day many people flocked to Glapthorn to admire the wonderful display of bluebells in nearby Short Wood. After their walk visitors made their way to the village hall where WI members served tea and homemade cakes. There was also a tombola, book stall and a raffle to add to the visitors' enjoyment. Everyone agreed that the event had been a tremendous success and had now become a popular addition to village events.

April 2013 – County Quiz 23 April – Newly refurbished Wicksteed Park was the venue for this bi-annual quiz. Four of our members took part, namely, Ursula Wide, Ann Chapple, Kirsten Harbott and Hilary Horton. There were 73 teams competing, from all over the county, and although the Glapthorn team put up a spirited performance they were unsuccessful in gaining a place in the top three. Hunsbury Hill WI came first closely followed, 1 point behind, by Brigstock WI, with Stanwick WI in third place. The evening was compered by the Rev. David Saint. The questions were extremely challenging, and a thoroughly good time was had by all.

March 2013 – Mothering Sunday 10 March – Glapthorn member Hilary Horton together with Charlotte Croser from Barnwell WI organized a Pop-Up High Street at Barnwell Village Hall. The event featured a range of traders and crafters selling special items not found on the High Street. As well as original hand-crafted goods, Pop-Up High Street included beauty treatments and a photography studio offering visitors the opportunity to have their portrait taken. Children were catered for, with a toy stall, professional face-painting and the opportunity for every child to make a Mother's Day card. Vintage teas were served during the event.

October 2012 – WI Trip to Buckingham Palace – Gill Norman and other members of Glapthorn WI enjoyed a trip to Buckingham Palace in October. Gill writes ' We toured the State Rooms of the Palace where the Queen and members of the Royal Family receive guests on State, ceremonial and official occasions. These rooms are furnished with many of the greatest treasures of The Royal Collection, including paintings by Van Dyck and Canaletto, sculpture by Canova, exquisite pieces of Sevres porcelain and some of the finest English and French furniture. The Throne Room on 29th April 2011 was the setting for the formal photographs following the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Ballroom is where the majority of investitures take place and it is here that The State Banquets are held. The Picture Gallery displays some of the greatest paintings in The Royal Collection. All of these rooms were magnificent with their gilded ceilings and glittering chandeliers.
After the State Rooms we saw "Diamonds," a Jubilee exhibition. The intricate workmanship and ingenuity of design of the jewellery was breathtaking. Several pieces were on display for the first time and the exhibition showed how over the past three centuries monarchs have used diamonds to display magnificence, whether in personal adornment or as a statement of power.
Finally we had a tour of the private garden. This is over 30 acres and only 8 gardeners look after it! The landscape design was by Capability Brown but was later redesigned by William Townsend Alton of Kew Gardens. There are a number of surprises in the gardens such as a summerhouse, the Waterloo vase weighing 15 tons, a sunken tennis court, a great manmade lake and a large variety of beautiful old trees, including one remaining mulberry from the plantation installed by King James 1. The garden has a formal rose garden and informal herbaceous borders. The planting in these borders is designed to be at its best for the garden parties in the summer, so it was a little tired when we visited. It is very much a green garden where wildlife is encouraged to flourish, with a long grass policy in which around 320 different types of wildflower grow. In this calm oasis you certainly don't believe you are in the middle of London. After visiting the shop we headed back to the coach and returned to Glapthorn, Oundle and Southwick. A very enjoyable day was had by all. You may be wondering if we met the queen, unfortunately she was not at home and obviously must have taken all her corgis with her!

October 2012 – WI Diamond Jubilee Tree Planting – On Sunday 7th October our President, Wendy, together with other WI members planted a walnut tree to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The tree was planted in an area of Glapthorn known as Gypsy Lane, and a plaque recording this event will be placed at the base of the tree. It is hoped that in just a few years, this tree will provide natural colour and shade for people and help support local wildlife with food and shelter. Walnut trees thrive in Northamptonshire and have always been prized for their valuable timber, delicious nuts and for the natural dyes that can be extracted from them.

May 2012 – WI Members on Eggheads – Our President Wendy Knowles and member Ann Chapple together with their husbands appeared on the TV quiz programme Eggheads on Wednesday 16 May. Their team was called the 'Mammoth Quizzers' and they battled valiantly to beat the formidable Eggheads. The questions were very challenging but our team performed extremely well and were only narrowly beaten by the Eggheads. If you missed the programme it is available on iPlayer until the 23 May.

May 2012 – Bluebell Teas – In spite of the rather inclement weather visitors enjoyed a walk in Short Wood on Sunday 6th May to see the spectacular display of bluebells. After their walk many people made their way to Glapthorn Village Hall where they were served with tea and homemade cakes. There was also a tombola with lots of excellent prizes. Many thanks to Nicky and her team of helpers for working so hard to make the event such a success.

May 2012 – Journey of the Baton – A silver baton to mark the Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympics is being passed from one WI group to another, going around the county, from February until June. The Journey of the Baton event, organised by the Northamptonshire County Federation of WIs, will see the Indian silver baton passed between members of the 126 WI groups from towns and villages across the county in the build-up to this summer's games in London. The baton began its journey at WI House in Hunsbury Hill, Northampton, on February 15. The baton reached Glapthorn on 1 May where it received a warm welcome at a special handover ceremony held at Glapthorn Village School. The school hall had been decorated in a very festive manner and as the baton arrived it was greeted enthusiastically by the children waving flags. Our President Wendy Knowles was presented with the baton by the President of Oundle WI, Mrs Gill Stewart. After short speeches by both Presidents, the children entertained their visitors by performing a May Day song. The ceremony concluded with delicious refreshments which were enjoyed by all. After a short stay in Glapthorn the baton continued on its journey to Weldon. The baton will reach its final destination on June 21 when a special ceremony will be held at Holdenby House. All the names of the county's WIs who have passed the baton will be inscribed and enclosed within the baton. The WI would like to thank the headteacher, Mr Mark Ratchford, for his kindness in allowing the ceremony to be held at the school.

April 2012 – Southwick Walk – On a bright, sunny morning a group of WI members met in Southwick on Tuesday 10th April for a walk in the nearby woods. After admiring the wonderful display of daffodils in the grounds of Southwick Hall, the walkers set off along the path by the church, crossed the stream and walked up the hill into the woods. The blossom and emerging spring flowers together with red kites soaring overhead made the walk most enjoyable. On their return to Southwick the group had built up an appetite for lunch at the Shuckburgh Arms. Many thanks to Gill Norman for organising and leading the walk.

February 2012 – Staffordshire Hoard Talk – On the 28 February, twenty-five members attended a talk given by Stephen Dean, Principal Archaeologist of Staffordshire County Council, on the Staffordshire Hoard. This is the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork ever found, anywhere in the world. It was discovered in a field near the village of Hammerwich, near Lichfield, in Staffordshire in July 2009. It consists of more than 3,500 items that are nearly all martial or warlike in character. The members found the talk fascinating and look forward to seeing the items on display.

February 2012 – Macmillan Mammoth Quiz – Four of our members, Bridget Capron, Cherrill Sands, Gill Anderson and Wendy Knowles, together with their guests, and along with eight other teams, took part in the Macmillan Mammoth Quiz held in the Village Hall on Friday 24 February. This was a nationwide event with identical quizzes being held at the same time in many other locations throughout the country and was an attempt to secure a place in the Guinness Book of Records. The WI team “Jam and Jerusalem” gave a spirited performance but the winners were the knowledgeable “Scrambled Eggheads” team. The evening was great fun and raised £800 for the charity.

January 2012 – Walk – On Saturday 14 January several Glapthorn WI members joined ladies from other WIs in the county for a circular walk starting at King's Cliffe. It was a frosty, sunny morning as the walkers headed out of King's Cliffe over the fields towards the village of Apethorpe. A brief visit was made to view Apethorpe Hall, a large country house owned by English Heritage, before returning to King's Cliffe and lunch at the Cross Keys Inn.

December 2011 – Scrabble Tournament – Two of our members, Ursula Buchan and Ann Chapple, took part in the Scrabble Tournament at WI House. There was fierce competition from a number of keen scrabble players but our ladies put up a creditable performance with Ann securing third place. Both players found the evening great fun.

November 2011 – Little Black Dress Competition – Congratulations to Lynn Buckley who has reached the finals of the Little Black Dress Competition. To enter the competition Lynn had to design and make a Little Black Dress in one of the following categories:

  • Little Black Dress from scratch
  • remade or upcycled Little Black Dress
  • eco-friendly Little Black Dress.

Lynn has been invited to model her dress at a WI evening fashion show to be held at the Fashion and Textiles Museum in London on 1 December. We wish Lynn the very best of luck.

October 2011 – Glapthorn WI Darts Team – Members have taken part in a darts match against Hargrave WI. Glapthorn won one game but had to concede defeat in the other games to the more experienced players of Hargrave. This was the Team's first match and the ladies are to be congratulated on their efforts. Further matches are planned for later in the year.