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Mar 27

Caynham Ashford WI – March 2015

Our guest speaker for the evening was Rachel Hawes assisted by her friend Jacs Collins and they gave an illustrated and amusing talk on Yarn Bombing. As none of us were quite sure what this was exactly, Rachel explained it was a type of graffiti or ‘street art’ that employs colourful displays of knitting, weaving, stitching yarn or fibre, rather than paint or chalk, it is not permanent like other graffiti and can easily be removed if necessary. It is put on all types of street furniture, fencing, post boxes, anything and everything in fact, even monuments. The practice is believed to have started in America with a group of Texas knitters trying to find a creative way to use their leftover and unfinished knitting projects. Although most of it is amusing and done just to make you smile, pieces have been worked to make political statements. Whilst the ladies were delivering their talk, the majority of our members were avidly knitting colourful squares which Rachel and Jacs fashioned into an original cover for the hand rail inside the village hall.
Our social secretary Sue gave us an update of forthcoming outings including bowling and a visit to the Back to Back houses in Birmingham.

The monthly Lunch Club is always well attended and our stalwart walking group are looking forward to the warmer weather although they have not been thwarted by the inclement Winter months. Sheila Bennett was the lucky winner of the ballot to attend the WI Centenary Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on 2nd June where The Duchess of Cornwall will be in attendance. I’m sure it will be a delightful experience and Sheila will have lots to tell us on her return.

Our next meeting is on 8th April and will be at Ashford where we will see the newly refurbished hall. Our speakers are Gary and Jan Ball and they will tell us about Mediaeval Living History.
SMW