PETT WOMEN’S INSTITUTE

Pett WI meets on the third Wednesday of the month at Pett Village Hall, next to the Two Sawyers pub, from 7pm – 9pm. We enjoy interesting speakers, fundraising activities, theatre outings, and the objectives of the WI, which is NOT just about Jam and Jerusalem! Visitors welcome.

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May 2018

It was A Right Royal Celebration at Pett WI at the last meeting when the Resolution meeting was enlivened with icing cupcakes in red, white and blue, and a Royal Quiz was held to celebrate the wedding of Meghan and Harry. Even those Republicans amongst us got into the swing of things, especially after a glass of Prosecco!

The vote for the Resolution Mental health matters as much as physical health. The NFWI urges all WI members to recognise the importance of parity between mental health and physical health, and take action to make it as acceptable to talk about mental health issues as much as physical health issues, and to lobby government for better support for mental illness was a foregone conclusion – how else would one vote – and this WI – along with others, one suspects, does get exasperated when a non-contentious Resolution that does not specifically champion women is put forward.

The 7th Big Village Lunch and Feast of Puddings takes place on 10th June. (see above). This year we are celebrating the Centenary of UK Women’s Suffrage – and the theme is Green, White, and Violet which were the colours of the Suffragette movement. If you are lucky enough to have a ticket why not dress up in those colours – there will be a prize for the best costume.  If any tickets are left they can be purchased from Phil at the Butcher’s Shop or from Tic Toc Hairdressers. The brilliant group Lipstick and Beatnicks will be entertaining us for the latter part of the afternoon.

The poppy yarn-bombing project is steaming ahead with over 3,000 poppies already made but many more are needed before we install them in November.  Our June meeting is going to be one of poppy-making and socialising – we have several new members and it will be good to get to know them better over knitting, sewing and crochet needles. Do come along to Pett Village Hall on Wednesday 20th June at 7pm.

March and April were very busy months for the WI, so much so we even forgot our piece for the April Parish Mag! So here’s two months’ worth of news and info: East Sussex Federation WI held their AGM on the 21st March at the Hastings Centre on the Ridge and we pulled out all the stops to organise a new display stand and flyer to promote our 2018 “Cause of the Year” – Pett WISPA (Pett WI Sanitary Protection Appeal). As the only local WI to have a stand at the event, this was a great opportunity for us to raise awareness of our project to several hundred delegates and we were thrilled at the level of interest and donations we received. The afternoon was very interesting and we had a witty talk given by guest speaker Sam Taylor (editor of The Lady magazine) informing us of its beginnings in 1885 and showing fashion pictures of times past which wouldn’t look dated today. The second guest speaker was Tom Hart-Dyke who is the 20th generation to live and work in Lullingstone Castle, Kent, where his family have resided since the Doomsday. Tom is a keen horticulturist as was evident from the passion shown in his talk and the variety of flora and fauna photos shown. On the same evening it was time for our own scheduled WI meeting in PVH where we were privileged to hear from Colin Page who gave us a wonderful talk on birds and their habitats throughout the UK. His selection of photos accompanying the talk, many taken at the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, held us all spellbound and speechless – not the norm in a group of women I think!

At the end of March we held an Easter coffee morning at PVH to promote and fundraise for the yarnbombing of Pett parish church in November. This is to commemorate 100 years since the ending of World War I. The yarnbombing idea was first put forward in 2017 by Heather Godwin, our President, as a WI project. However, as there was so much interest throughout the village to take part in the project it has now grown in popularity and has united many of the clubs, villagers and their families from farther afield. The support at the coffee morning was phenomenal and £283.01 was raised to help purchase the materials for the poppy project. This money will be ring-fenced so that any surplus at the end will be split between The Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes. I would like to thank everyone for their help and enthusiasm towards what has now become a village project and look forward to their continuing support. Please contact me (wendyburgess@hotmail.com or 07729 396182) if you would like to take part. Last month’s speaker was Susan Morris from Diomo Glass in Rye who gave us a wonderful insight into the world of The Small Business Stained Glass Artist as, with her husband, she designs, repairs and rebuilds many, many windows as well as working on interesting projects such as glass sculptures for cruise ships and private yachts. Next month on May 16th the annual Resolution meeting will be held. The Resolution put forward for discussion is: Mental health matters as much as physical health. The NFWI urges all WI members to recognise the importance of parity between mental health and physical health, and take action to make it as acceptable to talk about mental health issues as much as physical health issues, and to lobby government for better support for mental illness.

Another reminder for your diary is our ever-popular annual Big Village Lunch being held this year in the PVH on Sunday 10 June – more about that in another part of the Magazine and website. As I write this piece on Heather’s behalf she is having a knee replacement operation in The Spire at Hastings Hospital and as we go to print she should be home and in recovery mode. Get well soon, Heather, from all your mates. Wendy Burgess

At our meeting on 21 February 2018 new and existing members were welcomed with a glass of wine – a new slant on our sociable monthly WI evening – for a £2 raffle ticket they could enjoy a glass and be in with a chance of winning a raffle prize! Along with the wine we were entertained by Ian (Spike) Millington and his very funny talk on his policing career. It was so great to see WI members gathered together was so great to see WI members gathered together at the most recent coffee morning, busy sewing and knitting poppies for the November yarn-bombing – see the Patterns below. Thank you to all those in the village who are donating poppies for the project – we still need more and we can supply the wool if you don’t have any – just contact Heather on 251849 .  If you look through your button boxes and find black buttons – about 2 centimetres wide – for the poppy middles, please take them along to Phil at the Butcher’s Shop, who will pass them on .

Patterns for Poppy Yarn-Bombing

Knitted Poppies

For the best finish, knit with a Double Knit (DK yarn). The size of needle you choose will determine how big the poppy will be, but we recommend 3.5mm or 3.75mm (UK9). If you have different yarn left in your stash, just use that and the appropriate needle size.

Easy ribbed poppy pattern – use size UK9 (3.5 or 3.75 mm) needles

Colour A: 1 ball red yarn (this will make a lot of poppies)

Colour B: Scrap of black yarn or black button

Body of Poppy:

Using Colour A Cast on 60 stitches

Rows 1 –10: K2, P2 across whole row (for a slightly smaller poppy do 8 rows of rib).

Row 11:  Knit 2 stitches together across the row (30 stitches).

Row 12:  Slip 1 stitch, Knit 2 stitches together then pass the slip stitch over… repeat across the whole row (10 stitches).

Break off yarn with very long tail and thread back through remaining stitches and pull tight and secure, leaving long thread for securing onto railings etc. Sew up side of poppy.

Centre of Poppy:

Using B, cast on 16 sts. Cast off. Coil into a tight spiral and sew base to the centre or use a black button and sew to centre of poppy.

Crocheted Poppies:

You will need some red wool and a black button. For the best finish, knit with a Double Knit (DK yarn).

Patterns

  1. Three petal crochet poppy

with 4.5mm hook Ch 3, join with slst to form circle.

Ch 3, work 9 dc into the centre of the circle and join with slst.

Work the three petals separately.

Petal 1. Ch 3, work 1st dc into same st, work 2 dc into each of the next 3 sts. ch 1 work 2 sc into each st, tie off.

Petal 2. Work 2 dc into last dc of previous petal, work 2 dc into each of the next 3 sts. ch 1 work 2 sc into each st, tie off.

Work petal 3 as 2. Sew all ends in and attach button in the centre. Add pin

  1. Two petal crochet poppy

Rnd 1: With 3mm hook and wool, ch2. Make 10dc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with a slst in 1st dc. (10sts)

Rnd 2: *ch1 dc ch1 2tr in next st, 3tr in next st, 2tr ch1 dc in next st, slst in next 2sts. rep from * once again.

Rnd 3: *ch1 3dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next 5sts, 3dc in next 2 sts, slst in next 2sts. rep from * once again.

Fasten off. Attach button in the centre. Add pin.

Stitch explanation:    st(s) = stitch (es)     ch = chain rep=repeat     dc = double crochet

 rnd=round     htr = half treble crochet    slst = slip stitch    r = row    tr = treble crochet