Martinstown W.I. had a Summer Party with the theme: Ladies Day at Ascot.
Ladies were asked to wear a hat and the turn out was brilliant. We had pig racing, guess the weight of the horse poo and pin the tail on the horse.
Tea and scones..
The winning hat...
Great fun was had by all!
The WI had a trip to a garden in Shepton Mallet...
A lovely garden with viaduct as a garden ornament. But the heavens opened so we had to go for lunch which was very nice and there just happen to be a designer shopping outlet there too so we kept dry having a wander round, but just looking as we didn’t want to take out a second mortgage to buy anything.
Oh deer, oh deer the WI of Martinstown caught snogging!
On a glorious sunny Dorset morning in May a group of WI ladies set of for the deer rescue centre at Crewkerne . What a fabulous morning we had meeting and feeding several species of deer. Some with very traumatic stories like the little deer who was savaged by a dog and survived, another whose mother was chased over the cliff by dogs and left as an orphaned fawn.
Thanks to the dedication of Mike and the centres staff many deer now live a happy and a safe life on his land. Some are very people friendly as we found out walking amongst them and one or two who liked to have a biscuit from your mouth.
We had a go at holding a set of antlers and realised just how strong the deer need to be to hold their head carrying such a weight.
On leaving the deer rescue centre we went to the craft centre at Broadwindsor for a well earned lunch which we were certainly ready for.
Terry Hearing takes his 'harem' of WI to see
The Flying Scotsman
On a gorgeous sunny Dorset afternoon Terry Hearing set out with a few of his WI harem for a lovely trip to see the flying Scotsman at Corfe Castle. What a sight it was and of course that all important smell of steam train. After some huge pieces of cake and a cuppa once again the Scotsman came through a wonderful sight.
Although Terry was a bit concerned his ladies had their eyes on some lads. see picture 2. But he was able to win them back with that lovely Hearing Charm!
W.I Trip to Hauser & Wirth Somerset.
On Friday 7/09/18 four W.I members (Margaret, Lyn, Anne & Heather) set off to visit The Hauser & Wirth gardens and art gallery at Bruton.
On arrival, we visited the gardens first and we were amazed by how stunning they were. The gardens had been thoughtfully designed to demonstrate an abundance of colour and texture. The gardens had various grasses added among the flowering perennials, which added movement and enhanced the natural ambience. After over an hour of wandering around the gardens we then ventured off to the restaurant.
Due to the high restaurant prices, we all ordered just starters.Then off to explore the art galleries to admire and be amazed by Alexander Calder's "Kinetic Sculptures" (the forerunner in using "mobiles", as an art form). Also, in the gallery was a fascinating display of some of the artist's personal possessions, like his clogs, chairs, lamp and rug.
All of the possessions had a very unique and stylish design, for the period they were made. It was hard to comprehend the age of the artist's possessions, and art work as they looked modern in their design. After, we then took a brief tour around the shop, but due to the highly priced gifts, only post cards were purchased.
On our return journey back to Martinstown, we reflected together on what an awe inspiring day we had experienced, and how we would be keen to return with other members, hopefully next July.
Heather Bonser (W.I Press Officer).