Archive | April, 2015


Thursday 30th April 2015

Fun Rounders Evening

Rounders (437 of 14) cropWe commenced our evening with a casual stroll from town up the ‘slight’ incline to Geufron Hall, were one of our members (Beth Boyce) kindly offered to host a game of rounders.

Such a beautiful spring evening, we arrived at our venue greeted by a charming waiter (Carlton) presenting the best fluid start of the evening (calm down ladies……….) Homemade Pimms and Lemonade!!!  So much better than the concoctions that you would find at any other fine event such as ladies Day at Chester or Ascot (of course the respectable WI that we are, we inform you that the alcohol contents were very low!!).

Rounders (428 of 14) cropThe waiter disappeared and we enjoyed the fabulous views from the patio of Geufron whilst sipping our Pimms and embracing some general chit-chat, when someone suddenly piped up……………. Are we supposed to be playing Rounders?  Of course that was the purpose of the evening.  One had forgotten!

A quick decision on dividing the attendees into two teams and distribution of Red / Yellow bibs we took a guess at the course layout erected the poles and casually commenced our game.  No rules, no specific outline to the pitch, just a bit of ‘fun’…………………….

Rounders (436 of 14) cropFirst innings, with the Yellow team batting was quite graceful with no rules and Secretary Kate Collins reaping the first rounder of the evening (well done Kate). Jane Berry claimed the first casualty into that lovely black stuff that the sheep left behind in the field, by sliding down the pitch (which sat on a slight incline) in a frantic attempt to catch Liz Evans out at the last post.  A huge roar when Jayne Pradham ? (Yellow team fastest runner) was taken out of the running by Beth’s brilliant catch.

Eventually, with all team members out, time for the Red team to bat.   Off to a flying start Beth claimed the first rounder for the Red team.  Then things began to change slightly.

Rounders (425 of 3) cropFrom no exact line to the pitch and not a single rule, to a sudden stop watch ticking against each team innings, not being able to run to the next post if the bowler had possession of the ball, not dropping the bat whilst running, allowing sideliners (children) to run the course for the batter (as they were deemed to be able to run faster and increase the chance of a rounder), brought the statement made by the editors of the encyclopaedia Britannica ‘Rounders never became a seriously competitive game’  into insignificance !

The second innings for the Yellow team and Kate struck two rounders in her debut game, despite a sudden pull at her shoulder that left her in great pain (think it was the determination in winning that kept her going).

Rounders (426 of 3)The second innings for the Red team unfortunately did not see any additional rounders (despite great effort) and they gracefully accepted defeat in the form of true team spirit.  They didn’t take any offence by the gloating of the Yellow Teams win nor did they swiftly remove their red bibs in embarrassment of losing, they accepted that the Yellow team had won ‘Fairly’ on this occasion, but the last match was take by the Red team and the situation is currently on an equal par (one match a piece)   …………………UNTIL NEXT TIME!!!

rounders sunsetThe evening ended with the reappearance of the illusive waiter with a rather large jug …… of Pimms,  which we enjoyed as we watched the magnificent sun set over the valley.  A perfect finish to a fun packed evening.The next match is to be confirmed, when we would like to welcome any other WI’s to join us by getting in touch via our facebook page.

Everyone is also invited to our Canoeing evening on Thursday 21st May.  In conjunction with Pro-Adventure, we will be congregating at Trevor basin and paddling over the Aqueduct in two-man open canoes.  Spaces are limited so please confirm your interest ASAP.

Make Do and Mend

Tuesday 7th April 2015

Make Do and Mend


We are working our way through the WI’s 100 year history, and this month  we explored the decade 1935-1945. Obviously this period in British history is dominated by WW2 we therefore took a wartime slogan “Make Do and Mend” as our inspiration.


Make Do and Mend was a pamphlet issued by the British Ministry of Information in the midst of WWII. It was intended to provide housewives with useful tips on how to be both frugal and stylish in times of harsh rationing. With its thrifty design ideas and advice on reusing old clothing, the pamphlet was an indispensible guide for households. Have a look at this link for a bit more background information on the subject.


We took this idea and gave it our own Valley Girls twist by encouraging members to bring scraps of fabric from previous projects, old garments etc and any bits of haberdashery. We then attempted to make our own Valley Girls WI bunting. Everyone had a go even the self confessed “non-crafters”….the creativity in the room was infectious!


Well done ladies, we have the beginnings of a very colourful bunting. It’s eclectic, shabby chic, even quirky! An excellent representation of us I’d say! We were also presented with a few modern day make dos and mends…..or “upcycling” as it’s known these days!! For examples of this see our Facebook page to see what some of our creative members can do.


Finally a new feature of our meeting this month was a little game/exercise to help us get to know each other a bit. It’s called “three things you don’t know about me”. Secretary Kate read out the entries from four of our members, and we had to try and guess who it was. As confidentiality rules I couldn’t possible disclose what we learnt….as the saying goes what goes on at Valley Girls, stays at Valley Girls!! Ok then a couple of hints….we learnt one member nearly drowned on honeymoon, one can’t stand raw banana (they make her gag!), one has been on Family Fortunes and one once had dinner with Lady Astor. We’ll be continuing this game over the coming months so for those of you who weren’t at this meeting get thinking of some facts to surprise or shock us!!

Next Meeting

Tuesday 5th May 2015….Get the Vintage Look

Please note change of venue (for this month only) Vintage Rose Tea Room, Oak Street

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