Thursday, 28 June 2012
A Right Royal Manchester WI Meeting
I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed being part of Manchester WI so far. Having moved to Manchester almost a year ago I have spent a lot of time talking to people I don't know in a bid to Make New Friends as A Grown Up and of all my experiences, the most positive has been being a member of the WI. So yay for that!
And yay for our last meeting...
Our speaker was Terence McNicholls, an experienced Toastmaster, and Toastmaster to the Queen, no less. Terence started proceedings by regaling us with stories and jokes from his 30 years of toastmastering, a fascinating insight into the world of presentation and protocol that is being a toastmaster:
Impact catering and was absolutely fantastic!
I swear I have never tasted anything like their strawberry cream cupcakes and lavender cream scones. Om nom nom! I think the Queen would have been equally pleased!
When the email went to member of the committee asking for volunteers for manning the plonk table, guess who was first in line?! I was very restrained and only had two glasses (well, it was a bargain at £1.50 a glass!) but only dragged myself away for some cake, and some tasty tea, provided by Mr Scruff:
Teacup in the Northern Quarter - it was super duper tasty.
Finally, we had the judging of the hat competition! My hat looked ok, but was pretty pathetic. I was going to make a lace crown (cool, eh?) but I left to the last minute, and one coat of PVA was not enough to stiffen the lace enough to work with (what I'm now going to do with a load of stiff lace I have no idea). But it was ok, I had my back-up mini hat. Unfortunately three people tried to get it to stay on my head and concluded that it was unwearable (an attached comb upside down maybe?). So, emergency Primark trip it was! One floppy purple hat and two flower headbands later and I was in the clear. I didn't win. I was up against some fab hats, most of which I didn't get a photo of, including a genuine vintage velvet number from our Programme Secretary (and all round stand up gal) Charlie:
The Wardrobe Angel, who looked immaculate but had no hat, presumably due to her judging duties! She chose the top 10 by mingling and chatting with the behatted ladies. We had everything from crowns, to bird's nests, to flowers and the Olympic rings, but in the end there could only be one winner, and that went to the Queen of Diamonds, Amelia, who looks very glamorous in the picture below:
She was very modest, describing it as 'some playing cards and sellotape', but she was picked as the most innovative and I have to say I agree - it looked amazing!
So that's 'all' we've been up to at the WI! I know this post might read as a bit 'adverty' but we are so grateful to all the local businesses who have supported us so far that I felt I needed to give them a shout out.
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