Ashley Welland Valley W.I.                                                       

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Hello and welcome to Ashley Welland Valley W.I. We meet on the first Wednesday in the month between February-December in the Ashley Village Hall at 7.30 pm.



Click here for the 2018 Programme.


Visitors are welcome at our speaker events £4.50


President - Jacqueline Buckby   

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The WI is affiliated to the Northamptonshire Federation of Women’s Institutes:
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We were originally founded in 1926 and were called Ashley with Weston-by-Welland WI. The group closed in 1939 shortly after the outbreak of WW2. It re-formed in 1950 but again closed for a couple of years in the 1960's. Because of the 11 year break, our start date is now counted as from 1950.

In 2013 we changed our name to Ashley Welland Valley WI. so better describing the make-up of our group. We usually hold our monthly meetings in Ashley Village Hall but have members from many of the surrounding villages such as Cottingham, Middleton, Weston-by-Welland, East Carlton and Wilbarston.


Click here to see October 2018 Newsletter items

Click here to see September 2018 Newsletter items

Click here to see July / August 2018 Newsletter items

Click here to see June 2018 Newsletter items

Click here to see May 2018 Newsletter items

Click here to see March 2018 Newsletter items

Click here  to see February 2018 Newsletter items


Forthcoming events and outings


Please Note:

 Due to the Centenary Annual General Meeting taking place in Kettering’s Lighthouse Theatre all day on Wednesday 7th November, there will not be a meeting held at Ashley Village Hall on the evening of 7th November.




News and Pictures from recent meetings, events and outings




























Guided Walk In Uppingham


Jill Collinge


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 We have thoroughly enjoyed walking with Jill through Oakham and Stamford, so when we presented our group with the idea of a guided walk though Uppingham we ended up with almost 30 on the list.

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Once again, a place that we thought we knew so well, proved to have more alleyways and secrets than we knew about.

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The group was told about the early origins of Uppingham and of how it fought off village rivals such as Lyddington to become the second town of Rutland.


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We didn't leave anyone in the old workhouse but instead decided to walk on to our pre-arranged lunch in The Falcon Hotel.

There we really did feel underdressed in the beautiful panelled room overlooking the Market Square.

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Here we had the problem of the prawn - but

after much debate and soul searching, our intrepid walk organiser sorted that problem out.

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Yet again, a great way to spend a morning, walking though a beautiful town with a knowledgeable guide and lunch afterwards with friends.

Once again, thank you Jill.



October AGM

We had elections at our AGM. Congratulations to 
Jacqueline Buckby

our new President.

Thank you to her and the members who are serving on our new committee.

Our new and exciting programme for 2018 was shown to members. We shall upload it before Christmas for everyone else to take a look and see what they are missing!!


One of the Resolutions passed this year was to try and help Alleviate Loneliness in our Communities.

We have teamed up with Voluntary Action South Leicestershire who have identified a fairly large number of people who have no or very limited contact with others.

After our AGM and over the coming weeks, members will be creating Christmas Cards. The cards will have a generic seasonal greeting inside them and VASL will then receive them from us and put names and addresses on the cards.

As VASL said, to receive even one card at Christmas would be lovely for many people - to receive a handmade card would be even better.

Most of us enjoy family and friends at Christmas, we hope that our creative efforts will bring a small amount of comfort to those more isolated within our community.




County Lecture

Good Fat, Bad Fat

 A number of our members attended the lecture at the Sir John Lowther Centre in Glendon. Judging by their enthusiasm, it proved to be an excellent meeting. Thank you to county for finding such an interesting speaker.


Blood Bikes  

 We welcomed Paul Stothard and his Blood Bike, "Margaret," to our September meeting. Paul's Blood Bike is named after the founder of the Emergency Volunteer Service, Margaret Ryerson.


SERV or Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers are a volunteer rapid response medical transport service. They deliver blood, platelets, plasma, samples, vaccines, pharmaceuticals, x-rays, scans, donor breast milk and any other urgently needed medical items, out of hours and free of charge to the NHS.


SERV saves our NHS thousands of pounds each year allowing hospitals to use their funds where they are most needed. Volunteer bikers take the place of taxi's or courier services, which the hospitals would otherwise have to pay for.


Paul gave us a talk that fascinated and educated even those of our members who had worked in the NHS. The behind the scenes details of how items are transported really showed how this vital service is no bikers free for all organisation. Some members help by being the co-ordinators of the transportation, others only ride bikes and a strict code of bike riding is enforced and conduct is monitored.


How can you help? Donations to fund the work of the volunteers is always welcome but others give their time, either to ride the bikes or to help behind the scenes with co-ordinating the volunteers. Others rattle the tins on fundraising days.


 A really great evening and a big thank you to Paul for coming along with Margaret.



Garden Meeting 

It was hit and miss with the weather, but we managed to get about 40 minutes to enjoy Andrea and Peter's beautiful garden.

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Some watched while others got on with the serious business of croquet! 


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One of these ladies has been seen before wielding a mallet, although in a previous picture she was aiming for a members head!


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We were finally chased indoors by the weather where we got down to some serious business.

Members had been asked to bring along their autobiographies - short points of interest, things we were proud of achieving, ashamed that we had done etc.

The autobiographies were totally anonymous and proved to be amazing. We had to guess who matched the scripts and what fun that proved to be!!

We have a member with a belly piercing - we just wanted to see that!

Someone who professed to be totally boring had worked on the County Nuclear Protection Plan, while another had organised a late night streak on the streets of Twickenham after an international rugby match.

Of course, owning up was the real eye opener. 

A great event and we now want to read the autobiographies again.

We followed this up by enjoying the plates of food that everyone had contributed to.


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A big thank you to members who shared their life stories and gave us an evening to remember.

A great big thank you

to Andrea and Peter who willingly allowed us to use their home for the evening.


Cake Decorating

Katie Paige 


Katie moved her career from a chef in busy kitchens to a cake decorator.

Clients now include large companies who ask her to create cakes as advertising eating material!

However, we only wanted to, "have a go."

We all managed to create beautiful roses which we then put on the tops of our own iced cup cake. Wonderful - we all acheived


We then ended the evening with an official blowing out of the candles ceremony for someone in our group who always manages to keep the committee in order.




Happy 21st Wendy! 

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The Old Rectory Gardens, Sudborough

 We visited on a lovely sunny day, but the beautiful 3 acre gardens have much to offer at all times of the year. 


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With a lily pond, a circular rose garden, woodland area, deep herbacious borders and a potager designed by Rosemary Verey, the garden has featured in many national publications.

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We had a guide for our walk through the garden and our many and varied questions were answered with expertise.


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We sat down to teas in the garden afterwards, although we think the heat had managed to get to one of our members.


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However, a cup of tea and delicious cake brought her back to her senses - we still have a full complement of members!

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