Rippingale WI 2017 Archive

This page contains the meeting notes and newsletters from 2017.

December 2017

Members organised the January meeting by inviting Colin Ward from Swine’s Meadow Farm Nursery in Market Deeping. He took us on his latest visit to New Zealand with the aid of photos and videos, describing the beautiful landscape, flora and fauna. A magical trip for a winters evening. Members realised more swatting up was needed for the Quiz on New Zealand that followed over coffee and chat. Members were reminded that subscriptions were due. Names were taken for the 80th Birthday Lunch in February. At the February Birthday meeting on February lst in Rippingale Village Hall at 7.30pm there will be a bring and share supper with entertainment by female vocalist Nicky Downs. For further information please contact the President, Michele Joint on 01778 440368 or e-mail

November 2017

At the November meeting the President welcomed Malcolm Kenwood, a former specialist police detective investigating Art & Antique Crime. We learnt that through the advancement of DNA with hair and skin particles, it is now much easier to diagnose a true fake painting, also replication points on silver items. We were certainly made aware of the enormity of the Fakes & Forgeries business. The President & Secretary brought to our attention the many forthcoming events, Craft Groups, Christmas lunches, Darts, Quizzes, trips to Thursford, Hindu Temple and Harrogate Spring Flower Show. An evening of Indulgence @ Great Hale, Resolution Discussion Day, Spring Council Meeting @ Springfield and the Educational Denman College Visit in August and many more events planned for 2018. The WI official charity, ACWW will be supporting the Women of Bangladesh in Agricultural Training next year. At the December meeting we shall be celebrating the Christmas season with music, poems and puddings. Members were asked to donate a suitable gift for residents in the Care Home which will be collected on the evening in place of the usual exchanging of presents. We meet in Rippingale Village Hall @ 7.30pm on the First Thursday of the month unless otherwise stated. January 4th meeting will be led by the Members and on February 2nd we shall be welcoming Jo Kemp from Second Helpings.. For further information please contact the President, Michele Joint on 01778 440368 or e-mail

October 2017

What an interesting, amusing and informative evening we had at the October meeting when Mr Stephen Drury stepped in with his topic ‘Where There’s A Will’. He stressed the importance of taking sound advice on making Wills as the wording can be easily misinterpreted. Also checking your Will every two years. The president announced Coffee Mornings for a ‘get to know you’ at her home. Craft Groups, Quizzes, Visits, Resolution Discussion Day dates were given and the Spring Council Meeting and Denman Visit for 2018 were announced. Names were taken for the Christmas Lunch @ Barnsdale Hall Hotel. The next meeting is on Thursday 2nd November in Rippingale Village Hall @ 7.30pm when the speakers topic will be Fakes & Forgeries. For further details please contact the President Michele Joint on 01778 440368 or e-mail

September 2017

A fascinating and humorous evening was enjoyed at the September meeting when Jill Collinge, with the aid of slides, talked us through the private lives of the Monarchy, from Edward the Confessor, who was said to be Priest rather than King, to the present day. The Vice President welcomed new members and visitors at the meeting and introduced the business by thanking the Treasurer and husband for taking a group on a very interesting trip to Hull, the City of Culture during August. Outings being arranged are to the Bowthorpe Oak followed by tea at Toft House Hotel. Pirates of Penzance at Stamford Corn Exchange and a private tour of the Victorian Christmas at Rockingham Castle. Dates were given for the Craft Club and names were taken for the Darts teams. Willoughby Group are hosting Jim Latham talking about the history of the Archers followed by supper on Tuesday 10th October at 7.30pm in Rippingale Village Hall. Dates were announced for the Lunches and Quizzes. Dyke WI have invited guests to their M & Co Fashion Show on Thursday 19th October @ 7.30pm in Dyke Village Hall. There is a change to the programme on October 5th, the speaker will now be Mr Stephen Drury from Drury Associates in Sleaford, his theme, "Where there's a Will". We meet in Rippingale Village Hall on the First Thursday in the month at 7.30pm. For further information please contact the President Michele Joint on 01778 440368 or e-mail

July 2017

We were thoroughly entertained at the July meeting by Julian Carter and Tim Hart who opened Hambleton s Bakery in 2008 producing top quality traditionally made bread. Julian had been chef at No 10 Downing St. and Chequers during John Major's Prime Ministership and imparted some very amusing stories. We followed this with a superb ploughman's supper using Hambleton's delicious bread. The President thanked members who helped in the heat at the Lincolnshire Show and the Rippingale Feast, both being very successful. More members had a superb trip to see The Girls in London. During July there will be a Cruise on Rutland Water followed by lunch at an Italian restaurant, a Mustard Making afternoon with the Craft Group and the President's BBQ. Many recently attended the conference in Scredington on Can Farming Survive Brexit with representatives from the NFU, the farming husband of Dr Caroline Johnson the new MP for Sleaford & North Hykeham who could not join us as she had to attend the House of Commons, and Dara O'Doherty an eminent Agronomist. We came away with hope although it could be a very bumpy road and the biggest lesson to us all is to buy British produce and become more self sufficient.

We do not have a meeting in August, however two trips to Hull the City of Culture are being organized and a Games evening in the Village Hall. At the September meeting the speaker will be Jill Collinge with her topic, Right Royal Revelry-the Private Lives of the Monarchy. For further information please contact President Michele Joint on 01778 440368 or e-mail

June 2017

The early June meeting was a sweet success for Mr Les Green of the Deeping Fudge Co. Whilst we were given the opportunity to taste some of the flavours of fudge he produces, he brought along some beautifully presented gift packages for us to purchase. We have a number of events coming up; Craft Club, making box cards on June 20th, the Saving Denman Appeal Cream Tea on Saturday 24th June at Kirkby Underwood Village Hall and Can Farming Survive Brexit? Meeting in Scredington Village Hall on Wednesday 5th July. We will be running the refreshment tent for Rippingale Feast on Saturday 1st July at the Bull in Rippingale. A tour of the Royal Courts of Justice, London is planned for October.

July 6th meeting in Rippingale Village Hall @ 7.30pm will be Hambleton's Bakery, their theme, Baker's Dozen. For further information please contact President Michele Joint on 01778 440368, e-mail

May 2017

The late May meeting of Resolutions was preceded by a tasty ploughman's supper. The resolution on the Abolition of Micro Plastic fibres being the main contributors to micro plastic contamination of the oceans was passed. Three members delivered 240 emergency wash bags for carers of people with dementia and over 200 Twiddlemitts, Twiddle blankets and cushions to Stamford Hospital recently. Members were asked to make Bereavement Bags for a new Lincoln Centre. Trips and events are being arranged for Craft and Pottery classes, a cruise on Rutland Water and tickets are still available for the show at Thursford in November. Public Affairs and Education team have arranged a full day of talks and discussion on Can Farming Survive Brexit, at Scredington Community Hall in July. We will be running the refreshment tent at the July Rippingale Feast.

Deeping Fudge Co. with their theme, Naughty But Nice will be welcomed at the June meeting which will be on the first Thursday. Visitors are most welcome. For further information please contact President Michele Joint on 01778 440368 or e-mail

April 2017

This month we had a terrific sing-a-long with the Bourne ladies choir called The Tuneless Choir, with wonderful leaders Linda and Kenny. We were provided with song sheets and we sang a total of eight "Very Tuneful" songs finishing with a wonderful rendition of Jerusalem. Our regular meeting followed with our "smallest piece of jewellery" competition and raffle, correspondence and general notices. During our refreshments time we were able to see on a tablet screen the Digital Storytelling of the activities Rippingale & District WI participate in throughout a year and what the WI is all about. This 2 minute video was entered in the Elizabeth Bell Trophy, a national competition and did unbelievably well coming fourth out of all our members entries.

As our April meeting is our AGM we elected three new committee members and President Michele was voted in for another year. We were all so very happy she chose to stay in the role she has carried out so well. Along with the Treasurer's Report, the Secretary's and President Michele's Report, our Vice President gave a very informative report on her attendance at the Spring Council 2017 Meeting, held at Springfields, Spalding in March.

Events for our diaries;

Craft Club, Tues. 18th April, charm bracelets,

Tues. 16th May, box cards, Rippingale Village Hall. 2.00 - 4.00pm Can Farming survive Brexit? 

Wed. 5th July, Scredington Community Centre. 10.00am - 3.30pm Quiz evening, 

Fri. 7th July, Quadring. 7.30pm Willoughby Group Meeting, 

Tues. 10th Oct. "Rippingale - The Home of the Archers" 

Please note, Next meeting will be on Thursday 11th May (due to Elections) at 7.30pm in Rippingale Village Hall. The topic; "Resolutions", with supper. 

For further information please contact President Michele Joint on 01778 440368 or e-mail

March 2017

At the March meeting the President welcomed many members and visitors to hear Louise Timmins, UK Country Head of Brighter Future International Trust, who strive to care for children and adults affected by Leprosy, HIV and AIDS disability and extreme poverty in India. Her talk with slides was most informative, passionate and inspiring. Members were thanked for their generous donations of Twiddlemitts, lap quilts and washbags for dementia care, milk bottle tops for Air Ambulance and used stamps for Medical Care Dogs. These are all ongoing requests. A fantastic night was had at Peterborough Greyhound Racing and a lunch at the Three Kings in Threekingham. Events for the diaries; South Lincs Federation AGM @ Springfield, Resolution meeting, quizzes, exercise campaign, Bourne Home Economics, 'Auntie The War Is Over' at the Corn Exchange, Craft Club, Lunches, Tolethorpe and the Cheese Fair in Melton Mowbray. Bookings were being taken for the 2017 Thursford Christmas Spectacular. In the pipe line is a visit to Hull - City of Culture 2017. The Annual Meeting will be held at the April meeting when the committee and president will be elected.

For further information please contact President Michele Michele Joint on 01778 440368 or e-mail

February 2017

At our February meeting, members enjoyed a cake to celebrate the 79th anniversary of our WI branch. Our speaker was Nigel Burn, a guide from Lincoln Castle, who stepped in when our advertised speaker cancelled. His descriptive, informative and amusing talk on the Castle before and after restoration kept us enthralled. It is now well worth visiting, as the Magna Carta is now housed in the museum.

Input and help were requested for the Lincoln Show and the Rippingale Feast. Quizzes, competitions and craft events are planned, and trips to Greyhound Racing, RAF Digby, Alexandra Palace, Theatres and a visit to Leicester's Sikh Temple and Cathedral are being arranged.

Bourne Home Economics group have arranged an evening in March with Chris Knight's 'Auntie the war is over'.

The speaker in March will be Louise Timmins with her topic 'Brighter Future' which helps children in India. Visitors are most welcome. For further information please contact President Michele Joint on 440368 or e-mail radwi@

January 2017

At members' night in January we enjoyed a delicious hot meal and puddings to die for. This was followed by a most entertaining version of Room 102! So many members having such an amusing way of showing their feelings about so many diverse subjects. The Darts teams are continuing with their fixtures and the Book Club, Pudding Club & Craft Group are looking forward to a very interesting new year. There is to be an evening in March at the Bourne Corn Exchange with Chris Knight; the subject The Wars Over, The Magic Attic. Visits have been arranged to the Joint Services Command Unit, RAF Digby and a tour of Leicester to include the Girdwara Sikh Temple, the Cathedral and a King At Rest. Members are still knitting Twiddlemits, collecting Stamps and Milk Bottle Tops for various charities. We meet on the first Thursday of the month in Rippingale Village Hall @ 7.30pm. The February speaker will be from 'Second Helpings', the Community Cafe in Stamford, visitors are most welcome.

For further information please contact President Michele Joint on 01778 440368 or e-mail radwi @