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2012 Camberley WI Meetings PDF Print E-mail


12th December 2012 - A Bit of a Do

14th November - Annual Meeting

10th October 2012 - Line Dancing

12th September 2012 - Quiz

11th July 2012 - Craft Evening

13th June 2012 - Hot Stuff from an Old Flame! Talk from ex-London Fireman

9th May 2012 - Birds and the Bees - Blooming Marvellous

11th April 2012 - Health and Beauty Evening

14th March 2012 - Visit from Caroline Redman-Lusher "Rock Choir"

8th February 2012 - Talk on using Ebay and facebook by Annie Hunt and Elizabeth Cutting

11th January 2012 - Inaugural Meeting at St Mary's Centre, Park Road, Camberley



12th December - A Bit of a Do

A Bit of a Do

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Our December meeting was “a Bit of a Do” and it was great to see ladies getting into the pre-Christmas spirit wearing their Christmas accessories. The evening started with, similar to Bingo but with a WI theme, followed by an attempt to mix things up and get to know someone new. The idea was that everyone was given a name of one half of a famous duo, and then had to get up and find their partner. After a few minutes chaos, everyone seemed to settle down and chat. Bags were then handed out with 8 small objects in and everyone had to guess, only by feeling, what was in their bag. Four tables guessed correctly and we had to draw the lucky winner.

After refreshments, Liz revealed ideas for next year’s meetings, plus a new suggestions box, bra bank for Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, and a plastic milk bottle tops collection for the local air ambulance.

Looking forward to 2013!


14th November - Annual Meeting/wreath making

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This was our first Annual Meeting, bizarrely after only 10 months, but we decided we'd better follow protocol and do as the WI does. This involved inviting 2 'tellers' from a neighbouring WI (Windlesham) and our WI Advisor, Sheila. We ran through some ordinary WI business, then the serious stuff of Treasurer's Report from Jackie, Committee's Annual Report from Brenda and President's Report from Liz. This was followed by our guests conducting a private ballot for President. The President has to be voted for every year. In our case no-one else wanted to be President so the vote was unanimous. Liz remains, and is happy to do so, for another year.

After a celebratory alcoholic drink and a Waitrose canape, the rest of the evening was devoted to florist Debbie Eley expertly demonstrating three very different Christmas wreaths. These were raffled and it was a pleasant surprise for Margaret Ralph, Annie Escott and Penny Willard who were the lucky winners.

Thank you to all who helped on the night, both tellers and Sheila.


10th October 2012 - Line DancingLine Dancing evening

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Yeehah what a night!

It was great to see so many boots, checked shirts and hats as we lined up to eagerly follow Eve’s line dancing instructions. Before long, the whole room was filled with ladies clapping, toe tapping and enjoying a grapevine or too, albeit occasionally in different directions! Luckily no injuries were sustained, just lots of fun and laughter.


Never were the refreshments as well deserved and thanks to all who provided our delicious energy boost. Huge thanks to Eve Williams, Line Dancing instructor, who stepped in at such short notice and who was presented with one of Yve Wood’s wonderful themed cakes, complete with denim, boots and a hat!



This was followed by our president’s welcome to our new members, information on our November AGM night, summary of other items and sub-group updates.


For more information on Eve’s Line dancing classes, visit


12th September 2012: Camberley WI Quiz (CWIQ)

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The September meeting was our first quiz night and as ladies arrived, fourteen teams emerged with some interesting team names!

A faces picture round was already on the tables to get started on, followed by four rounds of questions read out by our quizmaster Liz. After some rather delicious refreshments as usual, a logo picture round was handed out for completion during the second half while the last four rounds were read out.

The final scores were rather close with the winning team, Naughty But Nice on 118 points beating the second place team, No Idea, by only 1 point! In third place were the Jam Tarts with 113. The winners all received a beautiful piece of jewellery in reward of their joint mental effort! Even the team who came in last place did well to get 85 points so the standard of intellect was quite obviously high! Special mention should also go to two teams, Jam Tarts and We Ain’t Got No Vowels, who managed 20 out of 20 in the faces round, and also Naughty But Nice who correctly recognised all 20 logos!

10 out of 10 to all participants and to everyone who worked hard to make the evening a resounding success!

Here are the full results in place order:

  • 1st: Naughty But Nice 118
  • 2nd: No Idea 117
  • 3rd: Jam Tarts 113
  • Joint 4th: We Like Cake / WI Girls 112
  • 5th: Burger Ladies 111
  • 6th: We Ain't Got No Vowels 104
  • Joint 7th: Lighter by the Minute / The Seven Sisters
  • 8th: Inspired 101
  • 9th: Girls in the Lead 99
  • Joint 10th: Kat Can Do / Hot Gossip 91
  • 11th: Bowlers 85Final Scoreboard













11th July 2012: Craft Workshop

Brenda and her spinning wheel

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This meeting saw an exciting mix of crafts, not purely demonstrations, but giving ladies a chance to actually have a go. With the summer we've had so far, new indoor ideas are very welcome!

There was 'Stampin' Up' card and bookmark making with Jade from Jaded Crafter, Diane and Pip from Crafty Ducks; Joanne and Kate from Brackendale Arts/Blue Armadillo Beads helping ladies to make their own beautiful jewellery; wonderful textile crafts with Jo Robertson using a sewing machine, and a chance to try Peruvian knitting with one of our members Annie Escott

Another of our members Sandy Payne showed her truly lifelike "reborn dolls" and how, using a kit, she transforms each one with hand-painting and then carefully rooting each individual hair; whilst member Kerry Tuckett - "Very Me" - gave advice on how to turn an 'unwearable' garment into something to feel great in. Josephine Wells offered advice on knitting, whatever the level, from beginner to expert; and Brenda Payne, a member of the Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, brought along her wonderful spinning wheel, wool and samples of beautiful colourful garments that she had made, including the waistcoat she was wearing!

Thank you to all those who gave up their time to offer such an interesting and varied evening, and well done to Louise for the beautiful individually boxed cakes she made as gifts for our demonstrators.

Jade Stutely:

Diane Marlow:

Joanne Seward:

Sandy Payne:

Kerry Tuckett:




13th June 2012: Hot Stuff from an Old Flame

John Drudge

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 John Drudge, an ex-London Fireman, gave us a fascinating insight into the life of a Fireman in the 1970s/80s.

From the extremely vigorous training in Southwark - nowadays Health and Safety gets in the way of the sort of daredevil training of that era - to his first posting in Peckham, he told us of the variety of incidents he encountered. Huge warehouse fires along the Thames, the dustmen's strike where rotting piles of rubbish regularly caused fires. The worst scene he had to attend was the Moorgate tube disaster where a tube train ran into a wall and the first three carriages were concertinaed into the size of half a carriage, and it took five days to reach the driver. He was present at the aftermath of IRA car bombs, the Brixton riots, and even at the scene of Marc Bolan's death when he drove into a tree.

John is now part of the Red Cross fire support service and says, despite the harrowing and often grisly aspect of his work, he could not have wished for a better career. He certainly gave us food for thought and made us view Firefighters in a new light.

9th May 2012 Birds and the Bees - Blooming MarvellousClaire Fulleylove Camberley WI member and bee-keeper

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With the lovely weather we’ve been having (!), May’s Camberley WI meeting focused on the garden but with some great additions of chickens and bees!

One of our members had completed a bee-keeping course and provided great advice on what it takes to look after bees. She even donned a fetching bee-keeper’s “uniform”! We were also delighted that Gayle Bulmer brought along her Silkie Chickens and explained the wonders of keeping chickens in your garden. Quite an expert as she has over 50 of them!

There is also a National Garden Scheme “Gardens Open for Charity” event taking place on Sunday 15th July and the owners of the two Frimley gardens taking part, Bob and Norma Stephens and Greg and Mary Hamilton-Eadie, kindly came along with a display of beautiful photos of their gardens. In the last 10 years, the NGS has donated £22 million to charity – a phenomenal achievement. Find out more at

Gardening demonstrations were provided by Jenny Barker of Lindum Nurseries and Lee and Adrian from Notcutts, Jennifer from Yours Truly Flowers showed how to create the perfect flower arrangement, while Derek from Longacres ran a question and answer session about any plant related queries. Those amongst us who just need someone to create the perfect gardens for us were also catered for by Gary Chalkley of GC Landscaping Services.

It was a really interesting and informative evening and a huge thank you to all those who took part.


11th April 2012 - Health and Beauty EveningMadeleine Lewis demonstrating reflexology techniques

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Arriving at our April meeting, members were met with a different layout than last month with eight seated areas around the room. Once everyone had discovered which of the demonstrations they’d be taking part in (they had been asked to choose two out of the eight) the first of our two half hour sessions began.

There was Beauty Boo-tique with skincare tips, Pam Newton showing us how to make beauty products using kitchen cupboard ingredients, advice on taking care of your back from Rob Gruhn, Chiropractor (the only man in the room!), make up and skincare from Nutrimetics, Madeleine Lewis Pearson revealing the benefits of reflexology, creating your own unique perfume with Shirley and Christina, advice on looking after your nails from Emma from Sunseekers salon and Leanne from Velvet Rooms 4 Hair putting hair up quickly and easily with stunning results. Feedback was that the time went too quickly and it was so good that many of us would have liked to have tried all of them!

A huge thank you to all our demonstrators who worked so hard to make the evening such a success and to Liz and her team for organising the event. Despite the challenge, Liz said “Maybe we’ll try it again” but added “…in 10 years’ time!!”

The full list of people taking the individual groups was as follows:

HAIR: Leanne from Velvet Rooms 4 Hair, 73 High Street, Chobham 01276 855355 (

NAILS: Emma from Sunseekers, 3 The Parade, Frimley High Street 01276 62191(

MAKE YOUR OWN BEAUTY PRODUCTS: Pam from Green Witch Crafts 01276 504284

SKIN CARE: Janet & Deanna from Beauty Boo-tique, 223 Frimley Green Road 01252 838380

NUTRIMETICS: Lisa Stewart 07967 798835

REFLEXOLOGY: Madeleine Lewis 01276 29709

CHIROPRACTOR: Rob Gruhn from 1st Chiropractor Centre, 26 Portsmouth Road, Camberley 01276 681555

PERFUME: Shirley and Christina from Vie at Home - Shirley Partridge: 07584 656851


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14th March 2012 - Visit from Caroline Redman-Lusher
"Rock Choir"Caroline Redman-Lusher getting all the members harmonising!

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The sound of 120 voices filled the air at the Ian Goodchild Centre, Camberley last Wednesday 14 March when the newly formed Camberley Women’s Institute were thrilled with a visit by Caroline Redman-Lusher, the founder of Rock Choir.

Rock Choir was created by Caroline 7 years ago to offer a new fun and dynamic approach to singing and entertainment. It prides itself in being open to all ages and levels of experience and has since gone from strength to strength. There are now over 16,000 members across the country!

After an inspiring talk from Caroline about her background, from her early musical beginnings to TV appearances, fly-on-the-wall documentary, record deal and performing at Wembley, everyone had the chance to try the singing experience for themselves. In just 10 minutes, the members had been split into a three part harmony with amazing results! As Caroline says “I do it because I love it” and her love of music is certainly contagious and uplifting.

Caroline likened the WI to Rock Choir in that everyone there was coming together as a team for a purpose, to achieve something. Liz Hughes, President of the Camberley WI said Caroline was “was an inspirational speaker, with a terrific story to tell”. Caroline was given a special Rock Choir cake by WI member Yve Wood as a thank you from members.

The nearest Rock Choir course is at Tomlinscote. See for details.

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8th February 2012 - Talk on using Ebay and facebook

by Annie Hunt and Elizabeth CuttingAnnie Hunt explaining how to buy and sell on Ebay

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At our first member's meeting, Annie gave a presentation on using ebay to buy and sell items, followed by Elizabeth who talked us through creating a facebook account and how to use facebook, particularly the Camberley WI page!

We then split into smaller groups to discuss what sub-groups members would like to set up. The most popular four would then go on to be our first groups. Cakes and refreshments were provided for all by members of the committee but in future, members were asked to volunteer for cakes rota and tea/coffee rota.

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11th January 2012 - Inaugural Meeting at

St Mary's Centre, Park Road, CamberleyOne of the crowded rooms at St Mary's

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A new Women’s Institute in Camberley has already seen its membership reach full capacity and is now having to operate a waiting list to join. At the inaugural meeting in January, organisers had expected a maximum of 30 women to attend but instead, over 160 turned up!

Subsequent meetings have now been relocated to the larger Ian Goodchild Community Space to accommodate everyone.Those attending ranged from ages 28 to 78. Although there are WI branches in nearby Lightwater, Windlesham and Heatherside, this is the first in Camberley for many years. Liz Hughes, founder of the Camberley WI branch said: “I was staggered by the reaction. It seems Camberley’s modern woman was just waiting for this to happen.”

Liz’s aim is to create a modern,21st century WI that is attractive to younger members, although still welcoming women of all ages. The meetings are being held in the evening to be accessible to those who work, and include a mix of demonstrations, talks and the chance to try out new skills and activities. It is an ideal opportunity to socialise, make new friends and have fun!

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