The year began with a couple of spells of snowy weather. At last something to have fun with - snowy walks, toboganning, fun with dogs and some fabulous creations! Following on from snowmen and snowdogs one member got very ambitious and built an igloo (large enough for a couple of adults!).

We thought others might like to see our herd of elephants, many made by our members combined with Cringleford WI in Norfolk who joined in with the fun through one of our committee members. The elephants have now been delivered to St Richard's Hospice ready for their pop-up shop as part of Worcesters Big Parade. More information can be found here

At our September meeting Angela displayed her crocheted coral reef. She explained how the idea evolved – following a fascinating online Future Learning course on ‘Oceans’ Angela then enrolled on a ‘Climate Change’ course. This led her to become a Climate Ambassador for the WI. Wanting to do something practical to alert people to the problem of climate change she was inspired when a piece of crochet seemed to lend itself to evolving into coral. When Sheena needed something for the CNL to highlight the Climate Change Angela lent her coral reef. She now hopes other members could contribute – the link to instructions is on the WFWI website. The idea of crocheting a coral reef was thought up some years ago by two sisters in Los Angeles.

On 16th September a group of members met for coffee on the Village Green to mark WI day. This date commemorates the first British WI meeting on Anglesey in 1915.

Centenary tree planting ceremony

On 30th November - 100 years to the day from the founding of Abberley WI - our President Lynne Whitaker, helped by the County Chair Sue White and 6 past presidents, planted a Malus Cardinal in the grounds of the village hall. This was followed by a celebratory lunch at The Manor Arms. This event marked the beginning of 12 months of special events.