SWI 2005-2013

Shadforth WI Web Archive

SWI Programme 2005 - 2013

September 2005 Wednesday 7th, Walk: Cassop Vale, 1.30pm Tuesday 20th, Monthly Meeting. Speaker: Maggie Dearmer "Soap", 7.00pm - 10.00pm  
October 2005 Thursday 6th, Walk: Durham Riverside, 10.00am Tuesday 18th, Monthly Meeting. Speaker: Alan Duffy "Anchors Howay", 7.00pm - 10.00pm  
November 2005 Tuesday 1st, Walk: Castle Eden Dean, 10.00am Tuesday 15th, Monthly Meeting. Speaker: Edna Oswald "A Christmas Card", 7.00pm - 10.00pm Official Website Launch!
December 2005 Tuesday 6th, Walk: Durham City, followed by lunch, 10.00am Tuesday 20th, Christmas Party, 7.00pm - 10.00pm Website Highly Commended (second prize) in CommuniGate Best Community Website Competition!
**2006**      
JANUARY 2006 Tuesday 17th, Monthly Meeting. Speaker: Jane Ackroyd "Tanzania", 7.00pm - 10.00pm    
February 2006 Thursday 2nd, Walk: Hawthorn Dene, to see the snowdrops, 10.00am Tuesday 21st, Monthly Meeting & 59th Birthday Party. Speaker: Liz Wilkinson "Cookery Demo: Party Food", 7.00pm - 10.00pm Monday 27th, Theatre Trip: "Beyond The Barricade", Gala Theatre, Durham, 7.30pm
March 2006 Tuesday 21st, Monthly Meeting. Speaker: Helen Grindley "Local History", 7.00pm - 10.00pm    
April 2006 Tuesday 18th, AGM, 7.00pm - 10.00pm Tuesday 25th, Durham County Federation of WIs County Quiz, Framwellgate Moor Community Centre, 7.00pm  
May 2006 Tuesday 16th, Monthly Meeting & Resolutions Discussion. Speaker: Jean Carlyle "An Irish Wedding", 7.00pm - 10.00pm Thursday 18th, Group Meeting, hosted by Wingate WI, at Wingate Community Centre, 7.00-10.00pm  
June 2006 Tuesday 20th, Summer Outing to Eden Camp, 9.00am-6.00pm    
July 2006 Tuesday 18th, Monthly Meeting. Speaker: Sheila Tock "Embroidery Demonstration", 7.00pm - 10.00pm Saturday 29th, Outing to the Northern Proms, 6.00pm-10.30pm  
August 2006 No meeting. Tuesday 29th, President's Coffee Afternoon in aid of ME Research UK, from 4.00pm  
September 2006 Tuesday 19th, Monthly Meeting. Speaker: Roberta Blackman Woods MP "A Non-Political Talk", 7.00pm - 10.00pm    
October 2006 Monday 2nd, SWI Book Group. From 2.00pm. Contact SWI for further details. Tuesday 17th, Monthly Meeting. Members' Night, 7.00pm - 10.00pm / Also: Wednesday 18th, Group Social at Bowburn Hall, from 7.00pm Saturday 21st, DCFWIs Fayre, Spennymoor Town Hall, 11.00am- 2.30pm. All Welcome! / Also: Monday 30th, SWI Book Group. From 2.00pm
November 2006 Tuesday 21st, Monthly Meeting. Speaker: Clarice Cooper "Craft With Clarice", 7.00pm - 10.00pm    
December 2006 Monday 4th, SWI Book Group. From 2.00pm Tuesday 19th, Christmas Party, 7.00pm - 10.00pm  
**2007**      
JANUARY 2007 Monday 8th, SWI Book Group. From 2.00pm Tuesday 16th, Monthly Meeting. Speaker: Margaret Blythe "What is a Home Sitter?", 7.00pm - 10.00pm  
February 2007 Monday 19th, SWI Book Group. From 2.00pm Tuesday 20th, Monthly Meeting & 60th Birthday Party! Entertainment: US2 & Catered Supper, 7.00pm - 10.00pm  
March 2007 Tuesday 20th, Monthly Meeting. Speaker: Kathleen Adams "Prick and Stitch Card Making", 7.00pm - 10.00pm    
April 2007 Monday 16th, SWI Book Group. From 2.00pm Tuesday 17th, SWI AGM, 7.00pm - 10.00pm Tuesday 24th, DCFWI Quiz, Framwellgate Moor Community Centre, 7.00pm
May 2007 Monday 14th, SWI Book Group. From 2.00pm Tuesday 15th, Monthly Meeting & Resolutions Discussion. Speaker: Joyce Swan "Poems What I Wrote", 7.00pm - 10.00pm ***This month in Shadforth Church*** Thursday 31st, Group Meeting, hosted by Castle Eden WI, from 2.00pm
June 2007 Wednesday 6th, NFWI: AGM in London / Also: Friday 8th, SWI Theatre Trip: "Gigi", Gala Theatre, Durham, 7.15pm Saturday 9th, SWI Pewter Craft Day / Also: Thursday 14th, SWI Visit to Sowerby WI Tuesday 19th, Summer Outing: Tyne Trip. Contact Shadforth WI for details.
July 2007 Monday 16th, SWI Book Group. From 2.00pm Tuesday 17th, Monthly Meeting. Speaker: Barry Mead "Woodhorn Colliery 'Mining Memories'", 7.00pm - 10.00pm  
August 2007 No meeting. Wednesday 8th, SWI Walk to Marsden Cliffs, from 10.00am  
September 2007 Tuesday 18th, Monthly Meeting. Speaker: Jean Carlisle "Queen's Garden Party", 7.00pm - 10.00pm Monday 24th, SWI Book Group. From 2.00pm  
October 2007 Tuesday 16th, Monthly Meeting. Members' Night, 7.00pm - 10.00pm Monday 22nd, SWI Book Group. From 2.00pm  
November 2007 Saturday 10th, SWI Pewter Craft Day 2 Tuesday 20th, Monthly Meeting. “Chocolate Treats”, 7.00pm - 10.00pm (N.B. *Speaker Change* Mr Coombs is no longer able to attend, but visitors are still, as ever, welcome!) Monday 26th, SWI Book Group. From 2.00pm
December 2007 Monday 3rd, Ten-Pin Bowling, 10.45am Monday 17th, Ten-Pin Bowling, 10.45am Tuesday 18th, Christmas Dinner, 7.00pm - 10.00pm
**2008**      
JANUARY 2008 Wednesday 9th, Ten-Pin Bowling, 10.45am / Also: Monday 14th, SWI Book Group. From 2.00pm Tuesday 15th, Monthly Meeting. Speaker: Kenneth Mankin "Things European", 7.00pm - 10.00pm Monday 28th, Ten-Pin Bowling, 10.45am / Also: Tuesday 29th, SWI Theatre Trip
February 2008 Tuesday 19th, Monthly Meeting & 61st Birthday Party! Entertainment: Manse Singers & Shared Supper, 7.00pm - 10.00pm    
March 2008 Monday 3rd, SWI Book Group. From 1.30pm Tuesday 18th, Monthly Meeting. Speaker: John Charlton "North East Connection With Slavery", 7.00pm - 10.00pm  
April 2008 Monday 1st, Group Meeting at SWI! Speaker: Mike Amos. Entertainment: WIWI2DigitTV, 7.00pm - 10.00pm Monday 28th, SWI Book Group. From 1.30pm Tuesday 15th, SWI AGM, 7.00pm - 10.00pm / Tuesday 22nd, County Quiz in Shadforth
May 2008 Tuesday 20th, Monthly Meeting & Resolutions Discussion. Speaker: Age Concern "Wills, Trusts & Power of Attorney", 7.00pm - 10.00pm    
June 2008 *date change* Thursday 12th, Summer Outing to Ushaw College. Contact Shadforth WI for details. Tuesday 17th, Outing to Hindu Temple. Contact Shadforth WI for details. Monday 23rd, SWI Book Group. From 1.30pm
July 2008 Tuesday 15th, Monthly Meeting. Speaker: Les Howe "Silversmithing", 7.00pm - 10.00pm Tuesday 22nd, SWI Book Group. From 1.30pm  
August 2008 No meeting. Happy holidays! (But don't forget the Book Group!) Tuesday 26th, SWI Book Group. From 1.30pm  
September 2008 Tuesday 16th, Monthly Meeting. Speaker: Vivien Slack "'Spot On' Song & Dance", 7.00pm - 10.00pm    
October 2008 Friday 10th, Group Social at SWI: Games Night, 7.00pm - 10.00pm Tuesday 21st, Monthly Meeting. Members' Night, 7.00pm - 10.00pm  
November 2008 Tuesday 11th, New Age Curling Taster Session, 7.00pm - 8.00pm, in Village Hall / Also: Saturday 15th, Christmas Food Stall, Village Hall Coffee Morning, 10.30am - 12.00pm Monday 17th, SWI Book Group. From 10.00am / Also: Tuesday 18th, Monthly Meeting. Speaker: Barbara Beveridge “Leazes Dairy Preserves”, 7.00pm - 10.00pm Monday 24th, Scrabble at the President's, 1.30pm - 3.30pm
December 2008 Monday 15th, Tea, Chat & Mince Pies at the President's, 1.00pm - 4.00pm Tuesday 16th, Catered Christmas Party, 7.00pm - 10.00pm!  
**2009**      
JANUARY 2009 Thursday 8th, NEW AGE KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm / Monday 12th, SWI BOOK GROUP, "The Woman in White", from 10.00am / Tuesday 13th, New Year Celebratory PUB MEAL / Friday 16th, NEW AGE KURLING, 10.15am - 11.45am Tuesday 20th, MONTHLY MEETING. Speaker: Judy McLean "MY JOURNEY TO INDIA", 7.00pm - 10.00pm Thursday 22nd, NEW AGE KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm & Friday 30th, NEW AGE KURLING, 10.15am - 11.45am
February 2009 Thursday 5th, NEW AGE KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm & Friday 13th, NEW AGE KURLING, 10.15am - 11.45am / Thursday 12th, SWI BOOK GROUP, "The Picture of Dorian Gray", from 10.00am Tuesday 17th, MONTHLY MEETING & 62nd Birthday Party! Speaker: Tom Harker and Aileen Scott "MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS", 7.00pm - 10.00pm Thursday 19th, NEW AGE KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm / Friday 20th, SNOWDROP WALK, 10.00am / Friday 27th, NEW AGE KURLING, 10.15am - 11.45am
March 2009 Monday 2nd, PUB MEAL, 6.45pm / Thursday 5th, NEW AGE KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm & Friday 13th, NEW AGE KURLING, 10.15am - 11.45am / Monday 16th, BOOK GROUP, "The Shadow Of The Wind", 10.00am Tuesday 17th, MONTHLY MEETING. Speaker: Joe Maloney "BILLINGHAM FOLKLORE FESTIVAL", 7.00pm - 10.00pm Thursday 19th, NEW AGE KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm & Friday 27th, NEW AGE KURLING, 10.15am - 11.45am
April 2009 Thursday 2nd, NEW AGE KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm / Monday 6th, PUB MEAL, 6.45pm / Monday 20th, BOOK GROUP, "Quentins", 10.00am Tuesday 21st, MONTHLY MEETING: SWI AGM, 7.00pm - 10.00pm Friday 24th, NEW AGE KURLING, 10.15am - 11.45am / Monday 27th, GROUP MEETING (at High Hesledon), 7.00pm - 9.35pm / Wednesday 29th, COUNTY QUIZ (at Shadforth) / Thursday 19th, NEW AGE KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm
May 2009 Tuesday 5th, PUB MEAL, 6.45pm / Thursday 7th, NEW AGE KURLING, 10.15am - 11.45am/ Friday 8th, BLUEBELL WALK, 10.00am / Thursday 14th, NEW AGE KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm Tuesday 19th, MONTHLY MEETING & OPEN EVENING, Also Resolutions Discussion. Speaker: Garry Hillery "HANGING BASKET DEMONSTRATION", 7.00pm - 10.00pm Friday 22nd, NEW AGE KURLING, 10.15am - 11.45am / Thursday 28th, NEW AGE KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm
June 2009 Thursday 1st, TRIP TO WHITBY! 9.00am - 6.00pm / Thursday 4th, BOOK GROUP, "Five Quarters of the Orange", 10.00am / Friday 5th, NEW AGE KURLING, 10.15am - 11.45am / Monday 8th, PUB MEAL, 6.45pm / Thursday 11th, VISIT to Sowerby WI / Friday 12th, NEW AGE KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm Friday 22nd, NEW AGE KURLING, 10.15am - 11.45am / Thursday 28th, NEW AGE KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm Friday 19th, NEW AGE KURLING, 10.15am - 11.45am / Thursday 25th, NEW AGE KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm
July 2009 Friday 3rd, NEW AGE KURLING, 10.15am - 11.45am / Monday 6th, PUB MEAL, 6.45pm / Thursday 9th, NEW AGE KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm / Thursday 16th, FREE KURLING TASTER SESSION for All, 7.00pm - 9.00pm / Friday 17th, NEW AGE KURLING, 10.15am - 11.45am / Monday 20th, BOOK GROUP, "The Forgotten Garden", 10.00am Tuesday 21st, MONTHLY MEETING. Speaker: Mary Tassel "HERBAL MEDICINE", 7.00pm - 10.00pm, with Strawberry Scones! Thursday 23rd, NEW AGE KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm / Friday 31st, NEW AGE KURLING, 10.15am - 11.45am
August 2009 Wednesday 19th, Coffee Afternoon at the President's House, 1.00pm - 5.00pm, in aid of Age Concern No meeting. Happy holidays! (But don't forget the Book Group!) Friday 28th, BOOK GROUP, "A Prisoner of Birth", 10.00am
September 2009 Wednesday 2nd, NEW AGE KURLING restarts, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Monday 7th, PUB MEAL, 6.45pm / Tuesday 8th, NEW AGE KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm Tuesday 15th, MONTHLY MEETING. Speaker: Mr & Mrs Thornhill "WEDDING DRESS DEMONSTRATION", 7.00pm - 10.00pm Wednesday 16th, NEW AGE KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Tuesday 22nd, NEW AGE KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm / Monday 28th, BOOK GROUP, "When the Lion Feeds", 10.00am / Wednesday 30th, NEW AGE KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm
October 2009 Monday 5th, PUB MEAL, 6.45pm / Tuesday 6th, NEW AGE KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm / Friday 9th, Group Social at Bowburn Hall / Wednesday 14th, NEW AGE KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Thursday 15th, CLOVER LEAF WALK, followed by Pub Meal, 10.00am / Saturday 17th, County Fundraising Fair, Spennymoor Tuesday 20th, MONTHLY MEETING. MEMBERS' NIGHT, 7.00pm - 10.00pm *Note date change* Tuesday 27th, NEW AGE KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm
November 2009 Monday 2nd, BOOK GROUP, "Success to the Brave", 10.00am / Monday 2nd, PUB MEAL, 6.45pm / Wednesday 4th, NEW AGE KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Tuesday 10th, NEW AGE KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm Tuesday 17th, MONTHLY MEETING, with jacket potatoes. Speaker: Edna Oswald "BREAD FLOWERS”, 7.00pm - 10.00pm Wednesday 18th, NEW AGE KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Thursday 19th, Theatre Trip: "Scrooge", Gala Theatre, Durham, 7.30pm / Tuesday 24th, NEW AGE KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm
December 2009 Wednesday 2nd, NEW AGE KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Monday 7th, PUB MEAL, 6.45pm / Tuesday 8th, NEW AGE KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm / Thursday 10th, BOOK GROUP, "The Time Traveler's Wife", 10.00am Tuesday 15th, CHRISTMAS MEETING! Live Entertainment: SINGING DUO Sharon & Paul Tilley "US 2" & Christmas Meal! 7.00pm - 10.00pm Wednesday 16th, NEW AGE KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Tuesday 22nd, NEW AGE KURLING, with tea & mince pies, 7.30pm - 9.00pm
**2010**      
JANUARY 2010 Monday 11th, New Year Celebratory PUB MEAL, 6.45pm / Wednesday 13th, KURLING, 6.30pm - 8.00pm Tuesday 19th, MONTHLY MEETING. Speaker: Andrew & Janet Hall "WOODTURNING", 7.00pm - 10.00pm Wednesday 13th, 20th, 27th, KURLING, 6.30pm - 8.00pm / Monday 25th, BAG WORKSHOP
February 2010 Monday 1st, BOOK GROUP, "The Secret Scripture", 10.00am / Monday 1st, PUB MEAL, 6.45pm / Wednesday 3rd, 10th, KURLING, 6.30pm - 8.00pm Tuesday 16th, MONTHLY MEETING & 63rd Birthday Party! Speaker: George Hetheringon "MUSIC OF COLE PORTER", 7.00pm - 10.00pm Wednesday 17th, 24th, KURLING, 6.30pm - 8.00pm / Thursday 25th, VISIT to County Archive & Meal, 5.00pm - 8.30pm
March 2010 Monday 1st, PUB MEAL, 6.45pm / Wednesday 3rd, KURLING, 6.30pm - 8.00pm / Monday 8th, BOOK GROUP, "Whispers in the Sand", 10.00am / Wednesday 10th, KURLING, 6.30pm - 8.00pm Tuesday 16th, MONTHLY MEETING. Speaker: "RNLI", 7.00pm - 10.00pm .Wednesday 17th, 24th, 31st, KURLING, 6.30pm - 8.00pm
April 2010 Monday 12th, PUB MEAL, 6.45pm / Tuesday 13th, KURLING, 7.30-9.00pm Tuesday 20th, MONTHLY MEETING: SWI AGM with WIA Tina Bickerdyke, 7.00pm - 10.00pm Wednesday 21st, KURLING, 1.30-3.00pm / Tuesday 27th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm
May 2010 Wednesday 5th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Monday 10th, PUB MEAL, 6.45pm / Tuesday 11th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm / Friday 14th, THEATRE TRIP: "Hello Dolly" at Durham Gala Tuesday 18th, MONTHLY MEETING & Resolutions Discussion. Speaker: Lesley Hall of Pollywobbles "JEWELLERY MAKING", 7.00pm - 10.00pm ***Alteration: Speaker: Nora Fisher, former Mayoress of Durham *** Wednesday 19th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 9.00pm / Tuesday 25th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm
June 2010 Wednesday 2nd, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Monday 7th, PUB MEAL, 6.45pm / Wednesday 9th, BOOK GROUP, "The Book Thief", 10.00am / Tuesday 8th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm / Thursday 10th, VISIT to Sowerby WI, Thirsk, & Meal Tuesday 15th, MONTHLY MEETING. Speaker: Jo Bath "MEDIAEVAL GHOSTS", 7.00pm - 10.00pm Wednesday 16th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Wednesday 16th, VISIT to Shincliffe WI & Strawberry Supper, 7.30pm - 9.30pm / Tuesday 22nd, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm / Monday 28th, BOOK GROUP, "The Machine Gunners", 10.00am / Wednesday 30th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm
July 2010 Monday 5th, PUB MEAL, 6.45pm / Tuesday 6th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm / Monday 12th, SUMMER TRIP: to Harrogate & Harlow Carr Gardens 9.00am - 6.00pm / Wednesday 14th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm Tuesday 20th, MONTHLY MEETING. Speaker: Jean Orde "WILLS etc.", 7.00pm - 10.00pm Wednesday 21st, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Tuesday 27th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm
August 2010 Monday 2nd, BOOK GROUP, "The Eleventh Commandment", 10.00am / Monday 2nd, PUB MEAL, 6.45pm / Wednesday 11th, Coffee Afternoon at the President's House, 2.00 - 5.00pm (proceeds to DCFWI) No meeting. ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS! (But don't forget the Book Group!)  
September 2010 Monday 6th, PUB MEAL, 6.45pm / Wednesday 8th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Tuesday 14th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm Tuesday 21st, MONTHLY MEETING. Speaker: Sid Slawther "BEHIND THE SCENES AT WIMBLEDON", & Harvest Auction, 7.00pm - 10.00pm Wednesday 22nd, KURLING, 1.30pm - 9.00pm / Thursday 23rd, Tyne Cruise, 11.00am / Monday 27th, BOOK GROUP, "Star of the Sea", 10.00am / Tuesday 28th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm
October 2010 Monday 4th, PUB MEAL, 6.45pm / Wednesday 6th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Friday 8th, THEATRE TRIP: "All Creatures Great & Small" at Durham Gala & Meal / Tuesday 12th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm Tuesday 19th, MONTHLY MEETING. MEMBERS' NIGHT: Surprise Speaker! 7.00pm - 10.00pm Wednesday 20th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Tuesday 26th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm
November 2010 Monday 1st, PUB MEAL, 6.45pm / Wednesday 3rd, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Tuesday 9th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm / Monday 15th, BOOK GROUP, "Guernica" & "The Shack", 10.00am Tuesday 16th, MONTHLY MEETING, Speaker: Eve Gamblin "XMAS IN GERMANY”, 7.00pm - 10.00pm Wednesday 17th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Tuesday 23rd, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm
December 2010 Wednesday 1st, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Monday 6th, PUB MEAL, 6.45pm / Wednesday 7th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm / Thursday 8th, THEATRE TRIP: "White Christmas" at Sunderland Empire, 6.15pm - 11.00pm Tuesday 14th, CHRISTMAS MEETING! Christmas Meal & "NOSTALGIA", 7.00pm - 10.00pm  
**2011**      
JANUARY 2011 Wednesday 5th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Monday 10th, New Year Celebratory PUB MEAL, 6.45pm / Tuesday 11th, BOOK GROUP: "The Lovely Bones" & "Atonement", after lunch out from 12.30pm / Wednesday 12th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm Tuesday 18th, MONTHLY MEETING: SURPRISE SPEAKER! (Crewing tall ships!) 7.00pm - 10.00pm. Wednesday 19th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Tuesday 25th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00 pm
February 2011 Wednesday 2nd, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Monday 7th, PUB MEAL, 6.45pm / Tuesday 8th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm Tuesday 15th, MONTHLY MEETING & 64th Birthday Party! SINGING DUO: "2sum", 7.00pm - 10.00pm. Plus shared supper. Wednesday 16th KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Tuesday 22nd, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm
March 2011 Wednesday 2nd, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Monday 7th, PUB MEAL, 6.45pm / Tuesday 8th, BOOK GROUP: "Sashenka", from 10.00am / Tuesday 8th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm / Thursday 10th, THEATRE TRIP "Grand Hotel" at Durham Gala, 7.15pm Tuesday 15th, MONTHLY MEETING: COOKING DEMO by "Chittocks", 7.00pm - 10.00pm. Plus soup & stottie. Wednesday 16th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Tuesday 22nd, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm / Friday 25th, THEATRE TRIP "Calendar Girls" at Sunderland Empire, leaving 6.30pm / Wednesday 30th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Wednesday 30th, COUNTY QUIZ at Shadforth Village Hall, 7.00pm
April 2011 Monday 4th, PUB MEAL, 6.45pm / Tuesday 5th, KURLING, 1.30 - 3.00pm / Wednesday 6th, COUNTY KURLING at Shadforth Village Hall, 1.30pm - 4.30pm / Monday 11th, BOOK GROUP: "Sashenka", from 10.00am / Tuesday 12th, DCFWI AGM at Bishop Auckland, 9.45am / Wednesday 13th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm Tuesday 19th, MONTHLY MEETING: SWI AGM with WIA Ann Eynon, 7.00pm - 10.00pm. Plus traybakes.  
May 2011 tbc: Wednesday 4th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Monday 2nd, PUB MEAL, 6.45pm / tbc: Tuesday 10th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm / Thursday 12th, TRIP to Sowerby & North Yorkshire, & meal, leaving 1.00pm Tuesday 17th, MONTHLY MEETING & Resolutions Discussion. Speaker: Marjorie Dodds "TOWN CRIER", 7.00pm - 10.00pm . Plus cake & biscuits. tbc: Wednesday 18th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Monday 23rd, BOOK GROUP: "Toast", from 10.00am / tbc: Tuesday 24th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm
June 2011 Wednesday 1st, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Monday 6th, SUMMER TRIP to Woodhorn Mining Museum & Northumberland, leaving 9.00am / Tuesday 7th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm *** note time change *** / Monday 13th, PUB MEAL, 6.45pm / Wednesday 15th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm Tuesday 21st, MONTHLY MEETING. PINK & RED EVENING, 7.00pm - 10.00pm. Plus strawberry scones. tbc: Wednesday 22nd, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Monday 27th, BOOK GROUP: "The Hobbit", from 10.00am / tbc: Wednesday 29th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm
July 2011 Monday 4th, PUB MEAL, 6.45pm / tbc: Wednesday 6th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / tbc: Monday 11th, SUMMER TRIP/ tbc: Tuesday 12th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm Tuesday 19th, MONTHLY MEETING. Speaker: Jill Swift "JEWELLERY MAKING", 7.00pm - 10.00pm. Plus pie & peas. tbc: Wednesday 20th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / tbc: Tuesday 26th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm
August 2011 Cancelled until further notice: Monday PUB MEALs (due to the temporary closure of The Plough) No meeting. ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS! (But don't forget the Book Group!) Wednesday 17th, President's Get-Together, 1.00pm - 6.00pm / Wednesday 31st, Scarecrow Making Day, from 10.00 am
September 2011 Wednesday 7th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Tuesday 13th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm / Wednesday 14th, TRIP to Barnard Castle, 9.30am Tuesday 20th, MONTHLY MEETING. Speaker: George Nairn "POSTCARDS", 7.00pm - 10.00pm. Plus quiche & salad. Wednesday 21st, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Friday 23rd, BOOK GROUP: "The Help" & "Balzac & the Little Chinese Seamstress", from 10.00am / Tuesday 27th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm
October 2011 Wednesday 5th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Tuesday 11th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm Tuesday 18th, Speaker: Sid Slawther "MUSIC OF THE SEA", 7.00pm - 10.00pm. Plus shared supper. Wednesday 19th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Tuesday 25th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm
November 2011 Wednesday 2nd, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Tuesday 8th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm Tuesday 15th, MONTHLY MEETING, Speaker: Edna Oswald "CRAFTS”, 7.00pm - 10.00pm. Plus jacket potatoes. Wednesday 16th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Wednesday 23rd, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Monday 28th, BOOK GROUP: "The French Gardener", from 10.00am / Tuesday 29th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm
December 2011 Tuesday 6th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm / Wednesday 14th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm Tuesday 13th, CHRISTMAS MEETING! Fun, games & carols, 7.00pm - 10.00pm. CHRISTMAS MEAL, date tbc
**2012**      
JANUARY 2012 Monday, New Year Celebratory PUB MEAL, 12.00pm / Monday 16th, BOOK GROUP: "Only Dad", with shared lunch, 11.30am Tuesday 17th, MONTHLY MEETING. Speaker: Pip Hughes & Lisa Dodds "Creating a Safe Haven", 7.00pm - 10.00pm. Plus shared supper (with a 'Geordie'/Northern theme). Wednesday 18th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Wednesday 25th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Tuesday 31st, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm
February 2012 Wednesday 8th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Monday, PUB MEAL, 12.00pm / Tuesday 14th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm Tuesday 21th, MONTHLY MEETING & 65th Birthday Party! SINGING DUO: "Best of Fettle", 7.00pm - 10.00pm. Wednesday 22th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Monday 11th, BOOK GROUP: "Broken Window", 2.00pm / Tuesday 28th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm
March 2012 Tuesday 6th, PUB MEAL at Running Waters, 12.00pm / Wednesday 7th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Tuesday 13th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm Tuesday 20th, MONTHLY MEETING. Speaker: M. Rogers "Durham Wildlife Trust", 7.00pm - 10.00pm. Plus soup & stottie. Wednesday 21th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Thursday 22nd, TRIP Durham Town Hall Tour / Tuesday 27th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm / Friday 30th, THEATRE trip, "42nd Street" at Durham Gala, 7.15pm
April 2012 Monday 2nd, BOOK GROUP: "Love & Dr Devon", 11.00am / Monday, PUB MEAL, 7.00pm Tuesday 17th, MONTHLY MEETING: SWI AGM with WIA Audrey Dinning, 7.00pm - 10.00pm. Plus fish & chips! Wednesday 18th, DCFWIs KURLING with tea & biscuits, in Shadforth Village Hall from 1.00pm (£5) / Wednesday 25th, DCFWIs Quiz, in Shadforth Village Hall (SWI - 2 teams) / Thursday 26th, TRIP to Alnwick Castle, from 9.00am (£7+bus)
May 2012 Wednesday 2nd, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Monday, PUB MEAL, 7.00pm / Tuesday 8th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm / Wednesday 9th, Village KURLING, 6.30pm - 8.00pm Tuesday 15th, MONTHLY MEETING. Speaker: George Wharton "Durham Deafened Support Group", 7.00pm - 10.00pm. Plus traybakes. Wednesday 23rd, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Tuesday 29th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm / Wednesday 30th, Village KURLING, 6.30pm - 8.00pm
June 2012 Friday 1st, QUEENS POSH TEA & SCONES, Shincliffe Bramble Suite (£8.50) / Wednesday 6th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Tuesday 12th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm / Wednesday 13th, Village KURLING, 6.30pm - 8.00pm / Thursday 14th, TRIP Ripon for afternoon followed by meal in Thirsk and visit to Sowerby WI, from 1.00pm Tuesday 19th, MONTHLY MEETING. Speaker: Belinda Clayton "Clinical Hypnotherapy", 7.00pm - 10.00pm. Plus strawberry scones. Wednesday 20th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Monday 25th, DCFWIs Car Treasure Hunt / Tuesday 26th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm / Wednesday 27th, Village KURLING, 6.30pm - 8.00pm
July 2012 Monday, PUB MEAL, 7.00pm / Wednesday 4th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Wednesday 11th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Wednesday 11th, Village KURLING, 6.30pm - 8.00pm Tuesday 17th, MONTHLY MEETING. Speaker: Peter Barron "Dad at Large", 7.00pm - 10.00pm. Plus quiche & salad. Wednesday 18th, KURLING, 1.30pm - 3.00pm / Tuesday 24th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm / Wednesday 9th, Village KURLING, 6.30pm - 8.00pm
August 2012   No meeting. ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS! (But don't forget the Book Group!)  
September 2012 Details of Kurling, Book Group, etc to follow or contact the SWI President or Secretary for more details. Tuesday 18th, MONTHLY MEETING. Speaker: Michelle Adams "Flower Arranging", 7.00pm - 10.00pm. Plus pie & peas.  
October 2012   Tuesday 16th, MONTHLY MEETING. Speaker: Helen Baker "History of Beamish", 7.00pm - 10.00pm. Plus shared supper.  
November 2012   Tuesday 20th, MONTHLY MEETING. Speaker: Doreen Vincent giving a Demonstration by Lakeland, 7.00pm - 10.00pm. Plus jacket potatoes.  
December 2012   Tuesday 18th, CHRISTMAS MEETING! Party & Singing duo: "US 2" , 7.00pm - 10.00pm. Festive meal from Robinsons!  
**2013**      
JANUARY 2013 Monday 7th, New Year Celebratory PUB MEAL, The Three Horseshoes at Running Waters, 12.00pm / Tuesday 8th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm / Monday 14th, BOOK GROUP: "The Confession", 10.00am / Tuesday 15th, KNIT'N'NATTER, 1.00pm - 2.00pm Tuesday 15th, MONTHLY MEETING. Speaker: Steve Owen "Search & Rescue", 7.00pm - 10.00pm. Comp: bring along a torch. Tuesday 22nd, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm / Tuesday 29th, KNIT'N'NATTER, 1.00pm - 2.00pm / Tuesday 29th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm
February 2013 Monday 4th, PUB MEAL, 12.00pm / Tuesday 5th, KNIT'N'NATTER, 1.00pm - 2.00pm / Tuesday 12th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm / Tuesday 19th, KNIT'N'NATTER, 1.00pm - 2.00pm Tuesday 19th, MONTHLY MEETING & 66th Birthday Party! Line Dancing with Marie Summers, 7.00pm - 10.00pm. Comp: bring along a fancy shoe. Monday 25th, BOOK GROUP: "Year of Wonders", 11.00am / Tuesday 26th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm
March 2013 Tuesday 4th, PUB MEAL, 12.00pm / Tuesday 5th, KNIT'N'NATTER, 1.00pm - 2.00pm / Tuesday 12th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm / Tuesday 19th, KNIT'N'NATTER, 1.00pm - 2.00pm Tuesday 19th, MONTHLY MEETING. Sainsburys: Fashion Show, 7.00pm - 10.00pm. Comp: bring along a belt. Tuesday 26th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm
April 2013 Monday 1st, PUB MEAL, 7.00pm / Tuesday 9th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm / Monday 15th, BOOK GROUP: "The Light Between Oceans", 10.30am Tuesday 16th, MONTHLY MEETING: SWI AGM with WIA Freda Laverick, 7.00pm - 10.00pm. Comp: bring along a fancy cushion. Tuesday 23rd, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm
May 2013 Monday 6th, PUB MEAL, 7.00pm / Tuesday 14th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm Tuesday 21st, MONTHLY MEETING. Speaker: Maggie Bell "Crook Hall", 7.00pm - 10.00pm. Comp: bring along a trinket box. Tuesday 28th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm
June 2013 Monday 3th, PUB MEAL, 7.00pm /Monday 15th, BOOK GROUP: "Room" & "A Gate at the Stairs", 10.30am / Tuesday 11th, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm Tuesday 18th, MONTHLY MEETING. Speaker: Ingrid Kilner "A Year Behind the Veil", 7.00pm - 10.00pm. Comp: bring along a photo frame.  
July 2013 Monday 1st, PUB MEAL, 7.00pm / Monday 8th, BOOK GROUP: "Regeneration", 10.30am Tuesday 16th, MONTHLY MEETING. Speaker: Nicola Kendall "MIND", 7.00pm - 10.00pm. Comp: bring along a key ring. Tuesday 23rd, KURLING, 7.30pm - 9.00pm
August 2013 Monday 5th, BOOK GROUP: "Restitution", 10.30am No meeting. ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS! (But don't forget the Book Group!)  
September 2013 Monday 2nd, PUB MEAL, 7.00pm Tuesday 17th, MONTHLY MEETING. Speaker: Ian Wilkinson "CSI", 7.00pm - 10.00pm. Comp: bring along a magnifying glass. Monday 27th, BOOK GROUP: "The Eye in the Door", 10.30am
October 2013 Monday 7th, PUB MEAL, 7.00pm Tuesday 15th, MONTHLY MEETING. Members Night, 7.00pm - 10.00pm. Thursday 24th, Lunch at The Brambles, Shincliffe, 12.30pm (Lunch Safari)/ Friday 25th, Book Group: "Gone Girl" & Macmillan Coffee Morning, 10.30am (raised £33 - thank you!)
November 2013 Monday 4th, PUB MEAL, 12.30pm / Sunday 10th, Gala Trip: Red Cross Winter Concert Tuesday 19th, MONTHLY MEETING. Speaker: Claire Megginson "Sweet Sally Cinnamon", 7.00pm - 10.00pm. Comp: bring along a cinnamon recipe. Friday 29th, Harrogate Christmas Fair Trip, 9.00am-5.00pm (lunch 1.00pm)
December 2013 Monday 2nd, PUB MEAL, 12.30pm / Friday 6th, Fish & Chips Lunch, Homer Hill Farm Shop (Lunch Safari) Tuesday 17th, CHRISTMAS MEETING! Party & Singer: "Steve Berry", 7.00pm - 10.00pm. Festive meal & comp: bring along a table decoration.  
News 2005 - 2014
Below is the "What's New" section from the first Shadforth WI website, at:
www.communigate.co.uk/ne/shadforthwi

In December 2005 this website (at its initial Communigate address) won joint second prize in the CommuniGate Best Community Website Competition, in association with Barclays, chosen from among the 54 nominated websites. The Highly Commended prize was a £1,000 cheque for Shadforth WI, which was presented to then WI President  Margaret Nancarrow and the SWI Web Editor at a ceremony at the Northern Echo offices in Darlington.
 
The first version of the SWI website dated from November 2005 to the end of July 2014, when Communigate sadly closed its web service and we moved our web address to www.shadforthwi.org.uk

The number of visitors the first SWI Website had between November 2005 and 5th July 2014 was: 4376.

Shadforth WI - What's New?
November 2005 - January 2014

New Year, New Programme – January 2014

The 2014 programme, newly available on the Home Page, has something for everyone!

Book Group Passes 100 – October 2013
Since it began in 2006, Shadforth WI Book Group has read over 100 books! There have been some real gems, many of which have gone on to become international bestsellers, and a lot of discussion and tea and biscuits! See all the books at: www.shelfari.com/shadforthwibookgroup

New President – April 2013
Congratulations to Joan Brookes who has been elected as the new Shadforth WI President. Many thanks go to Joyce St Julien who has stood down as Shadforth WI President, in particular for bringing Kurling to Shadforth WI!

Summer Scarecrows – Summer 2011 For the first time, Shadforth was taken over by 34 scarecrows during the "Shadforth Weekend" event.

Happy New Year and a Brand New Programme! – January 2011
The new programme for 2011 has arrived on our Home Page and Event Calendar with all sorts of activities planned! Along with the monthly meetings don't forget the weekly Kurling, and monthly Book Group and meals out. Not to mention the Durham County and National WI activities and trips you can get involved in ... With Surprise Speakers, a Cooking Demo, a Pink and Red Evening(?!), Crafts, Entertainment and talks to inspire and expand horizons, 2011 looks set to be a good year at Shadforth WI!

SWI Book Group Goes International! – July 2010
The Shadforth WI Book Group has gone worldwide with our new virtual bookshelf on the book listing website Shelfari, based in Seattle. All the SWI Book Group books to date have been "stacked" in order so that at a glance you can see the sheer range and number of books that the Book Group has read since October 2006! By holding your mouse over each book you can see when it was read, then by clicking on it you can read all about each book, see pictures of the different versions, and read reviews. You can view what other people are reading, to get ideas, and create your own virtual bookshelf to bring back your own book memories!

See * SWI Book Group to link directly to:
www.shelfari.com/shadforthwibookgroup


Summer Fun! – July 2009
Many members and friends enjoyed a visit to Whitby, complete with Fish and Chips, for the SWI Summer Outing this July. There was even, luckily, sunshine! There has been a Kurling session for the village and the new SWI Kurling Corner gives more details about New Age Kurling in general. A big thank you also to Age Concern whose award of a grant of £205 has enabled additions to the SWI Kurling equipment. Meetings and Kurling will take a break for August but don’t forget the Book Group and the President’s Coffee Afternoon! If you need any inspiration as to how to spend your summer see the SWI Speakers Corner section (October 2008) on travelling to help Wallabies, Whales and Orangutans in Australia and Borneo!

Carry On Kurling! – February/March 2009
2008 was a very busy year and, as Spring arrives in Shadforth, 2009 is shaping up to be no different. New for 2009 is New Age Kurling (like the well-known Olympic Winter Sport, but with less ice). A big thank you to the Cooperative Community Fund who have awarded SWI a grant of £304, enabling the purchase a kit which will hopefully also be useable by the wider Shadforth community in the future, so they can join in the fun! Muriel Wilkinson, from the Cooperative Community Fund, kindly brought the cheque to the 62nd Birthday party to present to new SWI President Mrs St Julien. With the monthly Book Group going from strength to strength, Spring walks, eating out and regular Kurling there really is never a dull moment at SWI!

A Change at the Top! – May 2008
A big thank you to WI President, Margaret Nancarrow, who stood down at the 2008 AGM. She has been an excellent President for many many years and thanks go to her for all her hard work (although it is not over as she will remain on the Committee!). Huge thanks also to our retiring Institute Secretary for her long service and her considerable work towards making our Institute a success, including her huge input into this website which enabled us to win the second prize in the CommuniGate Best Community Website Competition in 2006.

Happy New Year and a Brand New Programme! – January 2008
The new programme for 2008 is now available and as you'll see there really is something for everyone. From Slavery to Silverwork, Dancing to Inheritance Law, opportunities for Amateur Dramatics and some celebratory meals thrown in, 2008 should be a great year at Shadforth WI! Both useful and fun, we look forward to welcoming new and existing members to our exciting and varied programme for 2008!

Merry Christmas from Shadforth WI – December 2007
After all the excitement of the Chocolate Treats Meeting in November (see Special Events page for photos!), for the December Meeting the festivities continued with a Christmas meal out. Greetings to all for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Reasons to Celebrate & Chocolate - November 2007
This month marks the 2nd Anniversary of Shadforth WI website!

For the November meeting, although Mr Coombs is no longer able to give his chocolate demonstration for personal reasons, the rallying round of skilful WI members ensures that the November meeting will still provide chocolate treats, and visitors are, as ever, welcome.

Exhibition & Member’s Night – October 2007
October started with the Shadforth History Group excellent 2-day Shadforth Church Exhibition, which featured contributions from many WI members, including wedding dresses which were very effectively displayed in the centre of the church. The exhibition attracted more than 160 people, so congratulations to all concerned!

Member’s Night means that the non-committee WI members arrange the meeting. The entertainment was provided by Norman Davies, who stepped in at the last minute after a speaker cancellation. He played his keyboard and sang a wide range songs, including 60s hits, which everyone sang along to. Everyone then enjoyed the shared supper and a night of games, excellently organised by HS, including sudoku, a jigsaw picture, creating funny hats (with instructions hidden in balloons), with the overall winning team taking part in a Shadforth-style “Who wants to be a Millionaire”. Although (sadly) no millions were won, everyone had a great time.

Summer Hols – August 2007
It’s been very busy over the last few months, with the Group Meeting, visits to and from Sowerby WI, the Theatre Trip to see “Gigi” at the Gala (which was excellent), and two more winners in the Yorkshire Tea Competition. There was also the Pewter Craft Day and Tyne River Cruise which you can find out more about on the new Special Events page. The Book Group is going from strength to strength and there have even been two books selected for the summer break – that’s very keen! (See SWI Book Group for details.) Also for August is the walk to Marsden Cliffs. After the summer there’s still a lot more to look forward to – especially the forthcoming Chocolate Open Evening which is getting nearer and nearer :-) Happy hols!

A Website Re-vamp – March 2007
The National WI website has had a facelift! It aims to be "easily navigated and accessible", "to support existing members, attract new members and position the WI as a modern organization". It "includes information on our key campaigns and projects, as well as recipes, craft projects and a history archive". From 5th March their web address has changed from www.womens-institute.org.uk to the new address: www.theWI.org.uk. This website has therefore had to update a number of its links, and has a few new additions too!

Happy 60th Birthday Shadforth WI – February 2007
In addition to donating a commemorative clock to Shadforth Village Hall (complete with engraved brass plate!), to mark the 60th year of Shadforth WI we celebrated in style with a 3-course catered dinner in the Village Hall and entertainment with songs from the shows – here’s to the next 60 years!!!

Happy New Year from Shadforth WI! – January 2007
2007 is particularly special as it celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the formation of the Women’s Institute in Shadforth. We look forward to welcoming new and existing members to our exciting and varied programme for 2007.

Merry Christmas from Shadforth WI – December 2006
The December Meeting was Shadforth WI's traditional Christmas Party! Everyone had a great time with party games, quizzes, party food and carols. With greetings to all for a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year see the website Chrsitmas Card!

Community Award won by Shadforth WI President! - 9th November 2006
Congratulations to our own Shadforth WI President, Mrs Margaret Nancarrow, who was named as winner of the first Durham Community Citizen Award at a ceremony at Durham Town Hall! Mrs Nancarrow has been a WI member for more than 50 years, many as President. This award reflects her valuable work for the WI and various other community activities. She was presented with a plaque and a cheque for £300 which she donated to Shadforth Community Association.

Yorkshire Tea Competition - November 2006
The September Yorkshire Tea competition was won by another of our members, who brought the prize (a Yorkshire Tea Luxury Fruit Cake) to the November meeting where it was enjoyed by everyone.

Shadforth WI Book Group – October 2006
The first meeting of the Book Group has been arranged - see the brand new SWI Book Group page for further details. If you can't come to the meeting please feel free to take part online, via the Message Board!

President's Coffee Afternoon – August 2006
The President's Coffee Afternoon raised £100 in aid of ME Research UK. A big thank you to everyone who helped to make the event a success. (See the Links page for a link to ME Research UK website with details of their work to fight ME/CFS. This debilitating illness affects some 150,000 adults and children in the UK, often long-term and particularly women.)

Shadforth WI – Summer 2006
Yorkshire Tea Competition - May 2006

One of our members won the May Yorkshire Tea competition and was pleased to receive a Yorkshire Tea Luxury Fruit Cake!

Summer Outing to Eden Camp - 20th June 2006
Everyone set off very early on to North Yorkshire by specially hired coach and, arriving around 11.00am we had plenty of time to explore the camp and enjoy lunch at the camp canteen before returning home at 4.00pm. The camp was very interesting to visit, talking about life in Britain before and after World War 2, life in the camp itself and prisoner of war camps abroad, and more recent conflicts. The final chapel with entrance displays of the horrors of the holocaust was extremely moving.

Outing to the Northern Proms - 29th July 2006
A group of Shadforth WI members and friends attended the Fourth Northern Proms at Durham County Cricket Club (with a generous special WI offer tickets that more than paid for the membership). The night featured County Durham opera star Graeme Danby and Valerie Reid, backed by the Tavistock Chester-le-Street Riverside Band. Everyone shared a picnic and although our table did not have the candelabras held by others, everyone had an excellent time. Even the rain, which started as soon as we sat down, dried up although despite the previous hot days the night remained chilly.

The event featured old favourites such as Land of Hope and Glory, Rule Britannia, and Jerusalem, a WI favourite! This was sung twice – obviously due to our presence! (You can play this tune on your computer if you find it in the How to Join and FAQs section!) Equally enjoyable was the junior prom from 6.00pm with Peterlee's Shotton Hall Steel Band (nice and tropical on a cold night!), The County Durham Big Band, The Riverside Junior Band and soloist Victoria Gray. Best of all was the finale fireworks display at 10.30pm. We all decided we’d like to go back next year.

New for Autumn 2006 – Book Group
Shadforth WI is thinking of starting a Book Group. More details will be available at the September meeting, or contact Shadforth WI Secretary.


Shadforth WI joins a new Group – March/April 2006
Shadforth WI has left the Hillside Group and become members of the Shotton Group with Castle Eden, High Hessledon, Old Shotton, Peterlee, Shotton Colliery, and Wingate WIs. The first group meeting with the new group will be on Thursday 18th May, hosted by Wingate WI, with a more informal meeting in October.

It’s the AGM on Tuesday 18th April, with the election of a new committee and reports of what’s gone on during 2005/06. There will be some new faces on the committee, with two new nominees. Mrs Simpson is retiring from the committee. A big thanks to her for all the work she’s done over the years!

Shadforth WI 2006 Programme - January/February 2006
The programme of events for 2006 can now be viewed on the Home Page. It's an exciting programme and extra events will be added as they are planned. Full details and details of other events of interest, such as Shadforth Village events, can be viewed on the Event Calendar.

The presentation of the awards for the CommuniGate Best Community Website Competition took place at the offices of The Northern Echo, at 11.00am on Thursday 22nd December. The cheque was accepted with thanks by SWI Web Editor, President and Secretary.

For a report on the Walks Group activities in 2005 and the Stepping Out Challenge see the SWI Walks Group page.

Breaking News: 15 December 2005
Shadforth WI Website – Highly Commended!

Of the 54 nominated websites in the CommuniGate Best Community Website Competition, in association with Barclays, this website has been chosen as Highly Commended and therefore is one of the two runner-up winners and will be awarded £1,000. The Northern Pulse website was also Highly Commended and the overall winner was Lanchester Community Centre’s website. A big Thank You to all involved in the competition and everyone who has put in the hard work to make this site a success!

Shadforth WI Christmas Card - December 2005
Shadforth WI celebrates the festive period with a Christmas party and Faith Supper (yum yum yum!) on Tuesday 20th December. Please note there is no speaker for this meeting. With greetings to all for a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year see the website Chrsitmas Card!

Shadforth WI Website! - November 2005
Shadforth WI (SWI) is pleased to welcome you to our first website. A big thank you goes to everyone who has taken part in its creation, and to CommuniGate for hosting the site and providing the training to make it work. We hope you’ll find it interesting and informative! It is aimed at:

~ Shadforth WI members – to keep up to date and share interests and work, with members who didn’t make it to the meeting and with the wider world.
~ Prospective members – to tell you how to join and what to expect!
~ Anyone else – to let you know about us.

We’ve tried to make the structure easy to use. There’s a table below to give you an idea of the website structure and help you navigate. Where a page refers to information on another page in this site the page name is written in italics, for example you can find more information on the design of this website on the Website Information page.

Shadforth WI is committed to the maintenance and upkeep of this site and will update it at least monthly. The date of last update will be available on the Home Page. We appreciate ideas, submissions and comments so please feel free to get in touch.

We hope you enjoy this site!

SWI Web Editor and everyone at Shadforth WI