Doveside WI


Doveside hosted the group meeting which was held at Rolleston Club, in the big room, the night before their October meeting. Helen Barnett, the group Co-ordinator was away and therefore Doveside was tasked with running the meeting solo. Leanda did a sterling job with no major hiccups. Well done. Thank you to all those members who helped in any way. The speaker was Miss Pitchy Patchy who told us all about what the WI did during World War 2. Absolutely amazing!
The tables had been decorated with cloths and poppy centre pieces which were left in place for the October WI meeting. There was also a surplus of cake, which was enjoyed by our members the following day.

The October meeting speaker was Jackie Roberts who had packed in her job and started a business as “The Chocolate Tailor” making bespoke chocolates. She now mainly makes chocolates to order for collection. There were several differently flavoured chocolates to sample with an opportunity to purchase your favourite flavour at the end.

The competition for a homemade chocolate box was won by Pauline Giles.
The entries for the competition have declined so much over the year with only one or two entries. At the next meeting, members will be asked whether they want to continue having a competition at each meeting.

The October coffee money collected £30, which was given to Joy Killick, who had the charity table, raising money for The Brain Tumour Research She raised £94 and would like to thank all the members for their generous support.

The St Giles tin was collected and emptied, giving a donation of £6:99p.

In the past Doveside has contributed to the ACWW (Associated Country Women of the World) which is affiliated to NFWI, this is usually the coffee money for one month. As the coffee money has been allocated to various charities over the year, Doveside will donate £30 from funds instead.

Our next meeting is on Friday 16th November 2018. Unfortunately, Robin Knott has had to postpone his talk until a later date. The speaker time will be a surprise, so come along and find out what it is. There is no competition. There will be a mini raffle at this meeting in aid of “Children in Need”.

Don’t forget to bring your mug.

FLOWERS: Cynthia Bates
REFRESHMENTS: Lesley Beighton, Gill Cole, Ann Cook and Olwyn Core. If you are not available, please contact: Gill Parr 07938 803768 or
Vote of Thanks: Janet Press
TICKET TABLE: Lynda Whetton and Gill Pyne
CHARITY TABLE: Kate Bailey with her cards.
Please let Leanda know if you would like to book the table, ( or 07910764837).

SOCIAL AFTERNOON: Thursday 9th November 1.30–4pm at Rolleston Club. The number of members coming for the games has dwindled in the last few months. Why not come along.
The craft group will be making the decorations for the Advent tree. Please come along and help with these, remember many hands make light work. If you are able, please bring along the following: – scissors, glue stick, red and green felt, paper or material.
If games or craft isn’t your cup of tea, just come along for a coffee and a chat.

YMCA. It would be nice to continue supporting this charity and therefore there will be a box for donations at both the November and December meetings.

Polite Reminder. Payment is required when signing up to outings incurring a cost. Where possible please pay for outing and events by cheque made payable to Doveside WI. This is easier for accounting purposes.

TRENTHAM SHOPPING VILLAGE. Thursday 22nd November 2018. A chance to look for the Christmas presents, decorations or just browse around all the different shops. Meet Rolleston Club 9:30 am. Drivers required. Cost: Travel money payable on the day.

CHRISTMAS DINNER. Thursday 6th December 2018 @ Dovecliffe Hall,12:00 for 12:30pm. Closed

SHERRY AND MINCE PIES. Monday 10th December 2018 at Keddleston Hall. Meet at Rolleston Club 9:45am. Drivers required. Cost £7.50p. Travel money is payable on the day. Closing Date: October meeting

CHRISTMAS PARTY. Friday 21st December 2018 following on from the normal WI meeting. Buffet, pudding, drink and raffle ticket included in the price. Cost: £5 Closing Date: November meeting

WIND IN THE WILLOWS. Saturday 26th January 2019, matinee performance, at The New Vic Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme. Cost: £22. 50p. NB. Due to poor uptake, coach travel is no longer an option. Tickets still available bit own transport required. Closed

LUNCH AND FILM AFTERNOON. Thursday 21st February 2019, 12:00pm – 3:00pm. Come and enjoy, soup and bread followed by dessert and then watch a film in the company of fellow members. Cost: £5.
Closing Date: January meeting

KINKY BOOTS. Friday 22nd March 2019, 5:00pm matinee @ the Hippodrome Theatre in Birmingham. Travel by train late morning, lunch at a restaurant, a bit of shopping and then the theatre. Cost: approx £50 plus train fare.
Interest will be judged at the November meeting

FORTY SECOND STREET. Thursday 28th March 2019. The Repertory Theatre, Stoke on Trent. Cost: £16 plus travel money. Interest will be judged at the November meeting

CURBOROUGH HALL FARM COUNTRYSIDE CENTRE. Tuesday 2nd April 2019. A 45 minutes topical talk on Spring gardening by the proprietor, Byron Lewis, at 10:30am, lunch at Mabel’s Tearoom followed by personal time to explore the other parts of the complex which include garden and antique centres, farm shop and much more. Numbers limited to 20. Cost: £1:50p, plus travel monies and lunch costs. Meet at Rolleston Club: 9:30am
Closing Date: February meeting

DENMAN DAY. Thursday 2nd May 2019. Enjoy a day at the WI college, a wonderful historic building set 17acres of sweeping lawns and gardens. There will be a demonstration of either cookery or flower arranging followed by afternoon tea. Cost: £20 plus travel money payable on the day. Closing Date: February meeting


N.B To simplify the system for payments of County Events it would be most helpful if members could use a separate cheque made payable to Doveside W.I. Cheques will be held by the Treasurer until the closing date of the event. For all County Events, except the Federation Meeting, individual members are responsible for their own transport.

MARKETS DAY. Tuesday 27th November 2018. Tickets to be distributed at November meeting.

CAROL SERVICE, LICHFIELD. Monday 3rd December 2018, 3:00pm

CENTENARY POETRY COMPETITION. To mark this milestone in the history of the Federation, the Board of Trustees is challenging you to write a poem which encapsulates your feelings about being a WI member. The opening line to be used from the song “The March of Women – Shout, shout, up with your song”. For more information see the noticeboard.

2019 CENTENARY QUIZ. Thursday 28th February at the County Showground, 7:15pm. The theme “Celebrating Women will also be the theme for this year’s picnic based on: violet, green and white colours. Teams of 4. Cost: £20
Closing Date: December meeting

SPRING COUNCIL MEETING. Tuesday 19th March 2019, 10:30am – 3:00pm. Speakers: Lynne Stubbings, NFWI Chair; Jennie Bond, TV Presenter and journalist. Closing Date: January meeting


THE ROSE DEAG ROSE BOWL. A watercolour painting competition for novices not previously shown at any WI competition. The theme for the Centenary Year competition is “A Sunny Day”. Entry fee: £3:50. See noticeboard for more info. Closing Date: January meeting

LICHFIELD CATHEDRAL. Service to commemorate the centenary of women’s suffrage and representation as members of parliament. Sunday 25th November 2018, 3pm, followed by refreshments. The preacher is Dame Caroline Spelman MP.

MONTHLY MUNCH. Wednesday 28th November 2018, 12:15pm in the Old Grammar School Room (OGSR). Come and enjoy a Christmas style dinner. Cost: £6. This is a ticket only event. Tickets available from Elspeth Dickinson, Tel: 01283 810237

CIVIC TRUST.20th November 2018, “Burton at War” by Malcolm Goode, 8pm at the Cricket Club, Rolleston.

Parish Council DOVESIDE WI Newsletter November 2018

Parish council Programme for noticeboard 2018-2019