The eagerly anticipated Aynho WI Christmas Party (held at the village hall on Friday 1st December) was a rip-roaring success with delicious food provided by the members, a wide range of liquid refreshments, a fascinating and challenging Aynho photo quiz and the always popular grand raffle. Thank you to all who helped to make this a most enjoyable evening.
Buckingham Garden Centre was the destination of the WI this month. As one date was not suitable for all we solved the problem by going in two groups. The Gardeners’ Retreat Restaurant provided an excellent lunch and then it was down to the serious business of retail therapy. We spent a very happy hour or so browsing the shopping area and making the odd purchase. Besides the indoor and outdoor plants there was giftware, a food hall, an aquatic centre, chickens, a Bonmarche, and, of course, the Christmas section. All in all we had a very enjoyable few hours and definitely a place to visit again.
On 6th June ten members of the WI braved the weather to visit Barn Farm Plants at Wardington, having negotiated the debris strewn roads to get there. An excellent lunch was followed by a look round the antiques centre and for those brave enough to venture outside a walk round the garden centre too. What better way to spend a cold, wet and extremely windy day!
On Wednesday 24th June, fifteen ladies from the WI and one gentleman set off to see Evita at the theatre in Milton Keynes using the Northampton Community Bus.
Evita with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, follows the early life, rise to power, charity work and eventual death of Eva Peron, Juan Perón’s second wife.
Emma Hatton already a leading actress in the West End, played the role of Eva with sensitivity and was ably supported by Gian Marco Schiaretti as Che Guevara the narrator. He may well be a newcomer but he performed his role with confidence, dominating the stage when he needed to showing off his powerful, versatile voice. The supporting ensemble were also outstanding with excellent dance scenes and singing.
Whilst waiting for all the ladies to assemble at the end of the performance a lady who had seen it four years ago told us that this performance had been far better than the previous one she had seen, displaying more intensity, power and emotion. So a really enjoyable afternoon was had by all and a big thank you to our cheerful driver who got us there and back safely.
Maytime in the Square
Despite the weather Maytime in the Square was well attended. The crowd watched Annabel Charlesworth crowned queen by Mrs Ann Rickard then enjoyed the children’s maypole dancing. The mummers’ play was next and was a great success. However, the rain then arrived with a vengeance so it was with great relief that everyone could retreat to the village hall for the WI’s excellent tea and cakes.
The money raised from the teas will be donated to Denman College’s ‘Saving Denman Appeal’. Denman College is located in Oxfordshire and offers one of the widest ranges of short courses in the UK.
Another much anticipated WI Christmas party took place on Friday 2nd December. As always the members provided an excellent selection of sweet and savoury dishes. Doug Maddy the illusionist entertained us with his amazing and baffling ‘magic’ which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Friday 23rd September 2016
The weather was glorious and a group of WI members had a very interesting walk finding the amazing fungi around the base of a tree and passing the 92ft obelisk in the grounds of Tusmore Park. This was erected by Wafic Said in celebration of the Queens Diamond Jubilee.
On Wednesday 3rd August a group of U3A members based in and around Banbury visited Aynho to hear about its history. They enjoyed an interesting talk by Peter Coles and visited the main areas of interest in the village. This was followed by a very welcome and delicious tea provided by the WI ladies. The money raised from the teas has been donated to Denman College’s ‘Saving Denman Appeal’. Denman College is located in Oxfordshire and offers one of the widest ranges of short courses in the UK.
|The College is open to all and it is well worth looking at its website: www.denmancollege.org.uk|
We were lucky again this year with the weather as up until the day before it had been persistently cold and wet. But on the day of the garden meeting the sun shone. It was hot but by 7.0pm, when we met in Jan’s garden there was a welcome cooling breeze. After Barbara had dispensed with the business part of the meeting we all enjoyed looking round Jan’s very attractive garden. She obviously has a knack with plants as they all seemed to be flourishing. She treated us to some delicious cake, a selection of fruit and a variety of nibbles which was very much appreciated by the members. Barbara then thanked Jan for her hospitality and we all agreed it had been a very enjoyable evening.
On Tuesday 21st June 11 members of Aynho WI met at the Old Flight House for a look round the antique centre and lunch. The Old Flight House is an amazing place. As you walk round one room opens up into another and another. It has a wide range of items for sale from furniture to vintage clothes, books, jewellery, silver, pottery and much. much more. We spent a happy hour browsing with some members buying before finally settling down to a very tasty lunch. A very enjoyable outing.