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WEYBAY’S NEW YOGA and SOUNDBATH EXPERIENCE

posted Oct 15, 2014, 4:47 AM by Sandra Jones

15 of our members took up the whole new experience of Ashtang Yoga followed by a Sound Bath at Dorchester Yoga Centre last Sunday evening.

Mark Winterburn taught us how to strengthen our bodies, improve our health and relax through some simple yoga and breathing exercises. It was great! We all felt the benefit of exercise without any pressure.  He made our beginner’s lesson enlightening and it was fun.


The Sound Bath

Now this really was a whole new experience for us all. We tucked ourselves up in blankets and lay down for an hour to relax within pure sound.  Dean Carter created music from crystal and Tibetan bowls and sacred vocal over-toning.

The feedback on this - well some of us ‘got it’; others didn’t, but we all agreed we probably wouldn’t have experienced it without being WeyBay members and for Sue King who organised it -  thank you 

 

 

2014 TRUST ME YOU CAN DO IT TRIATHLON

posted Oct 6, 2014, 1:13 AM by Sandra Jones

Seven WeyBabes swam, walked and cycled in the second of the 2014 'Trust Me You Can Do It' Triathlon. The Triathlon was organised by Carolyn Lyness and started with a testing 20 minute swim.  Most agreed this was the most difficult discipline and were very pleased to hear Louise's husband Frank call that the 20 minutes was up . The seven then cycled and walked and ended up at Carolyn's house where they received their Triathlon certificates. The highlight of the walk was passing the new Andy Kirkby sculpture Torpedosaur and grabbing a unique  photo opportunity - see News pages. 

EXPLORERS GROUP

posted Aug 26, 2014, 1:16 AM by Sandra Jones

The third meeting of the Explorer group was on a breezy August Day and was organised by Carolyn Lyness.  She chose Worth Matravers in the Purbecks to explore and those of us who thought there was only a pub - albeit your reporter's favourite- and a quarry there were proved wrong!

Carolyn, Sue King, Anne O'Neill, Sheila Vogwell , Barbara Smith, Cherry Bush, Sandra Jones and special guest Bern Slater parked on the outskirts of the village and walked to St Aldhelm’s Head and explored the St Aldhelm’s Chapel.   It is only 25feet square and the interior contains a 12th century groin vault supported by a central column.

After a brisk walk to view Chapman’s Pool - no they didn't go down the steps - they returned to the village studying the ancient farming method of strip lynchets on the way.  Evidence of farming in strips working with the natural erosion of the soil can be noticed at Portland too.

They enjoyed a tasty lunch at the Worth Tea and Supper Room which is vintage heaven for many and has pretty gardens so well worth a visit and after an impromptu stop at the village craft show they ended up at another church!!  Carolyn explained that the churchyard contained the grave of Benjamin Jesty who successfully vaccinated his wife and children against smallpox twenty years before Edward Jenner became famous for vaccination.

The explorers returned home via the Burngate Stone Carving centre which is a delightful spot where you can join a stone carving class or view the sculptures.  They left the famed pasties at the Square and Compass for another day!

BESTIVAL

posted Aug 26, 2014, 1:06 AM by Sandra Jones

This year’s theme at Bestival was Circus and everyone seemed to have fun dressing up to be part of it.   Shame we didn't abandon our WI regulation black  or green theme in the WI tent and embrace our inner clown!!  Next year maybe?

The picture shows Anne Marie in a rare moment when she wasn't serving teas and cakes!

Many thanks to Anne Marie Collins and Christina Kelly who together with Sandra Jones served teas cakes and bacon baps all day.   Bestival is held at Lulworth Castle every year and together with the Dorchester Show is the main fundraiser for Dorset Federation; it enables them to run the office in Icen Way, Dorchester and send newsletters, arrange events and keep members informed.

Thanks also to all of WeyBay who made cakes to sell at the event too - it really is most appreciated.

But can you make some more please? The County Show on 6th and 7th September is the next big fund raiser and the freezers are empty.  If you can make a cake and take it to County Office at 58 Icen Way Dorchester - next to the Dinosaur Museum - it will make County very happy!  The office is closed Mondays and Fridays, open on Tuesdays 10am to 1pm and 2 to 4pm , on Wednesdays 10am  to 4pm and Thursdays 10am to 1 pm.

 

SCIENCE LUNCH

posted Jul 31, 2014, 8:06 AM by Sandra Jones


Was it the hot weather or the super lunch that made everyone's views on Dr Zoe's talk so diverse? 

Dr Zoe Laughlin is the co- founder/director of the Institute of Making and the theme of her talk at a Science Lunch at Althelhampton House was "Wonderstuff" - an introduction to some of the most extraordinary matter on earth. 

Some members liked the medical bio-advances she spoke about and the materials she showed us and looked forward to a future where everyone can be fixed by science; others, including your reporter, were a little bored and uninspired.   Some in the audience were expecting an experiment or two as they have seen her do on ITV's 'This Morning'.  To be fair, she probably didn't find the audience riveting. One person fell off her chair in a faint and several were nodding off right in front of her!!  

Everyone agreed Athelhampton's gardens were stunning.  Members enjoyed a glass of Pimms and had the chance to wander around the as they arrived - and the lunch was superb.  If you've booked the second lunch fear not - the gardens and scrummy lunch are well worth the visit alone. 

Photo shows Judith Townsend and Ruth Davies in the Athelhampton Gardens

PAELLA NIGHT

posted Jul 20, 2014, 11:48 PM by Sandra Jones

WeyBay's July meeting is always outdoors and this year they repeated their 2012 success with a Paella evening on Greenhill beach.  Over 70 members came and most made an evening of it enjoying a bike ride or walk along the promenade.  Most members brought drinks and chairs, about twenty of them had an exhilarating swim and everyone enjoyed the Paella cooked by Quiddles of Chisel, Portland.

Pete from Auntie Vi's beach hut on Greenhill seafront stayed open serving hot drinks and cakes and even free ice creams to those who were still there at dusk .

Weybabes certainly appeared to have enjoyed their evening - a visitor admired the new pop up banner (it will be at the New Vic at the September meeting) and said it was lovely to see a group having such fun!  So much fun that our treasurer Sheila fell off her bike on the way home!

There is no August meeting but WeyBay members can meet for coffee and a walk outside the New Vic at 10.30 am on Wednesday 6th August.

Some members are going to Athelhampton this week to the county's first Science Lunch.  It looks like being an inspiring event with the speaker Dr Zoe Laughlin from The Institute of Making.  Some of you may have seen her on ITV’s This Morning doing amazing experiments with everyday things.

Meanwhile the eight intrepid WeyBay members who are trekking in Nepal in November are training weekly - follow their progress and WeyBay events on Instagram.

MOON WALK

posted Jul 8, 2014, 6:33 AM by Sandra Jones   [ updated Jul 8, 2014, 6:43 AM ]

WeyBay members Jo Skinner, Bobbi Bolwell, Cheryl Leighton and friend Libby Gould have completed an amazing  marathon 26.3 mile walk in London for Breast Cancer charity. 
 
The night walk, with 17,000 other walkers, started and ended at Clapham Common. It  started at 12.15 and finished at 8.30 am the following morning. 

The weather was cold and windy with just a bit of rain for the last 10 minutes. 
 In line with tradition they looked beautiful in bras over the tee shirts and pink fleeces, topped with clear plastic ponchos. On their bottom half they wore stretch cut offs, but because it was so windy they had to put waterproof trousers over the top.  

They reported that they didn’t suffer from any cramps or others problems as they had started all training together in February but there were lots of other walkers falling by the wayside.
Jo said “We all enjoyed it but said we wouldn't do it again.”  Very well done WeyBay walkers.

COLLAGE WORKSHOP

posted Jul 8, 2014, 6:26 AM by Sandra Jones   [ updated Jul 8, 2014, 6:46 AM ]

Carol Cruickshank is a Portland artist who works in textiles and uses the local landscape to create her collage pictures, gave WeyBay members an interesting and entertaining talk at the May meeting, on her early life and the techniques she uses.

She studied biochemistry and taught for a number of years. She had always shown an interest in ‘doing her own thing’ in art and after doing a Folk Art course realised that was where her real passion lay.


She held a workshop for WeyBay members on 17 June.  It was a great success. 20 members met at The New Vic and Carol helped them create wonderful fabric pictures using simple but very effective techniques.  The subject was 'Beach Huts'
Carol works with fabrics which have personal meaning to her. She never measures or uses stencils but uses a freehand approach. To attach her materials she uses a variety of stitches in embroidery thread. She likes a more simplistic approach. She sketches out her pictures first and then using calico as a base begins to assemble the fabric. She has recently started painting some of her backgrounds to create more detail and depth. Glue is not used but where the fabric is difficult to attach, she uses wonderweb.  Driftwood is often used for the frames.  Carol has branched out into making giclee prints of her work and also creating cushions, tiles, mats, coasters and mugs.  A very talented lady!

DORSET ART WEEK

posted Jul 8, 2014, 6:21 AM by Sandra Jones

The Book Club is organising an Explorer day out each month.  Last month it fell to Sandra to organise the monthly outing and she chose a day in Dorset Art Week. So many villages to explore all displaying (hopefully) interesting art work - which one to choose?  She plumped for Child Okeford as three galleries were in the village centre - OK the Saxon Arms played a small part in the decision!!

After an hour's drive through stunning Dorset countryside the group Barb, Cherry, Sue, Sheila and Sandra visited the three artist's houses.  The art was varied included sculptures as well and was all displayed beautifully.  Most houses had pretty gardens too.  Sandra even made a purchase- a Jan Tomlinson black and white beach hut scene. 

After lunch at the Saxon Arms the group returned to Weymouth (stopping at another gallery on the way) and arrived at the gallery of our own WeyBay WI member Carolyn Lyness . Why did we travel so far - the best was on our doorstep!! 

Carol Cruickshank

posted Jun 4, 2014, 1:01 AM by Sandra Jones

May 2014 WI meeting:

Carol Cruickshank, a Portland artist who works in textiles and uses the local landscape to create her pictures, gave us an interesting and entertaining talk on her early life and the techniques she uses.

She studied biochemistry and taught for a number of years. She had always shown an interest in ‘doing her own thing’ in art and after doing a Folk Art course realised that was where her real passion lay.

 Carol works with fabrics which have personal meaning to her. She never measures or uses stencils but uses a freehand approach. To attach her materials she uses a variety of stitches in embroidery thread. She likes a more simplistic approach. She sketches out her pictures first and then using calico as a base begins to assemble the fabric. She has recently started painting some of her backgrounds to create more detail and depth. Glue is not used but where the fabric is difficult to attach, she uses wonderweb.

Driftwood is often used for the frames.

Carol has branched out into making giclee prints of her work and also creating cushions, tiles, mats, coasters and mugs.  Carol is doing a workshop for WeyBay members at The New Vic Bars on 17 June at 10.00 am.

A very talented lady!

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