It’s been a busy summer for Dovestone WI. In July the group held a Krav Maga self defence workshop, which, at the start, was full of slightly apprehensive ladies who turned, in the space of two hours, into confident warrior women, amazed at their new found skills, taught to them by Karl Mcvety and Chris MacDonald.
Some of the brave ladies then took part in the Pretty Muddy Race, a charitable event at Heaton Park, racing together but sponsored for their own individual charities, clambering up and over all sorts of obstacles and emerging extremely muddy but very happy at the finish.
The July speaker was Joan Harthan who gave a very interesting and informative insight into her work as a published author, dream worker and a Shamanic practitioner and at their 21st August meeting, historian John Wallace provided an entertaining and informative talk about the Yanks in Britain between 1942-1944 and their influence ‘Over paid and over here’, covered everything from the uniforms to the music that the G.Is brought with them.
On the 18th September, the guest speaker will be Andy’s Man Club. This organisation was set up three years to encourage men to talk, open up and seek counsel. They have helped to raise much need awareness and support for our menfolk and they continue to grow in membership across the country at their support meetings.
On the 16th October, Professor Isobel Pollock – Hulf OBE will be talking the ladies through her journey of how she triumphed in a male dominated industry to be the first female in engineering to be awarded an OBE and to become one of the most highly thought of female engineers in the world receiving many accolades, medals and awards for her work.
The Monday Meet Up at the Reclamation Rooms on the first Monday of each month is going from strength to strength. This is open to all ladies from 6.30 to 9.30. It is free for members with a small charge for non-members. As well as the craft area and craft demonstrations, the book club meets from 7pm till 8 pm followed by their singing group, The Dovestone Divas from 8.15 pm to 9.15 pm. You can take part in any of the activities or just come along, for coffee, cake and a chat. It is a great opportunity to meet people and make new friends. At the Monday Meet Up on the 2nd September Alison Keane will be sharing and demonstrating her love of all things macramé.
The Countryside Safety Marshal scheme is still in operation when needed although the persistent and heavy rainfall has calmed things down! The Countryside Marshal Facebook page has further information for anyone interested in volunteering.
Meetings are held at in the Wimberry Suite at the Royal George on the third Wednesday of the month starting at 8.15 pm. New members and guests are very welcome.Guests can attend two taster meetings before joining. The annual subscription, renewable in January, is on a sliding scale and is currently £21 for the remainder of the year. They require a donation of £1.00 per member and £3.00 per guest at each meeting towards refreshments. Please meet in the downstairs bar from 7.15 pm to register. The group are pleased to announce that from January 2020, they will be moving their meetings to the third Tuesday of the month at the earlier start time of 7.30 p.m.
The group are continuing with our collection boxes at our meetings, currently for for the Red Box Project and MASH, Manchester. The June collection for ‘Smalls for All,’ supporting women in West Africa, was very successful and 300 bras are currently on their way to Edinburgh to be sorted and packed, thanks to Transpennine Express who have transported them to Edinburgh free of charge.