Over the summer we take a break from our normal meetings when we invite a Speaker to give a talk or a demonstration . At our July meeting, 14 of us enjoyed an early evening beautiful walk around Sutton and Langley , finishing back at Sutton and Co café for light refreshments. 3 more ladies joined us who were unable to do the walk, but we were all able to gather in the delightful café , well looked after by Nigel
We meet again in August for an outing to Eyam, which includes a visit to the museum alongside the ‘Wild in the Country’ local business run by Gill Bagshawe, providing locally grown seasonal cut flowers.
Our next ‘formal’ WI meeting will be on September 6th when we have a ‘Heart Start Course’ from local resident John Miller. A retired GP, lecturer at Manchester and Keele University, School Governor and very involved with Dane Valley First Responders, John has a wealth of medical knowledge and practical skills, so it should be a very interesting and educational evening for everyone.
2022 is our 60th Anniversary year so we are planning a party to celebrate this milestone, on September 24th. This will take place at the Swythamley & Heaton Community Centre with a buffet and live music from the talented Brian Lightowler and his band. The remaining dates are as follows;
October 4th “How We Bared All” Valerie Jones from Macclesfield WI
November 1st Wincle WI AGM
December 6th Christmas Party
All meetings take place on the 1st Tuesday each month, and you are very welcome to join us a guest. If interested contact Judith Bayley on 01260 253129 or Suzanne Henshall on 01260 227209
The pupils in key stage two at Wincle School all went on a residential at the end of June to Edale Youth Hostel in Derbyshire. Feeling buoyant and excited, the children were eager to embark on a two night residential: a first for most of these pupils. Even though the weather was a little damp the morning we left, we were really lucky to have beautiful weather for our trip.
The children had to overcome many fears and challenges during their stay. Some of the challenges were testing for individuals: and some of the challenges involved group work. We are extremely proud of our pupils as not only did they tackle everything with positivity and enthusiasm, but they supported each other every step of the way.
There were many different activities undertaken by the children. All of them enjoyed working on a crate stacking activity, which involved the children stacking crates in order for their friends to stand up higher and higher. Communication was key in this activity and all pupils really did shine like stars. The other activity that all children took part in was the leap of faith and this involved the children climbing up a telegraph pole and jumping off! There was a ball that they had to try and hit and many achieved this with some even managing to head-butt the ball.
The younger pupils enjoyed learning how to climb, abseil and canoe. Despite all activities being physically gruelling, the children gave everything they had, supported and encouraged each other and achieved everything they set out to accomplish. The older pupils challenged themselves with caving and they also abseiled off a very high bridge. We were so impressed with how determined all of the pupils were.
Being on a residential with the children is a very rewarding task and I know that all members of staff thoroughly enjoyed watching the children shine. Following this residential, it was the younger children’s opportunity to shine at our nearby hostel called Back Dane. Mars class spent the day there at the beginning of this month learning how to build shelters, light fires and river dip.
At Wincle School, it is important for our children to spend time in the wonderful environment where we are located. We are extremely fortunate to have so many opportunities to learn outside.