Cockfield WI LogoWI National LogoCockfield WI is part of the Suffolk West Federation of WI’s and is affiliated to the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, NFWI, the largest women’s organisation in the UK. Members come from Cockfield and several neighbouring villages.

Meetings are normally held on the first Thursday of the month in Cockfield village hall, and usually consist of a talk or demonstration on a variety of subjects. There is also time to hear about other WI events, and to share in a chat and refreshments. Other activities include craft and book groups, cycling and walking, and community events.

Adult education is also on offer at Denman College in Oxfordshire, the WI’s own college. A huge range of courses are on offer, to both members and non-members.

Visitors are always welcome. Come and see what we have to offer.

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December Meeting Report

For December’s meeting we were lucky enough to be joined again by Richard Burr of ‘Great British Bake Off’ fame. A large audience awaited Richard’s demonstration of a beautiful sausage meat round with cranberry chutney and it wasn’t long before the hall was filled with delicious smells. Whilst cooking, Richard shared more of the behind the scenes secrets of the Bake Off series.

The contestants from series five have remained firm friends and meet up as often as their hectic schedules will allow. They have formed a group and as part of that select few they will be taking part in next year’s London marathon to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Although Richard dashes from one event to the next, (he was in London the night before coming to us, attending yet another charity event where he rubbed shoulders with actor Robert Powell and his wife) he still finds time to undertake building projects and offer advice, whether on baking or building!

Insights into the many ‘runners’ from the production crew (trying to stay out of camera range) and the poor person who spends all their time up to their elbows in soapy suds (no dishwashers allowed due to the interference they cause with the filming equipment). There’s so much that goes on behind the scenes …Mary Berry’s deck chair and hot water bottle … !

During the Bake Off process, each week Richard’s wife Sarah and their children tested and commented on his creations, giving Richard help on how to improve each dish. The call to test yet another cake sometimes fails to pique the children’s interest now but the sausage meat round always brings them running.

At January ’s meeting, we will be having a Members’ Talent Evening where some of our members will be sharing their talents and skills with us.  This meeting is on Thursday 4th January 2018 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. Please contact Ashley on 828264 for information.

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Calendar of Events 2017-18

Meeting dateTalk TitleSpeaker Name
1st June 2017History & Future of the RNLIGeoff Heathrock
6th July 2017Friends & Foes in the gardenKaren Kenny
3rd August 2017Lavenham walk & tea at Fran’sFran Bradshaw
7th September 2017Medical Detection DogsNorma Howell
5th October 2017Humorous EtymologiesAnthony Poulton-Smith
2nd November 2017Life of a RacehorseGeoff Evans
7th December 2017Cookery DemonstrationRichard Barr
4th January 2018Members’ Talents evening
1st February 2018The Doxa ProjectRay Balmer
1st March 2018Sudbury Water MeadowsAdrian Walters
5th April 2018The Printer’s DarkroomAlan Bardolulou
3rd May 2018Annual Meeting, Resolutions & Social Time