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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August Meeting Report

On a mild autumnal evening we welcomed Anthony Poulton-Smith who had travelled all the way from Tamworth in the West Midlands to speak to us about etymology – which means the true sense of words and their history.

Our President, Brenda reported on the trips and activities from the last month including the fused glass workshop and those we still have to look forward to; lunches, walks, quizzes, ten pin bowling and vegetarian cookery workshops to name just a few.

Business concluded we settled down to learn about the interesting subject of words and where they come from and how they’ve evolved.

Anthony has been fascinated by words from a very early age and has researched a wide and varied selection, some of which he shared with us. He spends a lot of time researching and investigating where some of the words in our rich language come from. He informed us that words developed from grunts originally and as man progressed, so did the language and then it simply evolved when it became necessary to write for trading purposes. The very earliest known language was called Proto-Indo European. English was brought across by the Saxons and evolved into Old English and these are still the most common words in the English language. Today we use euphemisms to mean something else, for example “wicked” meaning “cool”. Another interesting example was ‘mortgage’ which literally means ‘death pledge’. No comment!!

Anthony gave us numerous examples of word derivations and members were given the opportunity to ask him questions following his talk. He explained that he uses the Oxford English dictionary as a starting point and then this develops using other reference books and online sources.

As words will continue to change in both meaning and usage, the English language will evolve and grow into an even more complex and fascinating subject.

At November’s meeting, we will be joined by Geoff Evans who will be talking about the ‘Life of a Racehorse’. This will be on Thursday 2nd November 2017 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. Please contact Ashley Cutting on 828264 for further 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