Christmas Fair Success

What a brilliant occasion! We held our first ever Christmas Fair on Saturday 28 November at Nesscliffe Village Hall. We needed to raise funds to cover our costs and for speaker fees at future meetings and just over a year ago we started makings things to sell. We also wanted the rest of our local community involved so invited Nesscliffe School, Nesscliffe Youth Club, and many other individuals and groups to have a stall. The Nesscliffe Hall Committee and Short Mat Bowling Club provided refreshments.

There was a last minute panic... Read more

Glansevern Gardens

Great Ness WI celebrated their 90th birthday by enjoying a walk through the delightful Glansevern Gardens in August 2015. The flower beds were filled with many colourful and varied plants. There was a large lake and lots of majestic and interesting trees. We were lucky with the weather as it was warm and sunny, walking around was a pleasure. Some of us walked down to the River Severn to sit in the bird hide and look out for kingfishers. Unfortunately we didn't see any but there was a lovely scene a few hundred yards further down stream of a... Read more

The WI Centennial Fair

A very sleepy group of 4 members and 1 guest from Great Ness WI left Abbey Foregate car park at 7am on one of the two coaches going to Harrogate on Saturday 5 September 2015. We arrived at the Harrogate Conference Centre, three and a half hours later along with hundreds of other WI members from all over the country. We feasted our eyes, stimulated our imaginations and emptied our pockets going through the four large halls. They were full of stands for Gifts & Fashions; Food & Baking; Home, Gardening & Lifestyle and Make it... Read more

Jerusalem Jam Jar benefits the Shrewsbury Hospice

Great Ness W.I. President,Mrs Margaret Anderson presented a cheque to Mrs.Joan Roberts, Vice-President of the West Shrewsbury Hospice Support Group at one of our recent meetings. The donation was raised through the "Jerusalem Jam Jar",  an easy way to save some pennies at each of our meetings, to support a local charity. Members contribute small amounts at meeting teas and it all adds up! Each year, we pick a new local charity and start the Jerusalem Jam Jar going again.  Building Jerusalem, small step by small step, in our green and... Read more


Our meeting had an air of mystery when the title of the presentation was "Nappy Cakes". It all sounded very strange, but I imagine that innovative and sensible ideas that are also a great deal of useful fun should sound strange, since we haven't dreamed up the ideas ourselves!

So, what ARE nappy cakes? Our speaker for the evening was Alexandra Mellor and this is how she describes "Nappy Cakes".

Rags to Riches

Our June meeting brought Stephanie Gaston as our guest speaker and, with her, an astonishing array of beautiful, handmade rag craft items. Some were made with assorted rags, in the age-old tradition of using up every scrap of material, new or old, to make beautiful and useful things for the home. With little or no money and lots of imagination, homes were decorated, warmed and illuminated by clever, patient fingers. When I say illuminated, I don't mean set on fire, but rather lit up by the care and the time dedicated to making beauty out of... Read more

Women's Institute headline at Glastonbury

The WI feature in yet another article by the Guardian, really excellent coverage and another demonstration of how the WI can shine in the community. 

The article describes how the 'Somerset chapter of 100-year-old organisation keeps party people in tea, cakes and shade as festival enjoys sunny prelude to bands descending on Worthy Farm'. Follow the link below for the full article.

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Shropshire's "best" church?

Our September 20th meeting brought Mr. Richard Byfield as our guest speaker, talking about Shropshire's historic churches and the work of the Historic Churches Trust. There is an amazing number of interesting churches in Shropshire, some of them, old friends, and some brand new, ancient churches of which we had never heard.

It was a fast-paced talk, with good photographs, illustrating the several ages of church building in Shropshire and the treasures that have survived the centuries. His talk left several of us thinking of an idea... Read more

Nesscliffe Community Festival: September 1st, 2012

Nesscliffe Community Festival took place on September 1st, in and around Great Ness Church. The Great Ness W.I. did SO much to make this event a happy day and a terrific success.

Welsh Drovers and Mr. Idris Evans

Mr. Idris Evans, the author of "Hard Road to London" and well known researcher into the lives and journeys of Welsh drovers over the centuries, was the speaker at a recent meeting of the Great Ness W.I.  He told us about drover families, how they brought cattle from Anglesey, across Wales and on to a variety of English market towns, including of course, the great London market of Smithfield with up to a thousand head of cattle at a time, moving slowly across the countryside. It was all much more fascinating that one would have first... Read more