We meet in the Village Hall monthly on the 2nd Thursday at 2pm. We have trips to the theatre, ballet and this year we are visiting The Wedgwood Factory, the ballet at Birmingham Hippodrome and have booked to see Calendar Girls in Leicester.

It is a special year as Leicestershire and Rutland Federation celebrate 100 years of WI life. There are many events to enjoy. Have a look at our 2019 programme.

Reports of recent meetings

Margaret Baldwin: talking about Stoney Cove at Stoney Stanton
Our Guest Speaker this month was Margaret Baldwin, who gave a very interesting talk about Stoney Cove at Stoney Stanton. She is a member of BSAC and a keen diver. 
It was interesting to hear the history of the cove, which had originally been a granite quarry with a railway and supplied cobbles for Covent Garden.
The cove is used for training and recreational purposes for people of all ages, the oldest novice to start scuba diving was 72! It is also used for wild swimming for triathlon training.
The visual presentation showed different depth levels of the cove, with all the interesting ‘toys’ sunk in there for the divers to enjoy and the difficulty in getting them to the cove and then sinking them.
 They have boats, a helicopter and even underwater pumpkins for Halloween and an underwater Christmas tree with lights that the scouts are involved in setting up.
A most enjoyable presentation  that made me want to get my swimsuit out!

Alison Briggs: talking about the Mercy Ships.
Mercy Ships is a charitable organization founded in 1978 to take medical aid to thousands of people around East Africa. It is a floating hospital run by volunteers giving desperately needed medical aid as it sails around the coast. We raised over a £140 by  donating after an inspiring talk. We are all set to help in other ways.

Scott Bailey:  Award winning hairdresser
June’s guest speaker was Scott Bailye, the extremely talented and award winning hairdresser based in Earl Shilton. Scott is also an Apprentice Ambassador, and has spoken on the subject in the House of Commons, to promote apprenticeships in business. It is something he is very passionate about, have started his career as one himself.  He is also Artistic Director for Muk Haircare and also worked with the Paul Mitchell product team.  Of course, the main job is still cutting hair, he loves to make people feel good about themselves and treats all customers equally well, whether they are regular people like us, or a more high profile celebrity! The highlight of the meeting was his transformation of one of our members, see below!
Agatha Christie by John Martin

On 8th March our guest speaker was John Martin, talking about Agatha Christie.  John, a former librarian, developed a huge interest in Crime Fiction and went on to become a judge of the Dagger award and an author too.  He gave a tremendously intetesting talk about Agatha, giving insight into aspects of her life not usually known.  From her being born into a wealthy middle class family, to working in a London hospital as a pharmacy assistant during the Blitz, her loves and motherhood and how this affected her writing.  We all left with a greater knowledge of a loved author, or discovered a new author to read! 


South Africa by Eileen Fox
At our meeting on Thursday 1st February we had a very informative speaker, Eileen Fox, talking about her life in South Africa.  She was extremely eloquent about the country, from the garden route to the wildlife, as well as the enjoyment and challenges of living there.  Quite a few of us were so inspired we want to go and visit!

For more information about Ullesthorpe WI please contact:

President: Jean Eastell 01455 209254
Vice President: Teresa Burgess 01455 209358       and      Secretary: Clare Robertson Smith 01455 202499