Minutes of the June meeting of Dentdale WI




Our meeting opened with everyone singing Jerusalem followed by a warm welcome to all from President Marion Feltham and a ‘thank you’ our pianist Rita Corpe.

The minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 13th April 2016 were read by Thelma Belfield then approved and signed as a true record.


Institute Business


Copies of the two Resolutions were available to enable members to consider their decision prior to voting. A vote was taken by a show of hands and was carried in favour of  ’Appropriate Care in Hospital for Dementia Patients’. Kate Cairns will take this forward to the National AGM in June.                                       

Fund Raising – Manna House

There are a few Smarties’ tubes still available for any members who have not already received one. We have until the September meeting to fill the empty tubes with coins.

Dining Club

The Potting Shed Café at Bay View Garden Centre in Bolton-le-Sands is the venue on Thursday 12th May, Members wishing to go should add their names to the list on the table.                                                                                                                                    

Summer Outing

Four potential venues have been nominated.  Newby Hall, Raby Castle, Leighton Hall or Skipton and members were asked to indicate their preference from the information and the list on the table.                                                                                                

Craft Group

The group have completed the Group meeting competition model Lamb and Marion introduced us to ‘Brian the Lamb’  The group continue to meet on most Monday mornings and anyone interested in crafting is welcome to come along and ‘have a go’.

Group Meeting 16th May

Tickets are still available costing £4 (supper included) Donald and Christine Marston of ‘Lambing Live’ fame will be the guest speakers.

Bulb Scheme

Marion reminded everyone that the closing date for orders is 2nd June and catalogues/order forms

were on the table.

Programme 2017

Ideas and suggestions for next year’s programme are being sought and a list was on the table.


Cumberland- Westmorland Federation Business

Pennies for Friendship ACWW

Marion reminded us that the end of July is when we send our cheque to ACWW for the monies we have collected throughout the year. Recently we have received two donations of coins from non-WI members to add to our annual collection which will help swell our contribution this year.

Holker Tickets

Final orders were being taken for tickets, the concessionary cost is £10.75p.

HM Queen Elizabeth’s 90th Birthday Celebration Dinner

Six members have booked to attend this event in July.


New Speakers presentation 28th June 2016

Sue Owen our Programme Secretary is going to this meeting and Marion asked if anyone wished to go along with her.

Denman Bursaries applications

Five applications are available to members who have not been to Denman previously. One is specifically for a Cookery course and the remaining four for any type of course. Application forms are on the table.

Nominations for Federation Trustees

CWFWI are seeking members from all WI’s who are interested in becoming Federation trustees and application forms are on the table.  The current board of trustees willing to stand will be supported by a blanket nomination from our WI. 


National Federation Business

Denman Appeal

A formal appeal has been launched to help with the financial difficulties. The proposal is for WI’s to ask each member to donate £10 to the fund over a two year period. Details were on the table. The ‘Friends of Denman’ donation scheme currently costing £75 per annum is also available.

NFWI Open Days

The opportunity to visit the NFWI office in London on 30 November/1 December or 7/8th December is open to all members and application forms are on the table

Complaints Procedures

The NFWI require all WI’s to have a formal complaints procedure and a copy of this will be on the table should the need arise. Marion expressed the hope that should any member be unhappy with any aspect of WI matters this could be dealt without a formal process.


Bake a cake – Country fest Competition sponsored by the Aga Shop

Details of this competition are on the table with more classes being available than last year.


Marion thanked Monica Cleasby and Lynn Comrie our hostesses for the evening and confirmed that next month it would be Sheila Richards and Cathy Traynor.

Thelma asked members to notify a committee member of the change to their appointed date for hostessing to avoid confusion when planning the meetings.

Marion then went on to introduce Marilyn Hale who had previously demonstrated her Encaustic Art work. On this occasion she demonstrated and talked about the art of Glass Fusion ending her presentation by supporting us all to make a pendant or brooch from glass. The finished items will be returned to us after having been processed in Marilyn’s kiln. Everyone enjoyed the ‘hands on’ activity and Marilyn was thanked by Sheila Richards for her informative and interesting talk.

The competition was won by Sheila with Catherine in second place and the raffle prizes by Sheila, Pat, Jen and Marion

Our evening ended with tea and Marjorie’s delicious homemade Biscuits.


Dentdale W.I.Dentdale W.I. currently has over 30 members who meet monthly in the Dentdale Memorial Hall on the second Wednesday in the month, from 7.15pm. The programme for 2014 (Click HERE) is on this Website. In addition to the meetings, members are able to participate in any of the activities which are arranged by Cumbria, Westmorland Federation of W.I's and these are well advertised in the monthly W.I. News which is given to each member. Activities range through a spectrum of topics to suit all tastes. Dentdale W.I. is always on hand to assist in the community. We help with the teas for the 600+ runners in the Dentdale Run held in March and serve teas for the Dentdale Gala in August. In addition, Dentdale W.I. have successfully facilitated the setting up of a First Responders Group for the Community in Dentdale. It is now run by its own committee chaired by Jenny Pilgrim. The W.I. have been successfully marketing a Dentdale Guide giving details and information about the Dale which was put together by a small committee of members. Please do not hesitate to contact the Secretary by e-mail if you would like further information. Indeed if something on our programme appeals to you, we should be pleased for you to join us - cost for one evening £2.50 - members of other Institutes 50p

The Dent Memorial Hall looked very inviting set up for a Jacob’s Join supper, and was soon well filled for our Open August meeting. Just a few business details to get through before our speaker though.

Thelma reported on last months outing, the venue having been changed at the last minute to a visit to Halecat Nursery preceded by lunch at the Derby Arms in Witherslack. It had been a beautiful sunny day and members enjoyed browsing among the plants for sale. So, lunch and a garden was a winning combination.

Events are now on the Agenda for October – oh dear – Autumn on the way! We were asked to think about the ACM on 18th October at Castle Green Hotel to hear the Federation Chair and Treasurer give their reports on the year. Antiques expert Tracy Martin will be talking in the afternoon. Earlier in the month on 10th October, Dent is hosting a federation painting day from the home of Freda Meakin. If you have always wanted to get out those long forgotten paint boxes this will be the moment!

It was time for Catherine to introduce Alison O’Neill our speaker for the evening. Most of us had heard of Alison, but here she was giving us the story of her life. Full of incidents, candour, humour and very entertaining. She spoke for well over an hour.

Returning to the Howgills to live after trying the wider world, she was determined to fulfil her childhood dream of working a farm and being a shepherdess. The early experiences of farm life were an extreme learning curve, but one that she embraced wholeheartedly. In some ways, her teachers were the animals she says especially her sheep Rosie. You could see one or two farmer’s wives in the audience nodding in agreement at some of the stories. Alison says money was tight, but her quote is: Money can’t buy happiness but it can buy sheep which is pretty much the same thing. She now has a wonderful herd of sheep.

Walking with her sheep in the glorious Howgills, Alison decided she would like to offer B and B and lead groups to discover the charms of the area and became a fully qualified guide. She is still leading groups, but since then she has been asked to lead walks in other parts of the country including the Hebrides. This has since led to a love for Harris Tweed and she is now usually photographed wearing the tweed fashioned to one of her own designs.

Visits from TV personalities, interviews, designing and writing, are all a natural progression to her life on the farm. She still seems full of ideas. This is jut a brief synopsis of her talk and if you see another evening with Alison O’Neill advertised – do go along. It shows just what she has done in her life so far with determination, energy, vigour and plenty of enthusiasm. It was amazingly inspirational.

Next month, Aiden Monks from Loving Artisan Bakery will be talking us. Visitors and new members most welcome.


Dentdale W.I. Officers
President:   Mrs M.Feltham
Secretary:   Mrs T. Bellfield
Treasurer:   Mrs K.Cairns
Committee:   Mrs B.Burrow
    Mrs J.Haygarth
    Mrs M.Haygarth
    Mrs A.Mason
    Mrs L.McGonnell (Co-opted Member)
    Mrs S.Owen
    Mrs C.Sugden
    Mrs C.Taylor

Meetings 7.15p.m.
Dent Memorial Hall
2nd Wednesday in monthNew members most welcome


Press Secretary
Pat Allen

Programme Secretary

Cumbria Westmorland
Federation Chairman

Mrs Ruth Rigg
The Masonic Hall
Station Road
Kendal LA9 6BT
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Committee Meetings
Wednesday prior to meeting.Hostesses please note that you must ask someone
to take your place if you cannot fulfil your duty

Additional 2015 Diary Dates

March 14th
Dentdale Run

March 30th
Half Yearly Council Meeting
Kendal Town Hall

May 18th
Lune Valley Group Meeting

May 29th-31st
Holker Show

August 16th
3 Counties Cycle Race

August 31st
Dent Gala

September 10th
Westmorland County Show

October 17th
Annual Council Meeting
Castle Green Hotel, Kendal