Artisans, Intellectuals and Royalty

At the time of writing the weather has changed from interminably wet, grey days to the promise of cold, sharp clear days that will, with any luck, stop my lawn (and mould) from growing!


Speaking of promises for the year ahead, the current program continues until April and our program planners, Pauline Brock and Mary Rushworth have worked their magic and selected some fantastic speakers and activities for 2016 – 17. Watch this space!


We were particularly pleased that the speaker at our last meeting boosted numbers as well as attracting two visitors who might join our WI.  Brian Lowe spoke to us on The Oxford of CS Lewis and kept us enthralled with his knowledge, not only of CS Lewis but his family and academic contemporaries. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia are known and loved around the world. His appearance belied his intellectual prowess and was described by one of his pupils, John Betjeman, as smoky, tweedy and jolly, probably because of his other ‘academic’ study of beer! This alternative study was carried out with other Oxford intellectuals who adopted the name ‘The Inklings’. They frequented the Eagle and Child, which has kept the room as it was in the days of the Inklings. If the pub ran out of beer then they simply decamped to the Lamb and Flag across St Giles.


The business of the evening included voting for resolutions to be taken to our National Federation for consideration; drawing two lucky winners for bursaries to attend a Day at Denman College – congratulations Julie Hillier and Angie Allen; a collection of knitted items collected by Jane Johnston ready for posting to “Knit for Peace” and also, by Jane, a date saver for one of her ever popular walks. Jane’s walks are indeed so popular that two of our members who are currently overseas in the U.S. and Australia have emailed their intention to be back in time to take part!  The business done for the evening we enjoyed a cuppa and a piece of Pauline Beadman’s delicious cake.


The speaker for our next meeting will surely grab your attention so come along to hear Ian Scott-Hunter talk about Life Inside the Royal Palaces as Footman to HM The Queen.  The meeting will be held in the village hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 9th February – so mark your calendar as visitors are always most welcome (men included!). 


We are happy to tell you more about the WI in Steeple Aston so do contact any one of us or myself: Catherine Crook 01869 340387