Following the next Brigsteer WI meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday 13 April, our speaker for the evening will be Dr Caroline Eames on "Forensic Science - Fact not Fiction" at 8pm. This promises to be a very interesting talk on a fascinating subject.
Dr Eames' experience spans over 30 years from starting as a forensic scientist with the Home Office to her present role as Senior Forensic Reporting Scientist with Cellmark Forensic Services, Lancaster. Many aspects of forensic science will no doubt be covered, from the careful recovery and analysis of samples from crime scenes (Dr Eames has attended more than 350 in her career) to the constantly improving methods through new and complex science leading to the proof required for a conviction.
Visitors and prospective new members are very welcome to attend the talk at 8pm (admission £3).
Our speaker this month is Paul Waterhouse, Cumbria Wildlife Trust Southern Reserves Officer, who has experience in osprey conservation as well as nature reserve management. His talk is entitled "Foulshaw Moss Ospreys", particularly appropriate for March as the birds are expected to return towards the end of the month. It was fascinating to watch the progress of last year's three chicks on the webcam before the birds migrated to their warmer winter grounds in early autumn. The same parent birds have been returning to our local Foulshaw Moss for the past nine years.
Visitors and prospective new members are welcome to attend the talk at 8pm.
Brigsteer WI's next meeting is on Wednesday 9 February when our speaker at 8pm will be Sandra Gold-Wood of Sedbergh.
Sandra and her supporters are campaigning to establish a memorial in the National Memorial Arboretum to honour the Canary Girls of both world wars. Her presentation provides a vivid illustrated history of these female munitions workers. Over two million women worked in two hundred munitions factories across Britain in both world wars, working twelve hour shifts in very dangerous conditions with highly toxic and volatile chemicals which dyed their skin and hair yellow, hence the nickname "Canary Girls". Explosions were common, many died and many were maimed and scarred. The memorial campaign is gathering public support and Sandra will describe her work so far and her efforts to achieve charitable status for the Canary Girls.
More information can be found at www.canary-girls.com, including a Radio Cumbria interview.
Prospective new members and visitors from Brigsteer are welcome to attend the talk at 8pm.
I am pleased to announce that we have secured another willow weaving workshop in Brigsteer village hall. Steve and Simone from Willowpool designs will run a one day workshop giving us an opportunity to make some plant supports, otherwise known as wigwams or pea ones. These can be used to help support sweet peas and climbing plants or put over tall growing perennials like delphiniums.
People will learn to make their own structure using fresh and soaked willow and different weaving techniques. Everyone should be able to take home two wigwams.
We have a super contemporary jazz quartet, the Zoe Gilby Quartet, coming to Brigsteer Village Hall this spring on Thursday 17th March 2022 at 7.30pm, brought to us by the ever popular Highlights Rural Touring Scheme. For more info about Zoe and her band check out the Highlights website, look them up on Youtube and see the attached Press release. It will be a BYO event and we look forward to seeing friends old and new in April.
Tickets can be purchased directly on the Highlights Website or directly by contacting Melanie on 07771737629 or email@example.com
Hope you can make it!
We have managed to secure the Elderly Brothers to play in Brigsteer Village Hall.
The Elderly Brothers have an enthusiastic local following and perform regularly to packed houses at Zeffirelli’s in Ambleside and many other local venues. Playing an eclectic mix of old and new, they are equally at home with soft ballads and hard-rock blues. See on you tube
Please reserve your tickets @ £10 each by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Pay on the door.
Brigsteer WI's first meeting of the New Year is on Wednesday 12 January.
We are most fortunate to have David Hall, Manager of Blackwell Sailing, to launch our Speakers Programme for 2022. He has been directing this local charity for many years and will be retiring at the end of this month. Blackwell Sailing was established in 1993 to enable local people with disabilities to enjoy sailing on Windermere. David's illustrated talk will include the history and work of the charity and the many participants including volunteers for the past three decades.
This will be an Open Meeting, when visitors are welcome to attend the talk at 8pm at the Village Hall. Donations £3 appreciated.
The Brigsteer Village Band will be playing Christmas music on Saturday 18th December from 1.30 p.m. onwards in front of the Village Hall with community carol singing from 2.00 p.m.
The band will be playing Christmas music before and after the carol singing, including some pieces new for the band – the Normandy carol ‘When wise men came seeking’, the Boys’ carol (dating from 1582 - ‘Sing aloud on this day’) and a French traditional carol ‘Il est né’.
As well as the carol singing, mince pies and glühwein (or a non-alcoholic drink) will be served. We will cover the cost of this with a collection and all surplus funds will go this year to the MacMillan Cancer Support charity.
Due to the public health emergency, the whole event will be outdoors, nonetheless we trust you will keep a modest distance apart whilst singing. We would also like you to bring your own mug or glass if you can.
With Season’s Greetings from the Brigsteer Village Band
Tickets have sold well but we still have some availability for this excellent Highlights Christmas show on Friday 10 December at the village hall.
Please come along if you can. If you’d like to come you need to book in advance and you can do so via the Highlights North website (their preferred option) or email me, Shelley, to: Savyshells@gmail.com
We are licensed for this show, and we’ll be offering a table service with a smile. (cash only).
Hope you can make it.
Brigsteer WI cordially invites non-members of the village to a talk by Jane Cooper about her childhood in the village during the 60s & 70s, including anecdotes about people, places and events and illustrated with a power point presentation including some of her father's film footage. The talk is due to commence at 8.00pm following our monthly meeting and promises to be a most interesting evening for everyone, especially recent residents in the village. We look forward to welcoming visitors. Refreshments will be provided. Donations (recommended £3) much appreciated.
We still have tickets for the excellent theatre performance by the Elysium Theatre Group entitled ‘Hello & Goodbye’. This is at the hall on Sunday, 7th November so not long to go. If you are free that evening pls come along & support both the hall & the arts. Tickets can be booked through the Highlights website, which is:
Go to the What’s On section & select Hello & Goodbye & then select the Brigsteer Hall booking button.
Contact us if you’re having trouble booking!
The village hall AGM is to be held on 13th September - you are all invited.
The meeting is late this year due to Covid restrictions on the use of the hall and our wish to hold this meeting in person and not via zoom! The meeting will review the challenges presented to us in 2020 and look forward to the coming year. The background papers are attached.
As ever, we will be electing trustees and would welcome anyone who wishes to get involved in the hall to do so - just contact me through the village hall website and I will give you more details.
The meeting will not be long but there will be light refreshments after to give newcomers to the village a chance to meet, to become members and get as involved as they would wish.
See you on the 13th
On Wednesday 8th September Brigsteer WI will hold their first meeting in the Village Hall since March 2020 and would like to make this meeting open to visitors.
Our speaker for the evening, Robert Moser, will give a talk entitled "The Surgeon, the Barmaid and the Banker" and hopes to prompt the audience into a lively discussion about critical, life-changing decisions by telling three stories from his past that still resonate today.
Any non-WI members from our community are cordially invited to come along for the presentation, arriving in sufficient time for a prompt start at 8pm (donations for WI funds appreciated).
The usual COVID precautions of sanitising, ventilation, spacing, etc, will be observed. However, whilst in true WI style we usually offer refreshments after the talk, we hope you understand that at the present time we are unable to do so.
Brigsteer WI Secretary
The Brigsteer band are planning a summer social event this August on Saturday 21st from 6.00 p.m until 9.00 p.m. It will take the form of an informal cheese and wine evening with occasional music.
The Brigsteer Band will perform a short set of summer music, we will enjoy a plate of French bread and cheeses and then our new musical talent in the village, Richard and friends, will close out with a performance of their own.
To make things easy, we will ask you to bring your own wine, but we will supply the bread and cheese and will organise a retiring collection to cover the costs of the food and hire of the hall. Any excess will be sent to the Air Ambulance charity.
We are hoping for a nice evening, and further details will be circulated nearer the date, but for now, it’s a date for the diary.
It would be helpful to judge the likely attendance at the evening, so a comment to the band at email@example.com would be great. Also, any offers of help on the day would be welcome too!
With best wishes from The Brigsteer Band
Kuumba Nia Arts
A forgotten story giving one woman's first-hand account of brutality at the height of the slave trade. Powerful and entertaining, this Edinburgh award-winning show is based on the true story of the enslaved Mary Prince, told with traditional African Griot storytelling fused with theatre, singing, live drumming, poetry and dance. Winner of Best Ensemble Edinburgh Fringe 2019.
‘Every so often there is a piece that touches the soul. SOLD is one such show’ ***** Music Theatre Review
https://kuumbaniaarts.com/ for more information.
Dispatches on the Red Dress
Adventurous new writing meets the warmth of a folk gig in this heartfelt and personal one-woman show, uniquely weaving immersive storytelling with live fiddle, banjo and original songs taken from Rowan’s genre-melding debut solo album The Lines We Draw Together.
Unravelling the joy and pain from the story of her grandmother’s youth in 1940s Germany, Rowan celebrates small acts of resistance and boldly asks a troubling question for our times: can hope for our future be found in the very darkest pockets of our history?
‘Sublime – a narrative stitched with the subtlety of an expert dressmaker celebrates family, nature and the ties that bind’ **** The Guardian Folk Album of the Month
https://www.rowanrheingans.co.uk/ for more information.
We are hoping that the Highlights sponsored event, planned for December, can take place. Fingers crossed. See below for more details!
At our next WI meeting, we have Professor M Mcillmurray, a retired consultant in medical oncology and palliative care, Morecambe Bay Hospitals NHS Trust, who will be telling us all about his role in the development of cancer care services in the area. From virtually no service in the 1980's to the specialist services now provided by St John's Hospice and CancerCare. We now have one of the most comprehensive cancer services in the UK, made possible by huge local support and commitment.
The meeting is open to all from 8pm so do come along to the village hall when admission is £3 including refreshments.
New members and visitors to our meetings which start at 7.30 are always welcome. Call Penny or Dorothy on 01539668377/048 for more information
Our annual update on Basic Life Support will be at the village hall on Thursday 23rd January at 7.30pm. This will be led by the North West Ambulance Service and include practical teaching on CPR and the use of the defibrillator . Everyone is welcome, you never know when you may be called upon to help someone.
If you would like to attend please let us know so we have and idea of numbers.
Alan & Elspeth
The first of Brigsteer WI Open Meetings takes place on Wednesday 8th January in the Village Hall. The guest speaker is Andrea Aldridge, the Chief Officer of Manna House in Kendal, which support the needs of people who are homeless or vulnerably housed in South Lakeland.
Her talk is entitled "Home is Where the Heart Is"
All are welcome from 8pm - entry £3 including refreshments.
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