Welcome to all Members and Visitors
Chaddesley Corbett WI is a thriving group of around 70 members who are friendly and enthusiastic. We meet together each month to enjoy demonstrations and talks on a variety of subjects given by experienced speakers. Other activities include our craft group for the creative, a book club for those who enjoy reading, darts for the energetic and the lunch club for all who enjoy eating and talking!
For the more adventurous, Worcestershire Federation provide groups to cater for art, public affairs, sport, science, drama, home economics, regular outings to places of interest and holidays in the UK and abroad. There is sure to be something to interest you.
Do pay us a visit and find out more. A warm welcome awaits you at Chaddesley Corbett WI.
Have a look through our website to see more about the sort of things we get up to. To contact us and get directions to our meeting place please go to our Contact Us page.
meetings & events
to look forward to
November Lunch Club
Wednesday 8th November 2023
The Fox at Chaddesley Corbett at 12.30pm
November Book Club
Monday 13th November 2023
Meet at Janet's house at 7.30pm
We shall be discussing Daughters of War by Diana Jefferies.
November Darts Group
Monday 20th November 2023
The Swan in Chaddesley Corbett at 7.30pm
Come along and join us for a fun evening.
November Craft Group
Wednesday 22nd November 2023
Upstairs in Chaddesley Corbett Village Hall at 7.30pm
We shall be making Paper Snowflakes and completing our clowns from October.
December Monthly Meeting
Wednesday 6th December 2023
Chaddesley Corbett Village Hall at 7.30pm
Chaddesley Handbell Ringers will be helping us to celebrate the Christmas season.
Christmas Meal in January
Wednesday 17th January 2024
After last year’s successful event a return visit to Bistrot Pierre in Kidderminster on 17th January has been proposed for 2024.
what did we get up to in 2021?
We finally held our Centenary Lunch at Brockencote in November 2021, just a year after we were originally due to celebrate our 100 years. The event was a huge success, well worth waiting for, with over 50 members enjoying a delicious meal.
CCWI celebrated their 101st Birthday with a visit from The Worcester Ukelele Band who were supposed to join us last year to celebrate our Centenary but of course Covid put paid to that. The band provided a fun and entertaining evening playing and singing their way through 100 years of toe tapping songs. Members enjoyed a glass of fizz and a slice of Birthday Cake which was cut by Drene’s daughter and sister Rosemary.
Our charity for the Centenary year, chosen by Drene, was Nightstop, which is based in Kidderminster and Lisa came along to accept all the bags of toiletries that members had kindly donated.
At our October Craft Group meeting members had a go at quilling and created a simple candle holder. You can see how they turned out below. Thank you to Ann for a very enjoyable evening.
Members at September's Craft Group learnt how to sew Australian Cross Stitch and how to make lavender bags using their designs.
Centenary plus one Garden Party
In August 2021 we held a lovely delayed Centenary Garden Party. The weather stayed dry and 30 members enjoyed home made savouries, scones and cakes at tables decorated with flowers arranged by Rosabelle. There was a presentation for our Chairman's Challenge Community award from the Worcestershire federation of WIs (see above for more details about our entry). Members also brought donations of toiletries for the Night stop Charity helping homeless young people.
We all enjoyed meeting up after so long and for some it was a first social gathering since lock down.
Thanks to the Committee for a very successful event delayed a year.
Please click on the picture below to see some photos of members enjoying themselves.
Some of our members recently enjoyed a guided tour of Morton Hall Gardens followed by a lunch in the sunshine.
Book Club members were able to enjoy their June meeting in the garden. It was wonderful to get together in person at last!
We had tea towels printed as part of our Centenary Year celebrations in 2020. Our talented member, Jackie, has made some of them into aprons as you can see in the photo below.
Here's a beautiful lemon cake that our member Kate Williams baked using a recipe from the April edition of the County Newsletter.
At our Zoom Craft Meeting on March 24th Ruth showed us how to embroider on a paper napkin. The results were very effective and we were able to create some very pretty greetings cards. Thank you Ruth for an enjoyable evening.
For our Zoom May Craft Meeting members had dug out all their old buttons in preparation for creating pictures and cards. Wendy gave us ideas and a short demonstration before everyone had a go themselves. The finished results were very effective.
HAVE YOU GOT TIME ON YOUR HANDS?
Then why not join us at Chaddesley Corbett WI
Walk with us on one of our Monthly Rambles.
Start reading our latest Book Club book.
Try a new craft at our Craft Group.
Have a chat over Lunch at a local pub
Support our Skittles team, or even have a go!
Come along with us on one of our Outings.
Join our Virtual Travel Club Zoom meetings.
Check out the Activities pages for more information.
Get in touch via our Contact Us page.
what have we GoT
up to so far in 2023?
At our September Craft Meeting members learnt how to make glass votives. The results were lovely and the jars looked really effective when they were lit up as you can see below.
Our WI joined in with contributions to this year's Flower Festival in St Cassian's Church in Chaddesley Corbett, including birds and butterflies made by members.
We started a new monthly activity on Monday 18th September when we held a Darts evening at The Swan in Chaddesley Corbett. A fun evening was enjoyed by all.
Our WI annual summer trip this year was to Highgrove House gardens looking fabulously lush and green but no photos are permitted on the guided walk. A delicious lunch and plenty of plant and gift purchasing followed and a good time was had by all despite constant rain.
On a wet July evening Chaddesley Corbett WI craft group made Yarn Bowls. These are works in progress as they take at least 4 days to dry out.
We were fortunate to have a lovely dry, sunny afternoon for our Tea Party in July. There was a lovely range of home made food and lots of chat with friends.
A group of members from Chaddesley Corbett WI and Finstall Cross WI recently visited the Hay Festival and had their photograph taken at the NFWI stand. The photo is in the May edition of the NFWI Newsletter. Follow the link below to see it:
At our May Craft Meeting our members tried out Glass Fusion. You can see below the amazing pieces of art that they created before they were taken away to be fired.
At our April Craft Meeting our members made some beautiful Paper Flowers.
At our March Craft Meeting over 20 of our members had a lovely evening making Hand Tied Rag Wreaths. These were very straightforward to do and we had wonderful results. Some members made red, white and blue wreaths to celebrate the upcoming Coronation of King Charles, whilst others used colours to celebrate Spring. A very enjoyable evening, thank you Ruth.
At our February Craft Meeting members had fun making felted beads and then used them to make some lovely necklaces and bracelets.
what did we get up to in 2022?
Our December Meeting was a fun evening celebrating Christmas with the Worcestershire Ukulele Orchestra, eating mince pies and Christmas cake washed down with mulled wine.
At the November Craft Club, we made these cute felt robins and gnomes to hang on the Christmas Tree.
Our 102nd Birthday Party at our November Meeting was a great success with a fascinating talk from the 99-year-old Betty Webb speaking on her career at Bletchley Park. She also cut the cake and sold some of her books whilst joining us for a birthday drink and wartime cakes which were strangely rather good. We all had to avoid the leaking roof too after tonight's torrential rain!
A group of CCWI members and friends have been visiting Chaddesley Corbett School this year teaching school pupils to knit.
Last term they knitted squares to make a blanket which was donated to the school nursery. This term they are aiming to add to their knitting skills and making cats! We use the pattern that you can download here and hopefully all will easily be able to complete the finished article!
At our October Craft Club we had fun making hanging Christmas Ornaments using a selection of pebbles, wood and string. Thanks must go to Ann and Wendy for their clever ideas and guidance.
September Craft club was a jovial cookery demonstration of autumnal foods by our own Shirley Cadman. 20 members watched then enjoyed scrumptious venison crumble, pear and goats cheese salad, pork and apple cassoulet and a naughty but oh, so nice blackcurrant fool with home grown blackcurrants. A wonderful way to spend a cold dark evening.
Our visit to Envirosort at Worcester was very informative and interesting. We learned so much about recycling and its benefits.
The pupils at Chaddesley Corbett school have been knitting squares with assistance from some of our members. The squares helped to make the blanket picture below, which is now in the Reception classroom at the school.
Our summer outing was to Cirencester where the Civic Society took us on a guided walk, which was very worthwhile. Plenty of history, cafes and shops to enjoy.
At our June Craft Meeting members made Fabric Flowers.
On Saturday 4th June we ran a cake stall at the Chaddesley Corbett Village Fete which they were holding as part of their Platinum Jubilee Celebrations. We raised over £100 for the autism unit at Chaddesley Endowed Primary School.
At our June Meeting we held our WI Platinum Jubilee celebration for Her Majesty the Queen at Chaddesley Corbett Village Hall. This included a Royal Quiz, the Platinum Pudding, cakes, coronation chicken open rolls, jubilee raffle prizes, bunting, book marks and fizz to toast Her Majesty.
At our March Craft Meeting members made some lovely hanging Easter Decorations using a polystyrene egg shape as a base and scraps of material as a covering. Thanks to Anne and Wendy for organising the evening.
At our February Craft Meeting members enjoyed knitting little chicks. An amazing 180 have been knitted by members so far as part of the Cancer Research UK fund raising event this Easter. Each one raises a pound and we are still knitting them.....