Committee Members

 

LAURA MOTT, President

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Why did you join the WI?

It is hard, particularly as you get older, to meet new people and make friends.  I had heard about other W.I. groups doing things a bit differently.  I thought how great would it be if we could have that too.  Watching our group grow from the enthusiasm, creativity, skills and differing interests of all our members has been amazing!

Which women would you invite to your dream dinner party?

First it would have to be Mary Berry.  I would definitely need her to help me cook and who doesn’t want to know how to avoid a soggy bottom.

Miranda Hart.  Female comedian who seems to experience a large number of hilariously embarrassing incidents.  I can identify! We would become best friends whilst galloping around the room.

Jane Austen.  I’m a bit of book worm and a sucker for a classic romance.  The world she wrote about seems so narrow to us today but her stories are full of strong female characters.  I would want to know where her strength came from.

Zelda Fitzgerald.  The talented, independent first flapper girl who defied all the rules of the 1920’s and knew how to party.  We would sip champagne whilst dancing on the tables.

Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner. The first women to reach 14 mountain summits above 8,000 mtrs without bottled oxygen.  My dream WI speaker.

Finally, Michelle Obama.  A great mother, intellectually strong and breaking moulds.  I think she inspires confidence in all women of all backgrounds.  I would have to be cheeky and ask her to be our Bee Moor WI official ambassador!?!

What’s your favourite book?

This is a tough question.  So many books to choose from.  Would have to be The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Persuasion by Jane Austen.

What’s your favourite cake?

Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate!

Tell us a secret:

I don’t like tea.  It’s quite embarrassing to be British, in the WI and have to admit you don’t like a cup of tea.

ANGELA WHITECROSS, Vice- President (Sub Group Co-ordinator).

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Why did you join the WI

I am happiest when I have a sense of community, am learning new things and meeting interesting people – the WI definitely offers this. I wanted to go out and have fun, but not just in pubs and clubs like in my 20s, or in my work or mother identity.

It was fab to come together with a group of like-minded women and set up a new WI, strengthening the community in which we live. We always seems to end up in the pub though– so I keep an old hobby as well.

Which women would you invite to your dream dinner party?

Alicia from the Good Wife (What would Alicia do?), Bridget Jones (Would I get on with myself?!), Kim Catrall (or Samantha! Both as fun and interesting), Elizabeth Gaskell (her despair at trying to be a professional and a mother and maintain a household resonates a lot!)

I am guessing I may have a hangover the following day…

What’s your favourite book?

I couldn’t possibly decide -I hope to have some new favourites after joining our book clubs. Favourite authors are Margaret Atwood, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and more recently discovered, Sarah Waters.

What’s your favourite cake:

A good chocolate fudge cake.

Tell us a secret:

I work in a Literary House, but have yet to actually fully read any of the books the famous author who lived here wrote. Oops. I am also not great at keeping secrets – so don’t tell me yours!

ANNA FIELDING, Secretary

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Why did you join the WI?

To meet likeminded people in Sale.

Which women would you invite to your dream dinner party?

Sandi Toksvig, Caitlin Moran, Bjork, Beyoncé, Emmeline Pankhurst, Emily Dickinson, Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Gaskell, Sylvia Pankhurst, Mary Queen of Scotts, Elizabeth I, Margaret of Anjou, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

What’s your favourite book?

Camera Lucida by Roland Barthes

What’s your favourite cake?

Courgette

Tell us a secret:

I have never eaten a Nando’s or a crispy crème doughnut!

NICKY HOLMAN, Treasurer

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Why did you join the WI?

I joined the WI to expand my social circle and make new friends

Which women would you invite to your dream dinner party?

Miranda Hart, Melissa McCarthy, Nigella Lawson and Taylor Swift

What’s your favourite cake?

Courgette & Walnut

Tell us a secret:

I’m a Salsa Dancer and used to travel/perform with a dance company called Salsology.

NICKY BRADBURN, Correspondence Secretary

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Why did you join the WI?

I joined the WI because I’m passionate about building community and love doing life and having fun with local women.

 Which women would you invite to your dream dinner party?

My dream dinner party would involve Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosalind Franklin and Mother Teresa.

What’s your favourite book?

My favourite book is The Lord of the Rings, I’ve read it so many times I’ve destroyed 3 copies!

What’s your favourite cake?

My favourite cake is Black Forest Gateau, cream cherries and chocolate – what more do you need?

Tell us a secret:

A secret I have kept thus far well hidden: I love eating McDonald’s ice cream using French Fries instead of a spoon.

CATHERINE MITCHELL, Speakers

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Why did you join the WI?

I’ve been a stay at home mum for the last eight years and have found that I spend most of my time doing things for other people. The WI has given me the opportunity to put some of my focus back on me, giving me the opportunity to take on a new challenge, learn new things & meet new people

Which women would you invite to your dream dinner party?

Annie Lennox, Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Mary Berry, Sue Perkins & Claudia Winkleman

What’s your favourite book?

The Hobbit

What’s your favourite cake?

Victoria sponge filled with fresh cream, lemon curd & sliced strawberries

Tell us a secret:

I’m afraid I have no deep dark interesting secrets to share. I’ve always quite fancied having ballroom dancing lessons from Anton du Beke though (despite having absolutely no coordination!)

CATHERINE REES, Social Media Guru

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Why did you join the WI?

Because women rock! Get a group of ladies together and you’ll cry with laughter. I also jumped at the chance to meet more likeminded women and make a difference to both our community and wider afield.

Which women would you invite to your dream dinner party?

Caitlin Moran because she says outloud what is often going through my head – she’s my wittier and louder twin.

Margaret Attwood because she’s one of my favourite authors and has the wildest imagination about what our future world could be like. She’ll definitely have loads to say.

Sharon Hogan, actress and writer because everything she’s done is genious.

Beyonce so that after dinner she can teach us all how to dance.

What’s your favourite book?

House of Spirits by Isabelle Allende – I love family histories.

What’s your favourite cake?

Christmas cake

Tell us a secret:

My guilty pleasure is I’m a sucker for a medical drama.  Give me Holby City, 24 hours in A+E etc anytime. Nothing high-brow for me, just blood and guts.

SUE MERRYMAN, Membership Secretary

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Why did you join the WI?

I joined the WI for the speakers as I’m interested in different topics, keen to listen to them and maybe be inspired? Also for the charitable help that the WI offer. It’s great to be able to contribute to local charities. Plus it’s an evening out to escape the constant tub thumping loud music from the kids bedrooms.

Which women would you invite to your dream dinner party?

Victoria Wood and Caroline Aherne – incredibly funny and talented writers.

JK Rowling- struggled to make ends meet but persevered. Such an amazing imagination, and inspirational author.

Rosa Parks- pioneer of civil rights. Famously refused to give up her bus seat for a white passenger. Very brave lady. I’d love to hear her account of that day over dinner.

I think a dinner party with these ladies would be hilariously funny with wildly imaginative stories/topics of conversation.  And I would simply just love to be in the same room as Rosa Parks and raise a glass to her.

What’s your favourite book?

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

What’s your favourite cake?

Any! However if I had to choose it would be an Elephants Foot ( choux pastry filled with oodles of fresh cream and topped with caramel) and looks like … yep you’ve guessed … an elephants foot!

Tell us a secret:

Mmmmm… a secret about me? If I tell you then it won’t be a secret will it? However I can disclose my guilty pleasure. I’m a massive fan of Engelbert Humperdinck. You’re probably too young to know who he is. I just adore him. Seen him in concert endless times. Love to have his songs belting out at full volume in the kitchen… it sure gets the kids out of bed and out of the house! My mum was a massive fan and used to drag us to concerts because my dad refused to. Dad was insanely jealous of our love for the suave debonair Engelbert and whenever we hung a poster of him on the wall it would be removed immediately…and transferred to the toilet wall where we could admire him whilst having a tinkle.