Make do and mend – Thursday 23 July

The theme for our meeting this Thursday (23 July) is “Make do and Mend.” Please bring along something that you’ve recycled or upcycled – anything you’ve converted from something old and tired into something useful/beautiful! Absolutely goes – use your imagination! Scrap material you’ve made into patchwork or tiles you’ve decorated and now use as coasters. We’ll display items and the “best” will win one of our new, and highly coveted certificates!

Come along at 7:30pm on Thursday (St Leonard and St Marys, Malton) to try patchwork or rag rugging.

There’s lots to look forward to this month. Our regular Knit and Knatter group meets tonight (Monday 20 July) at the Yard from 7:30pm. We meet alternate Mondays and everyone is welcome – complete beginners can come along to learn or more experienced knitters can come and support each other!

On Tuesday 22 July we have our trip to the orchard and cider mill at Ampleforth. Tickets are still available – please e-mail.

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Malton President attends garden party to celebrate 100 years of the WI

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At least one member from every branch of the WI had the opportunity to celebrate 100 years of the organisation last week, at a very special garden party held at Buckingham Palace.

Amongst those dressed in their finest was Malton WI’s President, Sharon Cawte. Sharon (pictured above with Yvonne Myers) said “it was a truly amazing day that I’ll cherish forever.” Sharon joined 8,000 other members for tea and cakes on the palace lawn. She said the fruit cake was the nicest she’d ever had, but that Malton WI’s Victoria Sponge was better!

The party was hosted by the Duchess of Cornwall, and Sharon also had the opportunity to chat to the Countess of Wessex.

Members of the Rylstone and District WI in North Yorkshire – the original calendar girls – who posed semi-naked in 1999 to raise money after one of their husbands was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma also attended.

Later in the week Malton WI’s Secretary, Louise Bulmer travelled to London to attend the centenary annual meeting of the Women’s Institute at the Royal Albert Hall.

The meeting was opened by the Queen who praised the WI, saying that over the past 100 years, the it has continued to stay “relevant and forward-thinking”. She went on to add that “In 2015 it continues to demonstrate that it can make a real difference to the lives of women of all ages and cultural backgrounds, in a spirit of friendship, cooperation and support.” The Queen became a member of Sandringham WI in 1943.

Sharon and Louise are working on more detailed reports from the events, watch this space!

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Putting Malton on the map

Our community was at the heart of last night’s meeting, where we heard from Jan Deros and Andrew Riley from Malton Community Interest Company (CIC), a charitable company, working for the benefit of the community in Malton and Norton and to promote our towns.

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Andrew and Jan described how the values of those behind the We Love Malton initiative are closely aligned to those of the Women’s Institute. Both are committed to promoting civic responsibility, volunteering and serving the community.

The CIC, formed in 2011 and supported by the Fitzwilliam Estate, helps to fund and run community events like Malton Food Lovers Festival, the Cycling Festival and the Book Lovers Festival. The Company also supports other good causes, like our local Citizens Advice Bureau. Andrew and Jan explained how they’re working to create a sense of pride in our towns and to revive the commercial history of the town. Every penny made is ploughed back into the community.

The annual Food Festival and the monthly Food Lovers Markets are helping to put our towns “on the map.” In 2012, the CIC won an Association of Market Towns award, acknowledging its work putting a market back into a traditional market town, at a time when many remained under threat, struggling to survive in a time when changes in our shopping habits, and the rise of the internet, have hit many town centers hard.

Malton and Norton’s rich food heritage is something that locals are passionate about. The decision to celebrate this, and place food at the heart efforts to raise the town’s profile and regenerate our area came about as a result of discussions about what’s special about our area. With local producers travelling far and wide to sell sought-after, produce at destination markets like London’s Borough, the idea to build on Malton’s food heritage seemed a natural step. Just six years on, the Food Festival, “Malton’s biggest party,” is securing coverage in the national press, drawing top name chefs and food writers and attracting 20,000 visitors each year.

The market is only possible with the support of volunteers from our local community. It’s vital for us to get behind this initiative. It’s a chance for us to give something back to our local community, to help build a thriving town for our children’s future and create a sense of pride in our heritage.

If you’re interested in helping call Andrew on 07919 112 332 or e-mail Andrew@welovemalton.co.uk

We’re one! Happy Birthday to us!

Last week we celebrated our very first birthday! And what a great first year we’ve had!

Thanks to all of those who’ve supported us – the women who’ve joined our Malton branch, those who’ve come along to speak or share their skills at our meetings, and not forgetting the committee members who were responsible for getting our group up and running – our President Sharon, Secretary Louise and Treasurer Kathryn.

Here are some pictures from our birthday celebrations.

Don’t forget, new members are always very welcome to join us. Watch this space for details of future meetings or get in touch – e-mail maltonwi@hotmail.co.uk or call Sharon on 0797 109 4098.

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Adventures with wire

Turns out that creating spectacular pieces of jewellery using wire is actually MUCH harder than it looks. Thanks to our teacher, Carol Sterritt, for her enthusiasm and her patience! I suspect Tiffany & Co. won’t be calling on the skills of the Malton branch of the WI at any point in the very near future, but at least we can all say we gave it a good go.

Last night’s meeting was extremely well attended – join us on Thursday 24 July for a talk on the vital work of North Yorkshire Police.

Here are some images from last night’s meeting – please note we can’t take any responsibility for the rather wonderful wire creatures….

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