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Caerwys Memorial Institute

Caerwys Memorial Institute
where W I Meetings are held

Caerwys WI meets (usually) on the second Monday of the month at 7.30pm (usually) at The Memorial Institute. There is a speaker, demonstration, workshop or other event and we have recently seen a surge of interest in the group with many new members joining. The 2020 programme includes a visit by the popular Heritage Costume Society who model their creations (this year based on the Victorians), a glass workshop, a summer BBQ and wine tasting and much more.

In addition there are several subgroups including a book group, dinner club and craft group which meet on other Monday evenings.

We also participate in Town events such as Brains, Skill & Chance and the litter pick as well as attending some of the events at other WI’s and going on trips.

Do come along to see what we get up to, non-members can attend two meetings as visitors but note one or two meetings are members only as they have limited numbers. If you would like further information contact Sonia (details below).

Contact details for Caerwys Women’s Institute



Sonia Hawes

 Tel: 01352 - 721157

E-mail: mail@soniahawes.co.uk



 Lin Pavey

Tel: 01352 - 721767

E-mail: lin.pavey10@gmail.com



Carole Stephenson

Tel: 01352 - 720522

E-mail: carolestephenson76@yahoo.com

Caerwys Women's Institute - Calendar of Events - 2020

March 9th - The Lloyd's Bank Stallion, Kay Millward tells us the story of Beatos, her Trakehner Stallion, who featured in the advert

April 6th - (Note: Change from usual date) Back by popular demand The Heritage Costume Society return, this time with Victorian costumes and accessories. Non-members £7

May 11th - Chocolate!

June 8th - the Laundry, Llanrhaeadr, Nr, Denbigh a Garden Tour with tea and cake, winner of the Period Living Home and Garden of the year 2019

July13th - When we were very rich, a talk by Elaine Crabtree about her mother's life in the Australian outback.

August 10th - BBQ and wine tasting with Andrew at Swn y Clychau, High Street (Members only)

Sept 14th - Cultural evening venue TBC but it will certainly be FUN!

Oct 12th - Lorna Jenner - The North Wales Coastal Path - fascinating illustrated talk

November 9th - Making 3D Glass Christmas trees with Wendi Trasmundi who appeared on Channel 5's The Wonderful World of Crafting in 2019 (Members only)

December 14th - Christmas celebration with Caerwys ladies choir, food and wine


The Caerwys Women’s' Institute 80th Anniversary Tapestry

80th Anniversary Tapestry ( click to enlarge )

It measures 34 inches by 58 inches, and contains 50 individual embroideries, collages and tapestries depicting Caerwys life and scenery. It hangs now in the Caerwys Memorial Institute, where the light from the large windows picks out the many textures and the vibrant colours.

The tapestry was created by members of Caerwys WI to celebrate its 80th Anniversary. There are symbols to show activities such as the Bowls Club, Cor Meibion Caerwys, the WI, and Caerwys in Bloom. Ysgol yr Esgob, the Town Hall, the Memorial Institute, the Pinfold, Bethel Chapel, and St Michaels's Church are represented. There are symbolic portrayals of the work of agriculture and tourism. All these are framed within an outline of the 21st Century landscape, the roads, the hills, and the mast.

On13th February Meirwen Davies, President of Caerwys WI told a packed audience in the Memorial Hall about the Tapestry Project. It had clearly been a labour of love. Marjorie Scott had prepared drawings for the embroiderers to work from. There was much deliberation and drinking of cups of tea before the design was agreed upon and the tasks allocated. Joyce Bagnall dyed the large backing fabric provided by Kris Chambers using a strong tea solution and blue dye.
When the tapestry became too big for a kitchen table, work continued on it in the Chapel Schoolroom. By November 2011 it was ready. Meirwen Davies, Elizabeth Lord, Kris Chambers and Joyce Bagnall took it to the framers in Mold, and chose the frame. Finally, Mike Evans, Chairman of the Memorial Hall Committee, Jonathan Webb and Steve Wilson installed the framed tapestry in its long-term home in the Memorial Institute.

Those who gathered there to view the tapestry and to hear Meirwen's talk were in no doubt. Caerwys can be proud of the tapestry and of the 80-year record of community service which it celebrates.

Members of the WI in 2008, many of whom contributed to the making of the tapestry, are named on the embroidered border to the tapestry: Alice Morris, Elizabeth Musgrave, June Williams, Meirwen Davies, Kris Chambers, Elizabeth Jenkins, Marjorie Scott, Pauline Bentley, Vera Coffey, Marianne Webb, Sylvia Harris, Margaret Williams, Pat Bell, Joyce Bagnall, D. D. Jones (Tussie), Sheila Garside, Dilys Rees, Olwenna Hughes, Mags Owen, Carol Gallagher, Brenda Parry, Gwen Lloyd Davies, Jean Sava, Nancy Williams, Edie Morris, Jean Patrick, Kate Jones and Julie Wilson. Cards of the tapestry are on sale at the Post Office for £1.

Elizabeth, Meirwen & Marianne  -  with their WI Tapestry

Elizabeth, Meirwen & Marianne  -  WI Committee