Home & Garden

Home & Garden

Mary Hignett – Chairman of Home & Garden

Mary Hignett, Vice Chairman

Mary Hignett, Vice Chairman

I chair the home and Gardens sub committee and I have been the chairman for the past 3 years.  There are 12 active members and we meet 4 times a year to discuss past and present activities.  As a committee we are responsible for the food preparation at a number of WI events.

Home and Garden Report 2017


Our aims as a committee are to educate our members in new and existing skills and to develop new interests. To this end we host events throughout the year dedicated to fulfilling our aim.

As part of our remit we also cascade any new laws regarding food safety standards out to the members.

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea

British Iron Works Visit

Friday the 13th proved to be a good omen for the Home and Gardens committees visit to the British Ironworks near Oswestry.
Everyone had a wonderful day and our guide made us feel very welcome, although I think the breakfast of coffee and croissants
also helped to set the day off on the right note.
The weather was glorious and enabled everyone to enjoy ambling around the many different iron sculptures on display,
depicting animals of every shape and size, from small monkeys to large life size giraffes. We were treated to a falconry display.
The highlight of the visit was the viewing of the Angel Sculpture made from knives, a poignant representation of something good
created from something which had caused harm; a sobering moment for all.
Finally we ended the day with a visit to Oswestry town centre before boarding the coaches for the journey home, weary but
satisfied. The British Ironworks is an up and coming tourist attraction and well worth a visit.
Mary Hignett, Chairman Home & Gardens

Current activities

Something Old – Something New

ShoWIing Off – Staging and Interpretation


Baking Days

Starting in January 2016 the Home and Gardens sub-committee will be holding a Baking Day each month for members to gain hands on experience.  These will take place at WI House, Chester.

They will be held on the last Thursday of each month from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm

Book early as there are only 10 places per session available.

The costs for each session is £3 to include tea and coffee.  Members to provide their own ingredients from a recipe which will be provided each month.

January Victoria Sandwich
February Fruit Tart
March Easter Holiday
April Scones
May Fruit Muffins
June Preserves
July Quiches
August Swiss Roll
September Biscuits
October Christmas Cake
November Sausage Rolls

House Closed

For more details and to book a place contact Mary Hignett on 01782 721158

NB The telephone number for Mary in Cheshire news is incorrect.  Please ring WI House for the correct number

Cheshire Show:   21st/22nd June 2016

Visit to Wright’s Pies

Members of the Home and Garden sub-comittee and members of the Board of Trustees recently had a most interesting and enjoyable visit to the Wright’s Pie Factory at Crewe.  After welcoming everyone with a coffee, the chairman, Peter Wright, grandson of the founder of this family firm, presented a slide show tracing the firm’s beginnings in 1926 to the present day.

After donning the obligatory overalls, hairnets, gloves and shoe protectors, which gave rise to many giggles, and interesting tour of the factory followed to see where the various delicious cakes and pastries were being made.  Everything was spotless and what a variety of cheesecakes, bakewell tarts, doughnuts, mince pies to name just a few.  It was fascinating to see how it was all produced and packaged.

After the tour everyone enjoyed a beautifully presented buffet in the Boardroom

Our thanks for the hospitality of Peter Wright and his family for giving their time and to Mary Hignett, our chairman of Homes and Gardens for organising it.

Food Allergens

Dear President

Here are two ‘Allergen Notices’ that should be displayed at all functions.

One notice is to be used when food has been prepared and cooked in the home environment and the other notice should be used when food has not been prepared in the home environment but has been purchased.

Each WI will need to appoint a member to act as the person responsible for Allergen Advice and that person, or their assistant, must be present to give advice whenever food or beverages are being served.

These Foods Have Been Prepared And Cooked In a Home Environment (pdf)

These Foods Have Been Purchased and not Prepared And Cooked In a Home Environment (pdf)

The FSA have issued a report about Foodborne Viruses.  Click on the link below to download the report as a pdf file

FSA Foodborne Viruses Report

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