THE NEXT meeting of Salwarpe WI takes place at 7.30pm on Monday, July 16, featuring a talk by Paul Harding on the Edwardians and the First World War.
The June meeting took place on a sunny evening and began with president Jennifer Williams welcoming two new members to the group.
They were each asked to provide a photograph for the club’s centenary year archive.
Jennifer then detailed forthcoming events, including ‘Fascinating Forensics’ at Worcester University in September and members were asked to try giving up single use plastics as part of a WI environmental campaign.
There was feedback on recent outings, including a trip to Great Witley church and tea room, in particular the crypt which is not always open.
June’s activities included a coffee morning at the Olive Grove Café in David’s Nurseries and a walk to Trench Wood, while Liz Morris announced she was willing to form a craft group if anyone was interested.
The speaker for the June meeting was Sue Langley on how to ‘Destress your life and let the sunshine in’.
She explained the detrimental effects on the body of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline, designed to work on your heart and brain to enable you to react quickly when danger threatens. But she said long-term stress could lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
Smiling and laughter was the best medicine and other tips included spending time in green spaces and gardens, meditation and mindfulness.
She also introduced memebers to the trampette (a small trampoline) which, used as a form of exercise for five minutes is equal to a mile-long jog.
The competition challenged the women to write about what relaxed them before bedtime with the winner being Sheila Preston.
She said swapping TV post-9pm for a good book had benefited her enormously.