What a fabulous speaker! Vintage Vision, a social enterprise consisting of both selling donated vintage clothing and teaching women sewing skills came to tell us about thier journey from idea to establishment. Now with 2 shops, and a hope for a group of women to feel the need for another in Cardiff, and a "pop up" at the Hay festival, Vintage Vision truely inspired all the ladies at our meeting last week.
Amanda talked enthusiastically almost without pausing for breath & despite the heat in the hall, our ladies would have listened for another hour or more! Then out came some of the donated clothing and the members listened to the stories that each piece held, whilst getting the opportunity to pass some round, and later to try on a few pieces. See our gallery for these images.
If anyone is interested in setting up a Vintage Vision in Cardiff, I am sure Amanda would be thrilled to hear from you - several ladies at the meeting have already expressed interest in volunteering.
This week, Birchgrove WI met David, the enthusiastic owner of Cardiff's newest tea rooms. Located in the West Lodge of Bute Park, David opened his vision of a traditional tea rooms with table service, china crockery and home made cakes, back in April 2012.
Nearly 3 months later he braved the ladies of the Birchgrove WI and told us all of his endeavours in planning and opening the tea rooms. David is clearly passionate about all things Pettigrew, and all the ladies commented on how lovely it is to see someone with so much enthusiasm for one of the staples of both British, and more specifically, of WI life - the cup of tea!
As well as being our guest speaker, David brought along some tea for us to try. I went for a lapsang souchong but other ladies had options of lavender tea or even peach!
so popular was this evening that an inauguaral Birchgrove WI trip has been mentioned - to the Pettigrew Tea Rooms!
I'm Becki - Vice President of the group and willing volunteer to coordinate the website and social networking! Enjoy the Blog!