2011-01 January report

Dolau WI Report – January 2011 News

Dolau W.I. members have enjoyed the talents of local celebrities in the winter months.

The December meeting welcomed lots of guests and appreciated the lovely young Bethan Billingsley who spoke about her creative business designing and making modern corsets to measure. From her base in a workshop at the Thomas Shop in Penybont, Bethan completes orders worldwide under the trade name “Desert Orchid Corsets”.

Bethan appeared sporting a glamorous black lace version. She outlined the history of the corset, included a video presentation explaining its development using whalebone or reed and cord for structure, busk fastening and steel eyelets and bones and its re-invention by designers such as Vivienne Westwood in the 60’s.We saw beautifully made fashion garments used to assert power and sexuality as well as improve posture and glamour. Many of Bethan’s clients are theatre and dance companies. Questions followed and we were even able have fun modelling some of them!

In January, members were welcomed back after the snowed-in festive season when many events had been cancelled across the county. Dolau W.I. however had persisted with their annual dinner at The Severn Arms Hotel Penybont and reported a hearty welcome and good food. A few members, together with Young Farmers and Dolau Mixtures managed to take part in carol singing around the parish raising approx £370 towards the Hospital League of Friends and the Wales Air Ambulance.

For our entertainment, the amazing exploits of Janet Tully were explained using maps and overhead images. Since her recent retirement, Janet, of Cwm Aran Mill Dolau, has taken up adventurous travel and talked with obvious delight of her encounters with younger backpackers and travel guides in many different countries. She has learnt to travel light and alone finding helpful locals  wherever she goes from Morocco to Syria, Bosnia to Jerusalem. She talked of their friendliness towards her and feeling quite safe as a lone woman in the beautiful and lonely places she had been taken to. We all enjoyed her souvenirs from various souks all over the Mediterranean region.

The next meeting is a jewellery making workshop with Julie Roberts on February 2nd at 7.30 p.m. Visitors welcome.

On Wednesday 2nd March Chris and Andy Bull will be updating us on their charity work with Bulabakula Children’s Village and School in Uganda. On his occasion they will be bringing a stall with items to buy and the WI is opening up this meeting to partners and anybody interested in hearing about and supporting this admirable project.  

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