Wednesday, 18 January 2017

We have a new Committee Member!

Hello there,

Welcome back to Bake, Natter and Roll - The Farnham WI Blog!

As our members already know, our lovely secretary Laura has decided to step down. Laura remains a member of Bake, Natter and Roll and we'd like to thank her for all her hard work in 2016. 

As we say goodbye to one lovely committee member, we welcome a new one........please say hello to Mandy!


Mandy is a Mum, wife, vocalist and an Independent Senior Stylist!

Why did you join Bake, Natter and Roll?
I joined to meet new women and experience a range of activities and I loved the sound of Bake, Natter & Roll

What is your favourite cake?
My favourite cake is Carrot Cake

Tell us three facts about yourself:
1:  I was a professional singer& I still sing. 
2: I love writing lyrics serious and comedy, verse and stories 
3: I have my own business

Next time you're at a Bake, Natter and Roll meeting don't forget to say hi to Mandy!

Thank you for popping by today,
The Bake, Natter and Roll Committee

Monday, 16 January 2017

Bake, Natter and Roll - 2017 Programme

Hello there,

Welcome back to Bake, Natter and Roll - The Farnham WI Blog!

Well we've survived our first year as an official WI and we're excited to share with you our programme of monthly meetings for 2017. We still meet on the third Thursday of the month and we hope you like the look of the meetings we have planned for our second year.....

2017 Meetings

19th January – Crafting

Tonight we’ll be making ourselves name badges and decorating mugs to bring along to future meetings.

16th February – Wellbeing

We will be joined by various practitioners for demonstrations and talks aimed at promoting wellbeing.

16th March – Emergency First Aid

Jen Ballard will educate us in emergency first aid.

20th April – Quiz Night

Which team will triumph at the Bake Natter and Roll Quiz night?

18th May – Make a Resolution

We’ll be discussing the resolutions being tabled at the 2017 National Federation AGM and voting accordingly. we'll be joined by Farnham Foodbank and Surrey County Council for more info on how to support the current campaign to avoid food waste and address food poverty.

15th June – Murder Mystery Trail

Whodunnit! There has been a murder and this evening we’ll be out and about solving the clues and following the trail around Farnham to work out who the murderer is.

20th July – Cooking Demo

This evening we will be enjoying a demonstration of delicious Indian cooking by Malini from Curries at Home.

21st September – Pets as Therapy

Patricia Bland will join us with a couple of canine friends to learn more about the work of pets as therapy.

19th October – Weaving and Spinning

Learn more about spinning and weaving with the West Surrey Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers.

16th November – AGM/Mummy Makes Fudge

After the business of our AGM we will be joined by Liz Usher to learn about how she started her own business, how it’s grown and what’s next for Mummy makes. We’ll have chance for sampling and buying too.

21st December – Christmas Floral Arrangement

Sue Pritchard from Lavender Hill Company will be joining us to demonstrate a beautiful seasonal floral arrangement.

I know the committee are especially looking forward to November and the opportunity to sample some scrummy fudge! 

We look forward to seeing our members at the next meeting!

Thank you for popping by today,
The Bake, Natter and Roll Committee

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Our September Meeting - Healthy Eating into Winter

Hello there,

Welcome back to the Bake, Natter and Roll blog!

Last week was WI Sports Week and also our September monthly meeting. We were supposed to be having a meeting dedicated to jam and chutney making, but we couldn't get a speaker.....so instead we decided to tie the theme into Sports Week and generally being healthy.

Nuffield Health Farnham joined us again, this time providing a speaker for our healthy eating evening. Georgie Laverton, Operations Manager, joined us for an evening of practical tips and discussion about keeping healthy - what to eat and how to keep active when you have a busy life. Georgie has been in the fitness industry for over 18 years, training as a fitness professional and previously being a Health Mentor at Nuffield Health.


Georgie asked us lots of questions about healthy eating - what we wanted to achieve and what our biggest barriers are. It was great to discuss healthy eating with other people - we all know what we should eat, but equally we all face the same issues with staying on track! Georgie then gave us lots of advice about how to keep the sweet cravings at bay and how we can weave some activity into our everyday lives. Her advice was simple and straight forward - no faddy diets or strict regime!

She stressed the importance of eating regularly to maintain blood sugars levels and suggested we try snacking on nuts (especially walnuts). She also reminded us of the guidelines that we should try and exercise for ten minutes three times a day.


It was a really interesting meeting, with lots of sensible advice that we all felt we could follow!

Thank you for popping by today,
The Bake, Natter and Roll Committee

Monday, 19 September 2016

Women's Institute First Sports Week!

Hello there,

Welcome back to the Bake, Natter and Roll blog -home of Farnham WI.

Last week was the first ever Women's Institute Sports Week! The aim of the WI Sports Week was to encourage as many members as possible to take part in a range of sports – it can be anything from swimming or dancing to rock climbing or archery. As long as members are getting active! 

Bake, Natter and Roll were very lucky to be joined by Nuffield Health Farnham this sports week, who offered members a series of WI only classes throughout the week. Nuffield Health also offered members complimentary 7 day passes to the club during the week, so members could enjoy the gym, classes and swimming pool.

Bake, Natter and Roll hit the gym at Nuffield Health Farnham!

Our members enjoyed a spin class with Mandy on Monday morning, an outdoor circuts class with Max on Wednesday evening and a fun filled zumba class with Elaine on Satuday lunchtime! There was something for everyone on offer and members tried new activities that they hadn't experienced before - including our lovely President Cat who went spinning!

Some Bake, Natter and Roll (Farnham WI) ladies at Zumba!

We'd like to thank the team at Nuffield Health Farnham for their generous support!

Also as part of sports week we were invited to play rounders with the Normandy Nightingales, another new Surrey WI who launched around the same time as we did. Some of our members joined in the fun at the beginning of September for a friendly game and the chance to meet some other WI members. A great evening was had by all!

Thank you for popping by today,
The Bake, Natter and Roll Committee

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Bake, Natter and Roll...Meet the Committee - Part 6

Hello there,

Welcome back to the Bake, Natter and Roll blog - home of the Farnham WI! Today we're meeting another of our lovely committee members, this time it's Miriam our Treasurer....


Miriam lives in Farnham with her husband Wayne and their two children.

Why did you join Bake, Natter and Roll?
I joined Bake, Natter and Roll to meet new people and learn new things

What is your favourite cake?
My favourite cake is Red Velvet (especially cafe nero's!)

Tell us three facts about yourself:
I love keeping fit especially running, 
I have trekked the Himalayas twice, 
I have started up-cycling old pieces of furniture from car boots or tip!

We can't wait to see all Miriam's up-cycled projects!

Thank you for popping by today - we have just one last committee member left for you to meet....our membership administrator Jude.

The Bake, Natter and Roll Committee

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Craft and Coffee Wednesday - polymer clay trinket dish

Hello there,

Welcome back to another craft blog post from Bake, Natter and Roll.

For this project you need to make sure you have some polymer clay before you start - but its a really simple craft project and you can either keep the dish for yourself or they make cute gifts....


These marbled beauties are made using several different coloured polymer clays, I love the effect and you never quite know what you are going to get.

I use Fimo clay - not sure why...I just love the colours.


The more colours you use for this project, the more colourful your final dish - for this one I used just three colours. To start off with you need to make long sausage shapes out of your clay...


In this case I used more white than the other two colours. 

Next you need to twist the sausages together, before turning them into a ball of colourful clay...



Next you need to start rolling your clay out.....and this is where the magic happens. 
I used a glass jar to roll my clay- this meant I could see my clay as it marbled....


I enjoy this part of the project - watching the colours marble and blend. 
Do it slowly though, otherwise you might loose the marbling effect. When you're happy with your colours you can cut out a small circle of the clay...


I probably could have used a bit more clay for this project - as you can see I only just had enough! Next lie this circle into base of a small dish in order to shape it...


Then you need to bake your clay (in the dish) following the manufacturers instructions. 
When the time is up, remove your dish from the oven and leave it to cool. Your dish will just fall out when you turn the china dish upside down.


Now my dish had some rather rough edges, so I just got a nail file and smoothed the edges down.

The next bit is optional, as you can just leave the dish unglazed. However, I think the finish you get from Mod Podge is lovely and works really well with the marble effect.

So I gave my dish two coats...


Finally I was finished.....and I just love my little dish....


This project might not be as quick as some of the other projects (as you have baking, cooling and drying times to factor in), but I think the uniqueness of the marbling makes up for the wait! 

We hope you've enjoyed this project -we'd love to see your makes if you try it at home! Send us a photo of your trinket dish!

Thank you for popping by today,

The Bake, Natter and Roll Committee

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Bake, Natter and Roll .... Meet the Committee- Part 5

Hello there,

Another Saturday rolls around and today on the Bake, Natter and Roll blog we're meeting another lovely committee member. This time we meet Vice President Kate....


Kate lives with her husband Keith and two children in Farnham.

Why did you join Bake, Natter and Roll?
I started up the Farnham WI with our President Cat, as I've always loved the ideology behind the WI but didn't fit into any of the local groups. I was looking for a more varied age range.

What is your favourite cake?
My favourite cake is carrot cake

Tell us three facts about yourself:
I have had over 26 piercings and tattoos.
I love sewing and embroidery
I love travelling

It's great to learn a little more about Kate, if you want any sewing tips look for Kate at the next monthly meeting!

Thank you for popping by today - we still have two more committee members for you to meet!

The Bake, Natter and Roll Committee