Rase Women's Institute



Welcome to the Rase WI in Middle Rasen

The Rase WI welcomes its members from the wider Market Rasen and Middle Rasen area.



Once again, the ladies have just had a very busy few weeks. On the 18 th October, a small group visited the Lincoln Aviation Heritage Museum. A most enjoyable day out where they looked around two hangers, the billets and enjoyed refreshments. Amanda and Anne bravely crawled into a smaller plane on their hands and knees with trepidation but once inside it wasn't at all claustrophobic. We thought about those brave men and women who lost their lives - we will not forget. Seven days later, twenty-four members met at Hemswell Court for their annual autumn Lunch. There is only one word to describe the lunch and that is excellent! On 8 th November twelve members congregated at Wrights of Willingham (ice cream makers). Another fabulous day, testing various ice creams including Baileys, lemon, French vanilla also sorbets - the peach was amazing! The two owners gave an in depth talk about their journey from buying the business three years ago when they had no idea how to work the machinery! Three years on, due to their tenacity they now have a thriving business and welcome groups - well done girls, “we will be back”.
The December meeting is on the 20 th starting with games and fun at 2pm in Middle Rasen Village Hall, everyone is welcome.

Best wishes for peace and happiness at Christmas from all at Rase WI





The theme for the September meeting was “Swap Shop” where members brought both homemade cakes and savories and their recipes to “swap”. Thank you to everyone for sharing their lovely cakes and homemade chutney (which included 5lbs of apples) Everyone was asked to identify an unusual ingredient in some cupcakes and despite many offers no one could guess. Now it is fair to say that the majority were amazed when the cat was let out of the bag. Most people were familiar with beetroot in a chocolate cake, but no one had ever heard about a tin of tomato soup in a cake!! So, if anyone would like a copy of the recipe come along to the November meeting on Wednesday 22 nd at Middle Rasen Village starting at 2 pm. The speaker is Maureen Turner, her Love of Sheep and Lincwold Wool.



Yes, what a load of rubbish we all create and dispose of in our bins and then what happens to it?  
WI members were able to visit the Recycle Centre at North Hykeham where they found out the answer to the question “ What happens next”
The WI group were met at the gate and were conducted into the very impressive building and up to the reception room where they met Sally Hood the Visitor/ Administration's Manager who was to conduct
the afternoon's tour.
A very comprehensive and fascinating introduction into the recycling process took place which prompted a lot of interesting questions and lively discussion.
Having gained an insight into the recycling it was time to actually  witness the process and what a process ! We were all impressed with the engineering and technology involved and how immaculately clean and tidy everywhere was.
I don't think any of us will look at rubbish in the same way again, but what a pity that not everyone disposes of their rubbish in the correct way.

Valerie Wright (Middle Rasen WI) Sept 23


That is exactly what happened for Rase WI's July meeting, the plan was to visit the Secret Garden in Louth to stroll around the garden and take tea and biscuits basking in the lovely summer sunshine. As the sun had gone astray and along came the rain, plan B came into action and the wellies went back into hiding. The ladies met in the village hall in the evening as usual, enjoying a very interesting and entertaining meeting. Following business matters, tea and home-made cakes were served (thank you bakers - Anne, Maureen and Rosie). Thank you to Valerie for suggesting some ladies may wish to share their memories (good or bad) of previous holidays. It was delightful to hear some ladies recalling the most amusing incidents finishing the evening on a very high note! The plan now is to visit the garden later in August (Plan C is ready in case of bad weather). The September meeting is on the 27th and starts at 7.30 pm. As it is an open meeting there will be no charge for guests, so come along to “Swap Shop” for tasting home-made cakes and stuff and free recipes. All welcome!

August report

On a warm sunny evening in June members gathered in the village hall ready for the meeting to start at 7.30 pm. The president welcomed a new member, Amanda and the speaker Maria Scott. Due to circumstances out of her control Maria had to change the subject of her talk as published and gave a very interesting talk about her 30 years serving with The St John Ambulance. The very notion of forming the St John Ambulance was inspired by the order of St John and was made a Royal order of the Chivalry first constituted as such by Royal Charter from Queen Victoria n 1888. In June 1887 the St John Ambulance formed as a uniformed organization to provide first aid and ambulance services at public events. Maria's talk was so interesting and it's amazing that nothing much has changed from 1887 to 2023 (except for technology), “and continue to prevent injury and act to enhance the health and wellbeing of people anywhere in the world”. Everyone had the opportunity to look at the medals which Maria had been awarded. So, today St John's Ambulance is working along- side LIVES, teach First Aid, supply first aid and health & safety products.
The August meeting is on Wednesday 28 th August at Middle Rasen Village Hall starting at 7.30 pm. It promises to be a fun evening as local singer, Felicity Turner will be singing a selection of Abba songs. Non-members are always welcome, entry £3 which includes hot drinks and biscuits.
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Well not so high, just as high as a glider will go on a short flight! 
On a cold rather windy June night (where were those hot summer nights), thirteen adventurous WI ladies, including two Rase members, assembled at Trent Valley Gliding Club to receive instructions before taking to the skies. 
It was amazing how steeply the gliders took off and then the sudden bump as the towing cable detached and then the lovely silence of being free in the sky. The wonderful panoramic view of England's green and pleasant land seen below us in the Lincolnshire countryside. 
On the horizon we could see Lincoln Cathedral and in other directions Scunthorpe and the Humber and the power stations stretching along the Trent at Gainsborough.
We were also encouraged to take control of the glider, another exciting experience, but oh too soon, we were returning back to the bumpy runway, our gliding adventure sadly over, but what an experience ! 


July News

All our members are now used to the change from afternoon meetings to evenings, starting at 7.30 pm giving them time to relax in the garden, soak up the sun and “chill” in the afternoon. The May meeting was very well attended, four ladies who are considering joining our group, some ladies from Holton le Moor WI joined us and our very special visitors Pam from the Rock Foundation and Anna speaking about “Say NO to domestic abuse”. Anna's talk was excellent, starting by quoting some statistics about the difference between men and women suffering from abuse: 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men are abused, sadly during lockdown those figures rose, dramatically. Domestic abuse can be misunderstood as there are so many different types of abuse; physical, mental, financial, control and destroying confidence are just some of the many ways of abuse. Despite help being available through EDAN Lincs central point of contact, some victims do find it difficult to make contact (Calling 01522 510041 is the first step for help). It was

a very thought-provoking talk and a very worthy charity for Rase WI to support. Following the talk, members and guests enjoyed what can only be described as a splendid buffet supper. Many thanks to everyone for providing their beautiful homemade savouries and such a wonderful selection of cakes, to Anna from EDAN Lincs and Pam, representing the Rock Foundation. Before the meeting closed Maureen presented a cheque for £300 to both Anna and Pam for their two charities. The cheques were very gratefully received and both recipients thanked everyone for supporting their fundraising events and for raising so much money! The next meeting on 26 th July is at the “Secret Garden of Louth” a paradise garden hidden away on Watts Lane, Louth. New members are welcome.

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Despite the biting chilly wind, the sun has finally come out of hiding and for Rase ladies this signals the end of afternoon meetings and the start of evening meetings, hooray! At the meeting in March one of our ladies demonstrated the skill of felting eggs (the eggs were manmade). Due to the very precise instructions the ladies were able to “felt” their eggs without much help. To add to the fun the ladies were individually allocated a place at one of the tables numbered from one to six. A brilliant idea for the ladies to mix with other members instead of their usual groups of friends, what a success! The summer months are busy due to the various events, social outings, visits, and of course monthly meetings! Well done to one of our ladies who at her first attempt took 3rd prize for her small flower arrangement at the Spring Extravaganza! A report of The Charity Fashion Show held in April will be published in the June issue. On Friday 5th May Rase WI ladies hosting a Pre-Coronation Charity Afternoon Tea (Mad Hatter's Tea Party) 2 pm to 4 pm. Tickets are £8 per person and are available from Anne 842099, Maureen 842015 and Valerie 843661. Donations of raffle prizes will be most gratefully received. The speaker for the May meeting is Anna Davies “Say NO to Domestic Abuse”. Rase WI ladies have chosen to support The Rock Foundation and EDEN LINCS Domestic Abuse that includes West Lindsey, so please come along to support these wonderful charities throughout the year. Be sure to remember meetings start at 7.30 pm throughout the summer, at Middle Rasen Village Hall, LN8 3LD. All welcome!

The ladies started 2023 with an action-packed January meeting. As the Annual Meeting is in February, nominations for the committee were made in preparation for the vote for both the committee and the president at the Annual Meeting. The speaker, local artist Mdira Garrick, a member of Rase Wl, gave an interesting talk about the variety of brushes used for water painting and also demonstrated the various strokes needed for different subjects, such as flowers, animals etc. Thank you, Moira, for demonstrating the depth of knowledge used by artists to create such beautiful paintings. Valerie and Anne, both members of Rase Wl attended a Willow Weaving Workshop in January to learn how to make a large flower out of Willow. At the end of the workshop a group photo was taken of all the ladies with their wonderful willow flowers! Valerie managed to make half a flower and finished it at home, well done! Anne's flower petals morphed into a butterfly which is now soaking up the sun in her garden on a fence. The meeting in February, is on Wednesday 22nd starting at 2pm prompt at Middle Rasen Village Hall. Remember, new members are always welcome!

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The December meeting was a celebration of Christmas and 15 years of Rase WI. Maureen made a beautiful celebration cake, the centre piece amongst the amazing savoury and sweet nibbles all donated by the members, received with grateful thanks. Following business of the month, the members gathered into groups ready for the challenge of the Twelve Days of Christmas quiz. The winners of the quiz were Shelley, Wendy, Carole, Caroline and Joan with a fantastic score of 56. Grateful thanks for the donation of raffle prizes and the surprise £1 lucky dip bags. All members were presented with a “goody bag” containing a pretty homemade cracker and a chocolate orange or alternatives for special dietary requirements, along with a slice of the celebration cake and a Christmas card. A wonderful fun evening to end 2022! The program for 2023 - 2024 is exciting with interesting speakers, a summer outing, the autumn lunch, social events, spring and autumn fashion shows and working with local communities. The next meeting is the Annual Meeting on Wednesday 22 nd February at Middle Rasen Village Hall, 2pm. New members are always welcome.


As 2022 comes to an end, we can reflect on all the positive post Covid events that Rase WI have happily enjoyed and taken part in. With restrictions lifted we have engaged in new activities, had interesting speakers, met and made friends with new people, gone on organised excursions and welcomed new ladies to WI, but above all there has been much fun, laughter and friendship.

A jubilee afternoon tea, fashion shows, ladies luncheons, raising funds for local charities, collecting towels, toiletries and warm clothing for Ukraine and latterly having a craft stall at Middle Rasen craft fair, to name but a few of the things we have been engaged in.

We are delighted that the last three fund raisers resulted in a magnificent £604 being made and would like to thank our supporters and those who have made generous donations to our causes, and also to all the people who have come along to our events. The £604 was divided equally between the Salvation Army for children's Christmas toys and The New Life Church for their food bank. None of this would have been possible without the WI committee's organisation and the support of the members.

We look forward to another busy year making more friends and having lots more fun and with this in mind may we wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful and Healthy 2023.

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Members of Rase WI have been gadding about again, this time to see the Christmas decorations at Castle Howard. The fairly long journey seemed to pass very quickly (as you can imagine with a coach load of chattering ladies) and we arrived to drive up an avenue of Christmas trees which when we eventually left were twinkling in the darkness.

The theme for the decorations was “Fairy Tales” and how magical the rooms looked, a bonus being the log fires burning brightly in each room. We were all impressed with the attendants present throughout who were a mine of information which they readily shared.

The return journey was a lot quieter affair as many had fallen asleep after a very exciting and exhausting day! We are all looking forward to further ventures and meeting up with the new friends we made on this trip but where will it be to next time?
Ladies if you want to make new friends and enjoy lively company why not come along to our next meeting in Middle Rasen village Hall on Wednesday 25 th January at 2pm. We would love to welcome you!

Valerie Wright


Members met at Market Rasen Golf Club for their annual Autumn Lunch. It was a lovely lunch where, as well as food on the menu, there was also lots and lots of chat, laughter and putting the world to rights! Grateful thanks to Maureen and Carole for taking charge of the raffle, raising £111 in support of Christmas presents and food for local children and families struggling financially. The December meeting will be held on Wednesday December 21 st at 2pm celebrating Christmas and Rase WI's birthday. Best wishes to everyone for a happy and peaceful Christmas.  



The ladies welcomed local singer Felicity Turner, her manager and visitors to the September meeting.  Felicity had a play list in readiness for singing some well-known songs from the 40's and 50's.  It was a lovely fun night with some ladies dressed in 40's fashion ready to join in swaying and singing 40's songs.  It was warming to hear people singing along with Felicity to “We'll Meet Again; Wish Me Luck as You wave me goodbye; Que Sera; White Cliffs Of Dover” and many more, finishing with a rousing first verse of The National Anthem. Following a light supper, the winner of the 40's fancy dress (Eileen) was presented with a pouch of Quality Street chocolates. Many thanks to Felicity, a lady with a beautiful voice, perfect for the songs that she had selected. The November meeting is on Wednesday 23 rd November when a representative from Nomad-YMCA will be speaking about temporary accommodation for homeless people.  Please note that meetings now start at 2pm for the winter season. All welcome.

RASE WI Space Centre Visit

Four members of Rase WI joined other WI members for a visit to the National Space Centre in Leicester. On arriving and being told our visit would be for five hours we couldn't envisage how we could possibly spend all that time there and hoped we would find somewhere to sit and drink coffee. 

How wrong we were! It was a truly amazing experience where we saw and heard and learnt so much about Space exploration. We enjoyed trying and playing with all the interactive devices (just like all the school children there) and the time flew by.

So, as you can see WI is not all about Jam and Jerusalem and we are never too old to learn and experience something new.

Valerie Wright



A reminder that the Fashion Show is on Saturday 5 th November 2 - 4pm at Middle Rasen Village Hall, LN8 3LD.  High Street clothing at affordable prices, Monsoon, Marks & Spencer, Wallis, Next, a range of accessories and lots more!  No doubt people will be looking out for clothing to help keep the cold out and keep warm during the winter months! So come along and enjoy the afternoon.  Raffle prizes include Vouchers to spend on the day.  Models, please arrive at 1.30 pm, thank you.  Entry £5 includes tea, coffee, cupcakes and fun.  See you there!   Proceeds from the ticket sales will provide Christmas presents for children and hampers to help local families.

Complete Clothing Company with the raffle organised by the ladies of Rase WI


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