the WI - Inspiring Women

Shenley Women’s Institute

Shenley WI was formed in 1919. We meet on the first Thursday of the month at 7.30pm in the village hall, except for August when we go on an outing.  Being a fairly large WI with over 60 members, we are lucky to be able to attract some very good external speakers for our meetings.

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1st Shenley Cubs – Jan 2018 Report

Take twenty-four extremely enthusiastic Cubs, throw in a selection of hammers, screwdrivers, hacksaws and even the odd power tool and its enough to make even the hardiest of leaders come over slightly queasy!

Yes, for some crazy reason we decided to spend the Autumn term tackling the DIY badge, and I’m delighted to announce the pack incredibly managed to achieved this with all fingers and toes intact.

They learnt how to safely operate  a wide range of tools, and really loved getting stuck in hammering, sanding, drilling and sawing. They then took their new found skills and each produced a handmade wooden photo frame to present to their parents for Christmas.

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Knit and Natter

Knit and Natter is somewhat of a misnomer and we have thought of renaming the group Craft and Chatter as the within the group we have knitters, crocheters, quilters, dry felters and ladies who bring their adult colouring books. However, old habits die hard and we have a knitted banner saying Knit and Natter that we used on Apple Day and we do not want to make a new one!

We meet every Monday morning (except for bank holidays) at the Orchard Tea Rooms, in Shenley Park from 10.30am till noon. Alex and his staff make us most welcome and many of us stay on for lunch afterwards. We seem to attract a lot of attention and we have had wool and a marvellous collection of vintage patterns given to us by other customers who have seen us there.

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Shenley Bowls Club – 2018

Normally, the article from the Shenley Bowls Club is all about trying to recruit new members, but this season we have managed to enlist 4 new bowlers.  The club is extremely happy, but we would like to encourage a few younger people to the game.

The picture above was taken at Braughing Bowls Club, last week.  Braughing is famous for sausages and is about 15 miles from Cambridge.  Shenley has entered a county competition which has both a home and away component. There are 4 teams from each club playing against each other. One team is made up of four players, one of three players, one with two and then a single. Our players are wearing canary yellow tea shirts and are shown playing in the triple event.  Unfortunately, we lost 3 games to one, but we hope we will do better at the home return match at the end of the month.

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Yoga Practice with Sharòn

I have been practising yoga for over 20 years & was lucky enough early on, to discover how deeply supportive & enriching it could be & continues to be, in my everyday life, physically, emotionally & spiritually.

I share a gentle & restorative Hatha yoga practice, with physical postures alongside Meditation & Relaxation, a reconnection of mind, body & soul.

Yoga is a process of self-enquiry, a choice to explore how you feel, greater awareness of your Breath & a deeper understanding of Yoga philosophy.

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Elstree District Explorer Scouts usually meet at Well End Scout Activity Centre on Thursday evenings at 8pm during term time.

The explorers are aged 14-18 and take part in a range of activities, both at the Scout Centre and also at other locations.

Activities are diverse, and in the past few months have included: bell boating, cooking, a talk on mental health, camp fire lighting and a night hike.

In the Autumn we attended a District Camp in The Peak District, which included cycling, climbing and walking activities, as well as a trip to Alton Towers.

One of our explorer scouts has been selected to attend the World Scout Jamboree in the USA in 2019.

We currently have spaces and would welcome new members.

Hallowe’en 2017

Hallowe’en at the Cage on Sunday 30th October

The Shenley Witches (Nicky Beaton & Tracy Brice) with their good friend the Cat (Amanda Leboff) took residence in the spooky Hallowe’en Cage to welcome villagers, fellow witches, zombies, skeletons, cats, vampires, ghosts and ghouls.    This year we had a special guest, Herman the monster (operated by Jade Susman) who entertained those about to go into the Cage.   Inside Skeleton Witch served the most delicious green and black eyeballs in green slime, Ugly Witch offered pink strawberry worms and Cat offered children sweeties.   Children were braver this year and not so many had to be egged on to sample the eyeballs.  The worms were particularly delicious.   It was rather chilly on Sunday so special thanks to Alex Black (Orchard Tea Rooms) for providing the tasty blood soup (tomato soup, not ghoul-ash!) which was most welcome.   Helen Hussain and Amanda’s parents Roberta and Anthony Shaw and sister-in-law Deborah Shaw kindly handed out toffee apples with Superman Monty (Amanda’s gorgeous little poodle puppy) helping.

Our Dracula photographer (Guy Beaton) and his able assistant Ross Brice organised the spooky fancy dress competition, taking photos of all entrants.   A magnificent 71 entrants – what a great turnout!  Costumes and makeup were brilliant this year.  It was very hard to choose the winners but after a lot of deliberating first prize has been awarded to Claw Hand-Ashaan Chambers and the Runners up are Skeleton Witch-Sienna Patel, Scary Clown-Harry Apfel, Bow-tie Clown-Harley Clayton and Frankenstein-Sam Shaw (please see the photos).   Well done everyone.

Pumpkins Competition – Best Pumpkin prize has been awarded to Florence and Maisie Gilbert.  Well done girls.   We also have to commend the spooky castle pumpkin.

Special thanks to Amanda Leboff our lovely Parish Clerk for organising the event brilliantly as always.  She works so hard.  There really is a lot to do behind the scenes and of course on the day – what a star.

Huge thanks also to everyone who helped us set up and clear up:  Helen Hussain, Gavin O’Sullivan & Pam Young, Ross & Tracy Brice, Guy Beaton, Jade Susman, Jeremy Leboff, Anthony Spencer and Roberta, Anthony & Deborah Shaw.   I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone.

Witch Beaton

Carpet Bowls

Carpet Bowls

Carpet Bowls

Have you been watching the Indoor Bowls on the TV recently?

Carpet Bowls is a cut down version of this game designed to be played in Village Halls. If you want to find out more on how to play the game and the rules there is a short video on the English Carpet Bowls site at

The Shenley Bowls Club has been running since the late 1970s and flourished when the hospital site was still operational. Our club night is every Wednesday from 7.30pm until 9.30pm and we meet in the Village Hall in London Road. We are currently half way through the Bowls season. Unlike outdoor bowls we play throughout the year except for a short break in August. We belong to the Hertfordshire Carpet Bowls League and are in the second division. We also take part in the County competitions which are held in Ware throughout the winter/spring. The county has its own website where match information is posted regularly.

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