Past Events Jan 2016 - Aug 2016

Page Index.





* Be in the Kitchen.

* Butterflies Inter WI Quiz Evening.

* The Moonwalk.

* Bletchley Park.

* Inter WI Walk.

*Bookham Village Day

* Village Day Quiz.

* WI Celebration of Summer.

*Slient Pool Gin Distillery.


*Bat Walk.

*Sense & Sensibility at Hatchlands.

Be In The Kitchen


A great evening spent at Be in the Kitchen with our Butterflies 2015/16 Committee. A Delicious Divas evening learning how to cook heartwarming recipes for the cold winter months, full of nutrition and enjoyed by all.


Our Menu.


*Sweet potato,courgette and quinoa cakes with zingy cranberry & orange sauce.

*Lamb Meatballs with Roast Romanesco & Cauliflower Tabbouleh.

*Medjool Date & Hazelnut Banoffee Pie.

*Red Berry Sorbet.


Thank you to Be and her team, Catherine & Jackie for a fabulous evening.

Our 2nd Annual Inter Quiz Night.  Six other local WIs joined us for an evening of quiz fun.

West Horsley, Ashtead, Mole Valley, Eastwick ,Bookham Belles and Ashtead Wing.

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A team of Bookham Butterflies met on 18th February, trained and 4 months later walked the walk for "Breast Cancer ". They raised an amazing £ 8,008.71.


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4th June

All 9 of us (6 WI , 2 Husbands and 1 mother) had a great day at Bletchley Park. There was almost too much to see in one day. Eveyone was very well behaved on the bus, the quietest class I have ever driven back!!


Barbara Paetow.

A great visit to the home of the World War 11 code breakers ,as depicted in the films " The Invition Game and 'Enigmia and the tv series " The Bletchley Circle.


14th June

Some of the Butterflies enjoyed the first Inter WI walk today. The walk was organised by West Horsley WI . We all met at Sheepleas for a 5 1/2 mile walk most of which was through a hilly forested enviroment. Hidden in the woods were stone bridges built in the 1800 s by the Earl of Lovelace to help transport his timber on wagons. Although he built fifteen horseshoe shaped bridges, only ten remain. The walk also took us past Horsley Towers. We did get a little soggy at times due to some heavy showers....this is England and the weather is unpredictable! We all enjoyed the walk and  Pip 's ( West Horsely) cookies.

Linda Rockett.


18th June

Bookham Village Day (Celebrating 150 years of Beatrix Potter) A huge thank you to all the Butterflies & honorary Butterflies who helped serve Tea/Coffee and cakes from 12-4pm on Saturday.  

Thank you Jen for the great photographs.  They show the friendship and dedication of our WI.

To all the Butterflies that provided a cake for Village Day .THANK YOU.


21st June.

A great evening at the Barn Hall, Bookham to take part in the Village Quiz. This year there were 18 Teams taking part. The quiz was hosted by Little Bookham WI ( last years winners ) The Butterflies were on hand to supply and serve the refreshments this year .... our quiz team did well by coming a joint 4th and also serving 160 teas & Coffees along with 40 plates of homemade cakes and savouries all made by our WI members.

Congratulations to this years Winners Eastwick WI.

2nd Bookham U3A.

3rd Afternoon Bridge.

4th Bookham Butterflies & Bookham/Fetcham WEA.

The whole evening was captured by great pictures form Jen Mcallister.

THANK YOU to all our members who made cakes and or helped on either Saturday or Tuesday of Village week.

Clare x


30th June

A great afternoon was spent at the Tithe Barn in Bookham enjoying a flower arranging demonstration and a delicious cream tea.

One of our members Linda was lucky enough to win one of the arragements to take home.

The ladies doing the flower demonstrations Pat & Rachel won a silver award earlier this year at Chelsea Flower Show. Their theme had been the sea... so the arrangements they made represented the coast and the sea bed.

Wonderful pictures taken by Sheila  Roberts.


19th & 21st July

On two seperate hot July evenings....groups of Butterflies accompanied by their partners went to the Silent Pool Gin Distillery nestled in the beautiful setting of the Surrey Hills on the Albury Estate. Both groups had a very covival evening learning about the legend of Prince John ( later to become King John and the Maiden of the Slient Pool ( now the local ghost) but more importantly the process of how Gin is made. The distillery use the spring water from the Slient Pool which dates back to Medieval Times.... added to the water are 24 botanicals, juniper berries, liquorice root, orris root,citrus peel, cardamon, kaffir lime leaves and angelica root to name a few!!!. The botanicals were handed roundfor us all to sniff...some were more potent than others and cleared the nostrils. Then the best part of course was sampling all the products on offer!

Three of the Gins sampled were the signature Slient Pool Gin , Albury Limited Edition & Strawberry Gin Cocktail. The latter made with locally picked and hand cut strawberries and the English rose made for the Queens 90th Birthday. Suprise , Surprise it uses the finest English roses to flavour it.... most of us came away clutching a bottle or two!

A great evening that everyone throughly enjoyed and great to support a local Surrey business , just 2 years old in the making.

Linda Rockett.


23 rd July

On a sunny Saturday in July a group of Butterflies and their guests set off to Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club. After coffee in the Wingfield Cafe, we were met by our guide Bev who escorted us on a tour of the grounds for the next 90 minutes. First stop was the statue of legendary British tennis player Fred Perry - we were interested to hear that his ashes are buried at the foot of the statue. Bev then led us under the centre Court and onto the outside courts explaining that the All England Tennis & Croquet Club started life in Worple Road before moving to its present site in 1922 and that the principal court had been in the middle with the other courts set out around it. Hence the title Centre Court. The firstWimbledon Championships were held in 1877 and won by Spencer Gore. The public paid a shilling to watch the final, a little bit different from todays cost!!! We were taken to were the plyers enter and register for the tournament, shown the players lounge and restaurant where they wait to be called on court, and also the vast media centre. We then saw the members of The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club playing on the outside courts and learnt that there ia a 30 year waiting list for club places! During the tour we learnt how the courts are cared for and even sat on Centre Court. It certainly is a very different experience being at Wimbledon with out the hustle and bustle of the crowds of the tournament.After a relaxing lunch stop we explored the fantastically interesting museum at our own paces, soaking up the change from the rackets and fashions of bygone years, the evolvement of the game and the various trophies. We were delighted to see Andy Murray's name already inscribed on the men's single trophy and the outfit he wore for his victory in the final against Milos Raonic was already in a display cabinet! An excellent day out.

Jen Mcallister & Linda Rockett.


9th August

A group of Butterflies plus guests spent an evening with Polesden Lacey Ranger Stuart on a Bat Walk. Our introduction included the fact that Polesden is the home to sixteen different bats but there are over 1,300 species in the world. With the sun going down and a lovely red sky, we left the Polesden courtyard on our Bat search. We heard them first calling out using our bat detecting devices and then saw them flying around. We all had such grear fun using our devices to pick up the calls and then trying to match them to particular bats...each having its own signature call. Bats eat insects and the Pipistrelle, one of the smallest and most common bats ( the size of a thumb) eats over 3,000 tiny insects each night. did you know that bats are mammals?  Two hours went so quickly and the group was very surprised when Stuart announced it was time to go home. As we left the view across to London was spectacular, with the skyline looking like a diamond necklace.

Linda Rockett.


17TH August

Drama at dusk ....What a wonderful way to spend a Summers  evening enjoying an open air production of Jane Austens " Sense & Sensibility"at Hatchlands, National Trust.

We all arrived with our picnic and chairs and set up for the evening on the lawn in the shadow of Hatchlands house ...we settled down to a performance by the Chapterhouse Theatre Company.

A very relaxing way to watch a theatre production in beautiful surroundinngs . We all had a wonderful evening and agreed we will definatly put it on our bucket list for next year.

Clare Cody.

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