The WI Team

Alix Siddall, President.

Alix Siddall -President

About me: Having been born and brought up in the area , I moved away and travelled around a bit before settling in South Milford 12 years ago. Being heavily involved in village life (Parish Council, Playing Fields Association etc.), the WI seemed the next logical (and much more fun!) step to take.

Fav cake: Anything homemade, especially involving fruit & nuts!

Heroines: Kris Hallenga for her strength of character and campaigning work for her charity Coppafeel.

Caroline Dulson, Secretary and Programme Organiser.

Caroline Dulson -Secretary and Programme Organiser

About me: I love all things arty and crafty and will do almost anything for a good slab of cake and a cup of tea! Happiest when I'm pottering in the garden, painting with my children or drinking gin and tonic with friends. Joining the SMWI has at least covered one of these!

Fav cake: Any that I didn't have to make or wash up after.

Heroines: Mary Poppins (for the amazing bag).

Claire Thomas, SMWI Treasurer.

Claire Thomas -Treasurer

About me: As a newcomer to South Milford, mum of 2 and an electrical engineer I joined the WI as a way to meet people and to get a bit of female (grown up) company! So far so good...

Fav cake: My Grandma’s praline filled with lots of Cadbury’s Flake.

Heroines: Margot Fonteyn and Jacqueline Du Pre.

Suzanne Cawood, Hall Bookings.

Suzanne Cawood -Hall Bookings

About me: I look after the hall bookings which means that my children associate the WI with lots of phone calls and emails!

Fav cake: Coffee cake with orange icing.

Heroines: Emily Bronte (for Wuthering Heights), Emily Pankhurst (everyone should vote) and Philippa, Comtesse de Sevigny (an obscure one that).

Mags Fuller, Programme Organiser.

Mags Fuller -Programme Organiser

About me: Having been President of South Milford WI for the last 4 years, I have passed the mantle on to another of our fabulous committee members this November. Whilst I may not be President any more, I’ll still be working with Caroline to book ever more exciting and unusual speakers for our WI, so if you have an even vaguely interesting job or hobby, watch out, we are relentless!!

Fav cake: Dawn's Millionaire's Shortbread.

Heroines: My friends Patty B and Kate - strong, generous, kind and brave.

Lisa Bulmer, Committee Member.

Lisa Bulmer -Committee Member

About me:

Fav cake:


Pat Scott, Committee Member.

Pat Scott -Committee Member

About me: As the most senior member of the team in years if not in rank I attempt to kerb the wilder schemes of these enterprising youngsters –usually without success! I am a retired Home Economics teacher (still ranting about the demise of my subject in schools -don't get me started). I am happiest when pottering in the garden and have what my family regard as an obsessive attachment to my compost bins and their squishy contents.

Fav cake: Rich fruit cake with lots of marzipan - Christmas, Birthday, Fridays any excuse will do. Oh, and Suzanne's chocolate crunch, we all look forward to committee meeting at her house!

Heroines: Mo Molem and Aung San Suu Kyi (leader of the Burmese democracy movement).

Lisa Underdown, Committee Member.

Lisa Underdown -Committee Member

About me: I’m always a busy bee on the go! I love spending time with my 2 children, family & friends. I have worked in a hotel for 15 yrs where I became a good organiser and great socialite!

Fav cake: Carrot or Chocolate but would prefer a BIG packet of kettle chips any day!

Heroines: Fern Cotton & Davina McCall - I just love funny, down to earth ladies that are good role models (even though they have not always been saints!) They use their celeb status to help charities and good causes.