Thursday, 22 December 2011

Merry Christmas!

On behalf of the West Yorkshire Federation, we would like to wish all our readers and fellow bloggers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Today we are closing our office until 3rd January 2012.
So take a look on 5th when there will be some new posts about the upcoming year.

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!


Happy Birthday!

Today it is one year since we set up our blog!

It has been changed and refined since we first started and it has got more views than we ever expected.

Keep reading and checking in the New Year!


December Is Such a Quiet Month!

December has been a quiet month for the West Yorkshire Fed. We had two events at the beginning of the month and since then it has been settling down getting ready for Christmas.
This month we have had our Japanese Folded Patchwork and our Annual Christmas Concert with the Wetherby Silver Band along with many members attending to enjoy the festivities.
Here as some photographs of the Christmas Concert. Enjoy!

Thursday, 1 December 2011


The West Yorkshire Fed had a stand at the Knitting & Stitching Show in Harrogate from 24th - 27th November,which was visited by a vast number of members from across the country. Unfortunately during a busy time on Saturday the Visitors Book was inadvertently removed from the stand.
We would be delighted for this to be returned, so I am asking if you would be able to contact your Institutes via email or your next newsletter with regards to this and hopefully it will be returned soon.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

The Month Before Christmas!

November is the time of year that we get quiet, as we expect the bad weather to hit us sooner rather than later.
Firstly, we have recently joined Twitter. Follow us to find out what events are coming up and the rest of the happenings at the Federation. Follow us on

This month we have two main events at the Federation. Firstly is the Family History Workshop with Jackie Depelle, who will be teaching ways to trace their family and create family trees.

Next this month is our very popular Christmas Lunch at The Manor Golf Club. This event sold out in a matter of weeks with 120 places filled. There will be a traditional Christmas Dinner and many other fantastic meals to choose from.

Lastly, on the 4th November we are hosting a Table Top Sale at Rodley Ecumenical Church. There are 16 tables altogether, which includes 4 Federation tables. This is from 11am until 1pm. Come down and say hello!!

Don't forget to take a look at our Twitter

Bye for now

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Lots Of New Updates!

We have been very busy over the last few weeks with hosting events and opening new WI's. On the 24th September, many members joined Wadsworth WI in 3 walks of 3 miles, 5 miles and 8 miles. The walk was very successful, with around 30 members of West Yorkshire WI's and the weather being perfect for our ramblers.

Also in the past few weeks we have opened two new WI's. The first was Saltaire in Shipley. This was a very successful first meeting with around 80 people attending. The second was Boston Spa, which was formed last week. Another formation is happening on the 2nd November 2011 for a new institute in Fixby! Also we are starting the beginnings of opening a WI in Rodley after popular demand!
Also coming up in November is our Table Top Sale at Rodley Ecumenical Church in Rodley on Saturday 5th November 2011 from 11am to 1pm.

It is a small fee of £5.00 to purchase a table. If you are interested in having a table at the sale please contact Liz at 0113 2550810. If you do not have a table please feel free to come and visit us.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

September Already!

This month we have quite a few events coming up to do with craft, science and excercise.

First this month we have two of the same workshop because it was so popular. This is for the making of Fabric Christmas Trees. This on the 9th and the 16th of September, where there are still a few places on each. These days will be full of fabric cutting and accesorising of their hand made Christmas trees.

Next this month is the first of two visits to Drax Power Station near Selby. There are two visits for each day we are attending. One at 10AM and one at 2PM. The consists of the members making their own way to the venue and possibly having a look around the town. Then there will be a tour of the facilities.

The last Federation event of this month is on Saturday 24th September and is the Autumn Ramble, which is being hosted by Wadsworth WI. At 10.30AM the memebrs will be meeting at Old Town Cricket Pavillion and there are a choice of three distances to walk. A 3 mile, 5 mile and an 8 mile walk. Tea, Coffee and cakes are avaliable to purchase on the day, but a packed lunch is required.

Also take a look at our recipes and books page. We have three new recipes for the new Autumn season that has taken over the Summer weather and we have a mysterious recent novel by Araminta Hall.

Bye for now! x

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

A Few Lovely Days in August!

The first event of the month was Ladies Race Day at Pontefract Racecourse on the 3rd of August. The weather was perfect for the whole day with lots of sunshine to sit under while watching the races. Through out the day, there was lots of betting an some small wins. We are glad that they had such a successful day!

Also this month we have had two of the same event because it was so popular. This was Through the Garden Gate, which were both full on the day. The members attending had a full day of sewing and fun with their garden gate pieces, creating a resemblence of a garden gate with a beautiful patchwork picture behind it.

Bye for now x

Monday, 1 August 2011

What's Coming Up Over The Next Couple Of Weeks?

This week we are going to tell you what is coming up over the next couple of weeks, as you may have noticed that we changed the Coming Up page to our Diary for 2011.
So, firstly this month we have Ladies Race Day. This is a being held on Wednesday 3rd August at Pontefract Racecourse, where our attending members will have paid £27.00 or £27.50 if they were a non-member and will be able to take part in the Race Day by entering through the Grandstand & Paddock Enclousure, the dish of the day from the Paddock Restuarant, drinks vouchers and a racecard for the racing through out the day.
Also this month we have two Through the Garden Gate Workshops. The first is on Monday 8th August and the second is on Friday 19th August. The workshops have shown to be very popular as they are full for both dates. This workshop is an all day session consisting of the instructions and the beginning elements of making the piece in the morning and through the afternoon getting a good amount of your piece done. The point of the workhop is to make a piece of patchwork that looks like there is an iron gate or fence in front of the fabric.

Check back in a few weeks to see the photographs from these workshops.

Also for this month we have just put on our recipes and book.
The recipes are quick and easy Summer recipes consisting of a Prawn Cocktail, a Pasta Salad and a Rocky Road Bar.
We hope you enjoy them!

The book for this month is named The Lantern and is from an upcoming author named Deborah Lawrenson. This book is about a boy and girl, who move into an abandoned house and the boy is obsessed about solving the mysteries of the house, as he thinks that his first wife, who disappeared, had something to do with it.

Bye for now! x

Monday, 25 July 2011

New WI Blog!

Just a short note!
One of our newest WI's, Hebden Bridge, have a new blog. Their blog consists of their diary for 2011, contact details and updates from their recent meetings.

We hope you enjoy!

Bye for now x

Monday, 18 July 2011

A Selection of Recipes, Black Ties & Lullabies!

We realise that we have not kept up to our commitment of 3 recipes and a book recommendation each month, but now we are back on track and ready to give you more. We are now giving you recipes linked in with whats happening such as the weather, holidays and celebrations. And we are giving you newly released books that we think will get you interested for that month.

This months recipes are linked in with the Battle of Boyne and this apparent, but not evident summer month. So we have a starter for England named Cream of Asparagus Soup, a main from Ireland named Irish Chicken Wings in Guinness and lastly we have a dessert from Scotland, named the Summer Dessert. All three of these a perfect for a summers day and fit in with the occassion.

Next time for the August recipes, we will have the perfect, quick and easy BBQ food for the summer months.

July's book is a new release from Jane Graves named Black Ties & Lullabies. This story is based in Texas, USA, where the busy, working girl has a random fling with her millionaire boss and finds herself in a confusing and frustrating place in her life.

In August, there will be a brand new release.

Bye for now x

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

The Barge Trip to the Fashion Show!

We have come to a quiet time at the Federation Office, so there is not much to update you on really.
Recently, we had a a Barge Trip along with an Afternoon Tea, where many members went crusing down the Leeds and Liverpool canal in heritage areas near Saltaire. And even though the weather was not the best, they still had a good time.
Next in September, Wilsden WI have a Fashion Show in St Matthew's Church in Wilsden. They will be showing clothes by Complete Clothing Co.Ltd. and it is £5.00 admission, which includes your refreshments. This is being held on Wednesday 28th September at 7.30PM. I know it is far away, but you got to get your tickets fast before they all go!

Next time we have summer recipes and summer books.

Bye for now! x

Monday, 27 June 2011

It's Been a Busy Time, But Here Is A Quick Update of What Has Been Happening

Firstly, we would like to apologise for our lack of updates recently. We have been very busy with the AGM, the Yearbook and many other events.
The Annual General Meeting was held on the 8th June at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. With around 4,500 people attending the meeting there were many discussions about the final resolutions and eventually voted on the 'Save The Libriaries' resolution, which the NFWI will take up with the governement by lobbying for the resolution.
We have also been very busy with the Yearbook. Each year we have a new Yearbook and this year we decided that we wanted to completely revamp it by choosing a new layout, a new structure and replacing the old with the new. This is going to print very soon and will be avaliable from October 2011.
Also recently have been two very successful events. First was the Archery Taster Session on the 13th June. A handful of members went to Bronte Archers to learn the skill of Archery. Second was the PA Lunch on the 15th June. The theme of this lunch was Royal Weddings and a speaker named Gillian Stapleton spoke about 200 Years of Weddings, while displaying an amazing replica of Queens Victorias wedding dress.
Please keep checking out the blog, as it is now going to be updated more regularly.

Bye for now

Monday, 16 May 2011

Another Two, Along With The Scottish Holiday!

Firstly, we have another two WI's in West Yorkshire. Please welcome Cookridge Crumpets & Hebden Bridge.
Cookridge Crumpets is based at the Cookridge Holy Trinity C of E School on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7.30PM.
However, Hebden Bridge is a Halifax based WI, who meet on the 3rd Monday of each month at 7.30PM in the Hope Baptist Church on New Road in Hebden Bridge.

Also take a look at our Recent Events page, where there is a brief account of what the Holiday to Fort William and The Isle of Skye was like, even with the terrible weather. All the holiday goers seemed to have an excellent time and did not let the bad weather rain on their parade!

Next week we have a trip to Menwith Hill, so take a look to see how it goes.


Monday, 9 May 2011

It's Been A While!

I know it has been a while, but this is the trouble with only working Mondays since i had the majority of April off i didn't get a chance to update you on what has been going on.
First, we have opened two new WI's in the West Yorkshire Federation. The first is Asda Trolley Dollies, which is based in Asda House in Leeds for the Asda House Employees and the second is Tong Village Vixens, which is based in Tong Village in Bradford.
Second, is Buns & Roses very own Gemma Rathbone making contributions to our beaming blog. Take a look at her book recommendation for Jam & Jeopardy, which she read with her WI group at the art gallery in Leeds. Also take a look in the Recent Events section to read her account on her trip to Denman doing a course on Elizabethan Goldwork.
As we did not get a chance to update our Recipes section earlier we have added three new recipes for May, with a taste of the Royal Wedding. The first is Coronation Chicken, next is The Crown Pavlova and the last is for everybody and is Vegetarian Moussaka.
At the end of April, we had a Spring Ramble going from Shadwell Methodist Church on a 3, 5 or 8 mile walk. This was very successful as the weather was fine and didn't include the recent downpours. We hope that everybody had a wonderful time and will join in next year.
More currently, yesterday some of the ladies from the West Yorkshire Federation are attending the Holiday to Scotland. The trip is from the 8th May until 13th May. Taking a look at the weather does not make the holiday appealing as it says heavy rain and thunder storms, but i am sure with all the fun activities such as going to the shopping centre, to Blair Castle, taking train journeys and a day excursion to the Isle of Skye it will all be worthwhile.

Next week find out how the weather really was up in Fort William and have another look at the Coming Up section.
Also please keep submitting your recipes and book recommendations.


Monday, 4 April 2011

Soup, Salad & Sarah Waters

This week we have many updates for you.

First we have some delicious recipes on our recipes page, consisting of a vegetarian dish of Potato, Cheese and Spinach Tart, Roast Chicken Soup and Chicken Salad. These can be found on our recipes page.

Next is our book of the month, which is Sarah Waters 'The Little Stranger', which is said to be a ghostly story about a family who live in a Georgian House in Warwickshire. To find out more take a look at our book club page.

Now for our 'What's Coming Up' page we have Flower Arranging & Afternoon Tea on the 15th April 2011 at St Chad's in Headingley. This is a fun filled afternoon of flower arranging, afternoon tea and a raffle. For more information on this take a look at our What's Coming Up' page.

Lastly, in the recent months we have been doing Patchwork Bags classes. The first on 18th February & 4th March and the second on 18th March & 1st April. We are very pleased with the progress and success of the partakers in the classes. Take a look at our 'Recent Events' page for more information.

Next time look out for photographs and winners from the raffle at the Flower Arranging & Afternoon Tea.

Bye for now x

Monday, 28 February 2011

'Hope', Appetizers & A Bit of Shortcake

This week we have a new thought provoking novel in our Book Club section and three new tasty recipes for you all to try at home.
First, is a book named 'Hope' by Lesley Pearse. This book is based in Bristol and Bath in the 1800s and how a young girl coped with being a maid and nurse in the Crimea.
Next is the recipes....
1. A Diebetic Dessert named Fresh Strawberry Shortcake.
2. The first of one appetizer named Bruschetta with Basil and Tomato.
3.The second appetizer is The All Time Classic - Stuffed Mushrooms.

All of these recipes are suitable for vegetarians as there is no meat involved in all three and they can be changed and adjusted for your liking.

So take a look at our Book Club and Recipes section.

If you have any that you would like to recommend please contact us.

Next time watch out for more upcoming events!

Monday, 14 February 2011

Make Your Own Month!

At the WI it seems that it is make your own accesories month. In our Coming Up section we have two new workshops that will stop you splurging in the shops and making your own instead.
First is Patchwork Bags, where there is a chance to make either a Messenger Style Bag, Shoulder Bag or Quilters Bag. The first two dates a fully booked but the third on the 8th of April & the 1st of May still has plenty of spaces.
Another accesorises workshop is our unique Fascinators Workshop, where you will get a chance to make your own headwear for any occasion or day to day activity you like. This is on Saturday the 19th of March so it would be perfect for a weekend event.

If you would like any more information, please visit the Coming Page or contact the Federation Office.

Bye for Now!

Monday, 31 January 2011

Baildon, Books & Recipes to Remember!

Hi there. This week we have an outstanding WI, a book recommendation and three tasty recipes to remember.

First, Baildon Belles WI that is located near Shipley is one of the biggest institutes in the Federation and has started their very own website and blog. The website has information about the institute, diary dates and a link to their official blog. Their blog will be updated regularly with information about their meetings, events and other fun activities they are hosting.

Take a look!

For this months book club, we have a book all about romantic comedies names 'From Notting Hill With Love... Actually'. If you think that those two films are amazing and funny you will definitely enjoy this book. Take a look at the Book Club page for more information on the book.

Also for this months recipes, we have three, two desserts and one main meal. These are Hot BBQ beef, horseradish and pasta salad, Chocolate Cake With Butter Cream and Old WI Fruit Cake. Take a look at our recipes for more information.

Bye for Now! x

Monday, 24 January 2011

WI's, Resolutions & Knitted Squares!

We are growing quickly!

Sit and Knit a Bit - 100 Million Stitches -International Women's Day Project!  
This project is to highlight the resaons why 100 million women are not in the world today because of gender discrimination. They are aiming to receive around 60 - 100 million knitted squares to create a large knitted blanket. They estimated that to make the blanket that large they will have to get around 600 knitted squares a day, so get involved!
The guidelines are to knit roughly around 6x6 knitted square using any yarn and any needles. You can also knit as many as you like! Your design can be completely your own with words, something personal and much more.
Please send your finished squares to -
c/o Tramway
25 Albert Drive
G41 2PE
For more information visit the website

Recently, we have added many different things to our blog to keep you up to date with absolutly everything that is going on. We have added our WI's page, which tells you every WI in the West Yorkshire Federation, so you can find one near you!
We have also added our 2011 resolutions to show you how we are trying to make a difference in 7 different ways.
1. Proposed Mega Farms.
2. Save Our Trees
3. Cost Effective Production of Natural Galantamie Used for the Relief of Sufferers of Alzheimer's Type Dementia
4. Helmets For Cyclists
5. Controlled use of Mobility Scooters
6. The Closure of Libraries
7. Extension of the Admiral Nurses network to Provide Dementia Care on a National Basis

For more information go the resolutions page!

Also to find out about our very successful, fun day at the British Library please visit the Recent Events page.

Next week we will have tasty recipes and book recommendations for you!


Monday, 10 January 2011

British Library - 18th January!

Hi all!
If you take a look at the Whats Coming Up Section you will see that there is a new event for the British Library event. This our 4th successful visit to the British Library in Wetherby since October. We do have 9 places left so if you are interested please contact us from the contacts page through email or phone and we would be glad of you to join us.
Next Week look at the Recent Events page to see how it went and see the photographs!

Bye for Now! x