Wednesday, 22 February 2012

New Book!

On our Book Club page, there is a new recommendation for a new release by Ramona Ausubel named 'No One Is Here Except All Of Us'.

It is a novel based in 1939 in a small village in Romania, where the war is fresh and the tribes imaginations are alive, so they can survive.

Take a look!

Briestfield WI

Name – Briestfield WI
Formation – 3rd October 1967
Day of Meeting – 3rd Monday of each month
Time of Meeting – 1.30PM
Location – Whitley Community Centre, North Dewsbury
Members – 20 Members & 1 Dual Member
President – Barbara Chappell
Secretary – Pat Edwards
Briestfield WI is one of the few WI’s that meet in the afternoon in our Federation. This institute is one of our more established WI’s in the West Yorkshire Federation as this year is their 45th year as Briestfield WI. Part of their Christmas activities was named Stargazing, where they took part in a mysterious journey of discovery at Thornhill Parish Church. Briestfield WI has released their programme for 2012, which consists of an Open Meeting & Fundraiser on May 21st and an evening of Musical Theatre from Karen Clegg.
If you are interested in attending a meeting or joining Briestfield WI please contact Pat Edwards on 01924 468592 or email her on

Bollywood at Baildon!

Tomorrow at 7.30PM Baildon Belles WI are holding a Bollywood evening including dances shown by a bollywood dancer and then you can have a go, so make sure you wear something practical or wear indian dress if you fancy! Afterwards there will be a spicy supper that includes samosas.

It will be £2 for members and £3 for visitors.

Also bring a cushion because in true indian style we will be sitting on the floor!

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Kirkhamgate WI!

Name – Kirkhamgate WI
Formation – 3rd February 2005
Day of Meeting – 3rd Tuesday of each month
Time of Meeting – 7.30PM
Location – Lindale Methodist Church
Members – 36 including 3 dual members
President – Moira Steed
Secretary – Liz Dewhirst
Kirkhamgate WI is one of our newer WI’s as it has only been running for 7 years and is home to 36 members at the Lindale Methodist Church. Since 2005, they have been raising money by taking walks and knitting teddies for ‘Lavvies for Grannies’ and other local groups. They also have regular activities for their members to enjoy such as scrabble, stitch and bitch, quiz tournaments and their very own Christmas pantomime. Before Christmas, they hosted an event called ‘Glam Wraps’, which showed their members how to wrap their Christmas presents beautifully. As well as activities they also have many speakers come in to their meetings such as Michael Duncombe – Musical Memories of 50’s & 60’s and Pauline Thorburn – Tales from a Teacher. Over the next year, Kirkhamgate are hosting friendship evenings and supporting their local community by getting involved in their Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
If you are interested in attending a meeting or joining Kirkhamgate WI please contact Liz Dewhirst on 0113 2533947 or email her on

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Beginners Patchwork Openings!

Our 6 week course of Beginners Patchwork has now been moved to the Federation Office in Rodley and has become open weekly rather than the whole 6 week course.

21st February - English Piecing (Inner City/Tumbling Blocks)
6th March - Chain Piecing (Log Cabin)
20th March - Curved Piecing (Drunkards Path/Corner To Corner Curve)
3rd April - Foundation Piecing (Monkey Wrench)
20th April - Speed Piecing (Star Block Variations)
1st May/22nd May - American Piecing/Own Choice

Choose 2 colour ways e.g. red and green
Colour 1:- ½ metre light plain fabric – needed for background to English pieced
               3 fat quarters of patterned fabric, one light, one medium and one dark
Colour 2:- ¼ metre plain fabric
                2 fat quarters and a ½metre of patterned fabric, one light, one
                                                                                            medium and one dark
(Total fabric for blocks 6 fat quarters and 2 half metres)  

If you are making a quillow you will need the following in addition to the above.
Framing strips for blocks – ½ metre
Sashings and bindings – 1½ metres
Backing fabric – 2 metres  
Cotton wadding if 60in wide – 1 ½ metres
                         If 90in or 108in wide – 1 metre

Other requirements
Matching machine sewing thread or mid grey
Sewing machine
Rotary cutter, ruler and cutting mat if you have these (I will bring 2 with me)
Basic sewing kit – pins, needles, scissors etc.
Notepad and pen
Ruler, pencil and rubber

If you are interested in attending a Beginners Patchwork Week please send a form to the office or contact Liz on 0113 2550810

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Saltaire's March Meeting!

Saltaire WI would like to invite you all to this show on 8th March at St. Peter’s Church, Moorhead Lane, Shipley
‘Tim and Joe', one of BBC Radio Leeds' most popular programmes is on the road and heading for Saltaire. With a mix of humour, music, competitions - oh, and gardening answers - you're in for a night of smiles and solid advice from the county's best known horticultural duo!
Doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start
Everyone is welcome, men included! WI members are free (please remember your membership card) and guests are £5. 
Tea and coffee will be available and there will also be a gardening themed raffle.

For more info contact

February Recipes!!

This month we have 3 recipes.

Grilled Scallops

Chargrilled Steak

Chocolate Soufflé

We are also going to put some extras in for Black History Month!