Monday, 21 May 2012


National have created a new website system for the Federations and Institutes to create their own pages on the website. Ours is finally up to date and ready for you to see. Take a look!
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Scholes WI

Name – Scholes WI
Formation – 10th July 1985
Day of Meeting – 3rd Wednesday of each month
Time of Meeting – 7.30PM
Location – Methodist School Room
Members – 50 Full Members
President – Helen Bainbridge    
Secretary – Helen Cox

Scholes WI is similar to Slaithwaite WI in terms of how established they are as they were opened around the same time and will soon be celebrating their 30th year of being open as an institute. This WI was the home of Eileen Meadmore, who was one of the founding members of the West Yorkshire Federation. Scholes WI is based in Leeds and is a very active group within their community. In 2011, Scholes WI had their Annual Meeting with a Turkey & Tinsel meal along with a theatre trip to see Top Hat. For their Christmas meeting in December they had speaker Ken Humphreys presenting Words and Music at Christmas. Throughout the year they have various activities going on in the village of Scholes such as a WI garden, Scholes in Bloom, summer outings and a stall at their Annual Village Gala. In 2012, Scholes are having many talks from the National Trust and the Red Kites of Yorkshire along with a workshop on Cupcake Decorating.
If you are interested in attending a meeting or joining Scholes WI please contact Helen Cox on 0113 2736195 or email her on

Slaithwaite WI

Name – Slaithwaite WI
Formation – 18th June 1986
Day of Meeting – 3rd Wednesday of each month
Time of Meeting – 7.30PM
Location – Slaithwaite Community Centre
Members – 30 Full Members
President – Jane Barff
Secretary – Susan Fell

Slaithwaite WI is quite an established WI based in Huddersfield. Last year Slaithwaite WI celebrated 25 years since their open in 1986. Slaithwaite is a strong WI with 30 members that meet at Slaithwaite Community Centre. Recently, Slaithwaite WI has made bunting for the village, so that it can be used during village days and celebrations. Slaithwaite WI also has a gardening group through spring and summer and they have a craft group on the 1st Wednesday of each month. Each year Slaithwaite WI creates a lot of fun for themselves and others in the village by having Safari lunches, murder mystery evenings and their yearly BBQ. Over the next year, this WI is planning a memory evening where members can create a booklet about their childhood.
If you are interested in attending a meeting or joining Slaithwaite WI please contact Jane Barff on 07903502625 or email her on

Friday, 18 May 2012

Shibden WI @ Northowram's May Scarecrow Event

Members of Shibden WI at Northowram made 3 scarecrows as part of Northowram's May Scarecrow Event. The three scarecrows were Miss May [the naked knitter] from Calendar Girls and two  that highlighted WI campaigns, SOS for Honeybees and Love Your Libraries. From initial planning to set-up and after-care it was a real team effort that involved all the members.

We Have Been Up To All Sorts!

Recently, we have been very busy. Our members have been to Cornwall, been to The Grand Theatre in Leeds to see Carousel performed by Opera North and Nordic Walking near Ilkley.

Many memebers went on our Falmouth trip from the 23rd to the 28th of April and stayed in the Falmouth Beach Hotel overlooking the English Channel. During their stay they had a full day at the Eden Project and another at The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Another day consisted of a full day excursion to Lizard, Lands End and St Ives. On their last avaliable day, they had the choice whether to fly over to the Scilly Isles and have a tour or have a day doing what they felt. As you can see they had a wonderful time!

On the 16th May, around 40 members went to The Grand Theatre to see a performance of Carousel by Opera North. They arrived and were given tea and coffee before being given a talk about Opera North. After lunch they saw the matinee performance of Carousel.

On the 17th May, a group of around 10 members went to Ilkley Lawn Tennis & Squash Club to have a day of walking. They were greeted with a talk on 'Why a healthy lifestyle is important' and they took the walk around Ilkley.

Encaustic Art

On the 11th May, a handful of our members wer able to have a day workshop learning about Encaustic Art with one of our regular tutors Janie Watts.
During this session, the members learnt how to make abstract images with their waxes and hot irons as well as going into more detailed techniques such as creating castles with their irons.