Friday, 26 October 2012

October Craft Collection

On the last Friday of each month we hold a craft group for anybody to attend. You can bring along your own projects, learn something new and meet new people. It is £3.50 for WI members and £5.50 for non-members. Take a look at todays workings.

Q & A : Heather Ross - Senior Vice Chairman

Q:Where were you born?
A:I was born in Wickham, Hampshire

Q:What is your earliest memory?
A: When I was about 4/5, I remember hearing air raid sirens and my Dad getting my sister and me out of bed to hide under the dining table as there were in the fields bombing close by.  The fields were those mentioned recently on Wartime Kitchen.

Q:When did you get involved with the WI?
A:I have always known about the WI as my Mother was a member, but I didn’t join until the early 80’s.

Q:What made you join the WI?
A:I went along with a friend – out of noisiness probably!!

Q:How long have you been a member?
A:I have been a member for about 30 years and have been President in each of the WIs to which I have belonged in Hampshire, West Sussex and West Yorkshire

Q:What does the role of Senior Vice-chairman involve?
A:I work to support Helena as Federation Chairman and the Board of Trustees

Q:Tell us about your career.
A:I have worked in a Post Office, at Marks & Spencer as a supervisor on the food department and also in a small catering business

Q:Tell us about your family.
A:I have a husband and a granddaughter who is 16.  She is in her 2nd GCSE year and plans to go into higher education to take a degree in Zoology

Q:What are your hobbies?
A:Craft, craft & more craft!  Anything to do with quilting, patchwork, embroidery, knitting and beadwork really

Q:What is your favourite book?
A:I don’t really have a favourite book, but I do like Lesley Pearse books, especially Remember Me

Q:Tell us something about yourself that will surprise people.
A:Held a live alligator whilst in Florida

November Events

2nd November - This will be the second of two days for our Crazy Patchwork workshop. They will be creating a panel designed by themselves with many different fabrics. If you did not get a chance to book in time the requirements and instructions from the workshop will be on the blog and Facebook after the workshop.

28th November - This year we are hosting our Christmas Lunch at the Manor Golf Club in Driglington. We have a lovely menu as well as a speaker named Christine Robinson, who is the head housekeeper at Chatsworth House. Here is their menu for the day.

Prawn, Crab and Crayfish Cocktail

Roast Turkey
Vegetarian Dish

Christmas Pudding
Citron Tart

Needle Felt Workshop

On Thursday 25th October, a handful of new and established members made use of our upstairs office in our latest Needle Felt Workshop. The participants were being taught how to make their felt into creations such as Christmas decorations or hair accessories. Take a look at the pictures!

Clayton West WI

Name – Clayton West WI
Formation – 23rd January 1991
Day of Meeting – 1st Wednesday of each month
Time of Meeting – 7.30PM
Location – United Reformed Church, HD8 9LY
Members – 16 Members
President – Christine Meredith
Secretary – Jean Fisher

Clayton West is based in Huddersfield and is very active within their community. Last year they celebrated their 20th anniversary with many celebrations. Recently, they have visited a local vineyard, visited Batley Audio Visual Club and had speakers such as Joe Maiden from BBC Radio Leeds and are a horticulturist. This year they have attended a local scout gala and a local show as well as hosting a coffee morning in the summer. This institute is very crafty as the President of Clayton West is the Chairman of the West Yorkshire Federations Home Economics Committee, which means they have many craft sessions as well as a craft group every two weeks. 

If you are interested in attending a meeting or joining Clayton West WI please contact Jean Fisher on 01484 865842.

Friday, 19 October 2012

RHS & WI Afternoon Tea

As the RHS Afternoon Tea was so successful in 2011, we decided to host another at the St Chad's Hall in Headingley. Yesterday afternoon over 60 members of the WI and RHS visited St Chad's to take part in our afternoon tea. As well as a delicious tea we had an incredible talk from Alys Fowler, who spoke about 'How to live year-round off your garden'. We hope everyone enjoyed their day.

Friday, 12 October 2012

The Hebden Bridge Cinema Visit

On Tuesday 9th October, over 100 of our members went to the Hebden Bridge Cinema to take part in a True WI Afternoon Tea.
The afternoon started off with an introduction from Hebden Royds Town Clerk, who gave a talk on the history of the cinema before the memebers settled down to a showing of Made in Dagenham. After the showing there was an opportunity to visit the projection box, which contained an old 35mm projection unit and then visit the new digital projection unit.

Take a look at the photographs from the day!

Harden & District WI

Name – Harden & District WI
Formation – 7th January 1963
Day of Meeting – 2nd Monday of each month
Time of Meeting – 7.30PM
Location – Family Room, St Saviours
Members – 40 Members
President – Gaye Baird
Secretary – Vicky Furness

Harden & District WI is now coming into their 50th year as a WI and is planning many special events for the upcoming year. Even though a Women Institute only meets officially once a month Harden and District take it upon themselves to meet regularly throughout the month with a craft club that meet every 2 weeks, a monthly walking club and a culture club that have regular outings to the cinema, theatre and gardens in West Yorkshire. Also this WI is one of the few in our federation that has its own website. Take a look by visiting

If you are interested in attending a meeting or joining Harden & District WI, please contact Gaye Baird on 01535275204 or email her on

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Our first video - Autumn Ramble

Here is a video of the view from The Trigg on the Autumn Ramble at the end of last month as well as a picture of the people taking part.

New Books & Recipes

This month we have the new Sherlock Holmes novel called The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz. Read this for a thrilling new crime drama.

Also this month we have 3 new recipes. The first is a Cauliflower and Broccoli Crunch, next is a vegetarian sweet potato lunch and lastly is an eves pudding.

Take a look and enjoy!

Q & A: Sue Stothers - Honorary Treasurer

Q: Where were you born?
A: Eccleshill in Bradford.

Q: What is your earliest memory?
A: I was 6 years old and my sister had twins at home.

Q: When did you get involved with the WI?
A: I joined in 2005.

Q: What made you join the WI?
A: I had just moved to Bardsey and I didn’t know anyone. I saw an advertisement for it and have been going ever since.

Q: What does the role of Treasurer involve?
A: The role of Treasurer is to watch the finances of the Federation and make sure we stay in a profitable situation.

Q: Tell us about your career.
A: I have mainly done office work. For the last 20 years of my career I was a manager in a recruitment agency.

Q: Tell us about your family.
A: I was the youngest of 7 in my family. I have 1 son who has 4 children and two step children, who both have 2 children.

Q: What are your hobbies?
A: I like sport. I enjoy playing croquet and watching tennis as well as reading, crosswords and Sudoku.

Q: What is your favourite book?
A: I don’t really have a favourite book, but I read a lot of Peter Robinson books and I enjoy detective stories.

Q: Tell us something about yourself that will surprise people.
A: At one point I was a pub landlady.