Thursday, 20 December 2012

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

We would like to say a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from all the West Yorkshire Federation Office.

We will close today at 2pm and will re-open on Wednesday 2nd January 2013.

Enjoy your Christmas and Happy New Year!

Harden & District Recipe Book

To celebrate their 50th anniversary Harden & District WI have produced a recipe book of all their favourite things to eat from Cucumber and Mint Soup to Black Forest Brownies.

On the inside cover, Harden and District WI say: "To help celebrate Harden WI's 50th Anniversary, members were invited to submit their favourite recipes. As you will see, they are very varied. We hope you find them easy to follow, tempting and tasty.

If you are interesting in purchasing Harden WI's anniversary recipe book please contact Vicky Furness on 01535 272673 or visit their website

Roundhay WI

Name – Roundhay WI
Formation – 8th February 1990
Day of Meeting – 2nd Thursday of each month
Time of Meeting – 7.15PM
Location – St Andrew’s Church Hall, LS8 1DS
Members – 24 members & 2 dual members
President – Denise Pickles
Secretary – Hilary Mobbs

Roundhay WI is very organised each month for their meetings, they usually have a speaker each month followed by tea and biscuits as well as mingling. They celebrity their birthday each year with an evening out and in August there is always a day trip to somewhere local. Roundhay WI also have a walking group called the Social Strollers who meet fortnightly in the afternoon for a short walk and they finish off with a sociable drink in a local café. They also have a fortnightly tea and chat group where the members get together in the afternoon for tea, chats and for those interested in craft a bring their projects. There is also a knitting group for dedicated knitters who wish to develop monthly. Their last group meets monthly in the evenings to discuss serious issues, but usually it is tea and a chat and are very open for other enjoyable activities. This year they celebrated the Queens Diamond Jubilee in May with an evening of Spam and Diamonds dedicated to 1953.
If you are interested in attending a meeting or joining Roundhay WI please contact Hilary Mobbs on 0113 2665648 or email her on  

Q & A: Liz Jones - Federation Secretary

Q: Where were you born?
A: I was born at home in Wibsey near Bradford.

Q: What is your earliest memory?
A: My earliest memory is from when I was about 3, being at Wibsey Nursery where I had lukewarm milk and rusks for morning break.  I also remember we had personalised coat pegs, drawers for our pictures and beds for our afternoon naps.

Q: When did you start working at the WI?
A: I started working at the WI on the 21st January 1991.

Q: Are you a member of the WI?
A: Yes, I go to Buns & Roses WI in Leeds City Centre.

Q: What does the role of Federation Secretary involve?
A: Very briefly, I support the Board of Trustees and the other sub-committees as well as dealing with the members and institutes about events and general administration for the Federation.

Q: Tell us about your career.
A: I was 14 when I had my first job as a machine cleaner in the laundrette, at 16 I had a Saturday job working in a shoe shop in Bradford. At 18, after I left college I was a receptionist at a carpet contractors, I then worked for Appleyards in Leeds as a wages clerk and then at 19 I went to work for Yellow Pages, which was taken over by Thomson Directories. After I had my children I went to work at Asda on the shop floor and in administration and then I joined the WI as the Federation/Company Secretary.

Q: Tell us about your family.
A: I have a partner, 3 children aged 29, 27 and 19 and a cat named Marmite.

Q: What are your hobbies?
A: I enjoy crafting especially patchwork, sewing, knitting and reading.

Q: What is your favourite book?
A: I have lots of books I like, but one that sticks in my mind is called Rosie by Alan Titchmarsh, which my mother gave to me, which is a lovely story based in my favourite place the Isle of Wight.

Q: Tell us something about yourself that will surprise people.
A: I hand fed four fully grown tigers at the Isle of Wight Zoo with Natalie. 

Ripponden With Rishworth

Name – Ripponden With Rishworth WI
Formation – 1st January  1952
Day of Meeting – 3rd Tuesday of each month
Time of Meeting – 7.30PM
Location – Ripponden Community Centre
Members – 28 members
President – Carol Short
Secretary – Wendy Lockwood

This year Ripponden With Rishworth celebrated their 60th anniversary of being open as an institute. Recently, they have had a murder mystery evening, swishing parties, drama in local concert, fund raising stalls, folk evenings, oak tree planting ceremony and visits to many places of interest to the Ripponden With Rishworth WI. They also have a monthly reading group for all their members and friends. This year as well as celebrating their anniversary they have hosted a Bronte evening, a sponsored walk, stalls and have raised funds for their community centres repairs. This WI is very active and friendly in their community and enjoy getting involved in all aspects.

If you are interested in attending a meeting or joining Ripponden With Rishworth WI please contact Wendy Lockwood on 01422 825648 or email her on  

Craft Collection 2013

The Craft Collection is open to existing, new or non members on the fourth Friday of each month, where you can bring your own projects to work on and there is no need to book! £3.50 for members and £5.50 for non members!

25th January
22nd February
22nd March
26th April
24th May
28th June
26th July
23rd August
27th September
25th October
15th November (this is early because of the Knitting & Stitching Show)
No Craft in December!

We hope to see you soon!