Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Our Christmas Lunch 2013!

On 4th December, we had a lovely, festive lunch at the Manor Golf Club to end a great year for WI in style. We had 130 of our members attend who had many menu options such as seafood cocktail, soup, turkey, salmon, cheesecake and fruitsalad. They also enjoyed an incredible talk called 'Only Water Between' by Angela Clare, which was about a family's true story of the Great War. The story was based on true memoirs of Jack and Gert Adam and their 3 children in the First World War.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

A Slice of Yorkshire

Last year, the ladies of the Pizzazz Patchers including Christine Bostock of Laycock & District WI eentered the group patchwork competition at the Great Northern Show, Harrogate and came second. This year they tried again and managed to win first prize!

This work is a progressive piece of patchwork entitled 'A Slice of Yorkshire' and seems to have been great fun to work on. Many of the ladies in Pizzazz Patchers are from institutes such as Otley and Laycock & District .

2014 Resolutions!

NFWI have revealed the four resolutions that we can vote on to go forward to a vote at the 2014 Annual Meeting in Leeds. This gives us as members a chance to make a difference in something we feel strongly about. After 51 resolutions were submitted, these are the final four to vote forward.

1. Increasing Organ Donation
2. Funding For Women's Centres To Cater For The Specific Needs Of Vulnerable Women At Risk Of Offending
3. Campaign Against Female Mutilation
4. Provision Of Non-Acute Hospital Beds

Increasing Organ Donation

Even though there are over 18 million people on the Organ Donation Register, three people die every day waiting for an organ transplant. This is why it is important to the NFWI to encourage people to sign up for organ donation and for those to encourage their friends and families to do the same.
This is a follow up to the NFWI resolution which was called in 1974 and so it is important for them to keep raising awareness for people to sign up.

Take a look for more information

Funding For Women's Centres

Even though the Justice Select Committee have investigated into female offenders, the Ministry of Justice have failed to adapt to their needs, so the NFWI are encouraging the government to fund women's centres that will cater to the needs of vulnerable women who may or may not be offenders.
This resolution is very closely tied with NFWI's previous Care not Custody Campaign and encourages the divertion of women and girls from offending or reoffending.

Take a look for more information &

Against Female Genital Mutilation

This is an educating campaign for the NFWI to encourage publicity of the practice of female genital mutilation, which is affecting women in the UK and abroad. The NFWI feels this is important as there is a complete lack of attention and enforcement upon the issue and the resolution also involves keeping their campaigns for women's human rights.

Take a look for more information &

Provision of Non-Acute Hospital Beds

This resolution urges the NHS to increase the number of non-acute beds within hospitals. As the NHS faces such pressures when caring for peoples lives but also the financial pressure of caring for people. It has been suggested there be 'health hotels' or 'ambulatory care' which will be cheaper for the NHS, but people are still getting the proper care with a hint of their independence still.

Take a look for more information, &

Please start voting for which resolution you would like to put forward and the final vote will be taken at the 2014 NFWI Annual Meeting.

Our December Letter From Our Chairman!

This year the December WYN has crept up almost unnoticed, but not quite! We have had a better summer than previous years and we have enjoyed the wonderful autumnal colours. Who said we need to go further a field for such a wonderful range of colours?

This is the time of the year when the weather outside is cold, wet and icy. We can sit down in front of a fire (real or otherwise) and write those Christmas cards and letters, remembering all those friends and family who are far away. What can be better? This is also a time of intense sadness for many and i hope those who are in this situation can find some comfort in remembering and talking about the many happy times that were spent in good company.

Above all, i think this is really the time for children. To see their faces beaming with enjoyment is to me a source of great happiness. But we can all smile and find enjoyment in even the smallest things. Today i was looking out of the window and had to smile at the antics of the birds on the rowan tree. It brightened up an otherwise dull day! Just seeing the lights that brighten up our towns and city can be a source of pleasure.

For many, taking in a visit to a church for either the midnight service or for a carol service is an important part of this season. Whatever is important to you and your family I hope you will be enjoying all the good things that come at this time of year.

A very happy Christmas and the best possible New Year.

Helena Harrington
Chairman West Yorkshire Federation of Women's Institutes

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Our Successful Table Top Sale!

We would like to say a big thank you to every one who had stalls at the table top sale on the 9th November. Also thank you to everyone who popped in and to all the committee members who helped us on the day.

Class Requirements For Dressmaking For Beginners

If you did not get a chance to take part in our Dressmaking for Beginners workshop at the beginning of November, then take a look at the class requirements and have a go.

  • Paper pattern for a basic skirt
  • Suitable fabric
  • Zip
  • Suitable thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Basic sewing kit
  • Scissors
Also if you would like to take part in the next dressmaking, please book on to the one on the 3rd June by calling 0113 2550810.

Dressmaking For Beginners

On 1st November, a handful on participants took part in Maureen Hancox's first course. They learnt how to use and read a paper pattern to make a basic skirt. They also had an opportunity to revamp their sewing skills on their sewing machines while completely their very own skirt.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Second Dates for Japanese Patchwork Blocks!

Due to the first dates being so popular and fully booking within a few weeks we have selected more dates for late 2014.

31st October 2014
28th November 2014
20 January 2015
20th February 2015
20th March 2015
10th April 2015
26th June 2015

This course will show you how to make a variety of patchwork blocks using Japanese techniques and styles. The sessions include patchworking, applique, sashiko and more. At the end you can use your blocks however you wish - as indicidual cushions or table mats, or together as a quilt. The first two sessions will cover the Kurume Well Curb and Four Well Curb patchwork blcoks and the WIndmill and Five Pine Bark applique blocks.

The days will run from 10am for 10.30am - 3.30pm at the Federation Office, LS13 1HP. For the full course it is £176(£216 nonmembers) including a deposit of £44.

Kurume Well Curb                                                                                      

Four Well Curbs

Windmill Variation

Five Pine Bark Diamonds


Lyo Parent & Child

Comma Style Plum Blossom

Three Gingko Leaves

Cloudy Snow

Tasselled Moon Fan


Sacred Gate



Nawaki Grasses

Linked Diamond Tortoiseshell

Book soon to avoid disappointment!

Iris Quilting Class Requirements!

Due to the popularity of the Iris Quilting workshop, we ended up having two workshops this month, but even now some a still disappointed due to there being no more Iris Quilting workshops. So for anyone who did not get a chance to go to the workshops, here are the class requirements so you can have a go yourself.

  • 3 fat quarters for the design - 1 light, 1 medium and 1 dark
  • A small amount of contrast fabric for centres of the piece
  • 1 fat quarter for the border and binding of the piece
  • Stitch and Tear
  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Rotatry cutter and cutting board
  • Ruler
  • Sewing Machine
  • Grey or green machine thread
  • Basic sewing kit with pins, needles and scissors 

Knitting & Stitching Show - 21st November - 24th November

Come down and see us at the Knitting & Stitching Show in November where we will have many of our members there to took to, forms to join the WI, kits to buy and pieces to view.

This year we have our usual kits for sale, which is the Gingerbread Man and the Cross Stitch Christmas Tree. We also have two new kits this year which are called Sequin Waste Cards and you can buy them in two themes a Christmas Tree or a Snowflake.

Don't forget to come and see us over the weekend, our stand is E9!

Table Top Sale - 9th November

Come on down to the Federation Office on the 9th November between 10am and 12pm to have a great morning at our Table Top Sale.

  • Anne Marston selling beautiful handmade cards.
  • A Rodley WI member selling handmade jewellery.
  • Independent business Love4bags will be selling handbags, clutch bags, purses and accessories.
  • Books stall.
  • Craft table with handmade goods and fat quarters.
  • Cake stall.
  • Bric-a-brac
and much, much more...

Federation Office,
164/166 Town Street,
LS13 1HP

There will also be bacon butties, tea, coffee and biscuits available from 10am. 

November Events!

Event - Dressmaking For Beginners
Date - 1st November
Time - 10am for 10.30am - 3.30pm
Cost - £22 (£27non members)
Venue - Federation Office, LS13 1HP
Tutor - Maureen Hancox

During this workshop you will have new board member and Cookridge Crumpets member Maureen Hancox teaching you how to read a paper pattern and then transform it into a simple skirt.

Event - Table Top Sale
Date - 9th November
Time - 10am - 12pm
Cost - FREE
Venue - Federation Office

We are hosting a Table Top Sale for all the local people and anyone who wants to travel to come and take a look at some fantastic stalls...details to follow soon.

Event - Knitting & Stitching Show
Date - 21st November - 24th November
Time - All Day
Cost - £15 on the door
Venue - Harrogate International Centre

We will be on stand e9 at the Harrogate International Centre. Come down and say hello to some of our Federation officers and buy some of our kits.

Maureen Hancox - NEW Board of Trustees Member

Q: Where were you born?
A: In Grangetown, Sunderland on 22nd May 1957.

Q: What is your earliest memory?
A: Waking up with the sun shining through the curtains and seeing a doll with lovely blonde hair sat on my dressing table in my bedroom. My mum told me it was my 2nd birthday.

Q: When did you get involved with the WI?
A: I joined Cookridge Crumpets WI in September 2012.

Q: What made you join the WI?
A: I retired from teaching at the end of August 2012 and I always said that when I retired I would join the WI. I wanted to be able to pass on my skills from my years in teaching and share my passion for food and textiles. I also wanted to make new friends.

Q: What roles do you hold in the WI?
I put myself forward to be on the Cookridge Crumpets committee at their AGM in April and I was voted in to be Secretary and I am really enjoying being part of the team. I went to the WYFWI Annual Meeting as a helper and heard about the Home Economics and Handicrafts Sub-Committee which really interested me. I am now on the committee and teaching some courses in the near future.

Q: Tell us about your career.
A: I trained as a teacher of home economics at Leeds Polytechnic from 1975-1978 and was successful in getting a job as a secondary school teacher in Rawdon, Leeds. I became Curriculum Leader of Design and Technology until I retired last year. I have taught both textiles and food technology to A Level standard for 34 years which I have thoroughly enjoyed. A number of my students have gone on to university to study fashion and textiles and now work in the fashion industry which I am very proud of.

Q: Tell us about your family.
A: I met my husband Dave at work and we married on 29th July 1983. We have just celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary and retired together last year!  We have a 23-year-old daughter Sarah in her final year studying medicine at Imperial College, London and a son Jonathan who has just celebrated his 18th birthday and is starting university in Leeds which is very exciting.

Q: What are your hobbies?

A: I am passionate about food and textiles so I spend a lot of my time trying new recipes and I make my own bread. I also love dressmaking and making home furnishings. We have an allotment so to use all the fruit and vegetables I make lots of preserves and pickles. Since retiring I have joined the gym so workout regularly to keep fit. Dave and I also intend to take more holidays without children.