Saturday, 26 January 2013

Yarndale 2013

On 28th & 29th September, is a fayre at Skipton Auction Mart and Yarndale is there to celebrate the beauty and diversity of craft such as crafting with wool, cotton, linen and silk. This event will bring retailers, manufacturerers, craft workers and artists to the fayre who are passionate about yarns and textiles.

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Denman in Bloom 2013

During April and May 2013 Denman College is hosting a bulb festival, which is sponsored by Walkers Bulbs. There will be a host of flowers on display and they have arranged a bunch of flower arranging courses.

9 - 12 April - A Beginners Guide to Flowers for Easter
19 - 21 April - Spring Flowers
22 - 24 April - Flower Garden in Ribbon Emroidery
24 - 27 April - Glorious Tulips in Watercolour
24 - 27 April - Spring Wildlife Walks and Tulips
3 May - Contemporary Tulips at Acrylic Day School
3 - 5 - Stained Glass Flowers in Patchwork

See the range of prices and courses on the Denman College website

There will also be some afternoons where the Denman College will be open to the public. The 14th April and the 28th April the Denman Gardens will be open at £3 admission for the public to stroll around the garden and enjoy the plants.

COOK North Leeds Visit

Several members from the Leeds are had a lovely taster evening at COOK North Leeds where they enjoyed samplers of Paté, tasty Morrocon lamb and delicious chocolate and orange roulade amoungest other tasty dishes. As the weather was so inclement, some members were unable to attend, so another evening is being arranged in the spring.

Women of the World Festival 2013

From Wednesday 6th March until Sunday 10th March, the 4th Annual Women of the World Festival 2013 will be at the Southbank Centre, which is an opportunity for women and men to come together to celebrate womens achievements and discuss the day to day obstacles they face.
At the Festival, there will be female talent from many areas of the world such as politics, arts, economics, fashion, health, sport, science, buisness and education.
There will also be talks and seminars from various business women who will cover sex, religion, politics and many more topics of interest.

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Also watch the trailer to find out more!

New WIs for 2013

This year we already have two new WIs opened around West Yorkshire.

First is Darling Roses - This is our only Saturday WI, which meets at St Johns Church Hall, Harrogate Road, Moortown, Leeds, LS17 7BZ on the last Saturday of each month at 11am. Their next meeting will be on the 23rd February 2013. The contact details are Andrea Burrows, 22 Larkfield Road, Rawdon, Leeds, LS19 6EQ. 01132299392 or 07806916018.

Next is Holmfirth - They meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7.30PM in Holmfirth Adult Education Centre, HD9 3AR. Their next meeting is on the 19th February 2013. The contact details are Amy Boucher, 3 Cuckstool Road, Denby Dale, Huddersfield, HD8 8RF.

This is Holmfirth at their first meeting!

Q & A: Natalie Walker - Assistant Secretary

Q. Where were you born?
A. At St. James’ Hospital, Leeds

Q. What is your earliest memory?
A. My first memory is when I met my friend Harriet in the ‘Home Corner’ at nursery when we were aged 3.  Also around the same age, my brother (then aged 13!) broke my tricycle riding it down the garden path.

Q.When did you get involved with the WI?
A. I have been coming into the office since I was 6 weeks old with my Mum (Liz -Federation Secretary), but started working as Assistant Secretary in June 2009.

Q. What does the role as Assistant Secretary involve?
A. I take care of all the Federation ‘social media’ matters (blog, Facebook, Twitter), along with     Membership enquiries.  I also distribute tickets for events and draft the Q & A profiles for           Committee members for WYN and WI content for the Year Book.

Q. Tell us about your career
A. As well as working one day a week for the Federation, I attend Leeds Trinity University in Horsforth where I am studying for a degree in Journalism and work as a party host at Jack-a-boos in Farsley on Sundays. I am about to start work placement at Ross Parry (a news agency) and will be a guest Editor for the March WYN.

Q. Tell us about your family
A. I live with my Mum, Dad and cat Marmite and have an older brother & sister and a chap called Reece.

Q. What are your hobbies?
A.I like to read books and magazines and enjoy creative writing and patchwork when time allows.

Q. What is your favourite book?
A. My favourite book is ‘Tell it to the Skies’ by Erica James and I do like girly books apart from the Shopaholic series.

Q. Tell us something about yourself that will surprise people.
A. I had a poem published in ‘Great Minds of South & West Yorkshire’ when I was 13 and have a large shoe collection!

WI in the Telegraph & Argus

Last week, Harden & District celebrated their 50th anniversary in style - with the Telegraph & Argus!

Take a look at the article!

We also have many other WI's celebrating their anniversaries this year. If you are one of them please send details of the meeting and possible photographs to the office for us to create a case study to go online and for our archives to present at the Annual Meeting.

Durkar WI

Name – Durkar WI
Formation – 9th February 1970
Day of Meeting – 2nd Monday of each month
Time of Meeting – 7.30PM
Location – Crigglestone Methodist Church
Members – 59 members & 1 dual member
President – Jean Newton
Secretary – Joan Wild
Durkar WI is one of our women’s institutes that meet in the evening at 7.30PM. They meet on the 2nd Monday of each month. Durkar has a high number of members at a variety of ages that mostly enjoy walking as they have a monthly walking group that go to a variety of local beauty spots such as Burton Agnes, which is known as Snowdrop Walk. They also enjoy playing the game Beetle Drive. 

If you are interested in attending a meeting or joining Durkar WI please contact Joan Wild on 01924364317 or email her on

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Chopsuey & Roman Stripes Patchwork

Event - Chopsuey & Roman Stripes Patchwork
Committee - Home Economics
Date - Friday 8th February 2013
Time - 10am - 3.30pm
Venue - Federation Office, LS13 1HP
Cost - £22 for WI members/ £27 for non-members

On the 8th February we will be learning two separate techniques in order to create a finished product. First is the Chopsuey Patchwork, this is not a very common form of patchwork, so a lot more information will be given on the day. Basically Chopsuey Patchwork is a strip patchwork technique where fabric strips are sewn together and then cut apart to create your own individual design.

The next technique that will be taught on the 8th February is the Roman Stripes Patchwork. Roman Stripes is the patchwork technique that features three triangles that are made up of stripes of fabric that you have pieced together yourself. This technique is simple enough for beginners, but creates a great effect when it is all pieced together.

We only have 5 places left for this course. If you are interested in attending please contact the office on 0113 2550810 or email on