Monday, 29 July 2013

August Events

Unfortunately, we had to cancel our visit to the Festival of Quilts, due to there not being enough people booked onto the event. Hopefully next year we will have enough.

Event - Handmade Journals
Date - 17th August
Time - 10am for 10.30am - 3.30pm
Cost - £27 (£32 non members)
Venue - Federation Office, LS13 1HP
Tutor - Christine Meredith

At this workshop, Christine will be teaching you how to make a notebook using a stitched method and cover your notebook with a decorative paper. You will also be able to make small folded books that can be used as gifts or personal notebooks. The price of this workshop also includes £5 kit created by Home Economics and Handicrafts Committee Chairman Christine Meredith.

Call now to book on
0113 2550810

Or email us

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Derbyshire Well Dressing 31st May 2014

Come and join us on a day out to visit these once-a-year events in Derbyshire.
Local guide Joan Ward will tell us the history of the dressings and take us to the 6 wells in Tissington called Children's Well, Coffin Well, Hall Well, Hands Well, Town Well and Yew Tree Well.
There will be time to look around the centre of the village before we travel to Bakewell for a 2 course lunch in the Wheatshead Inn.
At 2.30pm we leave for a 'Tales Tour' of the Derbyshire Dales. Joan will point out places of interest and at 3.30pm we arrive in Buxton where afternoon refreshments will be provided at Pavillion Gardens.

Menu Choices

Main Courses

  • Homemade Steak & Ale Pie With Chips & Mushy Peas
  • Battered Haddock With Chips & Mushy Peas
  • Homemade Local Recipe Homity Pie With Chips & Salad (Vegetarian Option)

  • Homemade Bakewell Pudding
  • Chocolate Fudge Cake
  • Bramley Apple Pie With Custard or Cream
If you book today, there is a £10 deposit in order to secure your place and then a further £26 in order to pay full price for your guided tour, lunch and afternoon refreshments as well as travel with pick up and drop off points in Rodley, Leeds and Wakefield.

Photos From The Summer Ramble

This year we did something a little different as we had a Summer Ramble rather than a Spring Ramble, This was hosted by one of our newer WIs Mytholmroyd Marmaladies, who helped set up a 3, 5 or 8 mile walk with the Mytholmroyd Walkers Action Group, who tested and improved these walks to suit everyone. 

Christmas Lunch 2013

Our Christmas Lunch is now open for bookings. As the spaces go so fast it is best to book now, so here are the menu choices!


  • Chef's Homemade Carrot, Honey & Ginger Soup with Garlic Croutons
  • Mixed Seafood Cocktail of Smoked Salmon, Prawns, White Devonshire Crab Meat, Crayfish Tails with a Whole Crevette
Main Courses

  • Traditional English Roast Turkey with Seasonal Trimmings
  • Oven Baked Cod Steak with Creamy White Wine & Tarragon Sauce

  • Traditional Christmas Pudding with a Warm Brandy Sauce
  • Homemade Lemon Cheesecake with a Citrus Infused Whipped Cream
Coffee & Mints
Vegetarian Options Will Also Be Available

Our Visit To Oxford & Bletchley Park!

To follow on our theme of Bletchley Park from the PA Lunch, we took a 2 day visit. On the 17th July, we traveled to Oxford by coach and spent an afternoon in the 'city of spires' and on the 18th July we visited Bletchley Park for morning coffee, a tour and lunch with coming back up to West Yorkshire.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Durkar WI Wins Community Champion Award

Congratulations to Durkar Women's Institute! Thanks to Wakefield Council's Community Chest Fund, the group have been able to purchase a new electric keyboard which will benefit a number of local organisations.  Members of the WI went along on Thursday 27th June 2013 to Agbrigg and Belle Vue Community Centre in Wakefield to collect a certificate commemorating the award. They were also presented with a Community Champion Award, which Mrs Jean Newton, President, was pleased and suprised to accept on behalf of her fellow members. Mrs June Drysdale, local councillor for the Durkar area, had nominated the WI in recognition of their hard work and dedication on behalf of others. Several local organsations have benefited from the fundraising efforts of Durkar WI since it was formed 43 years ago.

As well as supporting the local church, where the WI meets each month, there are ongoing efforts to enhance the appearance of the surrounding area by contributing towards the provision and upkeep of hanging baskets throughout the village and a bulb planting scheme has been successfully carried out. Nimble fingered members have created blankets, hats, scarves and other knitted and crocheted items for hospices, residential homes and hospitals and their latest venture is knitting Teddies for Tragedies! The Yorkshire Air Ambulance Service also continues to receive financial support from Durkar WI.

PA Lunch

On the 26th June, over 100 of our members had a very enjoyable day at Wilsden Village Hall, which hosted our Annual PA Lunch. This year we are very interested in Bletchley Park as it was home to women in the war. So, after our lovely lunch of carrot and coriander soup, ham and turkey with potatoes, salad, egg, coleslaw and beetroot for our main and lemon tart for dessert, we enjoyed an extensive talk from Hugh Davies from Bletchley Park, who spoke to our members about the women's role in the war.

To follow on from the Annual PA Lunch, next week (17th & 18th July) 44 of our members are going on an arranged visit to Oxford where we can enjoy an afternoon in the "city of spires". We can then enjoy our evening meal at the Holt Hotel Steeple Aston. The following day we will enjoy our breakfast before going off for morning coffee and a guided tour of Bletchley Park before a light lunch.

We hope you all enjoy your time at Bletchley Park!

AGM Notes from our Honorary Treasurer Sue Stothers

The meeting started more or less on time and Ruth Bond welcomed everyone, we all stood to sing Jerusalem and then the EGM began. The EGM was for a Special Resolution to pass the new Articles of Association for the various Constitutions for the WI.
Questions were asked from the floor and answers given by various members of the board as well as the legal representative.  Some people wanted more plain English rather than legalise. It was explained that this can be difficult due to having to conform to the Charities Commission as well as Registrar of Companies. There was quite a lot of discussion about this as each different Article had to be read. These were the various booklets we were sent to read, pink, blue, green and white. They were all passed, and will be brought into use as soon as possible.Ruth Bond gave her address which was very interesting as usual.
Stephanie Fort gave the Hon Treasurer’s Statement and the accounts and auditor’s report were adopted. The auditors are McIntyre. Voted and passed. Denman made a £300k loss this last year, WI Life remained on target profit and WI Foods is growing. A VAT refund of £500k is expected, membership subs are VAT exempt. However membership subs will be going up in 2014 and this will be decided in July and announced at the ANC in October.
The Standing Orders were voted on and passed.
The adoption of the Annual Review was voted on and passed.
The guest speaker was William Shawcross the new Chairman of the Charity Commission for England and Wales.
Presentations of the cups; Lady Denman & Huxley, Elizabeth Bell & National Quiz Trophies.
Anne Harrison then spoke about Denman. Only 5% of members responded to the questionnaire which was sent out. However the numbers are growing; they are 88% capacity at the moment, there are new courses and new tutors so they are hoping for a further increase. However Denman has been subsidised and this cannot keep happening; it has to be self sufficient. Some of the VAT refund money was used for this. Denman is still struggling so to keep it we need to use it and keep on Doing it for Denman to raise some more funds. If you wish to make a donation make it to Denman.
Anglesey Federation to become incorporated and a discussion and vote taken – passed.
Griff Rhys-Jones who is the President of Civic Voice (Trust) then spoke about the television series he had done for the restoration of old buildings and touched on the buildings in the high street. He was very amusing and made some good points, he really wants to preserve as many old buildings and streets as he possibly can.
Then time for the resolution on the decline of our high streets and town centres.
Lots of discussion and questions from the floor about this; don’t like the wording of the resolution it was not very clear, this caused a problem, there was a lot of discussion about this; too little too late, some members did not think it was a good resolution, car parking seemed to be a major problem in small high streets, quite lively.
Sean Speer from the Campaign for Rural England spoke for the resolution. He wants to revive the high street, which means that money spent locally will stay locally and help the community which is very important. William Micky CBE spoke against the resolution and he said that 25,000 shops had closed between 2000 and 2008 before the recession had started. The fastest change in retailing has occurred with the internet, mobile phones and out-of-town shopping areas which he feels that local shops should have more presence and help themselves more 
However the resolution was passed 5,266 for and 758 against = 87.4% majority.
John Humphries from Mastermind and Radio 4 programme was the next speaker and he had asked for questions from the floor, and we could not get through all of them there were so many. However he did answer them with humour and he was serious as well. He had interviewed Margaret Thatcher and the one thing he did say about her was that she always answered the questions put to her. She did not have spin doctors around who she had to speak to first! She also rang him up one morning from the kitchen to discuss something she had just heard on his programme. He asked the Queen if he could interview her and she said no twice and the last time said it would not be by him anyway. I asked who was the most inspiring woman he had interviewed and he said that he was in Soweto when the first votes were being cast by the black people and there was a long queue. He went up to a very elderly woman who was with a younger woman who was heavily pregnant. He asked the older lady what difference this vote would make for her and she said to him nothing, he was taken aback as this was a live interview and he thought it had come to an end, however, the lady then put her hand on the stomach of the pregnant woman and said “but it will make a lot of difference to this baby.” He said he was quite moved by this statement. A very entertaining speaker.
The next guest speaker was Jonathan Willcocks, who is a musician and he had written a little song, and put us through our paces learning the chorus, then we all had to stand and sing the chorus and do some exercises to it at the same time, quite good fun at the end of the afternoon.
Both anthems were sung, and the National Anthem as well.