Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Holiday to Ireland

Event - Holiday to Ireland
Date - 19th September - 25th September 2014
Price - £580 (single room supplement £110)

On the first night of the outward journey we will have a one night stay in the Aspect Hotel on the outskirts of Dublin City. This is a modern hotel with all rooms being en-suite with tea/coffee facilities,colour television and lifts to all floors.

After our first night, we will continue our outward journey to Killarney in South West of Ireland. We will be staying in the Gleneagle Hotel for four nights, which is on the edge of town and overlooking Killarney National Park. All the rooms have en-suite, coffee/tea facilities, colour television and direct dial telephones. There is also entertainment in-house for residents, leisure centre, swimming pool and a shuttle bus to Killarney town. There is an evening meal and Irish breakfast included.

Excursions over the week....


  • Visit to Tralee
  • Tour around Dingle
  • Tour around Ring of Kerry with morning coffee & light lunch
  • Car ride through Killarney National Park
  • Cruise on Lakes of Killarney
  • Visit to Cashel & Rock of Cashel
  • Free time in Dublin on return
The week trip is £580 per person which includes all of the above details. If you are interested in a single room the supplement will be £110 on the original fee. 



Q & A: Kathleen Hardcastle - Board of Trustees & Member of Cookridge Crumpets WI

Q. Where were you born?
A. I was born on May 15th 1945 in Bond Street Maternity Hospital, Leicester. I spent the first 19 years of my life in a Leicester that is totally different from that of today.

Q. What is your earliest memory?
A. When I was very young and my father had just returned from the war, we shared a house with a very old lady called Emily. I can actually recall Emily as a shadowy figure in the background but mostly I also remember Mr and Mrs Farrer who had a small sweet shop next door. Mr Farrer used to yodel which scared me to death. Another thing is the fact that I was convinced at a very early age that I could swim in the river Soar if only my mother would let me try! She had to give in when I was five and let this water baby have lessons

Q. When did you get involved with the WI?
A. Way back in 1986 a friend and I wanted something more to do. We had tried various women’s groups to no avail and one day she approached me with the idea of setting up a Horsforth WI. A few weeks later, with the help of Maureen Burrell,  we were up and running and we never looked back.

Q. What made you join the WI?
A. WI offered me many new experiences and opportunities as it still does for women in the            multicultural world of today. I always felt encouraged to “Have a go!” and didn’t need to be an expert before I started.

Q. What roles have you held in the WI?
A. I have been president three times, vice president and programme secretary. I’m new to the Board of Trustees and I hope to learn a great deal more about what the W.I can offer modern women.
 Q. Tell us about your career.
A. My father didn’t believe in further reducation for girls and would have liked me to join the firm he worked for to train as a secretary before job I got married!! Not for me I’m afraid, so after leaving school at 16 I went straight into an N.N.E.B training course, was consequently offered a temporary job as an unqualified teacher before completing my studies at Margaret McMillan College of Education. I later studied with the O.U. I spent many happy years teaching in the Manningham area of Bradford and the last 17
years of my career as a Headteacher in two Leeds schools.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

An Update From Cookridge Crumpets!

Name – Cookridge Crumpets WI
Formation – 22nd March 2011
Day of Meeting – 1st Tuesday of each month
Time of Meeting – 7.30PM
Location – Cookridge Holy Trinity C of E School
Members – 53 Members
President – Bronwen Ella
Secretary – Maureen Hancox

Cookridge Crumpets WI is one of our newest WI’s as it has only been open since 2011, but the members are still just as active as an established WI. Even though they are a new WI they vary in age and interests and are all still young at heart! During their first year of being an open WI they had events such as Zumba, wine tasting, a talk on astrology and at Christmas they had wreath decorating and carol singing. This year so far they have had activities which have included a talk on Bees and Honey, a faith supper and an archery evening where members practiced their skills using a bow and arrow! In the summer they have a cake stall at Holy Trinity C of E school summer fair. As well as being popular with their current 53 members they also have a large fan base online with their Twitter account @CookridgeWI and their Facebook page.

If you are interested in attending a meeting or joining Cookridge Crumpets WI please contact Maureen Hancox on 07941858531 or email her on cookridgewi@yahoo.co.uk