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 www.organdonation.ngs.uk

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 www.womensbreakout.org.uk & www.prisonreform.trust.org.uk

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 www.dofeve.org & www.forwarduk.org.uk

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 www.kingsfund.org.uk, www.dh.gov.uk/health & wales.gov.uk/topics/health


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.