Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Meet Our WI Advisors - Helena Harrington & Gillain Swift

Helena and Gillian have many years of experience in the WI. Helena has been a member of Wilsden WI for over forty years and has served on the committee and held all the various officers posts. In the early years Helena helped at Federation level with events in the evening and at resolution meetings. On retiring Helena joined the Membership sub-committee and the went on to be appointed Chairman of that committee. Helena was appointed Chairman of West Yorkshire Federation in April 2007.

In 1990 Gillian joined Farnley Tyas WI where she held the position of president and treasurer. During the years when Farnley Tyas was suspended Gillian joined Stocksmoor WI where she is now a dual member. Gillian has been on the Public Affairs sub-committee and chaired from 2003-2013. She spent 4 years on the Executive committee and also chaired the Membership sub-committee. Gillian also organised many outings and holidays for WI members. She now serves on the Membership sub-committee and is the Resolutions Coordinator.

Helena (2010) and Gillian (2012) trained as WI advisers. The course equipped them with the information they need to help fellow WI members. Many of you may have had contact with them through this role. Helena and Gillian cannot solve all problems but they can and do offer a listening ear.

For anyone thinking 'I could do that' we suggest that the first step is for you to be involved in your own WI and progress to knowing how the Federation works and if you enjoy meeting and speaking to people and are interested then contact the office for more information.

February Events!

Next month we only have one event, with it being such a quiet time of year for us.

Event - Personalised Bunting
Date - 8th February 2014
Time - 10am for 10.30am - 3.30pm
Cost - £22 (£27nonmembers)
Venue - Federation Office, LS13 1HP
Tutor - Maureen Hancox

This workshop is perfect if it is coming up to a special occassion for you. In this event, you can make you own bunting, whether it is a name, event or just something decorative. There are only two places left on this workshop, so you need to book quickly and also make sure you have basic sewing machine skills plus interfacing and bondaweb. Personalise your bunting using machine appliqué and make you bunting trendy.

Email westyorksfed@gmail.com to book on now!

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Christmas At Chatsworth!

For this years Christmas visit, we took a coach down to Chatsworth House, who plays up the Christmas theme each year. This year was a Chronicles of Narnia theme to get us into the festive spirit with snow filled hallways, staff dressed in Narnia theme and of course a snow queen. Take a look at the photographs from our wonderful day!