Monday, 28 July 2014

A Day Out To Ryedale for Horsforth WI!



On a warm, sunny day in June, twenty-eight members of Horsforth WI enjoyed a full day out in Ryedale, North Yorkshire.

We left Horsforth by coach at 9am bound for the village of Hutton-le-Hole, a picturesque village in the heart of the North Yorkshire National Park and home to the award-winning Ryedale Folk Museum.

On arrival at 10.30am we were met by Maureen from the museum who welcomed us and led us into the museum's small coffee shop for refreshment after our journey.

Thirsts quenched we set off to explore the museum which offers a unique glimpse of the past.  For half a century Ryedale’s most magnificent bits of heritage have been conserved for future generations to enjoy and they have been spread out over six acres to tell a story about the rural way of life from the Iron Age to the 1950s.   Many were soon reminiscing in the Village Store and Chemist shops, recalling such items as Sunlight Soap, Camp Coffee, IZAL toilet rolls and National Dried Milk!  Many items we saw are still available today, albeit in different packaging!  

Others posed for a photograph in front of the backdrop in the professional photographer’s studio  and some even re-lived their childhood love of skipping after discovering toys of a bygone age in the education centre!

Some two hours later hunger pangs were felt and we made our way to the local hostelry, The Crown, where we had pre-ordered our lunch. Once we saw the portion sizes - particularly the haddock, we were relieved we had decided against having starters!

Following our leisurely lunch some members decided to re-visit the museum which was only next door, whilst others thought a visit to the local craft shops which just happened to include a chocolate factory, should be made!

It wasn't too long, however, before several groups could be seen enjoying cups of tea in the sunshine outside a local cafe, or an ice-cream in the shade of some trees.

At 3 pm we all met up once more outside the museum, ready to pose for the obligatory 'group photo'!  Once this had been taken, it was back on the coach for a scenic tour of Ryedale, taking in the market towns of Helmsley and Easingwold and the sleepy, unspoilt villages of Oswaldkirk and Gilling East.

Just over an hour later we arrived at the picturesque village of Tholthorpe, complete with duck pond and village green, where we were greeted by the ladies of Tholthorpe WI at the entrance to the village hall.  The village of Tholthorpe itself became famous immediately after the Second World War in 1944 when a Royal Canadian Air force Halifax Bomber, loaded with bombs, crashed immediately after take off from the airfield at Tholthorpe. All eight crew were killed and only the skill of the pilot saved the lives of many others on the ground. 

We were led into the hall where a sumptuous strawberry cream tea was served. One would think we hadn't eaten all day, the way we tucked in!  It must have been all the fresh air!

It was good to chat to members of another WI and these ladies did us proud with their Yorkshire hospitality.

However, all too soon it was time to say our goodbyes before starting out on the
last leg of our journey home to Horsforth, after what had proved to be "a Grand Day Out!"



Janis Wright, Social Secretary, Horsforth W.I.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

IMPORTANT NOTICE - EVENTS AT RISK OF CANCELLATION!

This is the West Yorkshire Federation's diary for the rest of 2014.

As you can see a few of these events are already full, however many of them are at risk of being cancelled in the next few weeks because of a lack of support and interest.

The committees here at the West Yorkshire Federation spend a great deal of time organising interesting events throughout the year to appeal to all members.

Unfortunately, we have already had to cancel Arts & Leisure's Fun Quiz at Scarcroft Village Hall due to a lack of bookings and many more for the rest of the year could be unless we get the minimum number of bookings required for each event to go ahead.




Event - Enterprising Women in Agriculture Afternoon
Committee - Campaigns & Current Affairs
Location - Federation Office
Price - £8.50 per person
Date - 9th September 2014
Time - 2pm
21 PLACES AVAILABLE

This is the first event being hosted by our brand new Campaigns & Current Affairs Committee and it is absolutely essential that support and encouragement is shown to committee. The afternoon is going to be filled with talks from successful local women within the agriculture community.

- Anna Longthorp from Happy Trotters.
Happy Trotters is a free range pig farm, which raises pigs from beginning to end. They sell their meat to butchers and farm shops in order to keep their consumers happy.
- Jenny Clarkson from Just Jenny's Ice Cream
Jenny will be speaking to you about her produce and how she is so proud that her ice cream is so delicious and it is all down to her locally sourced ingredients.
- Rosie Dunn - Founder of Ladies in Beef
Rosie is the Governor of Bishop Burton College and is a founder member of Ladies in Beef. She will be speaking about her time within the agriculture community.

The day will also consist of refreshments with amazing homemade cakes as well as a raffle where the speakers will donate goods along with local business donations to create a local produce hamper.

THIS EVENT WILL BE CANCELLED IF THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH BOOKINGS BY THE 9TH AUGUST.


Event - Short Mat Bowls
Committee - Arts & Leisure
Location - East Keswick Village Hall
Price - £14 (£15 nonmember)
Date - 15th October 2014
Time - 10.30am - 3pm
20 PLACES AVAILABLE

This is a chance to have an excellent day and even pick up a new hobby. You will be having two sessions of instruction and training for the indoor sport along with a friendly competition at the end of the day. The price of the ticket includes morning coffee as well lunch provided by the West Yorkshire Federation.
This event currently doesn't have ANY bookings and we cannot understand why as people showed interest before the organisation.

THIS EVENT WILL BE CANCELLED IF THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH BOOKINGS BY THE 15TH SEPTEMBER.

Event - Snorkelling
Committee - Arts & Leisure
Location - Bradford Sub Aqua Club @ Tong Swimming Pool
Price - £12 (£14 non members)
Date - 27th October
Time - 8PM
9 PLACES LEFT

THIS EVENT IS AT RISK OF BEING CANCELLED IF THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH BOOKINGS BY THE 27TH SEPTEMBER.


If you would like to book onto any of these workshops, please email westyorksfed@gmail.com or call us on 0113 2550810.