Tuesday, 1 September 2015


Kirkheaton WI had a stall at Mirfield Show on August 23rd. 

They had a very successful day, promoting the WI and celebrating the centenary. 

Over 10,000 people attended the show and I am pleased to say many ladies showed an interest in the WI and enjoyed our cakes too!!

Tuesday, 25 August 2015


On June 16th 2015 Shepley WI hosted a Tea Party and invited neighbouring WIs. 

It was a lovely afternoon and we recalled that on June 16th 1915 a meeting held in North Wales sowed the seeds for the formation of the first WI in that same village on September 16th 1915.

Thursday, 20 August 2015


Check out the details for our forthcoming events under OUR WI heading.

If you wish to book a places on any event please contact the Federation Office on 0113 2550810 or by email to westyorksfed@gmail.com.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015


On a rather dull August day, 13 members from Institutes across the Federation came together at the Federation Office to make Rag Rug Christmas Trees.

They used scraps of fabric and ribbon with hessian and a proddy tool to create their own trees under the instruction of our tutor Christine Meredith.

As you can see from the photos and comments below they all had a great day.

'Enjoyed it very much, first playtime - enjoyed myself and want to come again' - Nostell WI

'Lots of fund with little cost, great hobby' - Thornhill WI

'Really good day, everyone very friendly and supportive' - Roberttown & District WI

'My first craft class, it was a wonderful experience, can't wait to come back' - Shibden WI

Tuesday, 28 July 2015



1000's of members headed up to Kiplin Hall in Scorton in North Yorkshire to see the fabulous display created by hundreds of WI members.

 Nine Northern Federations took part and each had space in this wonderful Jacobean Hall available for their members 100 Shades of Green creations and they did not disappoint.

Here is just a small selection of photos from the West Yorkshire members

 The craft creations will be on display at ourforthcoming Autumn Council Meeting where members will be able to judge their winner and they will displayed again at the Harrogate Knitting & Stitching Show so the public from far and wide can enjoy the many craft talents of WI members.


A small group of members are meeting once a month with tutor Maureen Hancox for our popular Come Sew with Me course.

They have made brilliant progress so far and we can't wait to see what else they produce over the next few months.


Clear skies and sunshine greeted members and four husabands as we arrived for the Gliding Experience at Sutton Bank Gliding Club.

Safety instructions and a practical demonstration on wearing a parachute followed before meeting our personal pilots.

After climbing (with difficulty and somewhat inelegantly) into the front of the glider we were firmly strapped in.  We were then towed to a height of 2000 feet before the glider was released from the tow.
Finding a rising thermal we reach almost 3000 feet - wonderful views of the countryside opened up, a chance to take the controls and all too soon time was up and we prepared to land. 

Down to earth we met up with other members who had preferred to keep their feet firmly on the ground and all enjoyed an excellent post flight supper in the club house.

Comments included:-

Would I do it again?  Definitely YES said Mary Phillips

Birthday treat - as an honorary member (husband) well done!  Fantastic experience, would do it again!

Another super day, club very helpful and hospitable - meal very good

Excellent - when do we glide again?

Non-member wrote - thank for a wonderful experience - I would love to come again


Sunny June found a group of West Yorkshire ladies at Clayton Hall Farm to be welcomed by
Neil Gemmell and his wife Dawn.

A decline in dairy farming was priving a challenge to Neil's livelihood and so he decided to diversify into producing green energy. 'Hate Food Waste' is high on the agenda for the WI, but the question is, 'What can we do?'  Neil demonstrated exactly what we do to help ourselves, our children and grand children to preserve our planet.

In 2011 Neil installed a hugh bio digester on his land and another unit followed last year.  Waste food stuff from factories and supermarkets is delivered to the farm and is processed in the digester to yield enough gas to run a 700k generator and produce a steady supply of power to the National Grid. Neil produces enough power for his own farm and about 700 local houses and the new unit will increase output.


8000 WI members including over 70 from West Yorkshire attended the 2015 Royal Garden at Buckingham Palace in the presence of the Duchess of Cornwall and the Countess of Wessex.

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Monday, 27 July 2015


Over 70 members headed up to North Yorkshire to visit Tennants.

Sue Stothers has written to say this was an excellent visit, most people had lunch in the cafe and Rodney Tennant went round every table speaking to everone.

They went into the hall for the talk where tea, coffee and home made bisuits awaited them.  Rodney talked for about 45 minutes telling them about his background (he comes from farming stock and started in a small way) and went down to London to Christies for an interview, every question he was asked he had to say no (any qualifications) but he was called back and offered the job and started as a porter enad learned his trade. Back to Yorkshire and started up a business and has progress ever since, the culmination is the new premises where at present there is building work going on to make a sensory gardne for sightless people.

The members then enjoyed a presentation about clocks by the resident expert who had worked at Christies but who had moved up North.  Some of the clocks shown and talked about were worth £1000's!

Members were allowed to take photographs during the visit and they went on a tour of the building which is very light and airy, has a stage which can be used for concerts, brass bands and orchestras and they are to start holding weddings shortly.  Their boardroom can be used by anyone who needs it and they can hold corporate meetings and have breakout rooms too.

A delicious afternoon tea was served with sandwiches, scones with jam and cream and chocolate and of course tea & coffee.


We had a full house at Wilsden Village Hall for our Centenary Summer Lunch with Andy Lloyd.

Andy made the most yummy chocolate truffles laced with lots of alcohol whilst the members enjoyed his humourous and at times flirtatous presentation.

Whilst he was having fun with us, his two helpers were busy beavering away in the kitchen making our 3 course lunch  of melon with raspberry coulis, ham salad and fruit tart.

After this was all cleared away Andy enter the room to the music of 'Don't you wish your girlfriend looked just like me' from the Moneysupermarket advert!

 Thankfully he changed into a very nice sparkly jacket and trousers and entertained us with his rendition of songs from Neil Diamond and Cliff Richard - we even had some members up on their feet having a dance!

Marion had a fab time selling raffle tickets and a great day was had by all!

Scholes WI

Scholes (Leeds) village Gala Committee asekd Scholes WI to choose the therem for the 2015 Village Gala, as it was the WI Centenary they decide to highlight the campaign work done by the WI and chose the SOS for Honey Bees campaign.

Their President Helen Bainbridge opened the Gala and the Gala Queen was crowned by the longest serving Scholes WI member Eileen Woodhead.

Scholes WI has supported the village gala for many years by running a tombola stall.  Members decorate the stall and dress up to match the theme.  Last year they won first prize for the 'Tour de France' stall and this year as you can see below won 2nd prize for the 'SOS for Honey Bees' stall and raised over £200 for Scholes Village Hall funds

Well done to all at Scholes WI, it looks like they had a great day at the Village Gala.


Sorry about the lack of information being posted on our Blog in recent weeks, it's been a case of too much going on and too little to time to update things.

But we hope to be able to update the Blog on a more regular basis from now on.

Thanks for sticking with us

Thursday, 21 May 2015


100 members attended this very intersting and information evening to discuss the 2015 Resolution - Failing to Care.

Members were also given updates about the 2014 Resolution on Organ Donation and other WI Campaigns including Hope for Justice.

They also had the opportunity to see a brilliant display '100 Year of Campaigning' which showed Resolutions from across the decades.

And of course this great evening was finished off with tea and cake.

Members commented: -

'Excellent evening - very informative'

'Enjoyed the evening, especially Hope for Justice'

'A very enjoyable and interesting evening.  A lot of hard work went into this - well done!'


We received some lovely comments from the members who attended including: -

"What a fabulous day, lovely new venue, good speakers and a great atmosphere in which to meet up with friends old and new"

"Thank you to all concerned for arranging another brilliant Annual Meeting"


40 WI members enjoyed a fabulous few days at Denman College 1- 3rd May, 2015

Four courses had been arranged for them to try: -

Do Ahead Dinners - this was designed around fridge and freezer-friendly dishes that can be prepared in advance to take the stress out of dinner parties and midweek meals.


Silver Jewellery - this was an introduction to the basis principles of making jewellery with traditional tools and an opportunity to produce a piece of silver jewellery.

Silk Embroidery: Long and Short Stitch- this course showed members how to embroider a rose and leaves using this beautiful stitching technique and included the techniques of shading and stitch direction, padding of petals and leaves to give texture and depth to their work.

Ramble the Thames Path Shiplake to Henley (3-4 miles) included a picnic lunch in Henley and brief exploration of the town, then in the afternoon a minibus took the members to Greys Court for a visit to the gardens, a house tour and a picnic tea.