April 2021

A Note from Sue

As the road map continues on its course, the Committee are spending more time discussing our proposed move back to monthly meetings in the Sports Club in the late summer. However, in order to 'pick up where we left off in February 2020' we need a minimum of 70 members in order to allow us to reclaim the WI experience we have grown accustomed to! Included in this month's newsletter, you will see a note explaining how the subscriptions are divided up in to payments at local and national level in addition to a request to inform a Committee member if you will not be renewing your subscription. The Committee are in no doubt that attending monthly meetings again at the Sports Club will be a cause of concern for some members. Therefore, I want to take this opportunity to reassure you that we will do everything we can, in order to make sure the move back to group meetings is as stress free as possible. Please be assured that all of our meeting discussions will be led by our commitment to ensure the welfare and wellbeing of our members.

With very best wishes,

Sue x

Birthday Greetings

Many happy returns to members who celebrate their birthday in April

Lynda G., Barbara D., Chris S., Linda McD., Anne K., Helen R., Eileen

Monthly Meeting

Thursday, 15th April

Speaker-Chris Duffin. She was the first female governor at Strangeways prison. She will recount some of the many stories and incidents from her twenty year career in the prison service.

Join Zoom Meeting 7.30pm

Competition-Decorate an Easter egg in any medium you wish. It just needs to be egg shaped, so can be an actual egg, on a piece of paper or card, or made of clay-whatever inspires you. Please post your entries on the Themed Thursday WhatsApp or Facebook by 4.00pm on Wednesday, 14th April. Voting will take place on Thursday.

March Competition Winners

1st Trish

2nd Jane

3rd Deborah


March Raffle Winners

Janet L.



Shirley Sharp

Kathryn C.

Please Note-Could all members please have either their own name and/or a picture of themselves when they log in to the Zoom meeting in order to be identified and allowed in from the waiting room.

Heatons WI News

Subscription renewal- Many thanks to the 42 members who have, so far, renewed their subscriptions. A reminder for the remaining members who intend to renew to do so by the end of this month. Details of how to renew were given with last month’s newsletter. If you are not intending to renew please could you let one of the committee know (if you have not already done so). We need to have at least 70 members in order to fund our hire of the sports centre, payment of speakers, and other regular commitments such as insurance. The annual fee is £44 of which we retain £21.60. The remainder goes to the county and national parts of the federation.

WI Annual Meeting- The AM, due to be held at the Royal Albert Hall on 8th June, has been cancelled. A virtual meeting via Zoom will take place in its stead. CFWI has been allocated a certain number of virtual delegate places (only one per WI, and this is subject to ballot if oversubscribed). The successful member's name will be drawn from a hat the following week. Her details will be forwarded to CFWI who will then provide further details. We would ask that the delegate write a very short report about the event for use in the newsletter.

Groups Restarted-Chat and Coffee groups in the park, on Wednesday and Friday mornings at 11.00am, have now restarted. Walk and Talk on Tuesday evenings at 6.30pm has also recommenced. Please meet outside the Co-op at Moor Top.

Trish C won the Cheshire News Christmas Centenary Quiz, scoring 97 out of 100. She won a selection of Cheshire Federation centenary goodies. Congratulations Trish.

Easter Eggs-150 eggs were donated by our WI ladies to the food bank. What an amazing effort by everybody. Thank you Trish for collecting them and taking them to St. Martin’s church. We always come up trumps when called upon.

North East Cheshire Group News

NECG Walk-It is hoped that a NECG walk will take place in July, Covid restrictions permitting. Details to follow.

Wednesday, 6th October-NECG Autumn Meeting. This meeting will be via Zoom. Details of the speaker to follow nearer the time.

Litter Picking-We know we have a lot of litter pickers amongst our membership and the WI was at the forefront of the ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ Campaign. This year members can get involved in a Covid safe way in the Great British Spring Clean, from 13th May to 26th June. Hours spent litter picking are counted as miles and the idea is to have clean, green spaces to enjoy this summer. Details are on their website if you would like to get involved. https://www.keepbritaintidy.org/get involved/support-our-campaigns/great british-spring-clean

Cheshire Federation News

Wednesday, 28th April-Claire Birkenshaw. Claire taught in secondary schools during her 26-year teaching career culminating in the role of principal at an Alternative Provision Academy where she has gained deep knowledge of working with young people particularly those that are marginalised. In 2015, Claire made history by becoming the first transgender headteacher to transition in post, in the UK, while working at a school in Hull. She will speak about her childhood, people’s acceptance, her transitioning journey and her amazing career.

See link below

Cheshire Federation of WIs is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting with: Claire Birkenshaw Time: Apr 28, 2021 07:00 PM London at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Monday, 10th May-The speaker will be Dorothy Byrne, Editor at Large at Channel Four Television and President Elect of Murray Edwards at Cambridge University. During her tenure as Head of News and Current Affairs, the channel’s news and current affairs programmes have won numerous BAFTA, RTS, Emmy Awards and others.Dorothy began her career in the 1980’s when it was rare to be a woman in a man’s world.

Time: May 10, 2021 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Dates to Remember

(For details see above)

Thursday, 15th April-Heatons Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, 28th April-Cheshire Federation Zoom Meeting

Monday, 10th May-Cheshire Federation Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, 6th October-NECG Autumn Meeting

Members’ Notice Board

If you have a notice you would like to be included in the Members’ Notice Board section of the newsletter, or know of any local events other members might be interested in please send details to Linda

St Martin’s Foodbank-1st Wednesday of the month. Please drop off at Kate J’s house. There will be a box for donations on the drive if the weather is dry or in the porch if wet, from 10am until the evening. The foodbank is in particular need of donations of long life milk and fruit juices.