April 2022

A Note from Sue

As you are all aware, right from the outset the Committee have worked hard to make sure members safety has been at the forefront when circumstances have allowed us to meet up in person. However, as we slowly and carefully emerge from the Pandemic, it is obvious that in addition to safety, we must factor in the comfort of members when attending the monthly meeting at the Sports Club. With this in mind, the Committee discussed at length how we can make members feel both safe and comfortable and the following format was agreed for monthly meetings: doors to be left open immediately prior to the meeting starting; the air con would only be operational in the refreshments break and no tables would be placed directly under the air con system. We hope these measures allow us to strike a happy balance for those members attending face-to-face meetings. There will of course, be an opportunity to Zoom in to the meeting, and you will find the Zoom link further along in the Newsletter.

Now, our calendar isn't all about monthly meetings, I'm thrilled to report that Linda has had a fantastic response to her idea of starting a Gardening sub-group. Members interested have received a couple of emails from Linda, but if you haven't responded, or you are a new member, please contact Linda for details. I think this idea is a wonderful addition to our WI activities and it is also giving us another opportunity to engage with our community.

Take good care.

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.,Helen, Eileen

Monthly Meeting

Thursday, 21st April


Speaker-Heatons and Reddish PCOs, a chance to hear from our local Police Constable Support Officers. As a payment in kind we are giving the officers homemade cakes and jams/preserves. If you are able to donate to this could you please let Linda know as soon as possible? Thank you.

You may also join us on Zoom.

Although the air conditioning will only be on during the refreshment break it may still be a little chilly, so an extra layer may be needed.

Competition-Homemade cakes and jams/preserves

Rota Volunteers-Door-Krys Raffle-Angela S. Refreshments-Carolyn, Pat F., Pat M., Cups-Michele

Meet & Greet-Margaret L., Ann M.

March Meeting Report-Attendance: 37 members 2 visitors Raffle: £34.50 Cakes/Fruit: £13.00

Teas and coffees: £23.50 Visitor donation:£10

May Competition-An item made from recycled packaging

Heatons WI News

Jubilee Yarn Storm-Things are picking up pace with our yarn storm and we have already received a good amount of flowers, bunting etc. Please keep going as we want to decorate as much of the area as we can. If you have any items could you please bring them along to this month’s meeting or to the Craft Group meeting on 28th at the Moor Club, from 7.30pm onwards? Thank you.

Charity Vote-Our nominated charity for 2022/2023 is Signpost Stockport for Carers, which is located in the Heatons Centre. We will also be supporting Smart Works by collecting suitable clothing and accessories, supporting their events in person, holding a "swish" and having a collection of new tights at one monthly meeting, rather than raising funds.

Rota-The rota for the next year is available on the sign up table. Please add your name to a slot.

Member’s Trading Table-We are looking to reinstate the trading table at the April monthly meeting for a three month trial. If you would like to donate unwanted new/unused items please bring them along. There will be an honesty box and all money raised will go to our funds. If your item is still on the table at the end of the evening please feel free to take it home or we will take them to a local charity shop. This table will also be available for members to sell their own homemade crafts or goods. 10% of sales will be contributed to our own funds. If you would like to have a table, please contact Sally.

May Meeting-We will be having our usual plant sale at the May monthly meeting so please bring along your cuttings, seedlings and seeds. All proceeds will be for our WI.

June Competition-If you have any lace or ribbon you are willing to donate for the “decorate a hat competition” in June could you please bring it along to the April/May meeting or contact a member of the committee.

North East Cheshire Group News

If anybody is interested in any NEC Group activities please contact Karen

22nd April-75th Birthday Celebrations. This will be a vintage themed afternoon tea at Stockport Grammar, 2.30pm to 5.00pm. Karen has a limited number of tickets at £7.50 each. A waiting list will be set up for those members who are unable to obtain a ticket initially, as some may become available from other groups. Please contact her for more information.

27th April Virtual Garden Chat. These ‘chats’ have proved popular with members coming together to share their gardening knowledge and queries. Meetings are held on Zoom so all are welcome. The meeting will start at 7:30pm – you can access the meeting about 7:20pm. Please send any photos / questions you may have to necgwi@outlook.com in advance of the meeting so we can share on the night. The photo may be of a plant or pest you want identifying or of something you are particularly proud of.

27/5/22 Summer Walk-This is to be a new walk in the Alderley Edge area, but on a reasonably flat route followed by lunch or a drink at the Wizard tea rooms. As usual we meet at 10am for a prompt 10:15 departure.

Date TBC Summer Outing-A visit to the National Arboretum in the summer (possibly 8th July). Details to follow.

Cheshire Federation News

If anybody is interested in any Cheshire Federation activities please contact Angela

Thursday 28th April-Virtual Meeting. Gill Cowlam will speak about her 30 years’ experience working in a variety of engineering roles, Gill has worked in some unusual places including Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey and her career has been touched by major incidents.

Tuesday, 26th July-Literary Lunch, speaker Clare Mackintosh, author of ‘I LET YOU GO' and 'I SEE YOU'. 12 noon - 3.30pm (doors open 11.00am) at Cheshire View, Plough Lane, Christleton. CH3 7PT. Clare will be accompanied by Joanne Goodwin (editor of Cheshire Life). Clare Mackintosh (a former police officer) is a number one bestselling crime author. Her stories keep the reader guessing throughout, with always an unexpected final twist. Tickets £25 which includes a 2 course lunch PLEASE ADVISE OF ANY DIETARY REQUIREMENTS (Members Only)

Member’s 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 may be interested in please send details to Linda


RNIB Stamp Collection-Shirley Shaw is collecting used postage stamps for the RNIB. She will bring boxes to WI meetings for members to put their used postage stamps in. You will need to separate UK mainland from the rest of the world, including Isle of Man, Jersey etc. Shirley will collect and send them to the RNIB, who get £20 kilo.

B&Q is recycling plastic plant pots, small electrical items, batteries, light bulbs and fluorescent tubes

Heatons Post Hub is a collecting point for plastic lids, type 2, 4, and 5, straws, type 5 and plant pots, type 2 on behalf of Plastic Shed. They are also collecting new/nearly new working attire, flat shoes and accessories on behalf of the Smart Works Charity.

Superdrug Pharmacy at the top of Merseyway Shopping precinct is collecting empty medicine blister pack.

Blaggs Hardware on Heaton Moor Road is collecting medicine blister packs.

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 food bank is asking for donations of shampoo, carrier bags, tinned fruit, puds, potatoes and carrots. Also shower gel, soap and baby wipes.