August 2022

A Note from Sue

I should like to take this opportunity to thank Deborah (Treasurer) for updating Committee on our current financial position. At a recent Committee meeting, we learnt that we are facing a deficit of £400. Thankfully, Deborah is reasonably confident that we will be able to cover this deficit by raising the money needed from a range of fund raising activities. Deborah also explained that the deficit has been caused by the 50% rise in our room hire costs coupled with the rise in Speakers' fees. The timeframe we have to raise funds to cover this shortfall is the 12month period from June 2022.

To kick-start our challenge, we raised £125 at the recent Summerfest and Angela's Strawberry Tea has given this target a much welcomed boost. Committee have also discussed the raffle at length and in great detail (as we are currently only making £4 profit at each meeting). Please see below for a detailed message from Deborah regarding the raffle.

With reference to the Summerfest, apologies on behalf of Committee, for not making it clear, that the funds raised at this event would be split 50/50 between Signpost for Carers and ourselves. Even though we are facing our own financial challenge, please rest assured that we will continue to organise events and activities to support Signpost for Carers, and we welcome your help, support and any ideas you may have in this endeavour.

With very best wishes,

Sue x

Birthday Greetings

Many happy returns to members who celebrate their birthday in August

Moira H., Barbara H.

Monthly Meeting

Thursday, 18th August

Social Evening

Competition-A recipe for a cocktail/mocktail. Members will vote on their favourite by placing a sticker on the recipe.

Rota Volunteers-Door-Barbara D. Raffle-Shirley Refreshments-Carolyn, Lynda

Cups- Meet & Greet-Sarah R.

July Meeting Report-Attendance: Members 41 Visitors 6 Income: Cakes: £20.35 Visitors:£20

September Competition-On the night, name the countries from a photo of their flags

Heatons WI News

Monthly Raffle-The Committee would be interested in your thoughts about the raffle at our monthly meeting. Being a charity we are not allowed to run the raffle at a loss. We were extremely fortunate that the raffle held at the Christmas meeting 2019 raised a large sum of money which (plus generous donations of prizes from members) enabled us to hold wonderful ‘free’ raffles at our monthly Zoom meetings during lockdown. Lindsey produced truly imaginative prizes – often smaller items grouped together – which were very popular. No tickets were sold and the names of all members (whether or not they attended the Zoom meeting) were put in a hat. Since lockdown the Committee agreed with Lindsey that we would, for a while, run the raffle on a cost neutral basis. However, our current financial situation means that we now need the raffle to run at a profit and make some funds for our WI. The question is how to do this. Here are some things we have considered: increasing the price of a ticket to £1; having a maximum spend on prizes of £20; encouraging more donations of prizes – including small items that can be grouped into a theme; having fewer but bigger raffles. Please share your comments or suggestions with Deborah or any committee member either at the next meeting or via email to Deborah.

A Message from Angela-“Thank you to everyone who supported us this afternoon. To the bakers, the helpers, the washer ups, the waitresses , Linda on the door, Tim on the raffle, those who donated raffle prizes, those who donated cash and all the lovely people who came! We have raised £285.10! I will post photos later. I am having a lie down!”

Refreshments-In an effort to raise funds for our WI any cake left over at the end of the meeting will be sold at 50p a slice.

Food Hygiene Course-We are looking for two members to take a Level 2 Food Hygiene course. This would be online and paid for by our WI. If you are interested please contact Sue.

Rota-The rota for the next year is available on the sign up table. Please add your name to a slot. As there are 79 members it should mean that if each of us takes a slot we will be covered for the year.

Trading Table-This is available to members each month to sell crafts, produce etc. We ask for a donation of 10% from your sales for our WI funds. The table is currently available for the rest of the year to April apart from October and November. Please contact Sally at for further details or to book a slot.

Heatons Choir-Choir restarts Saturday 3rd September 12.30pm-2.30pm at The United Church, Stanley Road. New members very welcome and no audition is required.

Save the date 7th December 12.30pm, Christmas Meal at Wycliffe Hotel

North East Cheshire Group News

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

Friday, 23rd September-Walk in the Marple area – more details soon.

Wednesday, 5th October-Autumn Meeting. The speaker will be Paula Cornwell who will deliver her talk, entitled “Mind Your Motoring Manners”. 7pm for a 7:30 start at Woodford Community Centre, Chester Road. Tickets will be on sale next month and are priced at £5 each. Book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets will be available from Karen at the monthly meetings. Please place your £5 in an envelope with your name and the event on the front.

Date TBC-Visit to Tutbury Castle, Staffordshire. Details to follow.

Cheshire Federation News

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

CFWI VIRTUAL WI-If anyone is interested in joining, as a dual member, or has a friend who would be interested in finding out more, please contact Angela B.

Tuesday, 23rd August- Zoom Workshop “Make a never ending card”

Materials required: 4 pieces of card, each measuring 6” x 3” use medium to heavy weight card between

250-300 gsm, liquid glue, such as PVA or double sided tape, scoring board and scoring tool, a craft knife or scalpel, bone folder or if you don’t have one use an old plastic store card or the back of a teaspoon

A flat, hard, working surface such as a craft mat, tray or table.

Monday 26th September – Zoom meeting. Marva Rollins OBE (a head teacher for over 20 year and now retired), will talk about her trailblazing career in education her unusual journey to get there. She was awarded an OBE in the 2017 Honours for her contributions to education and the community. She leads BAME leadership and curriculum reviews in schools/academies; challenging stereotypical, historical narratives and correcting these narratives, using historical and up to date evidence.

Friday, 30th September-Chester Boat Trip. 11:00am-2:00pm meeting at the moorings, Souters Lane, the Groves, Chester, Tickets are £15. (If the event is oversubscribed a ballot will be held). Deadline for requesting tickets is 26th August. The visit includes a 30-minute boat trip followed by a short trail/quiz leading you back to Wl House to enjoy a delicious homemade soup and fresh bread. You will have the opportunity to see the house and meet some of the trustees. Hot and cold drinks will be available. Please see Angela B.

Wednesday 12th October – Zoom meeting. Speaker Shelley James Title: How can lighting designed for the space station help us to be healthier and happier too? She will share her passion for light and simple tips to help you use light to be healthier and happier - and save energy too. This is an extremely interesting talk and is highly recommended.

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

Barbara’s Macmillan Coffee Morning-Saturday, 1st October, 10.30am-12.00pm at the Heatons United Church, Heaton Moor Road. £2 entry. Volunteers, good quality tombola prizes (no alcohol) and cakes will be needed for the day. More details to follow nearer the time.


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, carrots, long life milk, fruit juice and size 5 nappies. Also shower gel, soap and baby wipes.