December 2022

A Message from Kate

I would like to start this last newsletter of 2022 by thanking, again, Sue and Sally for all their hard work on our behalf over the last 4 challenging years. Fortunately they are both staying on the committee. I would also like to thank you for electing me as your President. It is a real privilege and I will do my best to keep our WI as successful as it currently is, ably supported by the committee.

As you know we have had difficulty finding a replacement secretary, so we have looked at the role and we are very fortunate that the committee between them have taken on some of the secretary’s jobs- you will see the list at the end of the newsletter. I am pleased to announce that Suze Appleton is taking over from Sally as our new secretary, and, as our founding President, she is well placed to do the role and to keep me on the straight and narrow.

We are very fortunate to have the Sports Club as our meeting venue, Sally and I have met with Claire, who is the manager of the club, to iron out a few recent issues. The room layout will be communicated to the club by Sally, Suze or myself which should avoid any confusion. We are also going to be trained in using the lighting, heating, air conditioning and the equipment provided so hopefully we will become more self-sufficient when we are there.

The club occasionally feels that a minority of our members do not always treat the bar staff in a respectful way. This is not something that I have ever observed, but can I request that we treat the bar staff as we would want to be treated ourselves and then the bar staff will be happy. They are not responsible for the club having a payment by card policy. I would also like to reassure you that the committee is looking at the suggestions you made at October’s meeting and we will respond to them in due course.

I hope you all enjoy December’s meeting and find it fun. External events are still affecting us so a big thank you to Lynda Guy for stepping in at short notice to ensure we can still dance. There will be a quiz thanks to Linda, a great raffle and other entertainment so it should be a great social event.

I would like to wish you, your family and friends a very happy Christmas and all the best for a peaceful New Year.

Kate Young

Birthday Greetings

Many happy returns to members celebrating their birthdays in December

Shirley Sharp, Karen, Maureen, Kate J., Christine Turner, Carol, Chris B., Christine G., Navina

Monthly Meeting

Thursday, 15th November


Christmas Party

The Twelve Days of Christmas-a poem read by Deborah

Line Dancing lead by Lynda Guy

A Quiz-Linda McD

Please feel free to bring a decoration for your table.

Refreshments for the evening are free-mince pies, tea, coffee.

Wellspring Collection-We are collecting Christmas treats, such as chocolates and biscuits, for The Wellspring. If you are able to donate please bring to the meeting.


Raffle-The raffle tickets will be £2 each

Trading Table- This month Lindsey and Tiff will again have their lovely items on the trading table. Lyndsey will be fundraising for her trip to the World Scout Jamboree in Korea and Tiff is raising funds for her daughter, Ruby, for her chosen charity, Hype.

Rota Volunteers-Door-Anna Raffle-Yvonne, Liz R. Refreshments-Carolyn Meet & Greet-Sue W., Christine G.

November Meeting Report-Attendance: Members 43 Visitors 5 Income: Cakes: £16 Visitors:£10 Raffle:£67 Trading Table:£15

January Competition-Your oldest travel souvenir

Heatons WI News

Reminder-The bar at the Sports Club is card only.

Tea and Coffee-The committee have discussed improving the tea and coffee arrangements and feel the best way forward would be for members to buy them at the bar, £1.80 for tea with prices for coffee, from a machine, starting from £2.20. We will be trialling this for 3 months starting in January and will then weigh up the pros and the cons with members. We look forward to hearing your views about this.

Charity Craft and Cake Sale-Thank you to everybody who made, baked, attended the stall or bought on Saturday. We made an amazing £302.15 on the day and had donations of £30. With the money we raised at the SummerFest we will be giving Signpost a cheque for £460.

The Heatons Choir-The choir venue has changed to St. Martin’s church hall , Didsbury Road, and the time has changed to 10.30am-12.30pm

Save the Date-Saturday, 22nd April. Trip to Wedgewood and Trentham Gardens. Details to follow.

New WhatsApp Group-Buy/Swap/Sell/Give-This group is for anything except pets or livestock. You can offer an item for sale, ask for a swap or give away your item for free. Please keep all comments on this group and do not direct message until necessary to arrange pick up. The usual system is that the goods go to the first person to comment. However this is ultimately up to the seller. You may wish to select a name at random after a given time to enable working members to have a chance. Please contact each other by private message-DO NOT put telephone, addresses etc. on the WhatsApp group. Admin and the committee accept no responsibility whatsoever for the quality or condition of goods offered. Remember one woman's trash is another's treasures. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Emails-Could you please check your spam folder on a regular basis? Emails are occasionally going into spam, especially those with attachments.

North East Cheshire Group News

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

Winter walk - Lyme Park, January , date TBC.

Craft Day-Volunteers are needed to lead a craft session in March - date tbc (11th or 18th ). Please see Karen asap.

Wednesday, 5th April-Spring Meeting at Woodford. 7.30pm start. Speaker TBA.

Cheshire Federation News

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

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 McD

St Martin’s Foodbank-1st Wednesday of the month. Please drop off at Kate J’s house, 12 Alexandra Rd, SK4 2QE. 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. They need tinned potatoes, tinned rice pudding, pasta sauce, tinned meat, tinned fruit, orange juice, sanitary towels, size 7 nappies, baby wipes


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 per kilo.

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

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