December 2023

Merry Christmas

A Message from Kate

The annual meeting went well. Thank you for re-electing me- it is a privilege and I look forward to my second year as President.

I would like to thank the two retiring committee members, Suze Appleton and Pat Martin for their valuable contribution to the smooth running of our WI-Suze who stepped in as secretary so we could continue as a WI for the last year and Pat who has completed four years on the committee. I would also like to thank Karen for all her hard work over the years as our Social Secretary. She is changing roles and is now our Secretary, and will continue in her role as the NECG rep. Thank you to the rest of the committee who are continuing in their current roles and welcome to Kate W. who has now joined us.

The new committee have now had their first meeting and have decided to reintroduce Bursaries next year. There will be four, worth £75 each. The details of how to apply and how they will actually work will be shared with you in January. The Bursary has to be for something educational, so it covers many types of courses and is definitely not just for crafts, so put your thinking caps on as to what you could use the money for.

I would like to thank all the members who contributed to the success of our stall at St Paul’s. It is good that we can hand over a cheque to our charity, Stockport Feeding the Community, so they can use it immediately.

Our members have been busy yarn storming again and we also have a tree in St Paul’s Church. It is great to make our presence felt in the Heatons.

I look forward to seeing you all at our Christmas Party which should be a fun evening.  

I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2024.

Best wishes


Birthday Greetings

Many happy returns to members celebrating their birthdays in December

Shirley S., Karen, Maureen H., Kate J., Christine T., Chris B., Janet H., Barbara A.

Monthly Meeting

Thursday, 21st December


Christmas Party

Order for the evening

Elf and Safety

Heatons Choir with some audience participation

Pass the parcel

Reading by Deborah

Refreshments-Mince pies, tea/coffee. Please remember to reuse your cup if you return for a second drink.

Newspaper game

Make a hat

Christmas cracker jokes

Please bring a decoration for your table if you so wish.

Grand Christmas Raffle-We have four hampers plus various other prizes (see attached photo). Tickets will be £2 each. Thank you Perveen for your hard work collecting and putting them together.

Trading Table-We will have the trading table at the meeting selling crafts and a Christmas quiz pack of four puzzles at £2.50. It comprises of a General Knowledge Quiz, Ditloids, a Word Search and Anagrams of Christmas Songs.

Rota Volunteers-Door-Angela S.  Raffle-Kate J., Barbara C.   Refreshments- Carolyn 

Meet & Greet-Angela B., Kate W.

We would be grateful if those of you on meeting duties please arrive by 7.15pm. If you are unable to attend the meeting please contact Linda McD. so that she can send out an email to fill the slot. Thank you.

November Meeting Report-Attendance: Members-38   Zoom-0  Visitors-2  Income: Visitors:£10

Cakes:£17   Raffle:£50   Trading table:£59.50

Competition-A simple Christmas table decoration.  Please make a simple decoration using a medium of your choice, e.g. flowers, paper.

Heatons WI News

St. Paul's Christmas Fair-We raised £281.25. Thank you for all your support.

Evacuation Procedure-Please let Linda McD. know if you leave the meeting early so that it can be recorded on the register. It means that, should we have to evacuate the building, we know who exactly is still there. In Linda’s absence please tell Sally. Our evacuation meeting point is on the field opposite the car park entrance.

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

North East Cheshire Group News

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

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.

17th-19th May 2024-Camp Cheshire. Craft, talks, walks and more at Lytham St Annes. Please see Angela for further details. 

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

Bottle Lids-Sue J. is collecting bottle lids for Stockport’s largest recycled bottle lid mural. Please bring them along to any meeting between now and February.

Stockport Feeding the Community-This is our charity for the year. The team feed roughly 450 people in a week. They receive a parcel containing a meal and some treats, which includes a piece of cake. This can be home-made or shop bought. SFtC are looking for donations of cakes. They can be simple ones like fairy buns, banana loaves or traybakes - anything that is easy to slice and isn't messy in a paper bag. You do not have to commit to this on a regular basis, but rather make a contribution now and again. If you are able to help cakes can be dropped off at Pat F’s house on a Monday.Please leave in the porch which will be left open. 

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. They need pasta sauce, UHT milk, shampoo, tinned fruit, tinned soup, tinned meat e.g. ham, corned beef, baked beans, long life fruit juice, sanitary products, tinned fish.


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 packs.