February 2022

A Note from Sue

Like me, I am sure you are hoping that this month will be the last monthly meeting for a long, long time that we have to conduct by Zoom! That said, Zoom has been an invaluable asset these past 2 years allowing those who want to, the opportunity to connect to each other via the web. Without it, I for one would have felt the effects of the pandemic even more so. That is why I find Cheshire Federation's new initiative so exciting. This month will see the launch of a completely new Virtual WI. If you know of anyone who might be interested in attending the launch meeting on the 23rd February, please get in touch with Angela on angelabritland@hotmail.co.uk. And remember, if you are not quite ready to meet up in person, Lesley will deliver the face-to-face meeting in March via Zoom; as you are probably aware, these meetings are referred to as hybrid meetings. If you would like to Zoom in to a hybrid meeting, please contact.

I look forward to seeing a number of you on Zoom on the 17th February and feel very excited about meeting up in person on the 17th March.

In the meantime, take good care and stay safe.

With very best wishes,

Sue x

Birthday Greetings

Many happy returns to members who celebrate their birthday in February

Patricia M., Liz R., Barbara Y., Krys, Michele, Trish, Perveen

Monthly Meeting

Thursday, 17th February

7.30pm

Speaker-“A Journey to Antarctica”, Terry Hewitt will talk about his trip to the continent, illustrated with photographs-most likely involving penguins.

Competition-The most surprising fact about Antarctica

Raffle

March Competition-Make a soda bread or Guinness based cake or bread

Heatons WI News

Membership renewal-The WI membership year now runs from April to March. Subscriptions for 2022-23 are due to be paid by 1st April 2022. As our reserves have reduced rather than increased over the pandemic, the committee have decided to set the subscription at the level recommended by NFWI. This is the same as last year: £44 for full members and £21.60 for dual members who have nominated The Heatons as their second institute. Within the next few weeks you will be receiving a pack with two forms to complete and instructions on how you can pay your 2022-23 subscription. We prefer to receive the payment by BACS. You can also pay by cheque or cash either in person at the March meeting or by post. We prefer that you do not send cash by post. Details of how you can post or hand deliver cheques/cash will be included in your membership pack.

Website-Thanks to the excellent work by Gordon Rogers, the Heatons Hub IT expert, we now have a new website. It can still be found at the same domain name, which is www.theheatonswi.com. It is still a work in progress as more information is added but is worth a visit.

International Women’s Day-Come along to the Moor Club at 2.00pm for coffee and a chat. Please note that Creative Craft Group will still be taking place.

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

Exercise Certificates-Please send your results to Sue

The Heatons Choir-The choir will be restarting on Saturday 5th March, from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. New members very welcome. Please come along and try out choir. No auditions are required as our choirmaster says “if you can talk you can sing ". It is good fun and a chance to enjoy singing together. Please contact Karen for more information

Coffee and Chat-1st Friday morning of the month at 11.00am on Zoom.

North East Cheshire Group News

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

March 15th 2022-NECG Quiz. This will be a fun virtual quiz for teams of 4. To make it more sociable and easier to manage online each team should meet together and log on as one. WIs can have as many teams as they wish and there will be a ‘trophy’ for the winning team, and possibly for the lucky loser. We will rely on your honesty not to use search engines and to mark your answers fairly. If you would like to enter it is £1 per team, which we will collect from your rep at the spring meeting. Please email necgwi@outlook.com to book your place.

6th April, 2022-Spring Meeting.The speaker will be Lesley Smith as Margaret Thatcher. At Woodford Community Centre at 7.30pm. Tickets £5 from Karen

22nd April, 2022.75th Birthday Celebrations. This will be a vintage themed afternoon tea at Stockport Grammar. The NECG committee are looking to set up a sub-committee to plan the event and are looking for members who would like to help. Please let Karen know or contact Alia on necgwi@outlook.com.

Cheshire Federation News

March 14th, 2022-A virtual meeting of “Season 2 - Professions” to hear from Michelle Beaver, a Cardiac Nurse. A mum of three with a career over three decades as a cardiac nurse on a Coronary Care Unit, Michelle will talk about her career, how medicine has changed for her and her colleagues and why a family bereavement changed her outlook on life.

These events are intended for members of CFWI only so please do not share the links with anyone outside of your WI or post them on open social media sites.

There is no charge for these meetings.

We ask that you do not record or take photos during the session, however we may use an anonymised screen shot of the event on our social media. By attending the meeting, you consent to this.

Cheshire Show-Please contact Sally if you would like to submit an entry for the show which takes place on 21st and 22nd June. Your choice of category must be submitted to Sally by 1st April. We have always performed very well in past years, with a number of certificates gained.

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

Recycling

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.

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.