January 2022 Newsletter

A Note from Sue

As we face yet another New Year connecting to each other via Zoom for our monthly meetings, it’s reassuring to know that these current measures will hopefully be short lived. The format for our on-line meetings will be the same but with a smaller raffle. I am sure you will all appreciate that as we made no income whatsoever from the Christmas raffle, and incurred expenses, our Reserves have taken a bit of a hit. All is well financially, but Committee took the view that as the free raffle is an integral part of our Zoom meetings, we needed to adjust the number of prizes available.

If you haven’t joined us yet via Zoom, but would like to do so, please remember that Lesley is available to help train anyone requiring support and assistance. Take good care and stay safe.

With very best wishes

Sue x

Birthday Greetings

Many happy returns to members who celebrate their birthday in January

Ellen, Pat McG., Pat G., Rebecca, Margaret S., Lois

Monthly Meeting

Thursday, 20th January

7.30pm

Speaker-Shelley Brown, the founder and owner of “The Good Life”, a plastic free mini market in the Heatons, will tell us how she began her business, and her exciting plans for the future.

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Competition-An upcycled item. This must be something you have upcycled yourself.

Raffle

February Competition-Tell us the most surprising fact you can find about Antarctica.

Heatons WI News

Exercise certificates-Please send your results to Sue at sejohnson71@hotmail.com.

The Heatons Choir-Please note there will be no choir in January and February.

7th February-Resolutions Meeting via Zoom at 10.30am.The Resolutions Meeting will be open to all members to attend. This will be via Zoom and will discuss this year’s resolutions topics. The Zoom code will be sent out at the end of this month.

Coffee and Chat-Friday mornings at 11.00am

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WhatsApp Group-January is the time we think about resolutions isn't it? But the WI thinks about them all year and one of their suggestions to help tackle climate change is to eat less meat. So with this in mind we thought you may like to join in a themed January via our WhatsApp and Facebook groups. Our theme is “eat a meat free meal at least once a week.” We know we have vegetarians and vegans in our group so perhaps you will share recipes and ideas with us? Please feel free to post anytime - it's all very informal. So let's get some chats started, ideas shared and photos of your creations. If you would like to join the WhatsApp or Facebook groups, please contact Sue, Sally, Jane or Ann.

Chosen Charity Nominations-It's time to consider which charity we would like to support for the next year. Please remember, the charity should be local, registered, for the benefit of women (although not necessarily specifically for women) and not an animal charity. The fundraising year will run alongside the new WI year, i.e. April to March. Please let Sally have your nomination, along with a short description of the work they do, by Friday 28th January. If your charity is chosen to be supported by our members, we would like you to act as the contact between the charity and our WI.

North East Cheshire Group News

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

4th February, 2022-Winter Walk. This is the traditional walk to Lyme Park café and back for optional pub lunch. Details of times and meeting place will be in the January newsletter.

6th April, 2022-Spring Meeting-Speaker will be Lesley Smith. Details to follow

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.

Summer Outing-More details to follow

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

Tubs-Greene King Pubs are currently collecting used plastic confectionery and biscuit tubs. They must be clean, 5/PP grade plastic. They can be dropped off at any of Greene King’s managed pubs, restaurants and hotels across the UK. The tubs will be taken to a specialist recycling facility and processed into granulated recycled plastic. The money raised by selling the recycled plastics, approximately eight pence for each tub, will go to Greene King’s charity partner, Macmillan Cancer Support. Local pubs are Barlow Croft at Parrs Wood and the George and Dragon on Manchester Road.

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.

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.