January 2023


Cheers to a new year and another chance to get it right.” 

Oprah Winfrey

A Note from Kate 

Happy New Year to all our members-may 2023 be a good year for you all.

I would like to thank everyone involved in making the December meeting such a fun one. Deborah for her reading, Lynda Guy for the line dancing, Linda McDowell for the quiz, Lindsey for the most amazing raffle, Carolyn for the mince pies, the committee for all the preparations, the choir for entertaining us and all the members who braved the extremely cold weather to attend and take part in the festivities. It really was a superb evening.

I look forward to seeing you all at our monthly meetings this year, there are some excellent speakers to look forward to and the programme team have been working hard on the programme for the next WI year.

As from August Lindsey has decided to retire from organising the monthly raffle after many years of presenting the prizes so beautifully. I would like to thank her for all her hard work.


Birthday Greetings

Many happy returns to members celebrating their birthdays in January

Pat McG., Pat G.,  Margaret S.

Monthly Meeting

Thursday, 19th January


Speaker-‘Tales from a Travel Guide’ by Chester tour guide Steve Shakeshaft

Competition-Your oddest travel souvenir


Rota Volunteers-Door-Kathryn C.  Raffle-Angela S.  Refreshments-Carolyn, Pat Mc.  

Meet & Greet-Margaret L., Sue W.

December Meeting Report-Attendance: Members 36    Visitors 1   Income: Visitors:£5  Raffle:£178 Trading Table:£12

February Competition-Bake savoury biscuits

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 this month and will then weigh up the pros and the cons with members. We look forward to hearing your views about this.

Monthly Raffle-As Lindsey is stepping down from organising the raffle we are looking for a volunteer or volunteers to take over this role from August onwards. If it appeals to you please speak to one of the committee.

Trading Table-The trading table is available for the remainder of this WI year.

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. They meet on the first and third Saturday of the month. Please contact Karen for more details. New members are very welcome and no auditions are necessary.

Save the Date-Saturday, 22nd April. A coach trip is being organised for this date, the destination to be decided. The trip will be subsidised from our funds and cost will depend on uptake.

Bird WhatsApp Group-Linda McD. is setting up a bird watching group on WhatsApp. It will be for those who are interested in what birds we are seeing in our gardens, help with identification and ideas of places to visit. If you are interested in joining please let Linda know.  

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

Friday, 3rd February-Winter walk at Lyme Park walk, starting from Nelson Pit car park in Higher Poynton (next to canal). Meet at 10am for a prompt start at 10.15am. The precise route (to Lyme Park cafe for morning coffee/tea stop) varies dependent upon the weather. There will be an optional lunch at the Boar's Head. It is always an enjoyable walk with nothing strenuous. Everyone is welcome.

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

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.

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

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 tinned tomatoes, tinned rice pudding, tinned vegetables, tinned fruit and toilet rolls.


RNIB Stamp Collection-Shirley 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.