January 2024

A Message from Kate

Happy New Year to all our members, I look forward to seeing you at our meetings this year. The programme team have been working very hard on producing a varied programme for April 2024-March 2025, which will be presented to you for approval at the January meeting. I hope you will agree with me that they have done an excellent job.

The December meeting was a fun night, enjoyed by everybody there. Thank you to all who contributed to its success. The choir enjoyed singing and showing the progress they have made over the last year, the games were fun, we were amused by Deborah and her reading and enjoyed the amazing raffle presented by Perveen and the refreshments provided by Carolyn. It was a very Christmassy night.

I look forward to seeing you at the January meeting when we welcome Jonathon Schofield.

Best wishes


Birthday Greetings

Many happy returns to members celebrating their birthdays in January

Pat McG., Pat G., Margaret S., Claudia, Clair

Monthly Meeting

Thursday, 18th January


Speaker-Jonathan Schofield, guide writer and broadcaster- “Significant Women of the Region”

Rota Volunteers-Door-Chris B.  Raffle-Margaret L., Pat M.   Refreshments- Carolyn, Pat McG.

Meet & Greet-Angela S., 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.


December Meeting Report-Attendance: Members-36   Zoom-0  Visitors-3  Income: Visitors:£15    Raffle:£229  Trading table:£51.50

February Competition-A poem about Manchester

Heatons WI News

Charity Nominations-We are coming to the time to choose a charity to support from April 2024 to March 2025. The criteria are as follows:

It must be a registered charity.

It must benefit women and girls, but may also include all.

It cannot be for animals.

Preferably a local charity.

Nominations should be sent to Karen by the end of February with a brief outline of what the charity does. These will be presented at the March meeting by the nominator. They will be asked to be the representative of our WI with the charity and be active in the fund raising group for the duration of the year.

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.

Heatons WI Events

Saturday, 9th March-Coffee Morning at the United Church, Heaton Moor Road, 10am-12pm. There will be refreshments, cakes and a raffle. Unfortunately, the charity we have been supporting this year is folding next month but it was decided to still have the coffee morning, with the funds raised being donated to St. Martin’s foodbank. It was felt that many of the people who use the foodbank would also be supported by Stockport Feeding the Community. There will be sign-up sheets at this month’s meeting for volunteers to help on the day and to donate cakes and raffle prizes. Please note that this replaces our usual President’s Coffee Morning.

North East Cheshire Group News

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

Wednesday, 13th March-Cheshire Peaks Group Meeting. Lesley Smith, historian and performer presents “Meet the Real Nell Gwynn” at Poynton Civic Centre. £5 per ticket. Please contact Karen for a ticket. Cheques should be made payable to Cheshire Peaks Group. Please note that you will need to take your own cup if attending.

Wednesday 10th, April-Spring Meeting at Poyton Civic Hall. Details to follow.

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.

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.

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.

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.