June 2023

“May every day in June fill your days with hope, love, sunshine and energy. Let there be joy, fun and laughter.”


A Message from Kate

I hope everyone enjoyed the May Coronation celebration. It was a great evening, made extra special by the string quartet playing and the special cupcakes. A big thank you to everyone who contributed to its success. This month’s meeting should also be fun as we celebrate our 15th birthday.

You will notice that there are a variety of activities happening at Federation level and with the North East Cheshire Group. Members that attend these find them rewarding and stimulating. If you want to go but don’t know anyone else that is attending please talk to a committee member and we will do our best to find someone for you to go with.

Looking forward to seeing you at our birthday meeting


Birthday Greetings

Many happy returns to members celebrating their birthdays in June

Julia, Barbara C., Carolyn, Janet H., Kathryn C., Krysia, Margaret L., Sue I., Sheila, Liz Brown., Chris Benson

Monthly Meeting

Thursday, 15th June


“Dress to Impress”-Celebrating our 15th birthday with music, dancing and a quiz.



Rota Volunteers-Door-Chris Benson   Raffle-Perveen, Sue W.   Refreshments-Sue J., Deborah, Kate Y., Lesley, Pat F., Angela B.  Meet & Greet-Margaret L., Krys

We would be grateful if those of you on meeting duties please arrive by 7.15pm. Thank you.

May Meeting Report-Attendance: Members 32   Zoom 1  Visitors 0  Income: Visitors:£0  Raffle:£88 Cakes:£8  Plant sale:£25.75

July Competition-None

Heatons WI News

We have recently heard the sad news that two of our founder members have passed away. 

Carol Whitehurst was a stalwart of the craft group, among others, and introduced many members to new skills. She was very patient when explaining how to do something and always encouraging. She had a very lively personality and was greatly missed when she moved to Brighton to be nearer her family. 

Audrey White was a regular attender at meetings and sub groups, such as the dining group, although she didn’t really like going out on winter evenings. She was always the first to contribute to any charity collections and did this in a quiet and unassuming manner. She had a warm personality and a great sense of humour.

Yarn Storm-We are yarn storming Thornfield Park for the Big Summer Weekend. Please carry on knitting and crocheting items and either bring them along to the monthly meeting or contact Sally, Ann or Linda to drop off or have collected.

Annual Meeting Resolutions Vote-Clean rivers for people and wildlife. There were 4007 votes in favour and 742 votes against, with compelling arguments heard from both sides. At this month's resolutions sub-group meeting, it was decided that, as we were not in favour, we would not participate in the campaign, but should Federation get in touch asking for particular support, then of course, we would help where we could. That said, anybody wishing to engage more readily with the NFWI on this campaign, then members of the sub-group would assist in this process.

Walk & Talk-For the next few weeks we are trialling an earlier start time, i.e. 5pm.  The meeting point is still the same, Moor Top Co-op next to Blue Corn.  Please note W & T is open to female friends and family.

Duties at meetings-We still have a number of gaps for duties at meetings. Please sign up for one. If you are unable to attend there is no problem finding somebody else.

Secretary-We are still looking for somebody to take on the role of secretary in November. Please consider becoming part of the committee. We meet on 1st Thursday of the month at 7.30pm and the meetings usually last approximately two hours. Other members of the committee have taken on parts of the secretary’s role and the job has slimmed down. The main function is dealing with National, Cheshire Federation and North East Cheshire group correspondence and passing this information on to members via email. Suze is happy to explain the role of secretary to anybody who is interested. Please contact her at the monthly meeting or speak to a member of the committee. Alternatively, come along to a committee meeting as an observer.

The Heatons Choir-If you would like to join the choir please see Karen for more details. No audition required.

WhatsApp Groups-A reminder to please try and ensure you are posting to the correct group. If you find you have made a mistake you are able to delete it yourself.

Cheshire News-If you would like a free paper copy of the Cheshire News please contact Suze. There will be copies available at the monthly meeting.

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

Tea and Coffee-Available from the bar.

Heatons WI Events

Post Box Toppers-In conjunction with the Heatons Open Gardens on Sunday, 18th June we have decorated post boxes in the area. They can be found

On the corner of Elms Road and Peel Moat Road

At the junction of Buckingham Road West and Shaw Road

Outside the post office at Moor Top

Outside the post office on Heaton Moor Road

On Mauldeth Road opposite St. Winifred’s Church/Freshfield Nursery

At the junction of Green Lane and Alexandra Road

Wednesday, 28th June-Ginspiring Women are holding an evening in Angela B’s garden at 7.30pm. There will be a mixologist preparing cocktails. There will be a small charge. Please see Angela for details and her address.

Saturday, 1st July-Big Blanket Challenge in Thornfield Park 11.00am to 3.00pm. We are hoping to knit/crochet a community blanket so come along and join us. We will provide yarn, needles/hooks or bring your own. You will also need a chair or blanket and bring a picnic if you wish.

Saturday, 8th July-President’s coffee morning at the Heaton Pub, Didsbury Road at 11.00am. Please enter through the rear entrance.

North East Cheshire Group News

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

Friday, 28st July-Summer trip. Shibden Hall and Halifax. The cost is £13.50 for the coach with an optional £5 entry to Shibden Hall. Please let Karen know if you wish to visit the hall as only small numbers are allowed entry. There is a café, lake and walks there which can be visited with no charge.  Please place payment in an envelope with your name on and hand to Karen at the June meeting. The coach pick up will be from Hazel Grove park and ride at 9.30am and leave Halifax at 4.30pm. Please note change of date.

Wednesday, 4th October-Autumn meeting. The speaker will be Judith Holder, comedy writer and TV producer who originated Grumpy Old Women. More 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 B.

Tuesday/Wednesday 20th/21st June-The Royal Cheshire Show

Wednesday, 26th July-Literary Lunch at Hartford Golf Club. The speaker is Sally-Ann Martyn Cheshire based author of “The Clinic”. The cost is £30 which includes a two course lunch. Please see Angela for details and to book.

Wednesday, 13th September-“Everybody’s Talking about Jamie” at the Lowry Theatre”, Salford. Tickets are priced at £36 for a centre stall seat. Please see Angela for details and to book. 

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

A message from Deborah-Coffee morning in aid of Action for Children. 1030am - 12 noon Saturday July 8th at Heaton Moor United Church. Everyone welcome. Any donations of cakes will be gratefully received on the day.

St Martin’s Foodbank-1st Wednesday of the month. Please drop off at Kate J’s house, 12 Alexandra Rd. 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 potatoes, tinned rice pudding, tinned steamed puddings, custard, UHT/long life milk, tinned coconut milk, treats e.g. individually wrapped chocolate biscuits, size 5 nappies and shampoo.


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.