May 2021

A Note from Sue

As we continue to navigate the road map, it's welcome and encouraging news to say at the time of writing, we should be able to start meeting up in person for our August meeting ie 19th August. We will wait and see what, if any restrictions are in place; and who knows, we may have to limit numbers to 30 with names being drawn out of a hat for those wishing to meet. As ever, we will be guided by advice current at the time. We are also considering a 'hybrid' meeting whereby the Speaker will deliver their talk at the Sports Club with some members zooming in. Much to discuss, plan and consider! But all that we discuss at Committee, is led by our commitment to work together in order to provide what is best for our members.

Working on the premise that we will be able to meet in person in August, at May's Committee meeting we decided that in order to give as many members a possible a chance to win a prize in our free raffle, names of all winners to date, will be removed from the 'hat'. This will remain the case until we have face-to-face meetings. It goes without saying that we are very grateful to all those members who have been so generous donating prizes for our monthly raffles. It's always a pleasure delivering the prizes, but more so, when it's a member who hadn't realised they had won until there's a knock of the door!

As ever, take care and stay safe.

With very best wishes,

Sue x

Birthday Greetings

Many happy returns to members who celebrate their birthday in May

Sue J., Shirley Shaw, Louise I., Jane H., Norma, Joan, Pat T.

Monthly Meeting

Thursday, 20th May

This month the Resolutions Group will be taking us through the current resolutions and focussing on "Mental Health Matters".

Speaker-Vanessa Flanders, a mental health social worker, will present a “Toolkit for Mental Wellbeing”. There will also be a short meditation session and a quiz.

Join Zoom Meeting

Competition-Please suggest a caption for the provided photo - which was posted on WhatsApp and Facebook on Friday

14th May. Submit your entries on Wed 19th May for voting on 20th May. Results announced at monthly meeting. Have fun and good luck.

April Competition Winners

1st Pat

2nd Julia

3rd Suze


April Raffle Winners

Lynda T



Patricia F

Margaret L

Please Note-Could all members please have either their own name and/or a picture of themselves when they log in to the Zoom meeting in order to be identified and allowed in from the waiting room.

Heatons WI News

Groups Restarted-Chat and Coffee groups in the park, on Wednesday at Thornfield Park and Friday at Heaton Moor Park at 11.00am, have now restarted. Walk and Talk on Tuesday evenings at 6.30pm has also recommenced. Please meet outside the Co-op at Moor Top.

Heatons WI Exercise Challenge-A reminder to keep a tally of all the miles you have walked, run, cycled etc. We will be asking for your final number in January and certificates will be awarded.

North East Cheshire Group News

NECG Walk-It is hoped that a NECG walk will take place in July, Covid restrictions permitting. Details to follow.

Wednesday, 6th October-NECG Autumn Meeting. This meeting will be via Zoom. Details of the speaker to follow nearer the time.

Mental Health Awareness Week-16th to 22nd May. For those of you who have your May copy of WI Life you will know the whole issue is dedicated to Well Being. Building on our “Make Time for Mental Health Campaign”, launched in 2018, one thing that can improve our mood is to get outside and May 20th is World Bee Day. CFWI were behind the SOS Honey Bee Campaign from 2009 and there are many things members can do to try to halt their decline. Providing water in the summer, planting ‘bee friendly’ plants and perhaps follow ‘No Mow May’.

Cheshire Federation News

Thursday, 27th May- We have the pleasure in welcoming three women from Syrian Women Across Borders - Samera Zeitoun, Samara Atassi and Bara’ah al Dalati,. All are Syrian born women, now living in the North West. Each has a different story to tell but what unites them is the work they have and continue to do to help women and families who are refugees due to the war in Syria.

7:00 PM for 7:30pm start

Saturday the 5th June- A talk from one of our Climate Ambassadors to celebrate the UN World Environment Day. Sponsored by the United Nations Environment programme (UNEP) and hosted by Pakistan, the theme this year will be ‘Ecosystem Restoration’ and will focus on resetting our relations with nature. It will also mark the formal launch of the UN decade of ecosystem restoration 2021-2030.

To mark UNEP World Environment Day the Cheshire Federation WI Climate Ambassadors are offering a talk on the restoration of a degraded Cheshire peat bog, Lindow Moss. This peat bog is devastated Cheshire lowland raised bog where peat has been cut, first for fuel and then for compost over hundreds of years. Lindow Moss should be a functioning ecosystem acting as a carbon sink instead of a continual source of CO2 as it is now. The path towards restoration is a fascinating story, with many twists and turns along the way: -

Lindow Moss, Cheshire: The battle to keep peat in the bog and not in the garden by Pauline Handley CFWI climate ambassador

10.45 for 11am start

Wednesday the 9th June-We have the pleasure in welcoming Dr Ailsa Holland, co-creator of the feminist history Twitter account @OnThisDayShe and co-author of On This Day She: Putting Women Back into History, One Day at a Time (2021). She is a poet, artist, writer, TEDx speaker and activist.

7pm for a 7.30pm start

Please Note: These events are for members of CFWI members only so please do not share the links with anyone outside of the WI or post them on open social media sites. Depending on local restrictions you may wish to consider hosting another member to watch the talks with you. Please do remind members of the events. If we cannot identify a participant, we will remove them from the meeting. 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.

Dates to Remember

(For details see above)

Thursday, 20th May-Heatons Monthly Meeting

Thursday, 27th May-Cheshire Federation Zoom meeting

Saturday, 5th June-Cheshire Federation Zoom meeting

Wednesday, 9th June-Cheshire Federation Zoom meeting

Wednesday, 6th October-NECG Autumn Meeting

Members’ 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 might 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. The foodbank is in particular need of donations of long life milk and fruit juices.

Saturday 3rd July- Women’s March in Manchester City Centre at 5pm. A woman is killed by a man every 3 days in the UK. This figure has not changed in 10 years. Its time it did. The above march is to demonstrate against male violence in all its forms. If you'd like to join me in wearing the suffrage colours in pride and sisterly solidarity then contact me below for more information.