May 2022

A Note from Sue

I'm sure you would all like to join me in thanking Deborah, Kate, and Sally for all of their hard work in administering the annual renewal and membership processes. It's a huge task, but between them, they make sure we dot all of the i's and cross all of the t's giving us a reputation at CFWI of always completing these renewals in a timely and efficient manner.

Through this process we have identified that we currently have 75 members; you may recall that last year Deborah explained we need 70 members to be economically viable, and this remains the case. The more members we have, the more income we have, but perhaps more importantly, more opportunities to form new alliances and friendships. If you know of anyone who may be interested in joining us, please tell them to get in touch with Sally.

At this month's meeting we will have 2 female key workers from Disability Stockport who will be talking about this year's Resolution. One of the Speakers is Autistic, so it should be a really interesting talk. There will be a Q & A session after the talk, a quiz, group discussions and then a vote. For clarification, as the system can appear somewhat unclear, in February, we went through the 'selection' process of choosing a Resolution, and at May's meeting we will be voting on this year's chosen national Resolution.

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, 19th May


Resolutions Meeting-May is the month we discuss and vote for the resolution which will be taken forward to the NFWI Annual Meeting in Liverpool in June. This year’s resolution is:

Women and Girls with ASD & ADHD - under-identified, under-diagnosed, misdiagnosed, under-supported.”

Women and girls presenting with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are going undiagnosed. The NFWI calls on the government and funding bodies to fund research into the female presentation of ASD and ADHD, and for action to be taken to improve the diagnosis process for women and girls, to ensure that they are equipped to better manage these conditions and do not suffer in silence. The NFWI further calls on WI members to raise awareness within their WIs of the issues facing women and girls with ASD and ADHD.

Please note that if you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to vote please contact Sue J. at

Speakers-Angela McCumisky and Thalia from Disability Stockport

An interesting programme to watch is the documentary “Paddy and Christine McGuinness: Our Family and Autism”. You can find this on BBC iPlayer. It highlights how girls can be overlooked as Christine was only diagnosed with autism when she was 33 years of age.

Plant Sale-We will be having our usual plant sale at this month’s meeting so please bring along your cuttings, seedlings and seeds. All proceeds will be for our WI.

Although the air conditioning will only be on during the refreshment break it may still be a little chilly, so an extra layer may be needed.

Competition-An item made from recycled packaging

Rota Volunteers-Door-Julia Raffle-Christine G. Refreshments-Carolyn, Pat F., Sarah S

Cups-Margaret L. Meet & Greet-Angela S., Linda McD.

April Meeting Report-Attendance: Members 39 Visitors 1 Raffle: £35.50 Cakes/Fruit: £12.20 Visitor: £5

Heatons WI News

Refreshments-In an effort to raise funds for our WI any cake left over at the end of the meeting will be sold at 50p a slice.

Rota-The rota for the next year is available on the sign up table. Please add your name to a slot. As there are 75 members it should mean that if each of us takes a slot we will be covered for the year.

Member’s Trading Table-We have reinstated the table for a three month trial. If you would like to donate unwanted new/unused items please bring them along. There will be an honesty box and all money raised will go to our funds. If your item is still on the table at the end of the evening please feel free to take it home or we will take them to a local charity shop. This table will also be available for members to sell their own homemade crafts or goods. 10% of sales will be contributed to our own funds. If you would like to have a table, please contact Sally at,

Quiz Team-If you are a QUIZZER and are interested in joining our Quiz Team, WOT, NO JAM! please contact Angela.

June Competition-If you have any lace or ribbon you are willing to donate for the “decorate a hat competition” in June could you please bring it along to the May meeting or contact a member of the committee.

Save the Date-Wednesday, 14th September-“Calendar Girls-The Musical” at Stockport Plaza. There will be a sign-up sheet at this month’s meeting or contact Karen. More information will be available at the meeting.

Sub Groups-These are available to all our members, some to other WI members and some are open to female friends and family. Full details are in this year’s handbook and a list of all the currently available groups can be found at the end of this newsletter. Culture Club and the lunch/dining group are due to start again soon. There are two book groups, which are currently full, so if you would be interested in setting up a new one, or any other interest group please contact a member of the committee who will help you through the process. Make the most of your WI membership by joining these groups.

Facebook-We would like to remind members that, for security reasons, it is not advisable to put personal details such as home addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses on to posts.

North East Cheshire Group News

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

Friday, 27th May Summer Walk-This is to be a new walk in the Alderley Edge area, but on a reasonably flat route followed by lunch or a drink at the Wizard tea rooms. As usual meet at the National Trust car park at 10am for a prompt 10:15 departure.

Friday, 8th July Summer Outing-A visit to the National Arboretum. Details to follow.

Date TBC-Visit to Tutbury Castle, Staffordshire. Details to follow.

Cheshire Federation News

If anybody is interested in any Cheshire Federation activities please contact Angela

CFWI VIRTUAL WI is forming on 16th May. 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, 26th July-Literary Lunch, speaker Clare Mackintosh, author of ‘I LET YOU GO’ and ‘I SEE YOU’. 12 noon – 3.30pm (doors open 11.00am) at Cheshire View, Plough Lane, Christleton. CH3 7PT. Clare will be accompanied by Joanne Goodwin (editor of Cheshire Life). Clare Mackintosh (a former police officer) is a number one bestselling crime author. Her stories keep the reader guessing throughout, with always an unexpected final twist. Tickets £25 which includes a 2 course lunch PLEASE ADVISE OF ANY DIETARY REQUIREMENTS (Members Only) Please make your cheques payable to The Heatons WI and give to Angela B. Car sharing will be arranged, where possible.

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 on

The Heatons Friendship Group-This is a Facebook group aimed at like-minded people over 30 who are looking to extend their circle of friends in and around the local area. Find it here.


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 kilo.

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.

Superdrug Pharmacy at the top of Merseyway Shopping precinct is collecting empty medicine blister pack.

Blaggs Hardware on Heaton Moor Road is collecting medicine blister packs.

St Martin’s Foodbank-1st Wednesday of the month. Please drop off at Kate J’s house, 12 Alexandra Rd, SK4 2QE. 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.


Heatons WI Members Only Other WI’s Friends and Family

Resolutions Choir Walk and talk

Creative crafts Badminton

Ginspiring Women Culture Club

Gardening No Boundaries Book Group (Full)

Wednesday Book Group (Full)