May 2023

May is the most beautiful month of the year, a month alive with warm colour. The flowers and trees are in full bloom, and even the sun joins this rhapsody by emitting warmer rays.”

Lilian Berliner

A Message from Kate

The April meeting was another well attended and very interesting meeting. Mairead Smith gave us a fascinating insight into her life at the BBC. We have also enjoyed our outing to the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery and then onto Trentham-many thanks to Karen for organising such a great trip.

Congratulations to our quiz team who were the winners both at the Samaritans quiz and then first in the first round of the Cheshire Federation quiz-two fantastic results.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the May meeting for our Coronation celebrations, which we hope will be a fun and memorable evening.

We will also be asking you to suggest music to dance to that you would like played at June’s meeting, so advance warning to give you time to think. 


Birthday Greetings

Many happy returns to members celebrating their birthdays in May

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

Monthly Meeting

Thursday, 18th May


Resolutions and Coronation Celebration

Resolution-discussion and vote

Coronation Celebration-Dress in red, white and blue if you wish and bring a small decoration for your table.

We have a String Quartet who will play for us during refreshments and social time. There will be a quiz and puzzle sheets on the tables and a sheet of paper to record the highlight of your weekend-this does not necessarily have to be related to the coronation.

Competition-No bake cake. To be judged by the members of the string quartet.

Raffle-This month we are having a special raffle so tickets will cost £2 each

Rota Volunteers-Door-Angela S.   Raffle-Anne L., Yvonne   Refreshments-Pat McG.  Meet & Greet-Kate W. Perveen

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

Plant Sale- We will be holding our annual plant sale. If you have cuttings, seeds or spare plants you are happy to donate please bring them along. The funds raised will be for our WI.

March Meeting Report-Attendance: Members 44   Zoom 2  Visitors 2  Income: Visitors:£10  Raffle:£48 Cakes:£18 Trading table:£21.20

May Competition-None


Heatons WI News

Resolution vote-Normally the May meeting would be entirely based on the discussion and vote for this year's chosen resolution.  However, as we wanted to celebrate the King's Coronation at our May monthly meeting, we are going to commit 20 mins to the voting process.  Please look out for an email on the Wednesday, the day before our meeting; it will contain information about this year's resolution and information on how to cast your vote if you are unable to attend the meeting.

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.

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.

New Members-As some members are not renewing this year we no longer have a waiting list and have a number of spaces. We would encourage you to ask family and friends to come along to a meeting. They are able to have three visits, at a charge of £5 per visit, before having to make a decision. We have a programme for 2023/24 which is exciting and varied which we are sure many will enjoy.

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

Tea and Coffee-Available from the bar.

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 approximately £18-this is to be confirmed. Other details such as timings etc. will be available nearer the time. A sign-up sheet will be available at the May/June meetings with payment due in June. Please place in an envelope with your name on and hand to Karen. Please note change of date.

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

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 potatoes, tinned rice pudding, tinned steamed puddings, custard, jam and toilet rolls.


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.