November 2021

A Note from Sue

November is the month, when Committee put their heads together and compile reports of all of our activities with input from sub-group leaders. As an active and vibrant WI, I am sure you will all appreciate, that this is quite an undertaking as we endeavour to include reports of all that we have done. But we also acknowledge, that we do not want to make this an onerous experience for those members who attend on the night! With this in mind, Sally will circulate the Treasurer's and Secretary's reports on the Tuesday before the meeting, and brief summaries of both of these reports will be read out on the night.

In addition to the Annual Meeting business, electing the New Committee and President, we will also discuss, albeit briefly, the Resolutions submitted for 2022-23. There will be an opportunity to think about how we can reduce our impact on the environment with a list of 'Top Tips' compiled by the Resolutions sub-group. There will be craft demonstrations on how to crochet or knit a simple face scrubby, therefore reducing our use of cotton wool and an opportunity to decorate a small brown paper bag to use for Christmas wrapping. There will be limited supplies of needles and DK cotton, so members are encouraged to bring their own supplies of wool, glue and needles. (Crochet hooks 3.5 or 4; knitting needles 3.25 or 3.5). In pre-Covid times, we would of course, have provided everything needed on the night. Kate (Young) has kindly offered to take orders for the scrubbies at 50 p per item.

Take care and stay safe.

With very best wishes,

Sue x

Birthday Greetings

Many happy returns to members who celebrate their birthday in November

Chris L., Yvonne, Bo, Chris Smith

Monthly Meeting

Thursday, 18th November

7.30pm

Annual Meeting

The order of the evening will be as follows:

Singing of Jerusalem

Appointment of new Committee – Committee members to stand at the front of meeting room and then return to their seats

Summary of Treasurer’s Report

Summary of Secretary’s Report-Sally

President’s Address-Sue

Tellers to confirm incoming Committee

Election of the President, Tellers to preside over election (secret ballot)

Announcement by Tellers of the result of Presidential ballot

Conclusion of Annual Meeting Business; thanks to Tellers

Refreshments, discussion groups and craft activities.

Competition-You have 50p to go shopping, how many individual items can you buy with that single 50p? Members can choose whether to bring the items along or to bring a list with the costs and where they are from.

Rota Volunteers: Refreshments-Michele, Pat G., Joan Door-Krys Raffle-Yvonne Cups-Lesley

Meet & Greet-Angela

October Meeting Report Attendance: Members:40 Visitors:0 Income: Visitors-0 Raffle-£34 Refreshments-£13.10

Heatons WI News

Wednesday, December 8th –Christmas Meal at the Wycliffe, 12.30pm. Places are still available at a cost of £28 to be paid in full at the monthly meeting. For those who have already booked please hand the remainder of the cost, £18, to Karen at the November’s monthly meeting. Please contact Karen for more information.

Wanted! Enthusiastic WI members to join our choir. Singing ability optional- we have been told by our choirmaster everyone can sing. Come along for a taster session. We meet on the first and third Saturday of the month at Heaton Moor United Church on Stanley Road from 2.00pm-4.00pm. Come and find out how much fun, joy and happiness you can get from meeting together and singing. Please contact Karen or Sue for more information.

PLEASE NOTE-There will be no choir on Saturday 20th November.

Rota-The rota for the coming months is available on the sign up table. Please add your name to a slot.

North East Cheshire Group News

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

Monday, 29th November-There are places still available for this trip. Coaches will leave from Hazel Grove Park and Ride and Woodford at 9.00am. The coach will be leaving Harrogate at 4.00pm , arriving back at approximately 6.00pm , depending on traffic. Cost is £16, including a tip for the driver. Please place money in an envelope with your name and the name of the trip and hand it to Karen. WI members only.

Monday, 6th December- Christmas Celebration 7.30pm at Woodford Community Centre, Chester Road, Woodford. More details to follow.

Future events planned are

Winter Walk-January 2022. Details to follow

Spring Meeting-6th April 2022- Lesley Smith. Details to follow

75th Birthday Celebrations-This will be a vintage themed afternoon tea at Stockport Grammar. The NECG committee are looking to set up a sub-committee to plan the event and are looking for members who would like to help. Please let Karen know or contact Alia on necgwi@outlook.com.

Summer Outing-More details to follow

Cheshire Federation News

Dorset Cartwheel Buttons

Join the Zoom Meeting at 7:30p.m on Tuesday 16th November 2021 when Norma Dent will show how to make Dorset Cartwheel Buttons.

Materials:

1in (2.5 cm) ring, could be brass, wood, plastic or fibre (raid the toolbox), embroidery Floss, 3 thread or Cotton Perle No. 8, blunt (Tapestry) needle, small pair of scissors

This event is for CFWI members only so please don’t share with non-members.

County Quiz 2022-The County Quiz will be taking place with the preliminary rounds in February and the final on Friday, 8th April. Teams will be made up of 4 members from each WI. If you would like to take part please contact Angela B. for further details.

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

Barbara’s Coffee Morning-Thank you to those of you who supported the Macmillan coffee morning, either with prizes, cakes or by attending. A magnificent amount of £722.20 has been raised so far.

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 food bank is asking for donations of shampoo, carrier bags, tinned fruit, puds, potatoes and carrots. Also shower gel, soap and baby wipes. Treats such as biscuits and chocolate for Christmas are very welcome but please be aware that anything with alcohol in it, like Christmas puddings, will not be accepted. Please note that donations can be left in the porch on the 31st November as well as the 1st of December this time.

Wellington Boots-Sally S. is collecting children's wellington boots for the group from Dialstone Lane Methodist Church who are supporting refugees currently living at the Britannia Hotel. Do you have any unused pairs lurking at the back of a cupboard that your children or grandchildren have grown out of? If so the group would be very grateful for them. They are to encourage outdoors play. Sally will collect them at the November monthly meeting or, if you can't get to the meeting, please email her and she will arrange to pick them up from you. Please note the group just needs children's boots, not adults.

Christmas Cards-Last Christmas Chris Stables made drawings to help illustrate a song the choir were performing at a Zoom meeting. A couple of the designs have been made into Christmas cards and they are being sold in a Warrington art gallery along with some of her paintings. They are also available at the Heatons Hub shop by Heaton Chapel Station.