November 2023

November: “The last month of autumn, but the beginning of a new adventure;
time to take a risk and do the unexpected.”

A Message from Kate

Carl Austin-Bethan was an interesting and entertaining speaker and his story was very thought provoking and informative. I hope those present would agree with me.

As we approach our annual meeting we have been reflecting on the last year and all the various activities that we can join in with. There are a wide variety of interest groups available and if there is a gap anywhere and you would like to suggest something else please see one of the committee. New ideas are always welcome.

One thing we know you enjoy is the social side of meetings so I hope you all enjoy the activity we have planned at the end of the Annual Meeting. We do have to include the business side of the AM but try and make it as short as possible by sending out reports to you beforehand. Any questions you have can be answered at the meeting.

I look forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting as we welcome new committee members and officers and thank retiring ones, ready for the next WI year.

Best wishes


Birthday Greetings

Many happy returns to members celebrating their birthdays in November

Chris L., Yvonne, Gillian

Monthly Meeting

Thursday, 16th November


Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting- The order of the evening will be as follows:

1.      Ordinary Business.

2. The Annual meeting (Reports should be with you by Tuesday)

·   Appointment of new committee

·   Treasurer’s Report-Deborah

·   Annual Report-Suze

·   President’s Address-Kate

·   Election of the president-conducted by tellers

Resolutions update


Beetle Drive-Please bring a pen or pencil


Trading Table-We will have the trading table at the meeting selling crafts and a Christmas quiz pack. This will be to raise money for our funds.

Rota Volunteers-Door-Krys  Raffle-Janet Hartas, Wendy   Refreshments- Carolyn, Pat F.  Meet & Greet-Julia, Angela B.

We would be grateful if those of you on meeting duties please arrive by 7.15pm. If you are unable to attend the meeting please contact Linda McD. so that she can send out an email to fill the slot. Thank you.

October Meeting Report-Attendance: Members-40   Zoom-0  Visitors-2   Income: Visitors:£10  Cakes:£14.91   Raffle:£29

December Competition-A simple Christmas table decoration.  Please make a simple decoration using a medium of your choice.

Heatons WI News

Coffee Morning Fundraiser-Thank you to everybody who contributed in any way to this event. It was hugely successful and we raised £446.95 for our funds.

Christmas Yarn Storm-Unfortunately due to costs we are no longer able to make the Christmas trees as we had hoped. We are, however, going to decorate some of the bollards, benches and railings in the area so please keep making 6” squares and either bring them to the meeting this month or we will arrange to collect or for you to drop off.

St. Paul's Christmas Tree display –We are taking part in this event which  is scheduled to take place from the 6th December onwards.  Groups are being asked to decorate trees of no more than 3' high; we have decided not to use a tree, but a cutting from a conifer set into a piece of log. (Thanks to Julia and her partner Tim for organising this for us).  The theme of our tree is 'Reduce, re-use, recycle'.     We are therefore asking members to make small, lightweight decorations for the tree using household waste i.e. coffee pods, bottle tops etc. Please bring your decoration(s) along to the meeting on the 16th November, or alternatively, leave them in the porch of Sue's house.

Evacuation Procedure-Please let Linda McD. know if you leave the meeting early so that it can be recorded on the register. It means that, should we have to evacuate the building, we know who exactly is still there. In Linda’s absence please tell Sally. Our evacuation meeting point is on the field opposite the car park entrance.

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

Tea and Coffee-Available from the bar.

Heatons WI Events

Saturday, 2nd December- Charity fundraiser for Stockport Feeding the Community in St. Paul’s Church hall, 10.30am to 1.30pm. We will have crafts and a chocolate tombola. Please come along and support our charity for this year.

Sunday, 3rd December-The choir will be singing at St. Pauls Church from approximately 10.50am for about an hour. This coincides with the market on Shaw Road.

Wednesday, 13th December-Christmas meal, 7.00pm for 7.30pm. The venue is at Houldsworth Golf Club, Houldsworth Street, SK5 6BN. Karen has made a note of each person’s choice of courses. There is a seating plan and there will be place names on the tables. If you need any information or there are any problems please contact Karen at or on 078753833.

North East Cheshire Group News

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

Friday, 1st December-If anybody would like to go on the trip to Liverpool please see Karen as soon as possible with your payment of £13.

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.

17th-19th May 2024-Camp Cheshire. Craft, talks, walks and more at Lytham St Annes. Please see Angela 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 McD.

Celebrity Antiques Road Trip-Suze was filmed for an edition of the show that includes a piece about the origins of Eccles cakes, hence the inclusion of Elizabeth Raffald, whose recipe for Sweet Patties is widely believed to be the precursor of the modern Eccles cakes. She dressed in costume and was filmed at the Arden Arms in Stockport, where there is a plaque to Elizabeth on the outside wall. It's the show with Christine McGuinness and Colson Smith, and it will be episode 19 of the current series. The exact date is not known as yet but Suze estimates that it may be shown on Dec 5th or around that date.

Bottle Lids-Sue J. is collecting bottle lids for Stockport’s largest recycled bottle lid mural. Please bring them along to any meeting between now and February.

Stockport Feeding the Community-This is our charity for the year. The team feed roughly 450 people in a week. They receive a parcel containing a meal and some treats, which includes a piece of cake. This can be home-made or shop bought. SFtC are looking for donations of cakes. They can be simple ones like fairy buns, banana loaves or traybakes - anything that is easy to slice and isn't messy in a paper bag. You do not have to commit to this on a regular basis, but rather make a contribution now and again. If you are able to help cakes can be dropped off at Pat F's house. Please leave in the porch which will be left open. Alternatively they can be left on a Wednesday at Annette Slevin’s house.

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 pasta sauce, UHT milk, shampoo, tinned fruit, tinned soup, tinned meat e.g. ham, corned beef, baked beans, long life fruit juice, sanitary products, tinned fish.


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.