September 2021

A Note from Sue

As we slowly regain some form of 'normality' back in to our daily lives, the Committee would like to confirm that we will be moving towards providing members with a 12 monthly calendar of Speakers and events in readiness for the 2022-23 WI year.

Normally, when renewals take place or new members join, the Programme Team would have produced a 12 monthly purse sized calendar to offer to members. Unfortunately due to the pandemic, the Team were not able to produce an annual Programme in 2020 or 2021. Therefore, the new Programme Team, for the time being, will continue to work on producing our calendar in 3 monthly blocks. Most WIs adopted this practice, and continue to do so, in order to accommodate the new environment Covid has forced upon us. However, as circumstances allow, the Programme Team will produce a draft 12 month calendar for 2022-23.

This draft calendar of monthly meetings will be submitted to Committee and then presented to members for approval; approval and subsequent vote will take place at the end of this year. I am sure you would like to join me in thanking most sincerely, the Programme Teams both past and present, for all of their hard work in continuing to produce an engaging and vibrant Programme under the most trying of circumstances.

The Committee also continue to work hard on all WI matters, so please bear with us as we strive to navigate the various and ongoing challenges of this ongoing pandemic.

With very best wishes,


Birthday Greetings

Many happy returns to members who celebrate their birthday in September

Suze, Margaret T., Maura, Tracey

Monthly Meeting

Thursday, 16th September


Speaker-“Inside the Hub” an informal talk with Amanda Fourie and Mel Page of the Heatons Post and Hub.

WI Day-Angela B. will be giving a short presentation about the history of the WI to mark WI Day which coincides with our meeting.

Competition-None this month

Rota Volunteers: Refreshments-Carolyn Door- Christine G. Raffle-Michele Meet & Greet-Angela B

Heatons WI News

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

Handbook-Please refer to your handbook for venues and times of meetings. Please note that not all groups are back to meeting in person as yet. For more information contact the organiser of the group or a member of the committee.

Raffle Prizes-Many thanks to those of you who donated prizes for the raffle. If you still have some items to donate please either contact a member of the committee or bring them along to the monthly meeting.

Changes to WhatsApp Groups

New group-The Heatons WI

Many of us enjoyed being able to keep in touch during lockdown by our Whatsapp groups ; Culture Club and Themed Thursday. With our return to live meetings, Jane and Ann have stopped Themed Thursdays, and Culture Club will soon be returning to theatres etc. There is now a need for that group to return to its original purpose.

It has been decided to retain a WhatsApp group for information, questions, general interest and even pictures of our baking, flowers, days out etc. The Themed Thursday WhatsApp will be renamed Heatons WI.

If you are already on Themed Thursday and wish to remain on the new group you do not have to do anything. If you wish to not be in the new group you can remove yourself - choose the group on your phone, go to the 3 little dots on the top of the page, select More and then 'exit group'. If you wish to join this group, please contact any of the following: Sue J, Sally, Ann M or Jane by message, email or in person.

The changeover will start week commencing 13th Sept.

Culture Club WhatsApp

This has been very useful for us all during Lockdown and Covid times to keep in touch.

It’s now time to reinstate this to its original purpose of informing members of planned trips. We hope to start organising these again soon!

For new members, Culture Club was set up as an Open Sub Group predominately for our members (and female family and friends) who like the arts, theatre and cinema. Anna Platt and Lesley Hill organise different outings and activities which are posted on Culture Club. Once you have joined the WhatsApp if you’re interested in joining an activity you then follow the link to sign up. If you would like any more information please contact Lesley and she will email you the full sheet of instructions.

Please exit the group if you do not want to receive trip/outing information.

Please note all the other specific WhatsApp groups, e.g. Craft, Ginspiring women, Walk and Talk etc. will continue unchanged.

Thursday, 30th September-Walking Tour of Manchester by Andrew Derbyshire (our Bridgewater Hall guide!) at 11.00am. Meet at the Central Library in St Peters Square. Andrew will "Look at Manchester now" taking us on a ninety minute stroll through the city centre to look at and explain the changes in the city, as well as to appreciate the remaining historical buildings. A walk through Manchester's past and into its future. The walk will start at The Central Library in St Peter’s Square and end at the Cathedral. Payment of £4 is by PayPal by the 23rd September please through the Culture Club WhatsApp group.

Wednesday, December 8th –Christmas Meal at the Wycliffe, 12.30pm. A sign-up sheet will be available at the September/October meetings. The cost will be £28 with a £10 deposit required on sign-up. Please contact Karen Reminder-Could you please send any changes to your address, telephone number or email address to Kate. It is important you do this so that our records are kept up to date.

North East Cheshire Group News

If anybody is interested in any NEC Group activities please contact Karen Wednesday, 29th September-Garden chat

Time: Sep 29, 2021 07:20 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, 6th October-NECG Autumn Meeting. This meeting will be via Zoom.

Future events planned are

2021 Winter Trip to Harrogate-details to be confirmed

Christmas celebration

Spring Meeting 6th April 2022- Lesley Smith

75th Birthday - 22nd April 2022

Summer outing to the National Memorial Arboretum next year

Details to follow nearer the time for all these events

Virtual Cheshire Show-Thanks to all members that entered. Your entries can be re-entered in the 2022 Cheshire show.

Cheshire Federation News

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

Monday, 4th October-Virtual Literary Lunch. 12.15pm for a 12.30pm start (you bring the food and we bring the conversation) followed by our speaker and author Simon Michael at 1pm. He is a best-selling author of legal thrillers, featuring his barrister antihero, Charles Holborne.

Time: Oct 4, 2021 12:30 PM London Join Zoom Meeting

Tuesday, 12th October-Chester Walls Walk. All being well we will be able to do the Walls this year. Groups will be of 15 people and will leave at 15 minute intervals, from 10.00am till 11.30am. The tour will last about 90 minutes. The cost is £7 a head to cover fee to guide and administration. You will be allocated a start time when your WI has registered the number of participants. Please note the walk does not start or end at WI House and is for members only.

Saturday, 27th November-Wreath Making Workshop at New Life Church, Congleton.

Two sessions to be held on Saturday, 27th November 2021

Morning: Arrive 9.30 am for 10am start

Afternoon: Arrive 1.30pm for 2pm start

Tickets £12 – to include tea/coffee & biscuits on arrival. All wreath bases will be provided, plus ribbons, etc. However, you will need to bring your own choice of fresh greenery and foliage materials. A list of required equipment will be sent out with your ticket. We have a “cap” of 25 per session and therefore in the event of oversubscription, a ballot will be held and cheques will not be banked until the event is confirmed. WI members only. Closing date: Friday, 15th October 2021

Other News

Friday, 1st-Monday, 11thOctober-Heart of the Heatons, Music, Arts and Culture Festival. The festival is an annual local event of “inspiration and connectivity, spreading collective joy through arts, music and culture.” If you would like to take part in any of the competitions please follow this link or visit the Heart of the Heatons website.

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 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.