Invite: Mindfulness in March

Hi everyone,

This month HBWI member Sarah Long will be teaching us about Mental Health First Aid and mindfulness – with the aid of chocolate! I know Sarah has been working hard on her presentation and I’m sure it’s going to be interesting.

We will also have photographer Sarah Mason at this month’s meeting. She will be taking photographs so we can make a much-needed publicity leaflet. If you don’t want your photograph used in this way, please let Sarah or one of the committee know on the night.

The meeting is on Monday 16th March. As usual, the doors open at 7-ish for a 7.30pm start and guests are welcome to attend for £3.


Annual Subs

If you haven’t already paid, the annual WI subscriptions must be paid this month or you’ll be removed from the WI system and our private Facebook group. It’s £36 for the year, please make cheques out to Hebden Bridge WI or bring cash.

Garden Party

As part of the centenary celebrations, a special Royal Garden Party is being held at Buckingham Palace on 2nd June 2015, from 3pm to about 5pm. All the WI’s in the country are eligible to send one member, who must be chosen by a ballot.

Unfortunately this event isn’t free. The information we originally received said all attendees would have to contribute around £40 towards costs and be responsible for their own travel costs. Unofficially I’ve heard that the Federation may have managed to reduce this to about £25 but I haven’t been able to confirm that yet. This money must not come from WI funds but apparently there’s nothing to stop us holding a special raffle and we’ll be discussing this in committee.

If you’d like to put your name in the hat, please let me know ASAP, as we need to hold the draw at this month’s committee meeting.


Nutclough City Limits

Our next fundraising event is a Nutclough City Limits disco at The Trades on Friday 17th April from 8pm.

Fliss Johnson-Standley is organising it, Helen Baron is dj-ing and the rest of us can help by providing cakes, encouraging people to come along and turning up to dance ourselves. It’s bound to be a riotous night out and profits will be split between our current charity, Smartmove and Hebden Royd school.

More details here – please share it around your Facebook.

Rag Market

Vanessa Kay needs us to start thinking about things to make and bring for the Rag Market on 16th May. Unfortunately we can’t make cakes for the produce stall but anything in a jar is welcome, as are plants and crafts. We also need books and CD’s for the bookstall so please start collecting!

Charity of the Year

We will be changing our charity of the year at the AGM in May – if there are any local charities you’d like to nominate, please let us know before April’s committee meeting.


Book group is on Monday 23rd March at 7pm at Old Gate pub. We usually meet upstairs. Bring a book (or several!) to discuss and swap.

And this month’s committee meeting is on Tuesday 24th March, also at Old Gate but at the earlier time of 6.30pm. If you’re interested in joining the committee, please come along and see what’s involved.

OK, this is getting ridiculously long, so I’m going to stop now – well done if you made it to the end! I hope you can make this month’s meeting but if not, I hope to see you soon.

Kirsty Hall
HBWI President