Invite: Get on yer bike!

Hi everyone,

Well, the sun is shining, the plants are waking up and it’s time to make the most of spring with some outdoor pursuits.

To tie in with this year’s inaugural Tour De Yorkshire, this month’s WI meeting is all about women’s cycling. Keen local cyclist, Emma Osenton will be joining us to describe how she got into competitive cycling and provide tips on how you can get back in the saddle if you’ve let your pedal skills lapse.

If there’s enough interest, Heather Davey will be organising a free ‘get back on your bike’ excursion with a local cycling teacher. Please speak to Heather at the meeting if you’re interested.

The meeting is on Monday 20th April. As usual, the doors open at 7-ish for a 7.30pm start and guests are welcome to attend for £3.


1) A huge thank you to everyone who made Nutclough City Limits such a success. We raised more than £740 for charity, which will be split between our charity of the year, SmartMove & Hebden Royd Primary School book fund. That’s a lot of books!

2) And big congratulations to Jilly Davidson who ran 47 miles in a single day to raise money for SmartMove. I don’t know her final total but it’s an impressive achievement.

3) We have some wildflower seed kits from the Grow Wild project. If you know of any spaces where they could be planted (nowhere too wild please, they’re not meant to interfere with existing wildflowers) or other groups who might want some, please let me know. I’ve promised a couple to Hope Baptist Church already.



1) Rebecca is organising a trip to The Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield on Saturday 9th May. If you’re interested, the details are on Facebook.

2) The Rag Market is on Saturday 16th May. We need people to volunteer on the day and donations of books, CD’s DVD’s, plants and jars of produce. Vanessa will be bringing a sign up list to the meeting.

3) Next month’s meeting is on Monday 18th May and it’s our AGM with the added bonus of some storytelling from Ursula Holden-Gill after we’ve dealt with all the admin.

I am standing as president again but you are very welcome to stand against me if you wish. What we really need are two or three more people willing to stand for the committee. It’s not a very big commitment unless you take on one of the major roles and it can be very interesting and satisfying.

4) We need volunteers for the Human Fruit Machine at Salem Fields on 30th May. A sign up sheet will be at this month’s meeting.


Finally, I’m sorry this is so ridiculously late, I’ve been dealing with a family crisis and it is temporarily eating my life. I hope to see you on Monday or at some of our other upcoming events.

Kirsty Hall
HBWI President