Invite: Buzzing with bees

Hi everyone,

It’s June and the weather is finally picking up, so it’s the perfect time for us to support the WI’s SOS For Honeybees campaign with a talk from our resident beekeeper, Jen Kaines.

At this month’s meeting on Monday 15th June, Jen will be introducing us to her interesting hobby and explaining how we can all help bees and other pollinators by planting nectar rich flowers and providing habitats. I know gardens are a rarity in Hebden but even a few pots or a window box can make a surprisingly big difference to insects.

And because we’re all about the eating at Hebden Bridge WI, there will also be a honey tasting to explore how different plants affect the taste of the honey. Did you know there are over 300 distinct flavours of honey in the world? Sadly we won’t be trying them all but we will have a few for you to try.

The doors open at 7-ish for a 7.30pm start on Monday 15th June. Members are free and guests are welcome to come along for £3.

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Sticky Sugar

In November we went old-school WI and put our pinnies on for a fantastic sugarcraft demonstration with Mandy Hurd.

Mandy was an excellent demonstrator and we highly recommend her to other WI’s in the area. Incredibly, this was the first time that she’d done a talk on her sugarcraft, although she is an experienced needlecraft demonstrator which obviously helped.

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Ornamental October

Gosh, October feels like such a long time ago!

So what did we get up to way back then? Well, it was the ever-popular Christmas crafting, which is fast becoming an annual favourite.

Our lovely vice-president Ruth Ainscough organised and chaired this meeting. She also ran one of the four crafting tables. In fact, all four tables were run by members – we love hearing from outside experts but there’s something pretty special about being able to share in the talents of our fabulous members.

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Invite: Getting sugary in November

Oooh er, get your buns out, missus! (You have to imagine that I did that in a very bad Sid James voice.)

Yes, Monday’s meeting on November 17th at 7.30 is all about the art of sugarcraft. We’re delighted to welcome Mandy Hurd who’s going to teach us how to decorate cupcakes using butter cream and sugarpaste. This is a hands-on meeting, so bring an apron and a rolling pin if you have them. Apparently smaller rolling pins are best. You may also want to bring a box or bag to take your decorated cakes home.

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Reflected Lines

The map of the trail. Pick up a postcard from participating venues.

We’re lucky enough to have a haiku trail around Hebden Bridge at the moment which is the idea and hard work of acclaimed poet John Siddique.  He’s keen for people to share the project, so we thought we’d do so here. If you want to come to Hebden Bridge and walk the haikus they’ll be up until 6th January.

Photos courtesy of Ed Chadwick.

At Hebden Bridge Picture House
At Ribbon Circus, haberdashery and wool shop
At Colour Yorkshire, interior decoration shop
At On Reflection hairdresser
At Crabtree’s clothes shop
At Fleur de Lys, florist
At Nathan’s barbershop
At The Town Hall
At Holt’s greengrocers
At Cafe Solo
At The Bookcase
At Snug gallery


Written and posted by Amy