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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Book Group

The Book Group meets once a month, the Monday after the WI meeting. We usually meet upstairs at The Old Gate, Hebden Bridge at 19.30.

The meetings usually last about an hour to two hours depending on how much chat goes on, but it is all quite flexible and informal. The group works on a swap system where we bring books recommend, or not for others to take and try. Books are either returned to their owners or taken to Overgate charity shop once finished. There is no need to finish the books by the next meeting, and we have all tried books we would not normally have picked up.

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2013’s Annual General Meeting

Our new President, Caroline Burton, can be seen here on the far right.

We’re very pleased to announce that Caroline Burton is Hebden Bridge WI’s new President.  You can see Caroline in the photo above, proudly sporting her Hebden Bridge WI Rag Hag apron and, erm, the delightful handmade head garment… cough.

The outgoing President, Amy Leader, gave her final annual report which is below so you can see what fun we’ve got up to in the last 12 months…

The Hebden Bridge WI has just celebrated its second birthday and we’ve learnt plenty and achieved a lot in the last 12 months when we have:
  •  Eaten vast amounts of cheese and got an insight into the cheese making process thanks to Pextenement Cheese
  • Drank beer and learnt about micro breweries with Andy from Haworth Steam Brewery, followed by stuffing our faces with pie, peas and trifle
  • Tasted chocolate and chocolate cupcakes with Shabby Chocolat
  • Drank copious volumes of gin, but only to ensure we knew which was best, with Joe at Pennine Cheese and Wine
Shabby Chocolat made us our very own Hebden Bridge WI chocolates.  They were delicious.

So, it’s obvious we like to eat and drink, but we do do other interesting things too.  We have also…

  • Welcomed Claudette from Fleur de Lys who showed us how to create fantastic flower displays
  • With cameras at the ready, Sarah Mason gave us top tips on how to take great photos
  •  The team from Zeitgeist taught us which hairstyles suit different face shapes
  • Under the steady eye of Rebecca Land Cave we all got knitting and delivered the winter scarves for the Hebden Bridge Junior Band’s new uniform, for which they were very grateful
  • Rachel Connor and Linda Green delivered brilliant writing workshops
  • And we had a private screening at the Hebden Bridge Picture House for our second birthday last month
  • As an aside there was collection for bras to raise money for West Yorkshire Air Ambulance
Linda Green (stood in this photo) and Rachel Connor gave us inspirational writing workshops
Thank you to all of you that have led and participated in these meetings and create the atmosphere that means we keep turning up each month to learn new skills and meet new friends.  You’ll be pleased to hear we raised £494.30 for Overgate Hospice in 2012.  We hope to do something similar for Living Well, our charity in 2013 by raising money and collaborating with them.
Thanks to everyone who has brought a fabulous selection of edible treats over the past 12 months.  And thanks to all of you that came to meetings to eat them.
The textile committee have organised 2 very successful rag markets under the guidance (and hard work of) Vanessa Kay.  Last summer we saw our first 2 day Rag Market and despite its timing the weekend after the first flood it was yet another success.  We’ll be having another 2 day rag market this summer and a one day event in autumn.  The rag markets are our main fundraising stream and this income has given us the opportunity to offer members of the group a £500 bursary to undertake study.  We’ll be offering another bursary this year for members, so here’s your chance for studying something that interests you with the help from this group.
A rag hag points the way to the Rag Market
We have sub committees, other than the textile group, that meet regularly and irregularly.  These are the book swap, the walking group, the film lovers, and the art lovers.  In the last 12 months we have added the badminton group and there’s the brand new ukulele band.  All members of Hebden Bridge WI are invited to join in with any of these groups at any time.  We let you know about dates and times on our Facebook page and on our blog.
A book swap meeting (with booze)


Written and posted by Amy

Book Group

March meeting. By Jen.

We met this month in The Old Gate upstairs. It was quite quiet upstairs so we did not disturb anyone.  We can be a bit loud!

Again loads of books either coming back or new to the group.  A huge pile in the middle of the table.

Janine brought back Patrick Gale “Notes from an Exhibition” having struggled with it, although lots of us liked it lots.

A A Gill “is away” brought by Cheryl. Although the author is not that likeable the book was good. Cheryl also returned “Fifty Shades of Grey”, most people who had read some or all of it agreed that it was badly written and not that interesting.

“The behaviour of moths” by Poppy Adams really interesting & different, but recommended.

Katie really disliked “the Sea” by John Banville so much so suggested no one should borrow it as would be a waste of time to read it. She also read “Stonemouth” by Iain Banks which was interesting, readable and quite funny.

Kirsty brought along three zombie books which are also thrillers and full of political intrigue. This will be reviewed next time.

Next meeting Monday 22nd April 19.30 at The Old Gate in Hebden

Written by Jen, posted by Kate-Em

Book Group

In January 7 members of the book group met up with piles and piles of books between the, as it had been two months since the last meeting. Jen took away 5 books in the end with lots left on the table that she would like to read, and still had time to write this!

The books that were discussed are the following:

Linda Green ’10 reasons not to fall in love’.  A good read. Linda came to talk to us so we were all keen to read this one and it is based in Hebden and the Valley.

Both Margaret & Sue brought the same book: Lisa Genova “Left Neglected” about a woman’s interesting & difficult medical condition.

Kirsty brought a series of five books set in a Victorian steam punk world by Gail Carriger. She started with one at Christmas and since then has bought & read all five – they must be good.
Jane Gardner’s “the man in the wooden hat” a very engaging story set very much in a previous colonial age. A love story with many twists.
P.D. James’s “Death comes to Pemberley”. Showcased as a sequel to Pride & Prejudice and to make sense of it you do need to be familiar with the story as the characters relationships developed so well in Jane Austens classic are taken for granted in this book. Entertaining but felt it was a little unbelievable and trying to be too clever by half in places. Pride & Prejudice is a classic that we found we all loved, very apt on its two hundredth anniversary today.
Next book group will be Monday 25th February 19.30 White Lion, Hebden Bridge.
Written and posted by Kate-Em

Books And Booze

Hebden Bridge WI book swap

The Hebden Bridge WI book swap meet once a month in The White Lion to discuss recent reads.  The group decided they didn’t want their meetings to cause stress, so rather than everyone reading the same book and then discussing it, everyone brings a book they’ve enjoyed (and sometimes a book they haven’t), presents it to the rest of the group and then offers it for anyone to take home and read at their own pace.  This method is gaining momentum and the group has got into it’s stride with plenty of swaps taking place at each meeting.  Any spare books are donated to the Overgate Hospice shop, giving a little extra to our charity of the year.

Choose a book
Presenting a book
Listening intently


Written and posted by Amy

May Meeting Update

We had a huge turnout of 64 women last week for our stroll workshop! A stroll is a line dance that doesn’t require a partner, so you can cruise out on that dance floor with confidence and get busy whether you have a date or not. Now is the perfect time to be learning strolls, with all of the brilliant vintage-themed dances, fairs, and festivals going on.

Helen, Caroline and Amy taught the New York Stroll, the 1940’s Stroll, and the Charleston Stroll to some swell classic tunes. Here are some fab pics by Sarah Mason:

Well done everyone, now you need to get out there and practice! If you’re looking for lots of beautiful vintage inspiration and general good times, check out Rose & Co, The Marvellous Tea Dance Company, and maybe even The Wet Spot. Those of you who’ve really caught the dancing bug should get talking to Amy, Caroline or Helen at the next meeting about the many dances and dance classes happening nearby. And yes, there’s burlesque fun to be had too.

Upcoming Events and Reminders

This Sunday the 29th of May is Spring Fling, an afternoon of vintage fun brought to you by the Sunday Afternoon Appreciation Society (ie Amy and Helen). This is a good chance to practice those strolls! DJ Red Helen will be spinning her top tunes from the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s and you can have a right good dance on the big shiny dancefloor. The Marvellous Tea Dance Company will be there serving their delicious tea and cake, and there will be an enormous knitting and crochet circle. We’ll be making lots of stuff for The Hebden Bridge Arts Festival Yarnstorming event, including knitted bunting, knitted yarn chains and cupcakes galore. It’ll be fabulous fun! Come to St Michael’s Church Hall (Enterprise Centre), Church Lane, Mytholmroyd – from 14:00 to 18:00.

Don’t forget about the Hebden Bridge WI Rag Market on June 5th, at the Masonic Hall on Hangingroyd Lane in Hebden Bridge. We’ll be there from 12:00 to 16:00. If you have any crafty donations that we can sell to raise money for the WI, please contact Amy, Erin, or Sue Mellis.

Monday June 6th is the first meeting of the HBWI Book Group, which is happening at Bar Place at 19:30. We’ll be deciding what style of book group to be, as several members have discussed the merits of a book swap style versus a more traditional style reading group. All HBWI members are welcome!

Thanks to everyone who signed up for Ruth’s cake rota! We’re just about covered for the next two meetings, but we’ll need more members to sign up at each meeting. Don’t be nervous little darlings, you don’t have to bake! We just ask that you bring enough cake or biscuits to feed at least 10 people, and we don’t care if they’re bought or homemade.

We’re still taking orders for the WI newsletters, of which there are 5 issues left this year. The cost is £1.45 (for all 5) if you’re happy to collect the newsletter at the monthly meetings, or £3.05 if you’d like it posted to your home. If you’re interested, please contact Erin directly as soon as possible, as the order for July needs to be placed this week.

Written and posted by Erin