December 18th – A crafty Christmas Party

We had a fantastic night of festive fun.  Most of us made a good effort to look festive and Julia Ogden led the crafting by showing us how to make lovely paper stars and a whole host of other things

Our Christmas hamper raffle was drawn and won by Vanessa Kay. The  funds raised from the raffle are for our charity

We had outside caterers who provided a fantastic Thai buffet for us  and we all left the meeting feeling very full of Christmas cheer


Invite: September’s Centenary Party

Hi everyone,

As you may know, it’s the WI centenary this month. It started in a small hut in Wales on the 16th September 1915 and from those humble beginnings has grown into the largest women’s voluntary organisation in England and Wales.

So to celebrate a hundred years of amazing WI women, our September meeting is a fancy dress centenary party. Since it’s fancy dress, we’d like you to come dressed in any fashion from the last hundred years (if dressing up is not your thing, it’s fine to dress as a woman from now.) The meeting is on Monday 21st September in Hebden Bridge Town Hall from 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Guests are welcome for £3.

As this is a Jacob’s Join, please bring food to share – either sweet or savoury – and we will provide the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink. There will also be silly games and a prize for the best costume.

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Nutclough City Limits

Our next fundraiser is a fun night out of music, dancing, beer and WI cake.



Organised by HBWI member, Fliss, the profits will be split between our charity of the year, Smartmove, who help homeless and vulnerably housed people in Calderdale and Hebden Royd primary school’s book fund. HBWI are passionate about our community and we’re pleased to be helping two great local causes.

It’s bound to be a great night out, we hope you’ll come along and party with us – all genders welcome, just make sure you’re wearing shoes you can dance in and bring plenty of money for a slice or two of delicious homemade cake!


Written and posted by Kirsty

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.

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Jen’s Hats

Every year Hebden Bridge WI offers a £500 bursary to our members to be spent on educational courses. This is funded by our bi-annual Rag Market and allows members to take a course that they might not otherwise be able to afford.

We have very few restrictions on what sort of courses we’ll fund. As long as it can be justified as educational we don’t care if you go and hang upside down from the ceiling because you’re learning circus skills. Actually, we’d absolutely love it if someone studied circus skills with one of our bursaries!

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Invite: Christmas party

Ah, it’s that jingly time of the year again. Are you ready? I’m not!

This month it’s our Christmas party and it’s a Jacob’s Join so please bring along a dish to share – either sweet or savoury, it’s entirely up to you. We’re providing alcoholic and non-alcoholic fizz and there will be quizzes, games and hopefully much merriment. If you remember, bring a pen and paper. Dressing up is entirely optional but I shall be putting on my glad rags and of course, a new hat!

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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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