December Party

December saw us celebrating at our Christmas party

We started with our usual ‘stand-up-sit-down’ Bingo and then proceeded to take part in some swing dancing

Our teachers were TC and Joyce.  They gave us a demonstration of the 1940s dancing style and then taught us some 1940s strolls. This kind of dancing was very popular in the war years because it could be enjoyed by groups of people and partners were not required

Many of our members dressed in 1940 style clothing and looked fantastic

We learnt several strolls and had a really good time  We mostly remembered the steps and no toes were broken in the process!

We had a really good supper and obviously some very nice cake to complete the evening

There was a Secret Santa opportunity so many of us even went home with Christmas presents

Ruth Gosden had asked members to donate toys for the Children’s Refuge and there was a good response.  Ruth was able to take lots of toys away at the end of the evening and along with Sowood WI make the donation to the children

A great evening was had by all



August’s Meeting -Yoga & Relaxation

Tracy Davies from Blessingway Yoga led us in August’s Yoga Relaxation session. Tracy trained as a yoga teacher in India in 2006, returning to teach mature yoga. She encouraged us to be gentle with ourselves and listen to our bodies.


We had a large turn out for this meeting, but we just managed to fit into a large circle in Waterfront Hall! Tracy led us in some stretches and a Sun Salutation, and got us all sleepy and relaxed with breathing  exercises and guided meditation.


After all our ‘hard work’ we rewarded ourselves with some tasty cakes made my our talented members. 🙂

Bollywood comes to Hebden

In June, the Waterfront Hall in Hebden Bridge Town Hall was packed out with members and guests captivated by Zoobin Surty and his fabulous Bollywood Dancing class. You can see a clip here, thanks to Angela for filming.

Here we are getting to grips with the hand moves and concentrating on the order:

We  had a great laugh and didn’t mind the aching muscles the next day. We’re looking forward to a trip to Leeds to watch British Bollywood at the Northern Ballet Theatre on 24th July. We’re also hopeful that Zoobin will be bringing his class to Hebden Bridge on a regular basis. We are sure it will be a great success!


Invite: January drumming

Hi everyone,

Well that was some Christmas ‘holiday’, wasn’t it! Not quite what any of us had planned but I’m so proud of the way HBWI members pulled together and worked hard to help themselves and others. You’re all amazing!

I hope you’re all recovering from the flood. Please take good care of yourself, it’s been a shocking old time and I know many of us are still reeling, especially those members whose businesses were unfortunately affected. Naturally HBWI will be looking at ways we can continue to support flooded members and the wider community as we all move forwards with the recovery phase.

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Invite: September is self defence

Well, the year has turned and the nights are drawing in but I hope you’ll join us for this month’s WI meeting on Monday 15th September.

This month we’re delighted to welcome back Kate Dakers from Box 4 Fitness to teach us some self-defence basics. Kate visited us last year and it was a very popular meeting. Indeed, she’s such an inspiring teacher that several of our members have gone on to take her boxing classes, where they’ve been busy achieving awards and medals.

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