Invite: 5th Birthday Party!

Hi everyone,

This newsletter is a bit long, I apologise in advance but there’s loads going on this month.

Firstly, it’s our 5th birthday party this month and our Social Secretary, Karen Cunningham has been hard at work planning a fabulous Bake-Off party.

So please come along on Monday 21st March for canapés, cakes and culinary quizzes. We’re inviting guests from local WI’s and it should be a fun evening of relaxed socialising. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start and guests are welcome for £4.

We’ll be selling the cakes at the end to raise money for our charity of the year, so please bring some extra cash.

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Invite: Christmas Crafts

Wow, what a beautiful autumn we’ve been having. But it’s October already and that means that it’s time for our annual Christmas Crafts meeting.

Come along on Monday 19th October and you’ll be able to have a go at four different Christmas crafts. You’ll also get a break from me because our lovely Vice President, Ruth Gosden will be chairing the meeting (it’s one of those wacky WI rules – they make the Vice President run one meeting a year.)

As usual, guests are welcome to attend for £3, so feel free to bring a friend along. The meeting is in the Waterfront Hall in Hebden Bridge Town Hall and doors open at 7pm-ish for a 7.30pm start.

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Rag Market: May 2015

How quickly the Rag Market seems to come around, even though we only do two a year (which I’m sure organiser Vanessa would tell you is plenty!)

Our Spring Rag Market was held on Saturday 16th May and it was our busiest yet. It was absolutely thronging with crafting fans keen to snag a bargain and meet our special guest, Deborah Simms who reached the semi-final of this year’s Great British Sewing Bee.  Deborah kindly came along to open the Rag Market and she was an absolute delight.

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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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Rag Hags

The Rag Hag points the way to the Rag Market

Thanks to the hard work of Vanessa Kay and Sue Mellis the Hebden Bridge WI is renowned for its Rag Markets, an opportunity for crafters and vintage lovers to pile their (already large) stashes of goodies even higher.  The latest Rag Market took place place over 2 days at The Town Hall, Hebden Bridge and folk from far and wide were attracted by the opportunity to purchase vintage fabric, haberdashery bargains and unique bits and bobs.

The Rag Market starts to fill up
Inspecting some hand spun yarn

Some of the people that came along were more than stallholders, like Leone who gave a spinning demonstration and talked people through her process for dying yarns.

The fleece that Leone turns into yarn
Leone spinning
The finished yarn

The Hebden Bridge WI also uses the Rag Market as an opportunity to encourage young entrepreneurs with an interest in crafting to sell their wares and undertake some market research on the popularity of their idea at a Pedlars’ Day.  This year the school aged entrants were of a very high standard and many went home having had an excellent day of trading.

This pedlar had a very good day of trading
Some a pedlar’s wares
These paper flowers proved to be very popular
This pedlar brought her gorgeous handmade aprons, bookmarks and napkins

The next Rag Market is at the Town Hall, Hebden Bridge on Sunday 13th October.  See you there.

Written and posted by Amy

Flooded With Festivals

Yorkshire Soap has the Queen helping them clean up after the floods
The Book Case has embraced the theme

So, you’ve probably heard that Hebden Bridge got hit badly in the floods on Friday night.  The town’s community spirit has shone through the tough times and even though businesses have been hit hard, our sense of humour has remained intact.  The fabulous business owners of Hebden Bridge have put a smile on our faces by using their shop windows to full effect.

It’s the WI Rag Market this weekend at The Town Hall, Hebden Bridge and we’ve decided that all the money taken on our refreshment stand will go to the flood relief fund; so come and eat cake for our community.  There’s loads of other brilliant things going on in the town including the Handmade Parade, the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival and the Fringe Festival, so we recommend that you pay us a visit and enjoy the sights and sounds of our truly unique home.


Written and posted by Amy

Rock On Up to the Rag Market

The textile group has been busy organising the next Rag Market.  Once again all the stalls have been snapped up and you’ll find amazing bargains galore in the form of vintage knitting and sewing patterns, buttons, fabric, ribbons, wool, Cambodian silk, cottons, gift wrap, and candle making equipment.
The Hebden Bridge WI will be serving delicious tea, coffee, and cake throughout the event.
Come along to this marvelous event and take time to visit Hebden Bridge, our fabulous town full of amazing independent shops, cafes and restaurants.
The next Hebden Bridge WI Rag Market takes place on Sunday 6th November between 11am – 4pm at Central Street School, Off Market Street, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 6HB.  50p entry.

Written and posted by Amy