January 2022: Cake Decorating – and The Hive WI Turns Four!

Jill Owen has been teaching cooking and baking skills for over ten years.

As it is our birthday month (!), we are all about cakes at this particular meeting. Specifically: edible cake decorations.

Jill will use two cameras during the Zoom demonstration. We will be able to see her and a close-up of the sugarcraft in action.

Here is a preview of what we will be making:

Feel free to just want the demonstration, or join in as you watch!

To make the rose, you will need:

  • Some ordinary fondant paste (not modelling paste) from Sainsbury’s/Tesco
  • A large clear plastic bag
  • A small sharp knife (not serrated)
  • Some green food colouring
  • A small paintbrush
  • A small bowl of water
  • A chopping board with a smooth surface
  • A rolling pin, preferably glass or plastic

We will keep an eye on the chat so you can ask questions throughout, and there will be a chance to turn your microphones on and talk at the end.

As this is our birthday month you are welcome to join us with cake, a drink, and party hats!

It’s going to be sweet!

You can find Jill on Facebook at The Beeston Baking School

 → What To Bring To The Meeting

  • As it is our birthday, feel free to bring cake, drinks, and party hats!
  • Your sugarcraft ingredients (or you can just watch).

 → The next three months:

  • February: Creative drawing
  • March: Annual Meeting
  • April: The History of Knickers

 → Subgroup Calendar

  • Saturday 15, 14:00: Crafternoon (venue TBC)
  • Wednesday 19, 19:00: Supper Club at Yannis
  • Thursday 27, 19:00: Book Club (Zoom): The Beekeeper of Allepo by Christy Lefteri
  • Sunday 30, 10:00: Walk ‘n’ Talk (led by Hayley)

Scroll down for the details of this month’s subgroups.

Donations Update

“A huge thank you to The Hive WI”

This update was posted on Broxtowe Women’s Project’s website:

Staff and volunteers from BWP are busy playing Santa’s elves this week, as they deliver Christmas gifts to women, children, and young people across Broxtowe.

Colette Byrne, Chief Executive of BWP said: “This has been such a difficult, emotional year for everyone, but particularly for the women and families we support. They’re certainly feeling the added pressure that this time of year brings.

“Which is why we are overwhelmed by the generosity and gifts that we’ve received.  These presents enable us to help women create a little bit of magic for their children, and importantly, receive a gift that they themselves deserve.”

“We are so thankful for your generosity this Christmas. We know these gifts will help to brighten up this Christmas for the women and children we support.”

They added that they’d “like to say a huge thank you to” donations from The Hive WI.

Well done, everyone!

Book Club: Book of the Month

The Beekeeper of Allepo by Christy Lefteri


Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, is an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo – until the unthinkable happens. When all they care for is destroyed by war, they are forced to escape.

As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss but dangers that would overwhelm the bravest of souls. Above all – and perhaps this is the hardest thing they face – they must journey to find each other again.

‘This book dips below the deafening headlines and tells a true story with subtlety and power’ – Esther Freud

‘A beautiful novel, intelligent, thoughtful; and relevant. I’m recommending this book to everyone I care about. So I’m recommending this book to you’ – Benjamin Zephaniah

‘Powerful, thought-provoking, and beautifully crafted’ – Choice Magazine

Hive WI Crafters

Spotlight on Sarah

Over the last nine month’s, Sarah has made 7 blankets and 18 cardigans for ”little people”. The honeycomb blanket below was made for the new baby of one of our members before she moved to Italy to be with her family.

Così bello, Sarah! So beautiful!

Walk ‘n’ Talk

Over £500 raised!

Our Walk ‘n’ Talkers have now surpassed their goal of raising £500 for charity. Before you start cheering, Hayley, who leads the subgroup, said they are not done yet…

“We are getting to the end of our challenge with only 387 miles left to walk,” she said, “but will be continuing to collect sponsorship into February. We would really like to get to £1000.”

All the money raised will go to a memorial garden for bereaved parents in Nottingham.

“We are currently on £724 so quite a way to go but it would be good to get £1000 if we can.”

You can donate here, or share the link on social media.

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