February 2022: Learn to Draw with Alice Kellett

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This month we will be joined by local artist Alice Kellett:

My name is Alice and I’m a VW fanatic! Ever since my Grandad taught 6-year-old me the basics of art, I’ve loved to paint and sketch; and, of course, my favourite subject is camper vans. Formally trained in fine art, graduating from Loughborough University in 2006, I am currently based in Beeston, Nottinghamshire where I work from my studio. I also take commissions, specialising in personal portraits of VW’s.

Alice will demonstrate and guide us through a range of creative drawing skills and techniques.

We have bought A5 drawing paper and pencils for you to use at the meeting, but you are very welcome to bring your own.

By coincidence, the Cafe Society will be meeting at Canvas and Coffee this month (Wednesday 23, 14:00). The cafe displays many of Alice’s original works!

Here are some photos from her Instagram:

You can find Alice on Instagram and on her website.

  → What to bring

  • If you want to use your own art supplies, feel free to bring them;
  • A mug;
  • A mask and hand sanitiser;
  • The kitchen will be open but you can bring your own hot drink if you want to.

→ The next three months:

  • March: Annual Meeting
  • April: The History of Knickers (Zoom)
  • May: Resolutions and activities

 → Subgroup Calendar

  • Wednesday 16, 19:00: Supper Club at Yannis
  • Saturday 19, 14:00: Crafternoon
  • Wednesday 23, 14:00: Cafe Society at Canvas and Coffee
  • Thursday 24, 19:00: Book Club (Zoom): Howard’s End by EM Forster
  • Sunday 27, 10:00: Walk ‘n’ Talk (led by Hayley)

Walk ‘n’ Talk

Over £1,000 for charity!

They did it!!

Here is a note from subgroup leader Hayley:

We have exceeded £1,000 but are continuing to collect funds during February (including cash at our next members’ meeting). We are so proud of our achievements (both walking and fundraising) as a team.

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported our walkers!

Donating is entirely optional, and you can do so here if you still want to.

Book of the Month

Howard’s End by E. M. Forster


The novel follows the lives of three families in England at the beginning of the 20th century: the Wilcoxes, rich capitalists with a fortune made in the Colonies; the half-German Schlegels, whose cultural pursuits have much in common with the real-life Bloomsbury Group; and the Basts, an impoverished young couple from a lower-middle-class background. The idealistically motivated, well-read, highly intelligent Schlegel sisters seek to help the struggling Basts, wishing at the same time to rid the Wilcoxes of some of their deep-seated social and economic prejudices.

You can join the book group to talk about Howard’s End whether you have read it, watched it, or just want some company!

The 2022 Committee Needs You!

Contact: thehivewi@gmail.com

Every WI needs a committee to keep it going, and The Hive WI is no exception.

Your role on the committee can be specific or as general as you like.

Feel free to sit in on one of our meetings (always on Zoom) to just have a look at what goes on.

The committee meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 18.30.

There is no obligation to join or stay for the whole hour.

The Platinum Jubilee

What shall we do?

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Our June meeting will follow the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Weekend and want to mark the event!

We could do something as simple as wearing crowns or go much fancier.

The main event at the meeting is Morris Dancing.

Morris Dancing, the WI, and the Queen’s Jubilee in one evening?! How far shall we take this?! As far as we can, that’s how 🤣

Let us know what you think would make this a fun and frolicking evening!

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