May 2022: Resolutions Meeting: Autism and ADHD in Women and Girls

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This month’s special guest is… er… me!

I’m Rosa (if you didn’t know already), and in 2016 I was diagnosed with autism and ADHD.

These two diagnoses were a pivotal moment of self-discovery, but I soon realised that telling other people wasn’t going to be so easy.

Because of the many myths and stereotypes there are about autism and ADHD I kept this part of my identity a secret from most people until about a year ago when I recorded a podcast about it during lockdown.

This year, 22,683 WI members voted in favour of a resolution about women and autism and ADHD.

The wording of that resolution is as follows:

Women and Girls with ASD & ADHD – under-identified, under-diagnosed, misdiagnosed, under-supported

Women and girls presenting with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are going undiagnosed. The NFWI calls on the government and funding bodies to fund research into the female presentation of ASD and ADHD, and for action to be taken to improve the diagnosis process for women and girls, to ensure that they are equipped to better manage these conditions and do not suffer in silence.  The NFWI further calls on WI members to raise awareness within their WIs of the issues facing women and girls with ASD and ADHD.

Every WI is encouraged to meet about the resolution and decide if we want our delegate to vote in favour of it at the NFWI Annual Meeting.

On Wednesday, I will tell you about how all this played out in my life. I will also tell you about what the autistic and ADHD communities have taught me about diversity, society, and acceptance.

Questions are encouraged, and if you would like to share your own experiences you’ll be more than welcome to.

This is my first time speaking in front of an audience. You aut to come 😳

→ What To Bring 

  • Items for the food bank;
  • Plants for the plant swap;
  • A mug for tea or coffee;
  • Correct cash for refreshments (50p each);
  • Name badge.

→ Next Three Meetings 

  • June: Morris Dancing with The Lady Bay Revellers
  • July: Tea-tasting with cream tea
  • August: Treasure hunt (note: this meeting has been changed from a picnic to a treasure hunt)

Click here for our 2022 Calendar.

→ Subgroup Calendar 

  • Saturday 14, 14:00: Crafternoon
  • Wednesday 18, 19:00: Supper Club at Nosh
  • Wednesday 25, 14:00: Cafe Society at Christine’s Delights
  • Thursday 26, 19:00: Book Club (Zoom): The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Saturday 28, 10:00: Walk ‘n’ Talk

→ Email Roundup 

→ Crown Prize Categories  👑🏆

  • Most Regal
  • Best using recycled materials
  • Most original

Bring them in in June!

May Food Bank Donations

Responding to an emergency appeal

Hope Food Bank posted this emergency appeal (along with some photos of their empty shelves) on Facebook in April:

This is an emergency appeal our food shelves are really empty and we are in desperate need of the following items if anyone can kindly donate. We have given out a lot of food parcels this week.

  1. Toiletries
  2. Tinned potatoes/instant mash
  3. Jam
  4. Tinned Meat
  5. Soup
  6. Tinned Fruit
  7. Tinned Veg
  8. Tinned Fish
  9. Cereal
  10. Fruit Juice/Squash
  11. UHT Milk
  12. Biscuits

Thank you for your support as ever! 💜🙏🏽

Our main hub is open Monday to Thursdays 9:30am to 5pm, Fridays 9am to midday and Saturdays 9:30 to 10:30am

You can also donate money via our website

The Hive WI has often supported Hope, and we are keen to do so again in their time of need.

In addition to donating food and toiletries, we will be donating to them all of the money raised at our plant swap this month. You are welcome to donate at the plant swap even if you do not plan to take a plant.

The food bank usually advises us that they never need pasta or baked beans.

Thank you!

May Plant Swap

Hive WI members dig in

These photos are from our members-only messenger group (get in touch if you would like to be added!).

We will be swapping plants at Wednesday’s meeting. If you bring a plant you can take another home for free, or you can pop some change in the jar. All of the proceeds will be given to Hope Food Bank.

These first photos are from Cheryl. The tulips (#NeverTrustATulip) were ordered from the WI catalog, and the seeds were recently scattered in her front garden to grow pollinator-friendly flowers.

Check out the ma-hoosive cauliflower!:

Yum! Morag’s rhubarb fresh from the garden before being baked into a crumble:

Michelle’s amazing nursery for plant babies:

Rosie’s greenhouse fills me with joy:

Amanda has her own ”Nigel” to help out around the garden:

The Hive WI Crafters

What you’ve made this month 😍🤩

The craft group meets on the third Saturday of the month at 14:00.

Book of the Month

The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern


The circus arrives without warning. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Against the grey sky the towering tents are striped black and white. A sign hanging upon iron gates reads:

Opens at Nightfall
Closes at Dawn

As dusk shifts to twilight, tiny lights begin to flicker all over the tents, as though the whole circus is covered in fireflies. When the tents are aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign lights up:

Le Cirque des Rêves
The Circus of Dreams

The gates shudder and unlock, seemingly by their own volition.
They swing outward, inviting the crowd inside.

Now the circus is open.
Now you may enter.

‘The only response to this novel is simply: wow. It is a breathtaking feat of imagination, a flight of fancy that pulls you in and wraps you up in its spell’ The Times

The Cafe Society

May: Christine’s Delights

Christine’s Delights is an award-winning Greek patisserie; it serves “freshly made pastries to traditional sweets and specialty coffee”.

They won an award by GURU in February as “the best desserts” in Beeston. I have to say, I think it is my favourite place for desserts as well! 

Well done to them!

Supper Club

May: Nosh

Nosh is hidden away on the Beeston high street and so, I suppose, it is rather fitting that they’re hidden away online as well. I couldn’t find a Facebook page or Instagram account for you, but I did find the above photo from a satisfied customer and this glowing review from The Nottingham Food Blog:

NOSH in Beeston really is one of those hidden places that you need to track down, the word gem is overused so I will not but I will say that if you like authentic Chinese food and you want to eat some good stuff off the beaten track then head over to Beeston and try this place out.

Click on the link above for the full review and menu.

Photos From The Last Meeting

April 2022

Originally we were going to have a talk about the history of knickers (!) but unfortunately she had to cancel the week before. instead, we played games and decorated tote bags:

As I was taking photos someone said to me, ”you’ve got to take one of Sarah’s name badge!”

She was not wrong:

You could also bring your own crafts:

And have some homemade cake:

And collect your crown for the jubilee while looking at our freshly-printed programme:

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