August 2022: Treasure Hunt and Games

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We have already sent an email about this month’s meeting, but here is a quick recap in case you need it:

August is our “unofficial” meeting this year. Your WI membership entitles you to 11 meetings a year, but we almost always throw in an “unofficial” meeting and try out something a bit different…

This time we’re doing a treasure hunt and games night!

Treasure Hunt:

  • The hunts involve walking around Beeston
    • The shorter hunt is 35 minutes
    • The longer hunt will take about an hour
  • The “hunters” will leave in groups of 2 or 3 at intervals
  • The first group will set off from the Hall at 18:40
  • The last group will leave the Hall at 19:45


  • Games will be provided for those staying in the Hall
  • Tea and coffee will be available for you on a help-yourself basis
  • Drinks cost cost of 50p per item, and all money given will be donated to Hope Food Bank.

Ice-creams will be provided to all members later in the evening!

Please note that the first walk will leave an hour earlier than our usual start time. You can arrive at the Hall when it suits you.

→ What To Bring 

  • A pen and something to write on.
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • A drink for the walk
  • 50p (or more) for drinks

→ Next Three Meetings 

  • September: Ballet Fit
  • October: “Mildred the Lady Historian”
  • November: Women’s Health with Dr. Fogarty

Click here for our 2022 Calendar.

→ Subgroup Calendar 

  • Wednesday 17, 19:00 – Supper Club, Miller and Carter (Steak House)
  • Saturday 20, 14:00 – Crafternoon
  • Wednesday 24, 18:30 – Committee
  • Thursday 25, 19:00 – Book Club, When We Were Vikings by Andrew David MacDonald
  • Wednesday 31, 14:00 – Cafe Society, Christine’s Delights

→ Email Roundup 

  • Click here to see a blog post of all of the emails sent since the last newsletter.

Supper Club

Miller and Carter (Steak House)

This month the Supper Club is going to the Miller and Carter Steak House (committee member Sandra tells us that they also do a great salad 👌).

Check out these photos from the club’s last dinner – it was paella night at the Vic!

We love seeing your photos from the subgroups! Please keep them coming!


Your projects

I asked our crafters what they have been up to this month, and this didn’t disappoint…

This patchwork made by Rosanna would brighten up anyone’s day-sie:

Sarah is embroidering Christmas tree decorations based on the song The 12 Days of Christmas:

She also made this grate piece inspired by the architecture of Wollaton Hall:

Dagmar sewed her own dress to wear at a wedding. It’s sew good!:

Joanne made this corgi-eous cross stitch of the Queen:

Rosie definitely has bagging rights after making this quilted patchwork bag:

Thank you to all our talented members for sending in your photos!

Cafe Society

Christine’s Delights

The Cafe Society is back at an old favourite this month: Christine’s Delights!

Last month they checked out The Beeston Social, and sent us this view:

Café Society made a first visit to the Beeston Social. The staff are friendly and helpful and we all enjoyed our drinks and pastries. We did however, find it a bit too noisy and struggled to hear each other, so probably won’t make a return visit.

It doesn’t sound like it will be making our list of favourites, but maybe we’ll be back if they turn down the volume…

Book Club

When We Were Vikings by Andrew David MacDonald

For Zelda, a twenty-one-year-old Viking enthusiast who lives with her older brother, Gert, life is best lived with some basic rules:

1. A smile means “thank you for doing something small that I liked.”
2. Fist bumps and dabs = respect.
3. Strange people are not appreciated in her home.
4. Tomatoes must go in the middle of the sandwich and not get the bread wet.
5. Sometimes the most important things don’t fit on lists.

But when Zelda finds out that Gert has resorted to some questionable—and dangerous—methods to make enough money to keep them afloat, Zelda decides to launch her own quest. Her mission: to be legendary. It isn’t long before Zelda finds herself in a battle that tests the reach of her heroism, her love for her brother, and the depth of her Viking strength.

Here is a short book review of When We We’re Vikings that I found on YouTube:

If you like the idea of book reviews in video form (no spoilers!) and would like to see them included in the newsletter each month, leave a comment on Facebook and let us know!

Next three books:

  • September: Where d’You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
  • October: The Familiars by Stacy Halls
  • November: The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson

Other News

Nottinghamshire Federation Event: Orange Flowers Craft Session

There is a craft event on Thursday the 6th of October at The Tiger Community Hub (10:00 – 12:00) to make orange flowers. The flowers will be used in a display to raise awareness about sex-based violence.

Here is a copy of the event listing that we have been sent:

Price: Cost of your drink and cake on the day

Closing Date: Just come along (but it would be great to know numbers, so there will be enough cake!)

In preparation for the ‘No more Violence’ vigilTiger Community Hub will host a WI craft session, where you will be making orange flowers including Tie Dye Yo-Yo, loom flowers and you are welcome to bring your knitting or crochet along. (some materials will be available on the day – but if you can bring orange yarn it will be appreciated).

The Orange Flower patterns are available as an enclosure, on SharePoint, saved in the files on Facebook Group, or email for details.

Nottinghamshire Federation of WIs are working together with the Soroptimist International of Nottingham and Nottingham Playhouse on the ‘No more Violence’ vigil on Friday 25 November from 11am –2pmtaking place at the Nottingham Playhouse with poetry readings and speakers. There will be indoor and outdoor space, so come rain, snow or sunshine the event will be able to go ahead. See separate enclosure for further details.

The orange flowers will be worn or given out on the day as well as creating a “waterfall” which will be hung outside the Nottingham Playhouse. Any pattern or size of flower is great but it would be useful to have a pin on the back for ease of attachment to the netting base. The flowers will be given out to highlight the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. 

Feel free to make as many flowers as you like, they will be most welcome. You can send or drop off your flowers at County House by 14 October please.   

Booking for the Orange Flower craft event is not essential but it would help to have an idea of numbers. Please book by:

advising Val on with subject title “Orange Flower Craft”

or via Eventbrite

or using the form below and sending it to Notts Fed of WIs, Trent Bridge House, Beastmarket Hill, Newark, Notts, NG24 1BN

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