September 2022: “Ballet Be Fit” For Beginners

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Okay, so maybe you won’t quite be able to achieve the pose in the picture above after our meeting, but you do at least have an excuse to wear the skirt!

Silver Swan ballet teacher Elaine Tomlinson is helping us stretch our wings this month.

Elaine is a Ballet Be Fit and Adult Ballet Instructor with Leap Dance Midlands (you can find out more about the dance school here). She also teaches for The Royal Academy of Dance.

Ballet Be Fit is an exercise class inspired by ballet. It includes a barre warm up (we will be using the backs of our chairs), cardio, stretching, and a relaxation and cool down.

Please wear comfortable clothing, and do as much or as little as you feel able. There is no obligation to join in if you would just like to watch.

⭐️ To be extra sure that Elaine can adapt the class for different abilities, she has requested that members fill out a questionnaire ahead of the class. The information will be stored on a password protected device and will not be shared with anyone else. The information will be destroyed when the participant leaves the exercise class group.

Elaine offers classes in Zoom on Thursdays from 19.00 to 20.00. She says, “My classes are suitable for all ages and abilities and exercises can be adapted for people with health needs.”

As well as ballet, we will be collecting items for Hope Food Bank.

Here is their list of their most wanted items:

  • Tinned Meat/Fish/Vegetables
  • Instant Mash Potato
  • Tinned Fruit
  • Sponge Pudding (Tinned)
  • Rice Pudding or Custard(Tinned)
  • Milk (UHT or powdered)
  • Fruit Juice (carton)
  • Pasta Sauces 
  • Tinned spaghetti/macaroni
  • Tea bags
  • Instant coffee
  • Jam
  • Biscuits or snack bars

They currently have an excess stock of pasta, baked beans, soup and cereal. They ask that we do not send these items at present. Thank you!

We’ll see you all at the barre on Wednesday!

→ What To Bring 

  • Items for the food bank;
  • Comfortable clothes and water;
  • A mug for tea or coffee;
  • Correct cash for refreshments (50p each);
  • Name badge.

→ Next Three Meetings 

  • 12 October: “Mildred the Lady Historian”
  • 9 November: Women’s Health with Dr. Fogarty
  • 14 December: Wreath making

Click here for our 2022 Calendar.

→ Subgroup Calendar 

  • Saturday 17, 14:00: Crafternoon at Beeston Methodist Church
  • Wednesday 21, 19:00: Supper Club at Cafe Roya
  • Wednesday 28, 14:00: Cafe Society TBC
  • Thursday 29, 19:00: Book Club (Zoom): Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
  • Last weekend, 10:00: Walk n Talk

→ Email Roundup 

  • Click here for a blog post of all the emails we’ve sent since the last newsletter.

A Note From Cheryl, The Hive WI President

RIP HRH her Majesty the Queen, 1926 – 2022

The Queen sadly passed on Thursday. It is the end of an era. Her Majesty, is for most of us the only Monarch we have ever known. She was a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She devoted her life to service. Her presence gave focal point of constants in an ever changing world.

Her Majesty had been a member of the WI since 1943 and was President of the Sandringham WI. She was a loyal supporter of the WI and took a keen interest in our resolutions.

As a WI we would like to pay our respects at our next meeting. We will be holding two minutes silence at the start of the meeting.

Cheryl Ruse, 9th September 2022

Regular News and Updates


Beeston Methodist Church

We don’t have any pictures for you this month, but we do have this invitation from our Joanne…

Come and join us at CRAFT GROUP next Saturday at 2pm! Bring your projects, something new perhaps, and ask any questions of our highly experienced crafters. Or just chat 😀

Please let me know if you will be coming (by commenting on Facebook) or by message. Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road. £3.

Supper Club

Cafe Roya

This is a restaurant with one of the best reputations in Nottingham. I’ll let the reviews speak for themselves…

Cafe Society

Location TBC

Keep an eye on the Facebook group for the location of this month’s cafe, or email to ask for more information.

Book Club

Where d’You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

Bernadette Fox has vanished.

When her daughter Bee claims a family trip to Antarctica as a reward for perfect grades, Bernadette, a fiercely intelligent shut-in, throws herself into preparations for the trip. But worn down by years of trying to live the Seattle life she never wanted, Ms. Fox is on the brink of a meltdown. And after a school fundraiser goes disastrously awry at her hands, she disappears, leaving her family to pick up the pieces–which is exactly what Bee does, weaving together an elaborate web of emails, invoices, and school memos that reveals a secret past Bernadette has been hiding for decades. Where’d You Go Bernadetteis an ingenious and unabashedly entertaining novel about a family coming to terms with who they are and the power of a daughter’s love for her mother.

The book is also a film starring Cate Blanchett:

Find our 2022 reading list here.

Cinema Trips

Current films you’d like to see…

Our cinema trips are spontaneous and every member is welcome to plan a trip to The Arc Cinema in Beeston.

Here are this months suggestions from you…

Moonage Daydream: A cinematic odyssey exploring David Bowie’s creative and musical journey. From visionary filmmaker Brett Morgen, and sanctioned by the Bowie estate.

The Railway Children Return: Follow a group of children who are evacuated to a Yorkshire village during the Second World War, where they encounter a young soldier who, like them, is far away from home.

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris: A widowed cleaning lady in 1950s London falls madly in love with a couture Dior dress, and decides that she must have one of her own.

All summaries all taken from IMBD.

Other News

Send us your feedback

We sent an email in July asking what your top three meetings were of 2022, and what you would like to do and try next. Your responses will help us immensely to fill the calendar for The Hive WI 2023!

We’d also like some volunteers for the Programme Subcommittee. This subcommittee would meet a few times in Beeston over a coffee or a drink. Please email thehivewi@gmail or speak to Sally Penn (Programme Secretary) for more information.

Thank you!

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