December 2022: Wreath-Making

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This week we will be making Christmas wreaths!

These wreaths will be made with real plants. We will provide all of the materials needed to make the wreaths, but it would be a good idea if you can bring any of the following if you have them…

  • 🧥 An apron or jacket to protect your clothes
  • 🧤 Gardening gloves (or any kind of glove that you can work in and protect your hands)
  • ✂️ Secateurs or a strong pair of scissors

If you can, please arrive early (from about 18:50) to help us set up.

We will need help setting up the tables and chairs, and then our demonstrator and her team will set up the supplies.

We will also need help clearing everything away at the end of the evening, and we really appreciate everyone’s help with this, too.

There will be cake in the side as usual, but please bring your own hot drinks as the kitchen will be closed so that everyone can take part in wreath-making.

You can even bring mulled wine!

We will be continuing our tradition of a Christmas donation this year.

We asked Hope House what they would like, and this is what they said…

Regular 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
  • Please note we currently have excess stock of Pasta, Baked beans, Soup and Cereal so do not need donations of these items at present.

Christmas Items

  • Cupboard treats
  • Mince Pies
  • Yule Log
  • Christmas pudding
  • Selection boxes
  • Biscuits
  • Stuffing
  • Christmas Crackers
  • Chocolates
  • Festive Drinks (non-alcoholic)
  • Hot chocolate
  • Toiletries

As always, thank you for your generosity. It is always a joy to see what you bring!

Finally, make sure you have a plan to get your wreath home with you… the weather is cloudy with a chance of reindeer 🦌

→ What To Bring 

  • Drinks;
  • Items for the donation (see above);
  • An apron, gloves, and scissors;
  • Name badge.

→ Next Two Meetings 

  • 11 January: The Hive’s Birthday Party!
  • 8 February: Cider-tasting With Cheese and Biscuits 

→ Subgroup Calendar 

  • Crafternoon: Sunday 17, 14:00
  • Book Club: Thursday 29, 19:00

→ Email Roundup 

  • Coming soon

Supper Club Special: Christmas Dinner

Where: Amores

A meal at Amores is becoming a Hive WI winter tradition!

This year, 20 Hive members went to the restaurant.

Cheryl (green hat) sent in this photo for the newsletter…

It is always so lovely to look back on your photos, so, if you have any, feel free to post them in our members-only Facebook group!

Crafternoon: Every Third Saturday at 14:00, Beeston Methodist Church (£3)

Your pictures 😍

Amanda made this unique leather shell with a mirror inside:

Joanne made some new friends for Christmas:

Sarah’s decorations are handmade chic:

Ruth’s amazing mosaic birds had everyone a-flutter:

Join our crafters on the 17th of December for some pre-Christmas crafting and relaxing.

Cafe Society: Not this month, but…

Last Month: Fintons

Here is another photo of you! This time at Fintons with our Cafe Society:

Here is Katie’s review:

Seven of us ventured further afield for Café Club this month, enjoying soup, sandwiches and scones at Fintons bakehouse and café in Breaston.

We will be adding it to our list for another visit sometime next year.

Thank you, Katie! You’ve put me in the mood for soup 🥣

Book Club: Every Last Thursday at 19:00 on Zoom

This Month: Memoirs Of An Imaginary Friend by Matthew Green

I am not imaginary…

Budo is lucky as imaginary friends go. He’s been alive for more than five years, which is positively ancient in the world of imaginary friends. But Budo feels his age and thinks constantly of the day when eight-year-old Max Delaney will stop believing in him. When that happens, Budo will disappear.

Max is different from other children. Some people say he has Asperger’s, but most just say he’s “on the spectrum.” None of this matters to Budo, who loves Max unconditionally and is charged with protecting him from the class bully, from awkward situations in the cafeteria, and even in the bathroom stalls. But he can’t protect Max from Mrs. Patterson, a teacher in the Learning Center who believes that she alone is qualified to care for this young boy.

When Mrs. Patterson does the unthinkable, it is up to Budo and a team of imaginary friends to save Max—and Budo must ultimately decide which is more important: Max’s happiness or his own existence.

Matthew Dicks’ Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend is a triumph of courage and imagination that touches on the truths of life, love, and friendship as it races to a heartwarming . . . and heartbreaking conclusion.

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