March 2023: Annual Meeting

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It’s that time of year again – our Annual Meeting! We’ve got a lot to cover, including voting in our president for the year. If you haven’t been to one of our annual meetings before, all will be explained to you on the night.

It is also time to re subscribe! Membership is £46 for full members, and £22.60 for dual members (that is, if you’re already a member of another WI). Your membership pays for all our events and activities, as well as helping to fund The WI on a national level. We’ve got some great things planned for the year ahead. Here is a sneak preview…

  • April: Stage Magic Through the Ages
  • May: Resolutions Discussion & Social
  • June: Learn About Life & Times in Southwell Workhouse
  • July: Make your own Mosaic
  • August: Social – Crazy Golf at Highlands
  • September: Find your Rhythm with Steel Drumming
  • October: Breast Cancer Awareness
  • November: The Beavers at Idle Valley
  • December: Christmas Crafting
  • January: Belly Dancing
  • February: What’s in the Old Curiosity Box?
  • March: The Hive WI Annual Meeting & Social
  • April: How to Make A Summer Hanging Basket

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to submit and sort through ideas, book our speakers, and make things happen. The Hive WI 2023/24 looks brilliant!

Subscription payments can be made by BACS anytime or cash/cheque at the March or April meetings.

Our account details are:

  • The Hive WI Beeston
  • Sort-code: 20-63-28
  • Account No: 40567701

Please include your name when prompted to give a reference so we know that the payment is from you.

After all the business is taken care of, we’ll be playing some fun games! It’s a great chance to catch up with old friends and make some new ones. We can’t wait to see you there 🙂

Finally, congratulations to our Walk ‘n’ Talk group for their bench in the Serenity Garden. Thank you to all your efforts and to those who donated, too! It is wonderful to have made a mark on the community.

Do let us know if you visit the garden and spot the bench. We’d love to see your pictures!

See you soon!

→ What To Bring 

  • Correct cash for refreshments (50p each);
  • Name badge.

→ Subgroup Calendar 

Wed 15, 19:00Supper ClubLagan Indian Tapas
Sat 18, 14:00CrafternoonBeeston Methodist Church (£3)
Wed 22, 18:00Committee MeetingZoom (message us to join)
Wed 29, 14:00Cafe SocietyCanalside Heritage Centre
Thurs 30, 19:00:Book ClubThe Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
Sun 26, 10:00:Walk n TalkMessage Hayley
Cinema Special screening in March for WI members

→ Email Roundup 

  • Coming soon

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

An invitation from Joanne 

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 on the third 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: Every Third Wednesday (19:00)

This Month: Lagan Indian Tapas, Beeston

From their website:

It was Suraj’s dream to open his own restaurant and now with the great success of the Mewar Haveli in Radcliffe on Trent, Suraj is now at Beeston looking to please all of the foodies that love their Indian cuisine. Although this restaurant is a tapas, being a branch of Mewar Haveli we ensure that our customer service and the quality of our food is second to none.

Our team is well experienced in cooking and serving the food from various five star hotels in different parts of the world. Chefs have travelled miles and miles of rural, urban India in search of traditional and home made cooking recipes. It is here at Beeston they will exhibit their talent of master cooking.

Presenting a twist to the typical fine dining Indian cuisine. With an elegant decor and a very modern themed design. The presentation will make you want to take a photo to show off to your friends, the taste will leave you speechless and the service will make you feel like family. The overall experience will leave you excited to come back for more!

Cafe Society: Every last Wednesday (14:00)

This Month: The Canalside Heritage Centre

From their website:

The tearoom is open seven days a week, 9.30am to 4pm.

Our menu includes sweet treats like freshly baked scones and homemade cakes, as well as lunch options such as jacket potatoes, a range of sandwiches, pasta pots and homemade quiches. We also serve a breakfast menu from 9.30am – 12pm which includes bacon and sausage cobs and scrambled eggs on toast.

There are also vegan and gluten free options available, please ask a member of staff and they will be happy to help with this.

Breakfast is served 9.30am – 12pm

Lunch is served 12pm – 2.30pm

Please note that the tearoom is very popular so we cannot guarantee all menu options will be available when you arrive.

We also offer gluten free and vegan options whenever possible. If you have any food allergies or intolerances, please speak to a member of our team and we will be happy to help.

The Hive WI Committee Meeting: Every Fourth Wednesday at 18:30 on Zoom

As a volunteer-driven organization, we rely on the time and talent of our members to make our events and activities possible.

We would love to have you on board!

If you’re interested in joining the committee or want to learn more about what it entails, please get in touch at We would be happy to answer any questions you may have. You can also sit in on a session to see what we’re about, with no expectation of you joining.

We hope to hear from you soon!

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

This Month: The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd

From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees and the forthcoming novel The Book of Longings, a novel about two unforgettable American women.

Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world.

Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.

As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women’s rights movements.

Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented, including Handful’s cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better.

This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved.

Walk ‘n’ Talk: Every Last Sunday at 10:00

An invitation from Hayley

We are a friendly group who enjoy walking. We meet in most weathers on the last Sunday of the month at 10am for a walk approximately 4-6 miles long and we always have a refreshment break involving cake! If you would like to explore footpaths and beautiful places close to home that you may not have noticed before and all within an hours drive of Beeston. Please do come and join us – we can’t wait to welcome you!

Cinema Trips: Spontaneous!

What’s on at The Arc this month… 

If you fancy a cinema trip to see one of these films, you can email us, post in our Facebook group, or ask at our meetings.

This month there is a special screening of Women Talking. WI members will get free popcorn on arrival and all profits will go to the NFWI. Read more about it here.

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