June 2020: Morris Dancing Jubilee Party

Image from Lady Bay Revellers website

Get your glad rags on! We’re continuing the jubilee festivities with Morris Dancing and a crown competition!

The categories for the crown competition are…

  • Most Regal 🦁
  • Best use of recycled materials ♻️
  • Most original 😯

Our dance leader is Yvonne from The Lady Bay Revellers. The Revellers (pictured above) were formed in 1992. They dance throughout the year across England, and internationally.

It is up to you if you join in or watch from the side. Either way, you’re welcome at the revelry!

Warning: Prolonged dancing at our jubilee party may cause you to develop a royal flush.

For inspiration, watch this short film from 1931. It shows 1500 Morris Dancers on the beautiful grounds of Blenheim Palace:

Can you just imagine what the sound of 1500 dancers clacking sticks would have sounded like in person? Amazing!

Finally, we asked for your suggestions of local charities that The Hive WI can support.

Your nominations so far are:

We’ll be collecting your votes during the meeting on Wednesday.

Bring a friend – the Morris the merrier!

See you there!

→ What To Bring 

  • Crown;
  • A mug for tea or coffee;
  • Correct cash for refreshments (50p each);
  • Name badge;
  • Suggested dress code: red, white, and blue.

→ Next Three Meetings 

  • July: Tea-tasting with cream tea
  • August: Treasure hunt (note: this meeting has been changed from the programme)
  • September: Ballet Fit
  • Click here for our 2022 Calendar.

→ Subgroup Calendar 

  • Wednesday 15, 19:00: Supper Club at The Cod’s Scollops
  • Saturday 18, 14:00: Crafternoon
  • Saturday 25, 10:00: Walk ‘n’ Talk
  • Wednesday 29, 14:00: Cafe Society at The Canal Side (Beeston Marina)
  • Thursday 30, 19:00: Book Club (Zoom): My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

→ Email Roundup 

Supper Club

The Cod’s Scollops

There are two Cod’s Scollops to choose from. The Supper Club will decide on Monday as to which one would be batter.

We’ll let you know ASAP.

Cafe Society

The Canal Side Heritage Centre

I have a real soft spot for this place, not just because it is beautiful but because they displayed over a hundred of our origami butterflies in their gallery last year!

As well as a cafe, they also have craft groups and art classes that are well worth checking out. You can find out more on their website.

I think they’re our kind of people!

Your Photos

June 2022

Hive Committee member Marie had a very special jubilee trip to London where she took this photo:

Marie said, ”Being in London yesterday was amazing, the atmosphere was wonderful. The noise, vibration and the roar of the crowd as each plane went overhead was unforgettable.”

Amanda went to a fete in Wiltshire (the white horse!):

Closer to home, Hive member Sarah spotted this post box topper:

Katie transformed a cheese cake:

And Sally dug out these magazines that her mother bought just after the Coronation in 1952:

If you have any photos to share, head to our Facebook group!

Resources From May’s Meeting

Autism and ADHD in Women and Girls

Thank you to everyone who came up to me last month with words of encouragement and your own stories to share. That was my first time publicly speaking and your support made all the difference! I hope I was alright 😂

To prepare for the talk, I designed and printed some handouts about ADHD and autism. You can right click and save them below, or look for them on Facebook where I will upload them in the next few days.

You were also fabulous as always with your donations. Here is just some of the food we took to the food bank from that night:

And thank you to everyone who donated money at the plant swap – you helped to raise £75! We gave it all to Hope Food Bank along with the food.


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📥 Email Roundup (May/June)

9th of May: Donations to Hope

After an enquiry regarding “Best Before Dates” we have received the following:

Our food banks will only be able to accept food that is in date and has more than 3 months before its ‘best before’ date. This is based on guidance from Trading Standards and is often stipulated by insurance companies too. Furthermore, we want to show people who have been referred to the food bank that they are important and valued by giving them the best food that we can. 

If items are less than 3 months past the ‘best before’ date food banks will often place these items in a separate container for people referred to the food bank to take on a ‘help yourself’ basis, making them aware of the risks involved in taking food that is past its ‘best before’ date. 

We thought it best to advise you all of this important information.

20th of May: Subgroups Update

We now have an informal Cinema Group which will go to the local Arc cinema in Beeston on an adhoc basis.  Several members have expressed an interest to see Downton Abbey and this has been arranged for next Thursday, 26th May, to see the 6:10pm showing.  If you are interested in coming along join them upstairs at 6pm – as the film was released a few weeks ago it is expected to be easy to sit together.

If you have a film you would like to see then please let us know via email or Facebook and we will share the details.

This Saturday the Craft Group will be meeting at the Methodist Church Hall at 2pm.  Just bring along your craft – although there is always more chatting than work done!!

The Cafe Society will be meeting next Wednesday, 25th May, at Christine’s (Beeston) at 2pm.

Again, if you are interested in any event please send an email or comment on Facebook.

28th of May: June members meeting

June Members meeting – 

The Jubilee is nearly upon us and we are celebrating in style next month. 

We have a couple of reminders for you about the meeting… 

– please remember to wear loose comfortable clothing so you can join in with the Morris dancing if you feel like taking to the floor!

– cold drinks will be available for if we work up a sweat with all the dancing.

– speaking of clothing – we are suggesting we all wear read white and blue.

– don’t forget to decorate and bring along your Crown, there will be a competition and a Jubilee themed prize for each of the three categories:


Recycled materials

Most original

Fundraising 2022-2023

At the last members meeting we discussed choosing a local charity to support this year, as we have done in the past. We will vote on a charity to support at the June meeting so please send in your suggestions via email or on Facebook before June 8th please. The charity must be local with the focus being women and girls.

We look forward to seeing you next month donned in a Crown and red white and blue!


on behalf of the Committee

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

Photo by Wings Of Freedom on Pexels.com

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 https://hope-nottingham.org.uk/

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:

Find Us Online

  • Email: thehivewi@gmail.com
  • Facebook: facebook.com/thehivewi
  • Facebook group (members only): facebook.com/groups/thehivewi
  • Twitter: twitter.com/thehivewi
  • Website: thehivewi.com
  • You can also search for us on Google Calendar using our email address.

New to The Hive WI? Click here!

📥 Email Round Up (Apr/May) 

26th of April: (no subject)

Nottinghamshire Federation of theWI (NFWI) upcoming events and opportunities

We regularly receive ‘happy post’ from NFWI with information and fliers to share with you all. We highlight some of these at our meetings and have some on display e.g., the Hornblower newsletter. However, we may not always have the opportunity to attend the meeting or may be too busy enjoying the cakes and conversation to look at the notice board 

So, when we receive information that may be of interest, we are going to send out an email and Facebook post, so no one misses out. These will be brief and only every couple of months so do not fear, we will not be filling your inbox. 

You can also access Nottinghamshire WI via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and on their website. And remember, the MyWi website is also a wonderful resource!

Upcoming events:

Sunday May 29th, 2022, T20 Cricket at Trent bridge Notts Lighting v Southern Vipers Tickets £25 adults £14 children. Closing date May 3rd

Monday June 20th Croquet at Southwell Croquet club Tickets £10 Closing date May 29th

Monday July 4th Croquet at Southwell Croquet club Tickets £10 Closing date May 29th

Thursday July 7th Clay Pidgeon Shooting at Orston Shooting ground Tickets £32 Closing date May 23rd

Monday July 11th Seasonal Summer Fayre at the School of Artisan Food, Welbeck Tickets £15 Closing date June 13th

Friday October 21st to Sunday October 23rd Federation Weekend in York (coach trip, including visits to Yorkshire sculpture park, York city centre and outlet retail park) cost £220 per person based on two people sharing (single supplement £25) Deposit of £50 required by Wednesday June 1st, balance by August 31st.

Need a 2023 diary?

You can order a WI diary for 2023 at £7 each – closing date July 22nd, 2022

Please get in touch if you would like more details thehivewi@gmail.com

Michelle Whitehouse


On behalf of the Hive WI Committee

27th of May: Members’ Meeting this coming Wednesday

We know in the past The Hive members have been very generous in supporting the local Hope charity and given that the charity is struggling to meet the current demand for groceries, we have decided to collect items at the meeting on Wednesday,  The items they have requested are:

  • Toiletries (including sanitary items)
  • Tinned potatoes/instant mash
  • Jam
  • Tinned Meat
  • Soup
  • Tinned Fruit
  • Tinned Vegetables
  • Tinned Fish
  • Cereal
  • Fruit Juice/Squash
  • UHT Milk
  • Biscuits

We will also be having a plant and book swap so please bring surplus and unwanted items.  We have decided that all monies for these items will be donated to Hope – so please be generous!!

We will be learning about the issue of ASD and ADHD on women and girls, before voting on this year’s WI Resolution.  And if there is time we might have a quiz.

Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting,  The Hive WI Committee

April 2022: Tea, talk, and totebags

Oh, pants! The speaker we had booked for April had to cancel, so we have a change of plans. You might say that she gave us the slip.

“The Knickers Lady” (as the committee has been calling her) was going to join us on Zoom to talk about the history of underwear.

No worries, though. We won’t be getting in a twist!

We are now meeting in person at the Church Hall for a laid-back social evening. We will have tea and cake, the tote bags and decorations from the March meeting, and each other.

After all, a good WI is like a great bra: close to your heart, gives you a lift, and has your back covered too!

See you soon!

PS: Shout out to these cakes from last month 🤤

  → What To Bring To The Meeting

  • Please bring your tote bag back if you want to continue decorating it (if you didn’t get a bag last month, we have more!);
  • A mug;
  • Membership fees (if you haven’t paid yet);
  • A pen or pencil;
  • Correct cash for refreshments (50p for drinks, £1 for cake);
  • Name badge.

For those who want to go to the Supper Club this month, the restaurant has requested a £5 deposit. You can bring this to pay at the meeting on Wednesday.

→ Volunteers Needed

  • Three members to help set up the meeting at 19:00;
  • Two members to volunteer in the kitchen from 19:10 to make the tea.

Please email if you can help 🙂

→ Next Three Meetings

  • May: Resolutions and activities
  • June: Morris Dancing with The Lady Bay Revellers
  • July: Tea-tasting with cream tea

Click here for our 2022 Calendar.

→ Subgroup Calendar

  • Saturday 16, 14:00: Crafternoon
  • Wednesday 20, 19:00: Supper Club at The Circle Eatery
  • Wednesday 27, 14:00: Cafe Society at The Circle Eatery
  • Thursday 28, 19:00: Book Club (Zoom): Before and After by Alison Wilson
  • Sunday 30, 10:00: Walk ‘n’ Talk

→ Email Roundup

The Hive WI Crafters

What you’ve made this month

Talk about talent! 😮

I’d love to have a go at the mug painting. Joanne did a seriously good job with her simple and colourful design.

Check out this bit of pottery from Sarah (before and after firing):

It was fired in a process known as Raku. fans of The Great Pottery Showdown might recogise the style.

These embroidery pieces from Louise (who says she is ”new” to the craft) are definitely worth a closer look:

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

I will be asking them again next month for their pictures. I am just 😮 Teach me know to knit jumpers and hats, please!

Book of the Month

Before and After by Alison Wilson


Aged nineteen, Alison McKelvie was a self-confessed romantic, immersed in books and poetry, and dreaming of beauty, truth, and love. In 1940, whilst working as a secretary at MI6, Alison met Alexander Wilson. Thirty years her senior, Alexander was worldly and charismatic. An intense affair quickly led to marriage and two children. But the Wilsons’ lives then spiraled into the depths of poverty. Alexander was sacked, imprisoned twice, and then declared bankrupt. His lack of reliability was a hefty emotional burden for Alison to bear. Nevertheless, she loved her husband unreservedly and stuck by him through thick and thin. In 1963, Alexander died suddenly of a heart attack. Alison’s world imploded when she discovered that their life together had been built upon layer after layer of deception. Who was Alexander Wilson? How well had Alison really known him? Slowly the lies were unraveled: Alexander had been a novelist, spy, and, devastatingly, a bigamist. Alison was the third of four wives, her children two of seven. The inspiration for the critically-acclaimed drama Mrs. Wilson, Before & After is the powerful and poignant memoir of Alison Wilson. ‘Before’ peels back the complex layers of a marriage steeped in lies, and the shattering heartbreak which followed. ‘After’ tells of an intensely-felt redemption through religion. Before & After is, first and foremost, a love story, but it is also an account of one extraordinarily strong woman’s deep, unwavering faith.

The book was turned into a BBC drama, with the role of Alison Wilson being played by her granddaughter Ruth Wilson:

What the book club is saying so far:

Sarah: “I’m looking forward to reading the book as I found the TV adaptation fascinating, and am intrigued by the level of lies and effort it takes for a man to have multiple simultaneous wives and families.”

Rosa: “I haven’t seen the TV series, so I am going to watch it before the book club meets to compare. The book is much more about her Catholic faith than the synopsis suggests. It is primarily about Wilson’s religious experiences than about her husband’s secret life.”

Wendy: “I enjoyed the TV series. I only read the book introduction and two pages this morning. It seems fairly good language reading. I agree with Sarah. Follow the intrigue!”

Last month the group read Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.

Morag: “Most of us enjoyed the book and were interested to find that it was intended as an allegory for homelessness. We thought that the plot had plenty of action and was rather like a steampunk Alice in Wonderland. We were all inspired by it to read more Neil Gaiman books.”

The series Mrs. Wilson is still on iPlayer. You can watch or read the story – whichever you prefer – and join the book club to talk about it on Zoom on Thursday the 28th of April, at 19:00.

The Cafe Society and Supper Club

The Circle Eatery

The Cafe Society and The Supper Club are meeting at The Circle Eatery in Beeston this month.

You can check out their website and menu here or check out their Instagram to tempt your appetite before you, ahem, go round.

Sally’s “Annual Report Poem”

The Hive WI 2021

Our Annual Meeting last year was sadly On Zoom
As once again we couldn’t be in the same room.
This was to continue for a long five months more,
With a regular attendance of about twenty-four.

We considered the signs of modern-day slavery
And those who need resilience and bravery.
Can we raise awareness of ovarian cancer,
Hoping one day scientists will find a new answer?

Quietly we learnt of the work of Forever Stars
Who supports those coping with infant-loss scars.
There are now rooms where families have peace
And a garden to walk in to help the pain ease.

This charity was chosen by those who love walking,
A virtual length of the country, filled with talking.
In twelve months they finished their target of miles
Raising double the cash with very huge smiles.

Our Michelle showed us how to keep our plants green
With loving care so they don’t become a has-been!
Good compost, misting and not too much water
Straight from the tap is something we shouldn’t ought-ta!

As the vaccine rollout proceeded at pace
Cafe, Supper and Craft met face to face.
A warm July evening was enjoyed on the grass
Smiling faces with blanket, picnic, and a wine glass.

The making of jam means no fruit goes to waste
But listening on Zoom there was no chance to taste.
But at last the time came to be back in our Hall
As the days got shorter at the start of the Fall.

Lucy showed us where free plants could be found
In bushes high up and down on the ground.
But be careful when foraging beneath a tree
As it’s just the place where my dog stops to pee!

Secrets of Belton House, behind such big gates.
How can Colin remember so many past dates?
The Alexander Technique tested our strength
While learning to breathe and stay at arms-length.

WI members read, throughout the nation,
Of how our Rosa changed her life from hibernation.
Social media was the key to outside contact,
Making new friends through her podcast The Jam Pact.

Our amazing members brought in gifts galore
For the women of Broxtowe who we helped before;
And also mental health patients at Highbury
Sending clothes, books and games for their library.

In December a quiz with songs and chip supper
But this time without the famous loud buzzer.
Sadly in January Covid was on the rise
So our plans to make sugar roses we had to revise.

But we sat in the Hall with pencils at the ready
And surprised ourselves with our drawings in February.
Now as we start a new year it’s time to pay fees
Then work together in this Hive of busy bees


Find Us Online

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  • Facebook: facebook.com/thehivewi
  • Facebook group (members only): facebook.com/groups/thehivewi
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  • You can also search for us on Google Calendar using our email address.

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