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 

  • Coming soon

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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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 

  • Link coming soon

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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July 2022: Scones and Other Curiosities

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We will have jam! We will have cream! We will have scones! We will also have a chap called Stephen Flinders and his ”box of curiosities”.

Originally we were planning a tea testing workshop, but unfortunately our taste-master had to cancel her booking.

Mr. Flinders is a historian and professional speaker. Can you guess what his historical tools and objects are? Well, you don’t know yet… you’ll have to come and see 👀

Please bring your own plate and cutlery for your scone.

We will provide the scones, jam, cream, and the historian!

I’m sure there is a good pun about ”digging in” and scones and archaeologists, but you’ll have to let me know what it is when you see me at the meeting…

→ What To Bring 

  • A plate and fork and/or knife for your scone;
  • A mug for tea or coffee;
  • Name badge.

→ Next Three Meetings 

  • August: Treasure hunt (note: this meeting has been changed from a picnic to a treasure hunt)
  • September: Ballet Fit
  • October: ”Mildred the Lady Historian”

Click here for our 2022 Calendar.

→ Subgroup Calendar 

  • Saturday 16, 14:00: Crafternoon
  • Wednesday 20, 19:00: Supper Club at The Vic
  • Wednesday 27, 14:00: Cafe Society (TBC)
  • Thursday 28, 19:00: Book Club (Zoom): Tulip Feverby Deborah Moggach
  • Sunday 31, 10:00: Walk ‘n’ Talk
  • Spontaneous: Cinema Trip

→ Email Roundup 


Register your interest

Hayley, who organises the Hive’s monthly craft group, has sent in this message:

Numbers have been low for a few months and room hire has increased so we are trying to plan a way forward. The first step is to find out interest.

You can get in touch through Facebook or

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

Featured image: this lovely bit of needle work by Hive member Louise didn’t make it in time for our last newsletter, but it was too good not to include now!

Supper Club

The Victoria Inn 🚂

The Victoria Inn is a gem of a pub. Our supper clubbers are going this month to sample The Vic’s paella night. A real treat in this weather! (Rice nice, you might even say…).

The Victoria’s patio garden backs onto the train station, which you can see in the image below…

It is a bit of a novelty to eat with the trains chugging by. You can pretend you’re about to get on a train to Spain for real.

Book Club

Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach

‘A gorgeous novel’ Mail on Sunday

From the bestselling author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel comes a thrilling story of power, lust and deception…

Seventeenth-century Amsterdam – a city in the grip of tulip fever.

Sophia’s husband Cornelis is one of the lucky ones grown rich from this exotic new flower. To celebrate, he commissions a talented young artist to paint him with his beautiful bride. But as the portrait grows, so does the passion between Sophia and the painter; and ambitions, desires and dreams breed an intricate deception and a reckless gamble.

Now a major film starring Oscar winners Dame Judi Dench, Alicia Vikander and Christoph Waltz and adapted for the screen by Sir Tom Stoppard.

Feel free to come whether you’ve read the book or not.

Cinema Trip Suggestion

Top Gun: Maverick

What it’s about:

After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. (8.6/10, 220k votes)

Our cinema trips are spontaneous and every member is welcome to make suggestions and plan a trip: The Arc Cinema.

Other News

NFWI Annual Meeting Resolution Result 2022

The votes were cast and the resolution passed with flying colours: a majority of 96.5%!

Here is a reminder of what the resolution is about:

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.

More information will be in this month’s edition of WI Life.

You can also watch a presentation on YouTube that was hosted by the NFWI several months before the Annual Meeting. It gives a good overview about what autism and ADHD are:

A recording of the Annual Meeting will be uploaded to The Women’s Institute’s YouTube channel. I will include it in our newsletter when it is available for those who are interested.

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 📥 Email Roundup (June/July)

9th of June: Voting for The Hive WI charity 2022-23

Following several nominations the following charities have been shortlisted:

  • AUTISTIC NOTTINGHAM – provide services and spaces for Autistic people who are often overlooked or have no appropriate services for their needs
  • BUNDLES OF HOPE – working with Midwives, Health Visitors, Social workers and local charities, provides opportunities for families of pre-school children to access clothing, shoes, nappies free of charge
  • HOPE NOTTINGHAM (FOODBANK) – Collecting funds and items for the local community foodbank
  • TRANSFORM MENTAL HEALTH – provides training and support to vulnerable and disadvantaged young people
  • TREETOPS HOSPICE – provides nursing care and emotional support for adults and their families

Please use the following link to vote for your choice:

[Link removed as voting is now over]

Many thanks,

Cheryl Ruse, President

27th of June: July Meeting

Unfortunately we have had to postpone our Speaker for this meeting (Tea Tasting) but don’t worry we will still be having a Cream Scone to start the evening, for which we do ask you to bring your own plate and knife please.

After this we will learning about items from a bygone age –  more details will be coming in the Newsletter.

However, changes to our plans mean that we do require a couple of ladies to serve refreshments, so if you can assist please send in an email.

Many thanks,  Sally Penn

Programme Secretary

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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