Recycling List

At our February meeting, one of our members came forward to say that she’d take items for recycling from members that are usually not recycled by councils but are recycled by a specialist provider, Terracycle UK.

See the form below for what she is able to take off your hands at our monthly meetings.

Thank you very much, Pam! What a great idea 🙂

Items Not Normally Recycled by Councils

Terracycle UK recycle items which are not normally recycled by local councils, so usually go to landfill or incineration. There are several schemes, each funded by big companies so they are VERY SPECIFIC about what they take. If unsure, please check at the relevant Terracycle scheme link in the table below.

Locally we have collection points for the following:

Biscuit, Cracker & Cake Wrappers (NO cardboard)All brands, packets and individual wrappers, sweet & savoury including GoAhead range. Inner & outer wrapping (multipacks & secondary clear packaging)Mini biscuits e.g. from coffee shopsPlastic boxes in Foyer, Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Road NG(91EH
Toothpaste and brushes (Any brand)
Empty toothpaste tubes and caps. Plastic toothbrushes and their outer plastic packaging. Floss containers and outer packaging. Electric and battery toothbrush heads.
Labour Hub, Chilwell Road, (near Flour Brewer)Colgate Oral care
Coffee Packaging (Tassimo & L’OR recycling scheme)
Kenco Eco refill pack, any L’OR coffee capsules, any size of Tassimo T-Disc, Kenco plastic coffee jar lids (NOT other brands), any size of Tassimo flow wrap packaging
Beeston Methodist Church
Garnier Beauty and Self-care items (all items as clean & dry as possible) NO BOTTLES except hair dyeSun Protection: Plastic caps/pumps/trigger sprays. Flexible plastic tubes & cap. Wipes and lip packaging.Deodorants: Plastic roll-on bases/caps. Plastic cream deodorant bases/caps. Plastic caps from aerosolsHair care: Plastic lids/tops from shampoo/conditioner/hairspray. Plastic pumps. Flexible plastic tubes/caps, plastic sachets. Hair dye bottles/caps. Aluminium tubes/caps from hair colour. Plastic hair mask pots/lids. Single use hair mask packagingSkin care: Plastic lipsalve packaging. Single use mask packaging. Plastic face/body cream pots/lidsPlastic pumps/trigger sprays from handcream/soaps. Plastic tubes/caps from hand/face/body creamsMake-up Wipes packaging (NOT baby or domestic cleaning wipes)Beeston Methodist Church
Writing itemsAny brand of pen, highlighter, marker pen and correction fluid bottles.Rymans, Beeston (and other towns)
Pringles cans and plastic lids/sealsLabour Hub
Crisp packetsAny brand. Crisp multipack outer packaging is accepted. 
Please do not fold the crisp packets into triangles.
Pearson centre

2019 Resolution Finalists

The Women’s Institute has been campaigning on a wide variety of issues since 1918. In fact, there have been 400 resolutions passed since that year. These resolutions range from issues such as equal pay for women to addressing food poverty.

The one thing all WI resolutions have in common is that they are all suggested and voted in by WI members.

At our next meeting on Wednesday the 8th of May we will be discussing the two proposed resolutions that have made it to the final shortlist for 2019: “Decline in local buses” and “Don’t fear the smear”.

In preparation for the discussion, three members of The Hive WI committee team went to the Nottinghamshire Federation Headquarters in Newark, along with representatives from other Nottinghamshire WIs, to attend two presentations to get up to date with the issues.

If you want to get ahead of the debate, keep reading!

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The Hive WI Online

This blog entry is about what we use online and why we use it.

It is written for people who are new to social media, and for other WIs who want to know what we do online and why.

We pride ourselves at having a wide range of ages at The Hive WI, and while members in their 30s may have grown up with the Internet, it is important to remember that not everyone is so confident or knows what the different websites are.

Before we begin, here are some quick links to all of our social media accounts so far: Facebook page, Facebook group, Twitter, and Pinterest.

We also have a Google Calendar.

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Link Together

Link Together was the WI’s winning resolution of 2017 and remains a key campaign today.

Loneliness is often a taboo subject.

Due to its nature, it often goes unseen and unheard. 

WI members are encouraged to talk about their own experiences of loneliness if they can, explore strategies to reduce the impact of loneliness, and help “raise the profile of the issue with local health services”:

[We aim to] ensure that people who are lonely,  or  at risk of loneliness,  are  identified at the earliest possible opportunity and have access to the support and assistance they need.  

The NFWI website

Reaching lonely people can be difficult.

There is no one way to resolve it for everybody. 

The causes of loneliness are varied and sometimes complex, but WIs have a great potential to make a positive difference to their communities and “link” people together.

Our eleven tips for alleviating loneliness are inspired by the NFWI’s Loneliness Toolkit. 

1. Use Your Voice and Your Ears

Talking to someone on the phone or in person gives us a bigger social boost than sending an email or text.

Even short voice-to-voice or face-to-face interactions are proven to reduce feelings of loneliness and make people feel more connected and less forgotten.

If you have a friend who has expressed feelings of loneliness, make an effort to return their calls or show up and see them.

Just one small interaction can change the course of someone’s day

The Loneliness Toolkit
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The WI: Past and Present

“A Modest Revolutionary”

Like many things that are quintessentially British (such as tea, Saint George, and fish and chips) the WI has its origins on foreign shores.

In 1897, Adelaide Hoodless started the Women’s Institute in Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada to empower rural women and their families through education.

Hoodless’ mission was partly driven by personal tragedy: Adelaide’s son John died at just 14 months old due to drinking unpasteurised milk.

Haunted by the preventable nature of her son’s death, Hoodless was determined to ensure that more women had access to information that would help keep themselves and their families safe.

Because of her campanging, public schools in Ontario became the first in Canada to offer domestic science courses.

A year later, she wrote Canada’s first domestic science textbook.


Although the domestic focus of her work may seem rather tame to us today, it was radical for its time.

Adelaide believed that the domestic work that women did was inherently valuable, and that by educating women and girls “you educate a community.”

Within a decade of its founding, more than 500 branches of the WI had spread across Canada.

Then, on the 16th of September 1915, the first British WI meeting landed on the shores of Anglesey, Wales.

It arrived at a pivotal point in women’s history.

Radical Roots

For years the women’s suffrage movement had been sparking debate and protest up and down the land.

The suffragettes and suffragists halted their ambitions when World War I broke out in 1914 to support the country, but the war had its own peculiar part to play in women’s liberation: women entered the workforce in huge numbers to do jobs vacated by men, challenging the stereotypes of what a woman could and could not do in new ways.

This acquisition of new skills, personal growth, and supporting “home and country” were all values that the budding WI movement held in esteem.

It is no coincidence that the WI’s centenary and the centenary of women winning the vote are so close to one another.

Many of the women involved in setting up the NFWI had been active in the women’s suffrage movement and they saw in the WIs a way of educating and encouraging women to take an active part in public life. (source)

In fact, the WI “anthem” Jerusalem that is still sung at many WI meetings was originally adopted by Suffragists in 1917.

WSPU poster, 1909

Millicent Fawcett asked Sir Hubert Parry (the man who put Jerusalem to music) if the song could be used at a Suffrage Demonstration Concert on the 13th of March 1918.

Parry was enthusiastically supportive and wrote back saying, “I wish indeed it might become the Women Voters’ hymn, as you suggest. People seem to enjoy singing it. And having the vote ought to diffuse a good deal of joy too. So they would combine happily.”

Ironically, Adelaide Hoodless herself never supported the women’s suffrage movement.

The rabble-rousing British changed the WI and made it their own.

The WI in WWII

The modern image of the WI is largely based on the role that WIs played during the Second World War.

When war broke out yet again in 1939, the WI was well intertwined in British rural life.

There were institutes in over 5,500 villages.

Realising what a tremendous network the WI was, The Ministry of Agriculture reached out to the then Chairman of the NFWI, Lady Gertrude Denman.

“The most useful thing about that was that the government only needed to ring the general secretary [of the NFWI] in London to have the ears of a third of a million country women spread throughout England and Wales, and that was an incredibly powerful thing,” said Julie Summers author of Jambusters: The Story of the Women’s Institute in the Second World War in an interview with History Answers.

Denman was appointed the Director of the Women’s Land Army, but there was a small problem: the WI was anti-war.

With echos of the spirit of Adelaide Hoodless, the WI was “more about empowerment in education” according to Julie Summers.

She continues, “Because it was a pacifist organisation, it couldn’t do work that was directly connected to the military aspect of the war effort, but it could work on food production and any other voluntary work that needed doing to keep the countryside ticking like setting up markets, knitting, sewing and looking after evacuees.”

Members were remarkably responsive: among other things WI members harvested 450 tonnes of fruit for jam (which was the only way to stop the fruit from rotting and going to waste), 500 tons of rosehips, 13 tons of onions, and knitted 150,000 items for soldiers, evacuee children, and hospital patients.


The women of the WI achieved remarkable things during the war, but the “Jam and Jerusalem” image stuck.

“When people think of the WI the typical period they think of is the war years, when the WI indeed was in pinnies making jam from dawn to dusk, with a patriotic gloss on that as well,” said author Jane Robinson in conversation with The Guardian. “But that image is completely out of date now.”

The WI Today

Could it be that the 40s are back in fashion?


There are now around 7,000 WI chapters in England and Wales.

Membership has reached highest levels since the 1970s (the Daily Mail speculates that this could be partly due to “the Mary Berry effect”).

There are traditional groups that have been running with the same members for decades, as well as new “hipster WIs” and even a WI for goths. 

“We had a talk from a female undertaker who explained that I can have my ashes turned into jewellery, we also heard from an alternative Celebrant,” said the president of Gothic Valley WI in an article for the Metro. “The WI is made up of such a wide range of people and it’s just a case of finding the right one for you.”

That’s good news if undertaking and bat walks sound a bit dark for you!

With such a wide variety of people, interests, and activities, something that unites all WIs is that we are one of the most active volunteer forces in the country.

As well as “official” WI campaigns (these are nominated and voted on by members), some branches may even engage in social action that are of a particular interest to them.

For example, Burnt Cakes WI in Oxford spearheaded a campaign against period poverty by providing sanitary supplies to secondary schools in their area.

Their president Rebekah Pugh explained to the Oxford Mail, “To me the WI is all about action, kindness and being a force for change. The committee and I are so proud that very quickly the Burnt Cakes WI has been able to set up this wonderful project that will change the lives of local girls and young women.”

Many women join the WI to engage in their communities and try new things.

It’s been a long time since Hoodless helped found the WI, and she would no doubt be pleased that the WI remains an educational charity that still holds on to its domestic foundations (however ironically in some cases).

As Amy Cotterill of the WI Girls told  The Times, “The world has changed since the WI was set up. Nowadays, people move around a lot, they change jobs – it is a fragmented, broken society. Joining the WI is a way of grounding yourself.”

The Institute is experiencing a resurgence of interest and it is a great time to join.

Rosa Davies