📥 Email Roundup (August/September)

Subject: Hope house food donation – volunteer required to take donations to Hope house

Sent: 27 August

Hi ladies,

we planned another food donation collection at the September members meeting but need a volunteer to take the donations to Hope House afterwards. No one has volunteered so far so if we do not have any responses we will postpone the collection until the October meeting. If you are able to volunteer please email me before September 1st so we have time to let everyone know whether we are collecting in September or postponing.

Thanks very much,


on behalf of the Committee

Subject: August Cafe society meeting

Sent: 27 August

Hi ladies,

just a reminder that the Cafe Society is meeting on Wednesday August 31st at Bistro 66 in Beeston. Katie is leading this group and if you have any queries please get in touch with her or me via the Facebook group or email.

Thanks very much,


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 

  • Click here to see a blog post of all of the emails sent since the last newsletter.

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 suzanneplamping@nottswi.org.uk 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 admin@nottswi.org.uk with subject title “Orange Flower Craft”

or via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/orange-flower-crafty-session-tickets-384215307327

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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 📥 Email Roundup (July/August)

Subject: Cinema Group

Sent: 11 July

If you fancy an evening sitting in air conditioning tomorrow evening (Tuesday 12th)  then do come and join us at The Arc Cinema, in Beeston.  We will be seeing Top Gun Maverick and will be meeting upstairs at 8:10pm – just turn up!!

Subject: Your Feedback is Important!

Sent: 24 July

We would appreciate your feedback on the Programme that we have provided in the last 12 months.  This will help in the planning of the next Programme, for which we would very much appreciate any suggestions for possible speakers and activities. 

If you have already completed a Form then THANK YOU otherwise REPLY TO THIS EMAIL and

Identify your FAVOURITE TOP 3 MEETINGS (ranked 1, 2 and 3) from those listed below.

Any COMMENTS (both positive and negative) would also be appreciated.

Please see the email for the feedback form

YOUR SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE EVENTS (ideally with details of who we can contact)

Please see the email for the content box

ASSISTANCE NEEDED:  We also require some members to help put together the next Programme,

meeting a few times over a coffee or drink in Beeston.  If you would be interested or would like to know more, then please email thehivewi@gmail or speak to Sally Penn (Programme Secretary).

Subject: August Meeting

Sent: 6 August

This is our informal month and a chance to spend some time socialising and chatting – which we all love!  (Your membership entitles you to 11 formal Members’ Meetings a year.)

You can either do this while on a  walking Trail around Beeston or staying in the Hall and chatting whilst playing board games/doing puzzles over a cuppa.

There will be a shorter walk which will take about 35 minutes or you can continue on a longer walk which will take about an hour.  You will be provided with clues to guide you and spot significant items.  It is suggested that you bring a pen and something like a clipboard/A4 folder/cardboard that you can lean on to write your answers.  The weather is looking good for the week so please wear appropriate clothing and bring a drink to take with you.

We hope that those who do not want to go on the walk will still enjoy coming to the Hall to spend time socialising.  Tea and coffee will be available for you on a help yourself basis, at a cost of 50p per item – refreshments monies will be going to Hope this year.

Ice-creams will be provided to all members later in the evening!

You are invited to come to the Hall from 6:40pm onwards and walkers will leave from there at intervals in groups of 2 or 3 (a great chance to spend time with someone different!) with the last walkers leaving by 7:45pm.

We hope to see lots of you this coming Wednesday, 10th August, and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

The Hive WI Committee

Subject: Key Forthcoming


Sent: 9 August

Good morning everyone,

we hope you are looking forward to the Treasure hunt and ice cream this week. We wanted to share key dates and events you may be interested in. As we don’t always have time to read the fliers at the meetings I have attached the Hornblower which includes a list of forthcoming events and some other key information about the United Nations 16 days of Activism. If you have any spare orange yarn you could share with members please bring this along to the member meetings, thank you.

Please email me or speak to one of the other Committee members if you have any questions,

with best wishes,



on behalf of the Hive WI Committee

Subject: Hope House food donation – volunteer required

Sent: 9 August

Good morning everyone,

as we agreed to support Hope House food bank as our charity this year we are planning another collection at the September meeting. However, we are in need of a volunteer to take the donations to Hope House after the meeting. Please could you get in touch if you are able to help with this,

with best wishes,



on behalf of the Hive WI Committee

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 thehivewi@gmail.com.

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