January 2019

Happy New Year!

We hope you had a fantastically festive winter break.

With the promise of new things to come in 2019, here’s what to look forward to at our next meeting on the 9th of January at The Hive WI…

Main Activities:

This month we will be meeting to celebrate our first birthday. It’s been a whole year since we officially became a WI!

To help us celebrate, about 17 visitors from nine different WIs will be joining us, as well as the chairman of the Nottingham Federation of WIs, Pam Stoddart.

That’s certainly something to get your glad rags on for!

The theme for our Hive birthday party is, naturally, bee keeping.

We will be joined by professional beekeeper Alec Thompson.

We will learn about the mysterious art of beekeeping, as well as about the lives of these fascinating little creatures themselves.

After the meeting closes, there will be a chance to buy some local honey from Mr. Thompson.

There will also be a birthday buffet (more on that below), and a birthday cake specially designed for us by the incredibly talented Carol Rhodes of Carol’s Nicely Iced (if you have a look at her Facebook page, you’ll see that her cakes are very “nicely iced” indeed).

We don’t know what the cake looks like yet but we’re so excited to see it!

The Hive WI Library:

Because we have such a busy meeting, the Hive Library will be closed for one more month. Hold onto your books though – it will be back!

This Month’s Top Tips:

Carol’s Nicely Iced is generously donating a bouquet made out of cupcakes for our raffle. Do bring some change if you’d like to try to win it – it will be a real show stopper!

We are making our second donation to Beeston’s food bank, so do bring what you “can”: canned foods are ideal as they have a long shelf life and don’t require refrigeration.

Feel free to ask your friends, family, or coworkers to contribute to what you bring.

Click here to read our list of suggestions of what to donate.

Important Reminder: Birthday Buffet

During our December meeting, we had a fantastic response from attendees who said they’d bring food for our birthday buffet.

We will have enough food to go around if everyone remembers their contributions, although vegans and those on a gluten-free diet may want to bring something for themselves.

Other News:

The Tuesday Book Club has released its reading list for the next six months.

The books are as follows:

  • 15th of January: Three Things about Elsie by Joanna Cannon
  • 19th of February: Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
  • 19th of March: The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
  • 16th of April: Paris for One by Jojo Motes
  • 21st of May: The Century Girls by Tessa Dunlop
  • 18th of June: Carte Postales of Greece by Victoria Hislop

The Tuesday Book Club meets every third Tuesday of the month at 8pm at The White Lion Bar & Kitchen.

New members are always welcome, and there is no pressure to have finished the book.

The play Calendar Girls is coming to Nottingham on the 3rd of July.

We’d love to book some seats for Hive members to go as a group, so keep a look out at the next meeting if you’d like to put your name down or get in touch online.

The full ticket price is £43. We ask for a booking deposit of £10.

Show the Love is an annual crafty campaign that WIs across the country take part in over February. WI members make green hearts to display in their local areas to show their love for the environment and to start a conversation on climate change.

We’d like to know if Hive members would like to take part this year in making some green hearts. A popular cafe in Beeston has expressed interest in displaying our hearts if this is something that we’d like to do.

For more information on Show the Love, click here.

This Month’s Marvellous Volunteers:

Anyone who brings something for the buffet is a Marvellous Volunteer.

Carol Rhodes of Carol’s Nicely Iced is by far and away our star baker for this month.

Thank you so much to all of you!

Time and Location:

We will meet at 7.30pm to 9.30pm on the 9th of January in the church hall on Foster Avenue, Beeston (opposite the library).


There is parking just outside the church hall as well as across the road next to the Citizens Advice Bureau. 


Refreshments are completely free this month, but do remember to bring your mugs. (Cups will of course be provided if you forget).

Members & Guests:

Guests are very welcome but you must reserve your place before coming.

There is an optional visitors donation of £5 to our charity. 

Your donation will be fully refunded if you sign up for membership that evening.

Membership Renewal for 2019:

Please be aware that if you want to join us again in 2019 you will need to renew your membership with us.

WI members across the country renew their memberships in January. This will also be the case for members of The Hive WI. To make it a smoother transition for Hivers, we provided you will the relevant forms ahead of time in December but do get in touch if you’d like to renew your membership and either didn’t get your form then or have lost it since.

As always, any issues, comments or questions please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help where we can.

See you at the next meeting!