March 2019

As we “march” into spring we’ll be looking back over the past year and going over our activities and finances. We’ll also be voting in the Hive President for 2019. It’s our Annual Meeting!

March is also just ahead of Spring Clearing Week, a week that encourages people to sort out their stuff and tackle their clutter.

Good news for us, then, that we’ll be joined by guest speaker and professional organiser Laura Williams to shake up the Hive!

(Note: we strongly advise against shaking any other kind of hive…)

On to the news!

March Meeting:

Tidying up has become surprisingly and undeniably very, very popular.

Perhaps it is not too unexpected, though, if you’ve been noticing the signs.

They were everywhere: a few years ago, you couldn’t walk into a book shop without encountering the word hygge, so much so that hygge became the Collin’s English Dictionary’s runner-up word of the year in 2016.

In case you did miss that trend though (or need a refresher), hygge is an apparently untranslateable Danish and Norwegian word that, according to Wikipedia, expresses “a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment”.

You cannot create hygge while being surrounded by the stress and chaos of clutter and an untidy home.

Step in Japanese author Marie Kondo with her incredibly successful book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

But where is the humble Beestonian supposed to turn to get a dose of this Danish-Norwegian-Japanese domestic bliss?

I’m so glad you asked!

Laura Williams has a degree in behavioural sciences and a second degree in personnel and development.

She worked in HR for over eighteen years and now applies her knowledge and skills as a personal organiser, helping people to declutter, move house, or stay on track with projects by being an accountability partner.

We’re very lucky that she has agreed to join us for one night to spill the beans on her expertise (before carefully tidying the beans back up again and putting them away tidily in clearly labelled jars, of course).

You can find out more on Laura’s website at

This Month’s Top Tip:

You can get a head start on “spring clearing” by bringing something to our Bring and Buy Sale at the March meeting.

Items must be new or in good condition (unwanted Christmas presents are perfect).

Whatever you pay for what you buy will be up to you!

All profits will go straight back into the Hive and any unsold items will go to charity.

The Hive WI Library:

The Hive Library is open for business.

We swap items that would be at home in any modern library. This includes books, DVDs, audiobooks, CDs, and quality magazines.

Other News:

Health and Wellbeing Fair

Have you ever done a handstand on a big rock in front of the sea to improve your sense of wellbeing?


Well, neither have I.

That’s because, despite what the good people who provide the stock images think, that’s not what wellbeing is actually about.

The Women’s Institute has always had a more down-to-earth approach to that sort of thing: home cooking, fresh air, friendship, community, and even gardening and crafting are all carefully considered for their potential to increase one’s sense of health and satisfaction.

On the 11th of May we will be inviting various stallholders to set up at our Health and Wellbeing Fair.

Our guests include complementary therapists as well as crafts people selling their wares.

Tickets will be available soon!


We need some volunteers to bake cakes and buns for the fair.

Please get email if you’re interested.

Beginners’ Self-Defence Course

Our first self-defence class kicked off (ahem) last week at Warrior Martial Arts Centre on Station Road.

Our self-defence meeting in October was wildly popular, both because of how much we learned about self-defence itself but also because of the excellent and entertaining tuition of Sensei Terry A. Lee.

The classes will run every Tuesday evening in March from seven o’clock until eight.

The last session will be on the second of April.

There are still spots available so if you would like to come along to the next class (March 12th) you’d be warmly welcomed – as would be any female friends you’d like to bring.

Terry was extremely accommodating to people with physical limitations as one of our members who has chronic fatigue found out:

It’s not hard going at all. You can do as much or as little as you like and it’s not terribly physically demanding, except for the standing up. I just sat on the floor when I got tired.

Hive member

The cost is £10 per class from Tuesday 12th of March, or £40 for the next four sessions.

You can email us to let us know you’re coming, or just turn up on the day.

Cake O’Clock

To help with setting up, we’re now requesting that our cake bakers, kitchen helpers, and setup volunteers come at the earlier time of 19:10 rather than 19:20 as we’ve asked in the past.

The extra ten minutes will really help to make getting everything ready in time a piece of… well, you know.

Thursday Book Club

The Thursday Book Club is looking for new members.

They meet every last Thursday of the month at 19:30 at The White Lion pub in Beeston, though Morag, who runs the Thursday Book Club, emphasises that “people are welcome to arrive and leave when they need to”.

“I enjoy reading new books that I wouldn’t otherwise know about and we’ve had some really good discussions about the issues raised by the books. It is a nice social thing and a good opportunity to get to know other WI members better. People don’t need to be able to get to all meetings, but all are welcome.”


Here is book list for the Thursday Book Club for the next few months:

  • March: A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult
  • April: The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
  • May: One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
  • June: How to be Human by Ruby Wax

Kitchen Dancing

Our February meeting was such a feel-good frolic thanks to dance instructor Jo Porter.

She was fun, easy-going, and by the end of the night even the most self-conscious participant was laughing and attempting to moon walk across the hall.

Until the end of March, if you go to one of Jo’s classes and mention you’re a Hive member you can bring a friend to come on, come on, and do the locomotion for free.

Check out her website at

We Heart Rudyard’s Tea House

In February we hung our green heart display in the window of Rudyard’s Tea House on Beeston High Road.

The display is part of Show the Love, an annual event launched by The Climate Coalition to get people thinking about what they love about nature and how showing your love for the environment in your day-to-day life can make a real difference in the fight against climate change.

We were joined by Debra Urbacz from The Beestonian to document the process. Look out for us in the next issue!

Have you seen the display in person yet? Let us know if so!

For more information on Show the Love, click here or watch the video below.

The Hive WI March Calendar

Tuesday Craft ‘n’ Chat is cancelled this month (5 March)

Self-Defence Course: Every Tuesday until April 2. New people welcome, bring a friend, 19:00-20:00

Cafe Society: Rye Cafe,Wednesday 6th, 14:00

Main Meeting: Annual Meeting and “Organised Well” Wednesday 13th, 19:30-21:30

Saturday Crafternoon: Saturday 16th, 14:00

Tuesday Book Club: The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan, Tuesday 19th, 20:00

Supper Club: Cottage Balti, Wednesday 20th, 19:30 (please email us to reserve a place)

Thursday Book Club: A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult,  Thursday 28th, 19:30

This Month’s Marvellous Volunteers:

Sue D, Lisa F, and Annette D are our star bakers this month.

Please arrive early so we can slice and serve your cakes ready for 19:10.

We want to pay you back for the cost of the cake (up to £2.50 per cake) so please remember to sign for your reimbursement by seeing a committee member in the kitchen, too.

Joanne D and Rebecca N will be helping out in the kitchens.

Thank you so much to our March team!

Time and Location:

We will meet at 19:30 to 21:30 on the 13th of March in the church hall on Foster Avenue, Beeston (opposite the library).

If you’d like refreshments early, please come for around 19:15.

Parking and Transport:

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

Beeston’s transport interchange is excellent for regular trams and buses.

The interchange is just by Tesco and a four-minute walk from where we meet.


All refreshments are 50p.

If you’d like refreshments before we start, please come for around 19:15.

We will break for refreshments again later in the evening (do bring change!).

Please do not bring a cake if you have not already signed up to do so.

Remember to bring your mugs! (Cups will be provided if you forget).

Non-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.

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!