March 2020

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This month’s meeting is a meeting of two halves: it is time for our annual meeting where we vote in the president, look at our finances, and review the year just gone. We’ll also be singing and being sung to by The Rockabillies choir. I’m getting ahead of myself though – there’s more information on what we’re up to down below!

For those with an eye on what’s going on with the NFWI’s resolutions, the votes are in and two very worthy campaigns have reached the final stage: A Call to Increase Potential Stem Cell Donor Registration (38,280 votes) and End Modern Slavery (35,395). These are the top two out of five possible campaigns. A total of 104,262 votes were cast by WI members. We’ll tell you more about it as soon as we get more information.

Onto the news!

March Meeting

Annual Meeting and The Rockabillies Choir

Every year WIs vote in their presidents and reorganise their committees. Committees are considered to be “new” after the annual meeting as new members are encouraged to join and committee roles change and get swapped around as appropriate.

If you’re unsure but curious about joining, just strike up a conversation with a committee member and feel free to ask us anything. We’re a very welcoming bunch and won’t try to snap you up or pin you down! You can come to a few committee meetings to see what goes on and if it is for you.

The “newness” of the committee will be felt more acutely this year than last as our president Jenny Gale, who has been our president since the beginning of The Hive WI, steps down so she can focus on her training to become a mental health nurse. She has done an amazing job keeping the committee sane for the past two years (!) so we have no doubt that she, her talents, and big heart will go onto shine bright in this new chapter of her life.

As well as taking care of business, we will be joined by The Rockabillies choir. They sing “rock, funk, pop, soul and all sorts of wonderful songs from Billie Holliday and the Andrews Sisters through to Bruno Mars and Madonna!”

They are lead by professional singer Nicki Hunt, who has been known to lead the choir and their singing all over Nottingham including into “the odd flash mob or two!”

We always make sure your voice is heard through all the voting we do at the WI, so it seems apt that our annual meeting involves actual singing! Was this planned or was it a coincidence? I don’t know but I la-la-la-like it.

On the Tables

Media swap, Just for Fun, and prizes

  • Media swap: The media swap is once again open! Here you can swap anything you would find in a modern library, including books, audiobooks, CDs, quality magazines, and DVDs. You can swap an item for an item or leave a monetary donation. The amount is up to you!
  • Just For Fun: Due to the busyness of this month’s meeting there will no Just For Fun table this time.

Don’t Forget!

What to bring to the next meeting

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Usual things:

  • A mug (we will provide mugs if you forget);
  • Your name badge if you have one;
  • Alcohol if you want some;
  • Change for tea and cake (50p each).

Special items for March:

  • Change for the media swap;
  • Items for the media swap if you have any to give away (including books, CDs, DVDs, and quality magazines);
  • Items for recycling for Pam (click here for the list!).

Other News

Our 2020 Charity: Midlands Women’s Aid

“The key to a safer future”

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Last month Hive members voted on which charity to focus on supporting in 2020. Midlands Women’s Aid (MWA) was the clear winner, although this doesn’t mean we won’t be involved in supporting other charities or causes – like the neonatal unit or food bank – if this is what members want to do. What it does mean is that members will agree what financial support we’d like to give to MWA in 2020 and how we’d like to go about doing that (usually when we’ve supported charities in the past we send items rather than money).

We’d love to hear your ideas as well as hearing from the MWA itself and if there is anything specifically that they would like us to help them with or raise funds for.

The MWA describes itself as providing “safe housing in our Refuge accommodation, support and childcare services. These services provide a lifeline to women and their children, offering safety and support in a peaceful homely environment.  Here you can leave the sense of isolation behind and find friendship. We help women take back control of their lives and make a fresh start.”

I’m sure their mission is something we would be all be extremely proud to support.

Walk This When

Changes to our Walk ‘n’ Talk schedule

Our Walk ‘n’ Talk has changed its usual time from the beginning of the month to the end of the month: from now on they will meet on the last weekend of each month at 10 o’clock in the morning for a 4-6 mile walk. Check out our website for more details!

April Craft Swap

Sort your stash out

Our fundraiser in April is a craft stash busting bonanza. Bring any craft materials or tools that you’d like to give away, such as paints, fabrics, pencils, and brushes. Please make sure they are in a good condition but nobody will mind if they’ve already been used or if the packaging isn’t pristine.

Regular Information

This Month’s Volunteers

Busy bees

Our star bakers this month are Sue E, Annette D, and Cheryl R.

Sue E, Annette D, and Cheryl R and be helping out in the kitchen.

Morag C and Sue H will be helping set up and clear up.

Thank you so much to our March team!


Drinks, cake, conversation

Cups of tea and slices of cake are 50p each.

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.

Bring your own cups if you can to save on washing up (though cups will be provided in case you forget), and wine if you would like it.

Time and Location

Our main monthly meeting is every second Wednesday of the month at 19:30 to 21:30 in the church hall on Foster Avenue, Beeston (opposite the library).

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.

Non-Members and Guests

We’d love to meet you!

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

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

Guests can come to up to three monthly meetings each year as a guest before being asked to join officially.

Guests can also come our subgroups as a plus one, or visit each subgroup up to three times as a visitor.

The Hive’s March Calendar

What’s on when

  • Wednesday 4, 13:00 – Crafternoon
  • Thursday 5, 21:00 – Pub Quiz at The Crown (50p)
  • Wednesday 11, 19:30 – Main MeetingAnnual Meeting
  • Tuesday 17, 20:00 – Book ClubOur House by Louise Candish
  • Wednesday 18, 19:30 – Supper Club: Gurkha
  • Saturday 21, 14:00 – Crafternoon
  • Wednesday 25, 14:00 – Cafe SocietyLady Jaynes
  • Wednesday 25, 18:30 – Committee Meeting
  • Thursday 26, 18:45 – Book ClubOld Baggage by Lissa Evans

Recurring Events

Your shortcut to the subgroups

  • Craft ‘n’ Chat: Every first Wednesday, 13:00-15:00
  • Pub Quiz: Every first Thursday, 20:00
  • Main Meeting: Every second Wednesday, 19:30-21:30
  • Tuesday Book Club: Every third Tuesday, 20:00
  • Crafternoon: Every third Saturday, 14:00-16:00
  • Supper Club: Every third Wednesday, 19:30
  • Committee Meeting: Every fourth Wednesday, 18:30
  • Cafe Society: Every last Wednesday, 14:00
  • Thursday Book Club: Every last Thursday, 18:45
  • Walk ‘n’ Talk: Every last weekend of the month, 10:00

Please get in touch if you would like to lead a subgroup.

For a list of our walks and reading lists for our book groups, please go to our website or check the reminders on our Facebook group.

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