November 2021: “The Alexander Technique”

Welcome to our November newsletter!

The headlines are:

  • Details of our upcoming meeting;
  • The Hive WI programme for 2022;
  • Our walkers raised £500;
  • What to donate to Broxtowe Women’s Project (plus a request for sewers);
  • How we’re playing a role in an exhibition in The National Justice Museum.

Please scroll down to see our calendar (now shown twice!) and other reoccurring information.

We always include the dates, times, and locations of our subgroups in every newsletter.

November Meeting

“The Alexander Technique”

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This month we will be joined by Maggie Bishop to learn about the Alexander Technique.

The Alexander Technique teaches you the skills to become more aware of your body and have better posture.

It is named after Frederick Matthias Alexander who began developing these techniques in the 1890s, originally to help him on stage delivering speeches from Shakespeare.

The NHS says that there’s evidence suggesting the Alexander technique can help people with…

  • Long-term back pain – lessons in the technique may lead to reduced back pain-associated disability and reduce how often you feel pain for up to a year or more
  • Long-term neck pain – lessons in the technique may lead to reduced neck pain and associated disability for up to a year or more
  • Parkinson’s disease – lessons in the technique may help you carry out everyday tasks more easily and improve how you feel about your condition

You can click here to read more on the NHS website.

We’ll be in good hands with Maggie: she has a Bachelor of Education degree (B.Ed), a Master of Science (M.Sc) degree, and is a qualified Alexander Technique teacher!

The session will be interactive with members being invited to try the techniques for themselves, ask questions, or simply just watch and learn.

You can read more about Maggie on her website here.

She will certainly have us standing to attention!

 → The next three months:

  • December: Christmas Chips
  • January: Cake Decorating
  • February: Creative drawing

 → Our subgroups in November

  • Wednesday 10, 19:30: The Alexander Technique
  • Wednesday 17, 19:00: Supper Club at Yak and Yeti
  • Saturday 20, 14:00: Crafternoon
  • Wednesday 24, 14:00: Cafe Society at The Pudding Pantry
  • Wednesday 24, 18:30: Committee Meeting
  • Thursday 25, 18:45: Book Club, Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay
  • Sunday 28, 10:00: Walk ‘n’ Talk

Please contact The Hive WI or Hayley if you would like to come to the craft group. We can currently only meet in small groups and these groups may need to be divided.

Any member can join us on Zoom for the committee meeting or send us feedback to discuss.

Don’t Forget!

What to bring to the next meeting

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  • We’re meeting in person and not on Zoom;
  • To bring your mask and hand sanitiser (these will be provided for anyone who forgets);
  • Your own drink or mug if you want to bring one;
  • Snacks if you’d like to bring any;
  • You can message us about our Covid precautions if you are nervous and want to check in with us.

Please note that we will have the big doors open to keep the air flowing. It is a good idea to wear warm clothes. We can even fill a hot water bottle up for you if you want to bring one!

Drinks are currently free to reduce contact.

Other News

The Hive WI in 2022

Our final programme revealed!

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11 MayResolutions and activities
8 JuneLady Bay Revellers Morris dancers
13 JulyTea tasting and cream tea
10 AugustUnofficial meeting (summer picnic)
14 SeptemberBallet fit
12 October“Mildred the Lady Historian”
9 NovemberWomen’s Health with Dr. Fogarty
14 DecemberWreath making
11 JanuaryBirthday party
8 February Cheese and cider tasting (non-alcoholic options available)
8 MarchAnnual meeting and social
12 April“Stage Magic Through the Ages”

Thank you to every member who submitted ideas and feedback for our 2022 calendar, and thanks especially to those who joined the subcommittee to whittle the ideas down and contact speakers and demonstrators.

Extra, extra special thanks to Michelle who volunteered to organise everything and everyone. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Our Walkers Smashed It!

£500 raised for the Serenity Garden

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On Friday, our walkers have reached their goal of raising £500 for the Serenity Garden! Well done to all of them!

According to their Just Giving page, they had 26 supporters – many of whom will be Hive WI members. Thank you so much to everyone who has donated.

The money you have raised will go towards a bench in one of Nottinghamshire’s most unique and reflective spaces.

Cheryl, our Hive WI President passes on this message:

We are incredibly proud of our walkers for reaching their fund-raising goal. This is a fantastic achievement and testament to their dedication. Let’s see now how much more we can raise for this fantastic cause before they reach John O’Groats!

There is still time to donate if you would like to. Any extra money will go straight to the charity behind the garden to be spent caring for bereaved families.

You can find the Just Giving page here.

BWP Gift Donation

Little luxuries

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At our October meeting, members voted to support the motion to hold a Christmas donation for Broxtowe Women’s Project (BWP).

The items we will be collecting have been requested by a woman named Chris who has worked for BWP for years.

She has requested “good quality treats” that the women she supports aren’t able to buy themselves.

These items are:

  • Hot chocolate sachets
  • Chocolates
  • Small packets of nice biscuits
  • Magazines (including WI Life)
  • Nice shower gel
  • Bubble bath
  • Hand cream
  • Moisturiser/body butter
  • Puzzle books
  • Nice stationary (pens, paper, pencils)

Chris told me on the phone that when you leave home suddenly “you don’t have things like notepads and pens. They’re really useful to have.”

The Hive WI committee has also talked about sewing bags to present our gifts in.

If you are able and interested in being one of our sewers, please get in touch!

National Justice Museum

(Trigger warning for domestic abuse)

This time last year the CAKE Fighters were making white butterflies to help promote Broxtowe Women’s Project (BWP) on social media.

These butterflies are now being displayed in the National Justice Museum for a new installation that will be open to the public until January.

The museum is working with BWP on an exhibition about domestic abuse.

BWP are delighted to be installing an exhibition of work created by the women and families we support at the National Justice Museum, Nottingham as part of White Ribbon awareness November 2021.

The exhibition will be installed on Tuesday November 2nd and goes “live” to the public on Friday November 5th.

During the exhibition we have several invited guests to discuss the impact that the messages based on the theme #Don’tJudgeMe have and what ongoing conversations they can provoke.

BWP would like you to join us and share your thoughts as part of the White Ribbon Month, our aim is to make an impact and hopefully encourage other venues to have similar exhibitions and awareness training to create “Cultural Safe Spaces”

The conversations will be collected in an interactive way at the museum, via social media channels and we really hope via feedback directly from you when you visit.

Chris from BWP

Chris from BWP will be joining us in December to talk for 10 minutes about the exhibition.

I (Rosa) will be personally making over 200 butterflies for the installation. Each butterfly represents a woman killed in 2020 and 2021.

We’d love to know if you visit the museum and what you thought of the exhibition.

This year, as last year, we are encouraging members to make white butterflies to share on social media for White Ribbon Day and the 16 Days of Action.

Please send us a picture if you make one and we will tweet it and tag BWP!

Regular Information

Our elephants will remind you what we’re up to!

Time and Location

We meet once a month on the second Wednesday of the month.

Meetings start at 19:30 and run to 21:30.

The location is 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.

Due to Covid, please let us know if you plan to come so we know to expect extra people.

To help cover the cost of the hall hire, we may ask for an optional donation of £5.

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

Guests can also come to our subgroups.

The Hive’s November Calendar

What’s on when

  • Wednesday 10, 19:30: The Alexander Technique
  • Wednesday 17, 19:00: Supper Club at Yak and Yeti
  • Saturday 20, 14:00: Crafternoon
  • Wednesday 24, 14:00: Cafe Society at The Pudding Pantry
  • Wednesday 24, 18:30: Committee Meeting
  • Thursday 25, 19:00: Book Club, Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay
  • Sunday 28, 10:00: Walk ‘n’ Talk

Please contact The Hive WI or Hayley if you would like to come to the craft group. We can currently only meet in small groups and these groups may need to be divided.

Any member can join us on Zoom for the committee meeting or send us feedback to discuss.

Recurring Events

Your shortcut to the subgroups

  • CAKE Fighters: Varying dates and times
  • Publess Quiz: Every four months (20:00)
  • Main Meeting: Every second Wednesday (19:30-21:30)
  • Crafternoon: Every third Saturday (14:00-16:00)
  • Committee Meeting: Every fourth Wednesday (18:30)
  • Cafe Society: Every last Wednesday of the month (14:00)
  • Thursday Book Club: Every last Thursday (19:00)
  • Walk ‘n’ Talk: Every last weekend of the month (10:00)

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

You can find the list of books we’re reading this year on our website.

Walks for the Walk ‘n’ Talk will be listed on our website as soon as they have been planned.

Find Us Online

  • Email: thehivewi@gmail.com
  • Facebook: facebook.com/thehivewi
  • Facebook group (members only): facebook.com/groups/thehivewi
  • Twitter: twitter.com/thehivewi
  • Website: thehivewi.com
  • You can also search for us on Google Calendar using our email address.