September 2021: Together At Last!

Hello everyone!

In this newsletter we cover: the next meeting, meeting safely in person (yipee!), CAKE Fighters teaming up to green up Beeston; and two events happening locally.

September Meeting

Autumn Foraging

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We have been wondering all year if we’d get to have this meeting in person.

And we are!

It’s the perfect meeting to bring off Zoom and into the real world.

We will be learning about how to forage safely and locally during the autumn season.

Mainly, though, we will be spending time together in person.

Having had so much time apart, the committee was really keen to make sure we have plenty of time to just be together and socialise in this meeting.

After the meeting, we’ll have plenty of excuses and ideas to meet up outside as well!

Don’t Forget!

What to bring to the next meeting

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  • We’re meeting in person and not on Zoom this month
  • To bring your mask and hand sanitiser (these will be provided for anyone who forgets)
  • Your own drink if you want to bring one
  • Read the risk assessment below

Other News

Bee Safe at The Hive WI

Covid risk assessment

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18 members confirmed via email that they want to come in person with a few more expressing cautious interest.

Before you entre, all doors will be kept open to minimise contact points. There will also be a one-way system so people aren’t squeezing back past each other.

Marie will be there to sign members in at a distance.

Guests can come but please notify us ahead of time.

Masks and hand sanitiser will be available in case you forget, but it is a good idea to still bring your own if you want to wear a mask.

You can put out your own chair at a distance you and others feel comfortable with, and there will be wipes to wipe the chairs down after use.

Refreshments in the form of drinks will be available, but, to minimise contact and because it has been so long since we’ve met in person, all drinks will be free. To make it even safer we encourage you to bring your own but they will be there if you want one.

Sally and Cheryl will be in the kitchen serving drinks as they both get tested each week.

While I (Rosa) won’t be able to be there personally on the night, I love the idea of you all meeting again.

Please tell me all about it on the Facebook group, and I hope you have fun!

CAKE Fighters

Contacting the council

Councillor Helen Skinner (who is the Chair of the Environment & Climate Change Committee) contacted CAKE Fighters to confirm that they would be interested in volunteers to plant wildflowers in areas around Beeston and Attenborough Nature Reserve.

We have also been in contact with Incredible Edible Beeston, a local group of growers who plant fruit and vegetables in public spaces. They are always looking for volunteers and new spaces to grow in.

The founder of Incredible Edible gave a TED Talk about how growing food in her hometown changed the community and the landscape:

If you are interested in growing with either the council or Incredible Edible, please get in touch either on Facebook or through

You can listen to the most recent CAKE Fighter’s event on ending the need for food banks below:

Miles for May

The results!

WI members across Nottinghamsire, including those from The Hive WI, walked 11,009 miles in May to take part in Mental Health Awareness Month.

The theme of the month was nature.

We got into 11,009 miles of it!

Other Events

Buzz about the community

Wollaton WI has invited us to their Autumn “Fayer” on Sept 11.

The following details were posted to their Facebook page:

Hello Everyone

We hope you are keeping safe and well.

This Saturday we will hold our Autumn Fayre and we look forward to welcoming you if you can make it. Details below:


10am to 12 noon

St Leonard’s Community Centre, Bramcote Lane, Wollaton, NG8 2ND

Stalls include Cakes, Books, Tombola, Bric a Brac, Craft, Garden and more.

Tickets £1 include entrance and refreshments.

Social distancing and one way system in operationAll proceeds to our charity of the year, Safe Families for Children.

For tickets call 0115 9284800 or pay on the door.

There will also be Broxtowe Green Festival on Saturaday the 25th of September on the Bowling Green at Inham Nook Recreation Ground between 12:00 and 15:00 (side note: a council member contacted me to say that they want to invite The Hive WI to represent the WI next year at The Great Big Green Week if they decide to do it again).

Regular Information

Let our elephants remind you what we’re up to!

Time and Location

We’re meeting at 19:30 on Zoom. Please email us for the link address or check our Facebook group.

The Hive’s August Calendar

What’s on when

  • Wednesday 8, 19:30 – Autumn Foraging
  • Wednesday 15, TBC – Gurka Express
  • Saturday 18, 14:00 – Crafternoon
  • Wednesday 22, 18:30 – Committee Meeting
  • Sunday 26th, 10:30 – Walk ‘n’ Talk
  • Wedneday 29, 14:00 – Cafe Society
  • Thursday 30, 18:45 – Book Club: Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  • TBC – CAKE Fighters

Please contact The Hive WI or Hayley about the craft group as we can currently only meet in person in groups of eight.

Recurring Events

Your shortcut to the subgroups

  • CAKE Chat: Every first Monday (19:00)
  • 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 (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 the reading lists for our book groups, please go to our website or check the reminders on our Facebook group.

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

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