Friday, 4 January 2019

what's on in Jan 2019

JAN 2019: Cale Green Club Dates
Contact Liz Luddington (sub-group co-ordinator) or email 

For general questions or for specific club questions contact the individual club co-ordinators shown next to each club at the meeting, or telephone numbers given on the handouts at monthly meetings.
Mindfulness – 24 January 6.30-8, Blossoms 
Adswood Youth Centre 9-1 (9.30-12.30 actual social meeting)Lisa Davies /LizLuddington

Sam Phillis
Allotment – Every Weds from 10 (weather permitting!)
Lisa Davies
Book Club – 10 January 8PM, Blossoms
Sam Phillis
Sewing – Back in the new year
Jeanette Archer
Art and Craft – 29 January, 7.30, Blossoms
Jan Gough
Social Events – 29 Jan – Chilli Massala; cancelled 19 Feb – Bongo Bingo, Mar 25 - Les Misérables (~£60)
Margaret Phillis
Quilting – 8 January
Helen Eadie
Gin Club – 21 January
Judith Beckett
Breakfast Club – 15 January
Margaret Phillis
Communal Garden – 17th of each month but weeding help welcome whenever.
Sam Phillis
Friendship Group/Wednesday Social – Wednesday 16 January, 
Other clubs – gardening (finished till Spring); walking; pet sitting; skill swaps; sale and swap; choir; Davenport runners; Blossoms knitty night. 

North East Cheshire Group (See Tracey for details):

25 January – Walk @ Lyme Park starting at Nelson Pit Car Park @ 10.15AM prompt
Walking Netball – Wednesdays 10.30-11.30 @Wilmslow Leisure Centre 
(Also ran by Levenshulme WI – see Liz for details)
Cheshire Federation [CFWI] (See Newsletter/Booking Table for details):
28 Jan – Winter County Walk
20 Feb (also 18/19) – County Quiz
14 March – Annual Council Meeting with Beth Tweddle, Northwich Memorial Court
28 March – Literary lunch with Adam Hamdy £25, Cheshire View 
10 April – Archives workshops, WI House (return slip by 9 March if interested)

Denman/ NFWI (see Nikki if further details required):

Denman Events – 
8 February 2019 (MP Layla Moran on education £42)
15 March 2019 (Dead in the water: catching a killer £42)
21 March 2019 (Gluten free baking demo £67)
5 April 2019 (Bird identification day £67)
9 April 2019 (Daphne Selfe £42)
23 April 2019 (Denman Bake off £42)
25 April 2019 (Sonia Purcell author talk q&a £42)
7 May 2019 (The dressmaker, victorian extravagance £42)
17 May 2019 (Victorian & Edwardian entertainment in oxford £42)
3 June 2019 (Blenheim palace star of tv and film £67)
25 July 2019 (an afternoon with simon king obe £57) 
CFWI Visits to Denman (25-27 October 2019) – prices range from £410-£490 and include course, coach and accommodation and meals at Denman.

Course options as follows: wildlife walks, willow creatures, family history, alexander technique, silver clay, gourmet salads or sing your socks off.

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Harvest Festival - 6th Oct

Ladies! We have a MASSIVE meeting on Saturday! It is our harvest festival so please bring donations for The Wellspring and we will be singing Jerusalem to celebrate so bring your singing voices too!

Here is a list (its not exhaustive!) of items The Wellspring are short of and also items they have aplenty:

Items they need:
*Tinned savoury pies
*Meat Soups
*Tea & Coffee
*Tinned meats (corned beef/hot dogs etc!)
*Veg soups
*Tomato & Brown Sauce
*Tinned rice Pudding and custard
*Shower gel, liquid soap, roll on deodorant (no aerosols)
*Pie fillings -sweet & Savoury
*Tinned fruit
*Tinned potatoes
*Shaving Foam

They have plenty of:
*baked beans
*kidney beans
*chick peas
*tinned grapefruit
*tinned prunes
*tinned tomatoes
*tinned sweetcorn
*tinned salmon
*tinned spaghetti

Thank you ladies!

So other things you may want to bring include:
*Money for sale & Swap items you have bought

*Sale & Swap items you are passing on to somebody else

*Some money to purchase chocolate goodies from our speaker Jayne Shaw from Cocoa Nut-Grove

*We will also be selling our Cale Green WI mugs for £2.50 for those who don't have one but want one to keep!

*£46.00 for calendar girl tickets (£44 concessions) last chance to buy a ticket

*£10.00 to pay for Bongo Bingos if you are coming with us on 20th November - this needs booking on Saturday night as the tickets sell fast so if you don't bring your money Saturday unfortunately you won't be able to come!

*Margaret is selling lavender for 50p per bag - all proceeds going to our charity for the year The Weekend Day Centre

*Helen is bringing some wares from the stall including alternatives to using plastic for soap etc

*The usual money for raffle tickets and tea/cake

We also have some exciting news about a meal out at The March Hare on 19th October - for £22 you can get a 2 course meal and 2 drinks (bottled lager, bottle of wine between 2, 2 bottles of cider) OR for £27 you can have a 2 course meal plus a bottomless glass of prosecco (this is over a 2 hour period) I have included a link to the menu in the comments. Margaret is checking out if we need to pay a deposit but she will be taking names on Saturday night so check your diaries! I am pretty sure we can drink quite a lot of prosecco over a 2 hour period! I have created an event on the social events group

LOADS Of exciting news and events to fill you in on on Saturday and just a heads up the November meeting (not this month but NEXT months meeting) will start at 4:30pm so doors open at 4:15pm to be finished in plenty of time for bonfire celebrations!

Finally please remember we are taking names of people who are interested in being on the committee for 2019 so please contact us if you would like more information before Saturday or let us know on Saturday night so we can create a ballot paper for our Annual Meeting in November. We have 9 committee places and currently all 9 slots are filled so if you wanted to be on the committee the vote would go to the members at the November Annual Meeting.

Sorry for the long post!

See you Saturday x

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Things to do in October

Oct: Cale Green Club Dates

Art & Craft - 30 Oct -  7.30pm, Blossoms

Allotment - every Wed from 10am - weather permitting

Book Club - 18 Oct - 8pm, Blossoms

Breakfast Club - 16 Oct -  9.30am, Sivori's 

Gardening - Communal Garden - 17th Month - ad-hoc weeding welcomed.

Gin Club - 15 October venue via Facebook

Mindfulness - 14 Oct   6-8, Blossoms

Quilting - 6 Nov -  10 am venue via Facebook

Sewing - 20 Oct – flexible drop in session 10am -2.30pm  venue via Facebook

For more details of the clubs please Please click here

Other clubs - walking; allotment; pet sitting; skill swaps; sale and swap; Davenport runners; Blossoms knitty night.

Social Events 
09 Oct – Curry Night Chilli Massala (£10,99 & BYOB) book thru' Margaret.  

08 Nov – Calendar Girls, Lowry - book thru' Margaret

20 Nov – Bongo Bingo £10 - book thru' Margaret 
28 Nov - 02 Dec – See our Friendship Tree @ Christmas Tree Festival, St George's Church 

01 Dec – Christmas Party £5 - Members only - book thru' Margaret

Can you Help?
Dec - Our WI Stall @ Cale Green Park - can you make anything to sell, or woman the stall?

The following is co-ordinated by Tracey Bennett, who will be available at our monthly meetings to give you more information & take bookings

North East Cheshire Group (See Newsletter or speak to Tracey):

WEEKLY - Walking Netball - Weds 10.30 - 11.30 @ Wilmslow Leisure Centre

10 October – NECG Autumn Meeting ‘How to travel: Sellotape & a twining teabag’
19 Oct - Autumn walk
16 Nov - Winter outing to Liverpool £10.50
28 November – Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake with Great Moor WI
11 Dec - NECG Carol Service

Cheshire Federation [CFWI] (See Newsletter or speak to Tracey):
4 Oct - County Cycle Ride
13 Oct - Craft Day, Congelton
17 Oct - Autumn Council Meeting, Chester (apply before 17 Aug)
24 Oct - Autumn PAL Meeting, Frodsham
6 & 8 Dec - Christmas at Whitefiriars, 10am - 3.30pm (no need to book)
2 - 18 Dec - Christmas lunches at Dallemain Mansion
28 Jan - Winter Country Walk
20 Feb (also 18/19) - County Quiz

Events at Denman
you will be notified of these via email & at our monthly meetings(Speak to Nikki)
8 October - learn the secrets of good posture, comfort - £Free
24 Oct - The Lumberjills - £42

Thursday, 8 March 2018


International Women's Day 2018 campaign theme: 


With the World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away - there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. And with global activism for women's equality fuelled by movements like #MeToo#TimesUp and more - there is a strong global momentum striving for gender parity.
And while we know that gender parity won't happen overnight, the good news is that across the world women are making positive gains day by day. Plus, there's indeed a very strong and growing global movement of advocacy, activism and support.
So we can't be complacent. Now, more than ever, there's a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. A strong call to #PressforProgress. A strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.
International Women's Day is not country, group or organisation specific. The day belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. So together, let's all be tenacious in accelerating gender parity. Collectively, let's all Press for Progress.

IWD campaign theme continues all year

March 8 sees the annual IWD campaign theme kick off for the year ahead, although many groups around the world adopt and promote the campaign theme from early in the year. The IWD campaign theme provides a unified direction to guide and galvanize collective action. The campaign theme does not end on International Women's Day. It's just the start. Throughout the year many groups worldwide adopt the IWD campaign theme for further campaign work, gender-focused initiatives, continuing activity and events. A great example of this was in 2017 when the USA Women's Hockey Team went on to adopt the #BeBoldForChange IWD campaign theme to later rally for equal pay, boycotting the national finals unless a suitable deal was struck. Many fans and further teams supported the campaign.

Collectively we can all play a part

Collective action and shared responsibility for driving gender parity is what makes International Women's Day successful. Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once explained "The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights."
Started by the Suffragettes in the early 1900's, the first International Women's Day was celebrated in 1911. International Women's Day belongs to all communities everywhere - governments, companies, charities, educational institutions, networks, associations, the media and more. Whether through a global conference, community gathering, classroom lesson or dinner table conversation - everyone can play a purposeful part in pressing for gender parity.

So make International Women's Day YOUR day and do what you can to truly make a positive difference for women. Press for Progress!


Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Why some women gained the vote in 1918

The Representation of People Act became law in February 1918. From that point on women over 30, who were occupiers of property or married to occupiers, were entitled to vote.

This was seen as a major success for women's suffrage and was also popular with the general public. The Act was not such a success for women under 30. They would have to wait another 10 years before they received the same rights.

Why it took so long for women to gain the vote
Women had to overcome many obstacles and face many challenges to gain the vote. Like middle and working class men before them, they had to convince Parliament to extend the franchise to them. People who have privileges are always reluctant to give them up, and this was an even bigger gamble for MPs than giving votes to some extra men - after all, giving women the vote on the same terms as men meant more than doubling the electorate. Politicians in both of the main parties were worried that the women might vote for their opponents.

Both socially and legally, women were regarded as inferior to men in the 19th century. This was changing, but too gradually to allow the campaign for the vote to succeed quickly.
There were divisions among women - some of them agreed with the view that women should not take part in politics, even that they would not be able to understand politics.
The tactics of the WSPU received massive publicity but much of it was negative, leading to arguments that women who acted like this did not deserve the vote. At one point, Churchill proclaimed that "their cause has marched backwards".

The very public disagreements between the suffragist and suffragette leaders, and later even within the suffragette movement, did not help to create a coherent campaign.

At the height of the campaign, the Liberal government had many other issues and crises to deal with - passing their social reforms, trouble with trade unions, the dispute between the Lords and the Commons over the Lords' rejection of the 1909 Budget, the naval arms race with Germany, the increasing likelihood of war in Europe, and the Home Rule debate leading to violence in Ireland. This meant that the suffrage campaigners were competing with all these issues for the government's attention.

Fancy learning more?

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Who is our Speaker on 5th February?

Nikki Guy from the Stockport Women’s Centre

She will be speaking about the charity that was set up by a social worker and psychotherapist.

Nikki specialises in providing services for women surviving poverty, social exclusion and emotional trauma consequent to sexual and domestic abuse. 

For more information, please check out this link

Saturday, 6 January 2018

What's On

January: Cale Green Club Dates
Gardening – finished till March
Mindfulness – 14 January 6-8 (Note now a Sunday)
Book Club – 18 January
Sewing – 26 January – flexible drop in session 10-2.30
Art and Craft – 30 January – 7.30
Social Events – Friday 19 Jan, Victoria & Abdul, Plaza 11am

Monday 19 February, Chilli Massala, Edgeley 8PM
March – exact date TBC – Robinsons Brewery

Other clubs - walking; allotment; pet sitting; skill swaps; sale and swap; Davenport runners; Blossoms knitty night, Alleviating loneliness

NEW CLUB: Quilting Group