Gallery and Reports

Spring Council -  Hampsthwaite 10 April 2024

Our two Speakers

  • Ruth Packwood from Hope at Home providing save spaces for Survivors of Modern Slavery
  • Alan Dedicoat - Radio and Television Presenter -  known for  Radio 2, Lottery Numbers and Strictly Come Dancing
  • If you require a photo for your records from below  please contact the office for the original image - these have been reduced to allow for web downloading and fit the site

    Sorry no photos of Heather Stoney on Platform but here she is with Helen meeting and greeting members as they arrived for the day

    Norah Worth Joint Winners   - Lesley Fidler and Linda Johnson with Julie Clark

    who created an article from 1 ball of wool see the Sun Chaser and Beret

    West Tanfield award for new Members  and Janet Kazlauciunas retiring Board of Trustee Member

    Certificates were presented to both WI's and Members for long membership by Julie Clarke as Heather Stoney announced names from the Platform

    Climate Change Afternoon

    An afternoon spent challenged by four different topics related to Climate Change - lots of food for thought

    • Farmer James Johnson on Healthy Soil, Healthy Planet, Healthy Planet who has spoken at COPs at Glasgow and Egypt
    • Rotters on Composting
    • Palm Oil - Good or Bad
    • Methodist Church working towards net zero

    Here are a couple of photos from the day

    Handmade Not Homemade with Lesley Fidler

    An enjoyable day knitting and gaining handy tips to make a knitted garment something one can be proud. We learnt new ways of working including 4 different buttonholes and edgings - all by knitting a small bag - the item below has errors but that shows where we could go wrong. Errors were left in as examples of how not to do it ! Very hands on session.

    Easter Cookery with Julie Clarke

    Log Cabin Patchwork with Anne Starkey

    An enjoyable day was spent in Alma House  with Anne Starkey who is now living in East Yorkshire learning how to make 3 different Log Cabin patches which could form the basis of a larger project or just coasters. Anne is show here demonstrating how to create a Grid for a project of any size and width of patches.You can also see a couple of examples of items created.

    Food and Flowers 2023

    A day enjoyed by over members in Darley Village Hall with a large screen and clear audio provided so we could all see the detail of the cookery demonstration in the morning and a flower extravagance demonstration in the afternoon. A super lunch was served by the catering team prepared mainly on site allowing time for chat.

    Wacky Wreaths - November 23

    Here is  a photo of wreaths created at Alma House - the workshops at Hellifield where two different days were arranged due to the popularity of this event produced equally good wreaths

    Hellifield 9 November 2023

    Two days later in Hellifield  concentration created another set of brilliant wreaths

    Alma House 7 Nov 23

    Beginners Water Colours 24 Oct 2023

    Below are two photos showing what attendees achieved in the morning and their second effort after lunch showing the achievement.

    Cream Tea and Author Jane Robinson - Ladies Can't Climb Ladders

    Jane dedicating book, Sue selling Raffle tickets and members tucking into scones and cream

    Ukraine International Day

    Please see below some images from the International Day on Saturday 16 September which was organsied by Public Affairs Team, catered by NYWFWI catering team but all the presentations were organised by The Ukrainian Womesn Organisation many of who belong to groups in Bradford and West Yorkshire

    Autumn Bounty

    Kilnsey Show

    Membership team were flying the flags at the Kilnsey Show with several people interested in joining the WI as well as meeting up with current members.

    Five images from Washday at Coronation Hall - 27 July 2023

    Lucy in 1940's and Lucy in Victoria  Dress

    Washday Mistake or is it Dying?

    BOT Member demonstrating skills??

    Ready to work??

    GYS 2023

    Final Day - same format but different faces deliver same very well received and complemented on experience provided by WI member volunteers.

    GYS Day 2

    GYS Day 1 Images

    Preparation for the Show - Cleaning

    40th Celebrations around the Federation

    4 venues on different days offered the opportunity for members to enjoy  a reflective look back at 40 years of North Yorkshire West, a chance to view close up the wall hangings from Alma House and in true WI tradiition a chance to enjoy tea/coffee cake and scone. We met at Long Preston and Alma House in May and Crakehall and Dacre  in June

    Her is a picture from Crakehall

    The presentation can be downloaded here

    Bridgewater and Jodrell Bank Trip 2023

    A long day in warm Summer Weather - see some images from the day.

    Annul Meeting Cardiff 2023

    Delegates in Alma House watched via Zoom

    And here are some images captured from the zoom screen

    40th Celebration

    The Presentation of the Celebration of 40 Years of the Federation  can be downloaded here in pdf format.

    Picture from Alma House Celebration

    Spring Council 2023  - 22 April 2023  @ Tennants Leyburn

    Here are some photos of the day - if you would like original photos for your records please let the office know. The versions here are reduced size jpg for website download speeds, the originals quality in PNG.

    The Presentation of the Celebration of 40 Years of the Federation which was projected during coffee and lunch can be downloaded here in pdf format.



    New Members Meetings 30 March 2023

    New membes were welcomed to Alma House and enjoyed presentations about the role of  National and Federation and opportunity to access My WI,Website and Facebook.

    Embsay With Eastby WI 30th Party

    Celebrated 30 years since their formation with a cake and party - Congratulations.

    Climate Change Workshop 18 March 2023

    This was a very successful event and enjoyed by all those who attended.  We started with a welcome cup of tea or coffee.  This was followed by a talk from John of Chevin Cycles with his electric bike and the positives of leaving the car behind for short journeys.  Ian from Minster Cars then followed with the benefits of driving a fully electric car.  Time to test out these 2 products.  Oh no it started to rain.  Some brave ladies did give the bike a try.

    Roger from the Woodland Trust was our first speaker.  He explained the work of the Woodland Trust and the importance of trees to help curb climate change.  The ongoing woodland management and the planting of many thousands more native trees around the country.

    Antony was our second speaker.  He spoke about the changes that are happening in the world and the disappearing ice from the seas.  The Thames Barrier was built to protect London from floods, this will have to be changed to meet the potential of higher seas.  The areas at risk to flooding are London, The Wash the Severn estuary and Hull.

    Our third speak was John from Zero Carbon.  He told us of the work that Zero Carbon are highlighting around the issues we have with losing heat from our homes.  New builds should be fine but older properties need to have a ‘jumper’ put around them to keep the warm air from escaping through our floors, doors, walls etc.   Lots of ideas from the cheap to more expensive.

    We also had side stalls highlighting the issues around Palm oil and how it is damaging the environment, the production of the foods we eat contributing to global greenhouse emissions and checking your own carbon footprint.

    Lots of tea/coffee and was drunk and biscuits eaten.  Everyone who came thoroughly enjoyed the experience and went home with more information about climate change and the part we can all play to help reduce the amount of waste and carbon released into the

    Returners Watercolour Workshop

    See the results of the attendees today when they returned to paint a seascape and work from real life pots of flowers - Gail Evans as a tutor is obviously talented when these are the result of two sessions.

    All heads down - what you can't see is all the chatting as well!

    Ripon Centre Celebrates 95 Years

    Ripon Centre WI celebrated its 95th year at the January meeting. President, Lesley Manser decorated a cake and members and visitors each had a piece with their cup of tea.

    Our oldest member, Madeline Collard, also 95 in January, was given a card, a bottle of wine and we asked her to blow out the candles as we sang “happy birthday” to both her and our WI.