Sunday, 18 October 2009

October's meeting

Well...we had our third meeting, which was also our official forming meeting, on 15th October and despite last minute panics (involving a new speaker after our planned one came down with flu) it went incredibly well.

We had over 60 women there and 49 of them signed up to be members, yay! We're sure the rest will sign up next month! There were lots of new faces too which was great to see.

Our speaker was the fantasic Mary Jane Baxter who is a milliner/journalist currently doing a project for the BBC called Make Your Way Around Britain where she goes around helping people to make do and mend.
She was incredibly interesting and we'd like to say a HUGE thanks as she stepped in as our speaker at the last minute with just five hours notice and did a superb job. So thanks Mary Jane! This is her blog if you want to know more:

We are currently in the process of sorting out the committee which will finallly enable Jen, Kim and I to have a bit of help on the organising front and not be under so much pressure.
I can totally see why WI ladies are usually retired cos setting up a new WI at the same time as working full time (all of us), doing a Masters Degree (Jen), going to NZ for three weeks (Kim) and buying a house (me) is almost impossible. And, for that reason I'd like to say a big thanks to Jen and Kim for not laughing at me when I suggested we set up a WI and for being so enthusiastic and getting involved. Couldn't have done it without you two. x

Next meeting is Thursday, 19th November at St Matthew's Hall, 7.30pm.

That's all folks.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Village Fete

We have a stall at the Village Fete which is to be held on The Moor, Sheffield, on Sunday 4th October from 11am to 3pm. Come along for tea and homemade cakes. We also have a brilliant banner thanks to my lovely signwriter brother-in-law Scott.

Hope to see you there...


Friday, 25 September 2009

Noddys and Wallpaper shots...

Looky here:

It's us, on the Star website, being interviewed, and we didn't end up looking like complete idiots...amaze!


Saturday, 19 September 2009

WI gets crafty...

Our second meeting was held on 17th September and thanks to Lucia and Sarah from Craft Candy we enjoyed a brilliant birdie-brooch making workshop.
There was lots of serious sewing going on and the ladies rustled up some pretty fantastic brooches. I, on the other hand, just repeatedly stabbed my fingers with the needle and got frustrated at my rubbish sewing skills. I finished my brooch later at home though so all is well!

Lucky raffle winners were Rachel, who won two tickets to see Abba the Show at the Arena courtesy of LiveNation, and Claire, who won a bottle of Seven Hills wine!

Thanks to everyone who came.
See you next month.
Lindsay xx

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Another new venue

As we had such a brilliant response to our first meeting and were nearly bursting out of the room, we have a new venue as from October.

We will be meeting in the Hall of St Matthew's Rooms, Carver Street.

The next meeting is on Thursday, 15th October at 7.30pm. This is the sign up meet, it's £29.50 for the year, or if you're not sure you can just pay £3 as a guest.

We'll be having a speaker at this meeting, it's related to fashion but I can't say anymore until it's confirmed!

See you there! x

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Home Sweet Home...


We will be meeting at the Three Cranes pub, Queen Street, Sheffield, S1 2DW.

First meeting is Thursday, 20th August at 7.30pm.

The Three Cranes is just round the back of Sheffield Cathedral. There is on-street parking on Queen Street and it's near tram and bus stops.

Any questions, just ask.


Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Relocation, Relocation, Relocation.

Due to circumstances WAY beyond our control, we are having to change the venue for Seven Hills WI meetings.

We found out last weekend that the Red Deer is closing down, although they never actually told us, we had to find out from someone else. Nice.

Anyway, the hunt is on for somewhere new. Any suggestions, let us know!!

Over and out.

Thursday, 16 July 2009


We are famous. Well, a little bit, in a local newspaper kind of way.

Articles on Seven Hills WI have been in the Sheffield Star and Look Local this week.

Here are the links:

That is all.

Monday, 13 July 2009

Stop Press!

Look out for articles about Seven Hills WI in The Star and Look Local...and spread the word!

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Our very first ever meeting...

Will be on Thursday, 20th August at 7.30pm at the Red Deer pub, Pitt Street, Sheffield S1 4DD (it's just off West Street).

It's completely free, so come and see what we're all about.

If you like the look of it (and us), you can join up at this meeting. It costs just £29 to join for a whhhoooollle year, which is very cheap considering the amazing things we've got planned for you.

Or, if after the first meeting you're not sure, you can come along to September's meeting (where we will be holding a craft workshop) for just £3 to get a bit more of a feel for what we'll be doing (and then fall so in love with the WI that you just have to become a member...)

We have a Facebook group here: if you want to have a nosy. Or if you've got a question (preferably WI related!) email

The Seven Hills of Sheffield...

Hello people. You are looking at the blog for Seven Hills Women's Institute - a wonderful new group for the females of Sheffield.

So, you might be wondering who we are, what we do and why you should be bothered, right? Well, I'll tell you.

Seven Hills WI is an exciting little project, brought to life by Sheffield twenty-somethings Lindsay Garfitt, Jennifer Marsden and Kim Whelan.

A place for women to meet, learn new stuff, share ideas, show off their own talents, fundraise and have fun whilst drinking wine and eating cakes. (Not all at the same time - we're good, but not that good!)
We'll be planning a varied programme with stuff like craft workshops, interesting speakers, bellydancing workshops, picnics, clothes swapping parties and lots more.
It's run for women, by women, so if there is something you'd like to see on the programme, come along and suggest it. We're all really nice, not at all scary, except maybe first thing in a morning...

Because there are so many talented people in our city and so many women looking for an exciting new interest. Seven Hills WI blends the two perfectly, come and try it, you might just like it!