Wednesday, 5 May 2010

If your name's not down, you're not coming in...

Back last year, the SHWI committee and members decided to cap our group's membership at 100 to make sure that we have enough room to stay in our current venue and also so we can still do all the things we've got planned that may become impossible with many more members.

We are both pleased and saddened to say that the limit has now been reached so we are no longer accepting new members this year.

Also, due to capacity restrictions we can only accommodate a maximum of 10 guests per meeting, so if you want a place you'll need to email Katie at with your request for a place and she can tell you whether we have any left or not. The guest fee remains £3 per meeting.

We have also started a waiting list for membership in 2011 so if you want to join it, drop Katie a line at

Now we have these new rules, please only come to meetings if you are either a member, or are on the guestlist for that month. If you're not either, we will have to turn you away as we cannot break our venue capacity and insurance rules.

I know people may be disappointed by this but it's the best we can do at the moment, we never expected SHWI would be so amazingly popular within such a short space of time, so you've only got yourselves to blame!

There are also loads more WIs in Sheffield that would love some new members, go to for details.

Au revoir xx

April's meeting...

April's meeting saw us learn all about scrapbooking and papercraft with the lovely Joanne Friend. It was really interesting and Joanne brought along her work to show us, which was amazing. We definitely need to start a SHWI scrapbook.

Joanne's scrapbooking stuff

We also had a visit from some of the lovely ladies of Beighton WI and our bestest raffle prize to date of a box of gorgeous cupcakes courtesy of Yummylicious, yum!

Next meeting is on Thursday, 20th May.

Check out these bad boys, nomnomnom!

Buh bye now x

Friday, 19 March 2010

SHWI's next top model...

Ladies and, well, just ladies, here is a lovely photo of your SHWI Committee for 2009/10.

Here's a guide to who's who:

The dons (or something like that)
President: Lindsay Garfitt
Secretary: Kim Whelan
Treasurer: Jen Marsden

The mafia
Vice President: Lisa McCalla
Assistant Secretary: Amy Bradley
Assistant treasurers: Vicky Porteous & Zowie Forwood
Events assistants: Sarah Waterhouse & Blanche Duggleby
Fundraising assistants: Rosie Bates & Ruth Kirkman
Sub-committee: Lucy Crookes & Katie Mountain

Back row, from left to right: Amy, Lucy, Katie, Kim, Blanche, Vicky, Ruth and Lisa.

Front row, left to right: Jen, Rosie, Sarah and Lindsay.

March's Meeting with Milly

We had wonderful Barnsley author Milly Johnson as our guest speaker at March's meeting. She was a thoroughly entertaining speaker and inspired us all to go home and clear the clutter (read A Spring Affair and you'll know what I mean...).

Kim, Milly, Linz and Jen

Milly has three books out and a new one due out in May...can't wait! Go to for more on SHWI's new favourite author!

See you later alligator...

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Knitting Night...

SHWI held its first charity knitting night last week, organised by Rosie.

Thirteen ladies got together to knit or crochet 8" squares which will be donated to the Knit-a-Square charity and made into blankets for AIDS orphans.

We'll be holding more knitting nights in future so keep your eyes peeled for details.

That's all for now...

Friday, 5 March 2010

Burlesque evening...

Our February meeting was a fabulous burlesque evening with Deadly Nightshade and Cherry Du Bois.

The girls told us about how they got into burlesque and taught us a burlesque-style dance to 'Hey Big Spender'.

We had a record number of guest - 33 - along with over 60 members and even ran out of chairs at one point!

Thanks to everyone who came and hope to see you all at the next meeting where author Milly Johnson will be our speaker.

Adios amigos. x

Wednesday, 3 February 2010



I'm sorry for being rubbish and not updating this since October. I have a good excuse cos I bought a house so I was very busy sorting all that out, then it was Christmas and, well, you know how it is. I will try and update this more regularly now. Promise.

Ok, so here's a quick summary of what's been going on in our WI world:

November's meeting: we were let down at the last minute again by our speaker so our lovely Vice Pres, Lisa McCalla, stepped in and did a talk on looking and feeling good.

December: We made lovely snowflake paper decorations thanks to Sarah Mellor and Sarah Hague, and then had a quiz, yummy baking competition and people bingo.

January: Bellydancing! Awesome.

Coming up this month is Burlesque, oooh! And in March we've got Barnsley author Milly Johnson coming to talk to us.

It's busy, busy, busy, got to go design the programme now...byeee! x