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The Saddleworth WI provides the opportunity for women of all ages to enjoy interesting speakers, watch demonstrations, participate in social events and trips, engage in lively discussions, pursue their interests in our many sub groups and hopefully make life-long friends.

Currently all meetings are held via ZOOM

New members would be very welcome and from 1st October 2020 the fee will be just £10.75 for SIX MONTHS. This is because the National Federation have extended this year’s membership by 3 months, to the end of March 2021. Annual subscription will then be £44 for the next 12 months.

If you wish to become a new member, download a membership form here. Then email us for our bank details for your BACS payment, or for the address to send your form and cheque.

When things return to normal new members and visitors are welcome at most WI meetings which take place on the first Wednesday of the month. We meet from 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start and meetings usually end around 9.30pm.

Our venue is The Oak Room at The White Hart Inn, 51 Stockport Road, Lydgate, Oldham OL4 4JJ

Members pay £2 and visitors pay £3 to help pay for running costs and refreshments. Visitors may attend two meetings before deciding upon membership.

MEMBERS: Take a look at our new Members’ Zone where you will find a variety of useful forms and information to download.

“I love this branch of WI.
The ladies are friendly, warm and full of fun.”

See our Meetings Programme for details of 2020 speakers

News

WALKING GROUP REMEMBRANCE WALKS
See Walking Group page for details


JOIN IN OUR SECRET SANTA!
See Workshops, Events & Trips page for details


OLD MILL HOUSE SHOEBOX APPEAL

The residents of Old Mill House Care Home have had a pretty tough year, as you can imagine, and they are normally spoiled at Christmas with lots of activities going on, but of course this can’t happen this year.  We are encouraging Saddleworth WI Members to join in with this appeal. You are encouraged to put a little note in the box with your name and the fact that you are from SWI, and the residence will then write and thank you for your gift.  The organisers also mention that the residents now have to wear face masks and that there is a shortage so maybe we could include a mask in with the Shoebox Gifts.



Saddleworth WI members are always keen to support others, although as a charity we cannot raise money specifically for other charities. This year we will miss the walk and wreath laying at Pots and Pans. The Royal British Legion is promoting an 11/11 CHALLENGE that could intrigue our members as a personal fundraiser or for photos for our Facebook page and website. 
You can think of different ideas around the theme 11/11.  The challenges should be completed by 11th November, when we would take part in the 2 minutes silence, albeit as individuals.

Some ideas to get you thinking:

  • Give up something for 11 days
  • Be silent for 11 mins a day for 11 days or 1 hour a day for 11 days
  • Watch 11 movies back to back
  • Host a virtual quiz with 11 rounds
  • Host a virtual Poppy Afternoon Tea with 11 people
  • Create 11 different poppy baking creations over 11 days
  • Take part in 11 random Acts of Kindness
  • Wear Red every day for 11 days
  • Read 11 books in 11 days
  • Walk a mile a day for 11 days
  • Complete a puzzle a day for 11 days
  • Knit 11 poppies 
  • Call someone dear to you every day for 11 days
  • Write a letter a day for 11 days

More details can be found on this link The British Legion 11/11 Challenge 2020  and you can apply for a fundraising pack.
If you fancy taking part in a small or big way then please let us know your ideas and let us see your photos!


ZOOM MEETINGS
In line with several other WIs, we are running some optional Zoom meetings that our members can join if they wish.
To Join a Zoom Meeting
Please download the Zoom programme or App onto your computer, tablet or phone from www.zoom.us
On your Zoom Home page there is an blue icon named JOIN +.
Click on this icon and type in the 11 digit Meeting ID number. Each meeting now has the same ID and passcode.

TUESDAY TIFFIN On the second Tuesday of the month at 4.00 pm. Bring along your beverage and cake of choice for an hour’s informal chat and catch up.

MONTHLY MEETING On the first and third Wednesday of the month at 7.00 pm. We will make time for news and chat and may include a quiz or a speaker or a demonstration.
See Meetings Programme page for details.

BOOK GROUP On the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7.00 pm to discuss the chosen Book of the Month and put the world to rights. Details will be emailed to Book group members.


“It is a pleasure to be part of this warm and welcoming WI group.

About

The group photograph of the new committee will be taken when we are all able to get together again.

Saddleworth WI know how to make the most of a bad situation. Has Covid19 stopped us doing what we like to do best? Absolutely not!! We still have our Monthly Meeting with Guest Speakers, Book Group, Quiz Nights as well as a monthly Tiffin (just a chat with friends old and new) but now we meet on Zoom. We have also arranged a few small group walks which have been very popular. We won’t be beaten by this virus and are still welcoming new members into our family of women. We will “Carry On and Keep Active” until we can get together in the real world.

PAM ARMSTRONG – President

LESLEY WINROW – Vice President

CHRISTINE BURBIDGE – Secretary

DEBORAH THOMPSON – Treasurer

HILARY BOON – Committee

SUE HARDING – Committee

SUE HIBBERT – Committee

PAM LEVER – Committee

CATHY WILDE – Committee

YVONNE WILKINSON – Committee

Groups

There are various sub groups run by the members of Saddleworth WI. These are available to members only.

Please visit the individual pages for each sub group to find out specific details about events that are happening.

Book Group

Craft & Cake Group

Lunch Group

Photo Group

Walking Group

Workshops, Events & Trips

“The WI meetings, sub groups and workshops etc. are highlights in my diary of events during the course of each calendar year.”