Meetings Programme

All meetings subject to change


Wednesday 1st March
Annual Meeting & Quiz

Paul Norfolk, Quiz Master

Wednesday 5th April
Guest Speaker: Esme Ward, Director of Manchester Museum

Esme was appointed Director of Manchester Museum in 2018. She is the first woman to hold the role since it was founded in 1867. Prior to this she was Head of Learning and Engagement and the Whitworth. For several years she worked alongside Maria Balshaw on the £15 million transformation of The Whitworth Art Gallery. 2023 is an important year for the museum.

This speaker was cancelled twice due to Covid and earlier this year she had to rearrange her date due to an urgent height level meeting. She is fully committed to coming to SWI next year.

Wednesday 3rd May
Guest Speaker: Melanie Latham
Chutney and Cheer

Melanie will talk about hand made traditional and unusual preserves. At the meeting she will actually make chutney during her presentation which she then sells with 50p from every jar going to the Stroke Association.

Wednesday 7th June
Guest Speakers: Rachel Metcalf JP and Mr Nick Sheardown JP

Following their presentation in February Rachel and Mick return to hold a mock trial and sentencing. Volunteers will be required, some to take the roles of defendants, witnesses, solicitors etc. reading from a trial script. We have asked for the scripts ahead of time and hope that volunteers can be found say a month or two before the meeting.

Wednesday 5th July
Guest Speakers: John Parker and James Minchin, RSPB Dove Stone

John will tell us all about the Birds of Dove Stone and how he has spent over a decade bird watching and chatting to visitors. James will be happy to answer any question on the work the RSPB do at Dove Stone.

Wednesday 2nd August
Guest Speaker: Helen Robson, Executive Director, Autistic UK

Helen works with the Greater Manchester Autism Consortium. She is a working textile artist and has been involved in running creative workshops. She is a great believer in art’s ability to help people open up and express what’s going on internally. Helen will talk to us about Autism.

At our Annual meeting earlier this year the resolution ‘Women and Girls with ASD (autistic spectrum disorder) and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) – under identified, under diagnosed, misdiagnosed and under supported’ was passed with a majority of 96.5%. The NFWI calls on members to raise awareness within their WI’s of the issues facing women and girls with ASD and ADHD.

Wednesday 6th September
Social Evening

On our anniversary meeting we will have games and a chat with friends, both long standing and brand new. 

Wednesday 4th October
Guest Speaker: Lucy Thompson
Nipple Innovation Project

Lucy founded this charity in 2018, the UK’s first mastectomy tattoo charity. The charity focuses on body autonomy after breast cancer, empowerment through art and 3D realistic nipple tattoos following mastectomy surgery. 

Wednesday 1st November
Guest Speaker: Brian Topping
Tales of a Customs Officer

Brian served for many years as a Customs Officer in the former department of HM Customs and Excise at Heathrow Airport. We will hear about the many situations he came across when dealing with passengers travelling through the airport and his involvement in apprehending and investigating smugglers.