About Wythit WI......11 years in the making!

Wythit WI was so named as we aim to ‘go with it’, whatever it may be that our members would like to do, be it a challenging event, developing their skills, meeting new friends, organising a fund raising event or simply having fun. We meet at the Black Swan Pub, Bedale on the third Sunday of each month from 7pm to 9pm.

Brief Overview of planned events for 2017:

  • Pasta making
  • Chocolate making
  • Beekeeping talk
  • Jute bags
  • Chinese evening
  • Equestrian centre visit
  • Hula hooping
  • Trip to Thorp Perrow
  • Tin can jewellery
  • Tarot cards
  • Masons Gin

Our 2017 flyer is available to download, please Click Here

Brief Overview of events we had in 2016:

  • Doorstops and Pinboards
  • Mixology Masterclass and Christmas party
  • Women's Breast Health Awareness
  • Burlesque class
  • Bell ringing
  • Upcycling a photo frame
  • Treetop/Aerial adventure
  • Bedale Museum tour
  • Shoeberry Party
  • Chocolate making Workshop
  • Homemade Pasta making Workshop with local chef
  • "A Country Childhood" in words and song by Zeke Deighton

Brief Overview of events we had in 2015:

  • Line Dancing
  • 10 Year Celebration
  • Pilates
  • Boozy pudding taster
  • Window Crystals and Beading
  • Henna Tattoos
  • Guided Walk
  • Scrap bag making
  • Swap Shop
  • Dementia Friends talk
  • Party hair styling
  • Boxercise

 

Other activities/events we have participated in:

Attendance at the Centenary National Federation of WIs AGM at the Royal Albert Hall, London, 2015

Our President, Beverley, attended the National AGM in London on 4th June. Over 6000 women from across the UK attended this special event. Because it is the WIs Centenary year the Queen was present and spoke about history of WI. Princess Anne and Countess of Wessex were also present. Our local Federation's Chairwoman had made the Centenary WI cake which the Queen cut at the AGM, a photo of which was on front page newspapers next morning. Speakers included Lucy Worsley (social historian) who has made a documentary about the History of the WI due to be aired on BBC2 in June, Helena Morrissey (CEO of 30% club) and Baronness Tanni Grey-Thompson who spoke about life, disability and parenting. All the speakers were highly motivational and very entertaining. Next year’s AGM will be in Brighton - A Wythit member to attend if possible as we are the link delegate.

 

Attendance At The National Federation Of WIs AGMs

Beverley, Wythit’s president, attended the 2012 AGM at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 30 May and took part in the Guiness World of Records Knitting Challenge with approx. 2000 people all knitting at the same time. As you can see by the photos the Hall was packed. It was very moving to see so many thousands of women all singing Jerusalem together too.

 

Members of Wythit have attended these AGMs on various occasions at Cardiff and the Royal Albert Hall in London.

 

BBC One’s - The One Show

In July 2007 Wythit appeared along with Dance Kiya on one of the first episodes of The One Show. Carol Thatcher interviewed some of our members and in the studio Eve Pollard discussed traditional Wis in comparison to less-traditional ones like Wythit.

 

Fundraising Events

Wythit WI participated in Bedale's Jubilee Celebration weekend by holding a stall on Monday 4th June run by volunteers. We sold mixed fruit cups, which were very popular and also tied in with our ethos of promoting healthy eating in the Community. It was a lovely day and we raised some funds for our coffers and did some publicity for our WI by talking to lots of people who attended the celebration day. We displayed photos, flyers and posters of our 2012 activities so that everyone could see what fantastic things we do.

 

Wythit try and do fundraising as often as possible for ourselves and other local community groups/organisations such as the £1 challenge, which involved making as much money as possible through enterprising ideas starting only with a £1 coin. We have also held events such as a quiz, raffle night, autumn ball, amongst others.

Autumn Ball 2007

Wythit held a Ball at Hall Garth Hall, Darlington to raise funds for local organizations. An Auction of Promises and Dinner Dance were held. It was a very fruitful evening.

 

 

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