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Cottingham WI

Meets the 2nd Tuesday each month (except August)
10am in the Cottingham Methodist Church Hall, Hallgate

The WI is all about inspiring women.  It's a rich source of experiences, knowledge and skills passed down through generations and updated every day.  It offers women the opportunity to join and be involved in a way that suits them.  With this in mind, I hope you find the following information about Cottingham WI helpful and interesting.

The Cottingham WI first began in 1985 with just a small number of keen and enthusiastic women. Over the years our membership has grown and now we have around 55 members with membership growing each month.

We meet at 10 am on the second Tuesday of each month (except August) in the Cottingham Methodist Church Hall on Hallgate, Cottingham.  It is a lovely venue with lots of space with easy access.  It allows us to enjoy lots of different activities as well as entertain our many varied speakers and craft demonstrators.  We have use of a fully fitted kitchen which is very handy - not only at our monthly meetings for making tea and coffee but at the special events or fundraising activities we arrange throughout the year.

The Meeting usually starts with our President welcoming everyone and updating us on what is happening in the WI at National and local level.  This includes information on planned trips, activities, skills opportunities, WI Campaigns, plus lots of other interesting events in and around Cottingham and the East Riding of Yorkshire. 

Free refreshments are then served and members enjoy some "social time" to chat with other members and sign up for any forthcoming trips and activities.  Each month we have a competition when we ask members to bring something in on a given theme e.g. pretty cosmetic bag, unusual candlestick.  Members have great fun searching out the items - it really makes you think!  The final part of the meeting is usually spent listening to an interesting speaker or watching a craft or cookery demonstration which are always very popular with our members.

Outside of the monthly meetings, we have a variety of other social groups that meet on a regular basis.  There is the Book Group that meets every 6 weeks to chat about books they have read.  Another group is our Hob Hub Group - this meets on a regular basis allowing members to work on their current handicraft projects whilst being able to share and learn skills over a cup of tea. Our IT expert also drops into the Hub to help members with their computers, tablet or smartphone questions.  A new addition to our group portfolio is the Butterfly Buns.  This group meets monthly to simply relax and enjoy coffee and cake or afternoon tea at a variety of cafes and teashops in the local area. It's a good opportunity to meet up and socialise outside of the normal monthly WI meeting.

The Cottingham WI are lively and friendly and very much welcome all ages to our meetings.  It's not just about making jam and baking buns- although these skills are still popular - it's more about making friends and finding inspiration from what's on offer.  You can be involved as much or as little as you wish!  So come along and give us a try!  Visitors can come along to a couple of meetings with no charge at all before making their decision to join.  We hope we will be able to inspire you to come and join us.
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We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month (except August) in the Methodist Church Hall, Hallgate, Cottingham at 10am in the morning.



January 9th - "What a Load of Old Rubbish" East Riding of Yorkshire Council, The Waste Recycling Team  :: Competition: Recycled/Upcycled item

February 13th - The History of Afternoon Tea, Grandma Abson :: Competition: Favourite Cup & Saucer

March 13th - The Land Girls of WWII - Hazel Stephenson :: WWII Memorabilia

April 10th - Restoring Smiles on the Faces of Children Overseas - Plastic Surgery Appeal (OPSA), Nick Hart :: Competition: Heart (any medium)

May 8th - WI Resolutions followed by Bumper Bring and Buy Sales Table

June 12th - Summer Flower Demonstration - Sue Whitelam :: Competition: A Summer Flower

July 11th - Mire Beck Nursery: A Registered Charity providing opportunities for people who have learning difficulty or disability. :: Competition: Flower Themed Piece of Pottery

July 10th - My Life Working in the West End and TV - Catherine Terry :: Competition: Theatre Programme

AUGUST - NO MEETING - Summer Lunch Out - Date to be confirmed

September 11th -Tasty Bits 'N' Bobs- Cookery Demonstration with a Twist - The Secret Chefs :: Competition: Old Kitchen Item

October 9th - Six Hull Personalities - Paul Schofield :: Competition: An Item Linked to a Hull Personality

November 13th - Annual Meeting (Review of the Year and Appointment of President & Committee) Christmas Bring and Buy Sales Table :: Competition: Guess the Cost of the Hamper

December 11th - DIY Christmas :: Competition : Guest the Cost of the Hamper

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