Upcycling August Meeting


What a very busy meeting we had! We all had a lovely time learning about upcycling from Debra of Honey Bee. Debra shared with us some of her wonderful upcylcling creations and ideas, and led us through a simple beginners workshop. Many cuts, knots and cuppas later our worn out t-shirts were turned into shopping bags!  A great effort was made by all and we ended up with some very delightful creations.

20160810_194130-2 We also hosted a clothing swap witch allowed our members to update their summer wardrobes with out breaking the bank. It also allowed for well over 100 pieces of clothing to be donated to several local charities. Well done ladies!


As September starts we are getting ready for many exciting events including our summer fete. Please check out our events page on Facebook to learn more about all of the upcoming events, including a  beer tasting (Sept 21st ) and beer festival ( Oct 8th)!

Our next meeting is the ¬†City WI Summer Fete will be held next Wednesday, the 14th of September ¬†at 7:30pm the normal meeting room at the YMCA International Community Center. ¬†This year’s fete will include many fun booths including:¬†¬†cakes and refreshments ,¬†book swap and bookmarks,¬†food bank collection,¬†lace goods,¬†bottle tombola,¬†white elephant,¬†things to make. ¬†If you are able to bring any of the following to help makes these booths a success that would be greatly appreciated: any baked goods to sell, books you are happy to swap, food bank donations, a bottle of anything for the bottle tombola, or any¬†presents for the white elephant stall.

We will also be finalizing the banner so if you have your square to contribute please bring that also, Or if you could kindly drop off to Sarah M at Curious? (20-22 Ave B, Sneinton Mkt, NG1 1DU) before the next meeting, that would be appreciated! The list is at: https://app.box.com/s/i8m40f33gr5romjcs4pmfsbcff9rzudq

See you all soon!

All of the purple petals!

A massive thanks to the lovely (and vanilla-scented) Leighanne for providing the petals of purpality! ¬†We had an excellent evening making ourselves some lovely floral name badges and getting to know each other a little better. ¬†I’m more than a little behind with the virtual life of the WI and will be uploading June’s newsletter shortly (thanks, Antonia) to be swiftly followed by July’s (courtesy of Abbie and Jenny).

In the meantime, here are some photos from Wednesday evening’s meeting, when 7 new members signed up (hooray!), there was an ace haul of non-perishable foods for our Trussell Trust foodbank drive and a mighty fine time was had by one and all!

Badge-making - July 2015 (6)      Badges - July 2015

~ Sarah M x

Fun at our May meeting

For our May meeting, the lovely Lucille of Lucille’s Locks, who is an expert vintage hairstylist and hairdresser visited to show us a few things!

We learned how to do a victory roll, amongst other hairstyles, and became experts at backcombing. Most of all we had a great time!

Here are a few snaps from the night –

Lucille does mobile hairdressing around the East Midlands – and we’d highly recommend her for vintage hairstyling! She can be found on her facebook page.

February meeting recap


Last week we held our February meeting. The weather was horrendous, snowy and very slippery! Despite the weather a¬†good crowd of members turned up, thanks for braving the cold ūüôā


(Natalie and Trista modelling their sashes with the raffle prizes)

It was the third birthday of the WI and we also went through official things like a summary of all the activities we crammed into last year and speeches from other committee members.

We also held a bake off as part of our birthday celebration and everything looked and tasted delicious. We all gorged ourselves on cake before voting for a best biscuit/slice and best cake.

The winner of the cake category was Emma’s tangy mojito cake, with its lime curd filling, mint icing and a dash of rum it was very much enjoyed!


The winner of the biscuit category was Laura’s Nanaimo bars (does anyone out there know how to pronounce this!?), which are apparently a Canadian national treasure.DSCN2213

Trista¬† made some¬†amazing Bakewell Butter. It is seriously addictive stuff, I have been spreading it over biscuits or eating it straight from the spoon…yum!


  feb collage

Mmmm, tasty Lamingtons, brownies and moreish Nutella cookies. Erin and Trista look very happy at the sight of all that cake!

It was a lovely way to celebrate another year of the Nottingham City WI.

Hope to see you at our next meeting in March


All about our January meeting!

We held our January meeting last week on the 11th and a lovely time was had by all! City WI member Mayumi Akagi graced us with a wonderful talk about her experiences volunteering in Japan to help with the earthquake/tsunami clear up and rebuilding.

Here are a few pictures from the evening –

City WI-ers were tremendously touched by Mayumi’s account of her experiences volunteering in Japan. When a national disaster strikes the worlds attention focuses on one area, as it did on Japan in March. But rebuilding shattered lives takes years, not days or months, and the work of volunteers to help to reopen playgrounds and recover family photos is invaluable.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the work of All Hands in Japan, click here.¬† And to see a video from ABC news about the work volunteers have been doing restoring family photos, click here.

We were also lucky in our January meeting when City WI member Lucy brought along some cupcakes to share! How beautiful are these?! Lucy made them during a cupcake decorating afternoon with local cake whiz Vintage and Cake. The cakes tasted absolutely lovely!

To find out more about cupcake decorating workshops with Vintage and Cake, click here.

City WI November meeting – Christmas crafts and decorations

Thanks to everyone who managed to make it along to our November meeting! We had a fab time making christmas decorations of all shapes and sizes, thanks to the very talented Claire McCurdy who helped us out and showed us how to make felt decorations like this adorable reindeer.

We also made some cute paper decorations which were really easy to make – like the one below. Click here to see how to make this one, and click here for lots more great paper decoration ideas!

Much ado about January…

It was City WI’s first meeting of the year last Wednesday and well, what a meeting it turned out to be!

Turning up to the YMCA as usual to set up for our highly anticipated Make Do and Mend meeting, we were dismayed discover that the building had no power whatsoever. Faced with the rather disappointing options of having to cancel the meeting, reschedule or find a pub big, and empty, enough to take 40 Make Do and Mending Women’s Institute members the situation looked bleak.

Salvation, however, came in the form of that meeting’s speakers – Husqvarna Studio in Nottingham – who offered to lend us their studio for the evening. Hurrah! Following a frantic ten minutes of direction-giving and carpool-organising City WI reconvened half an hour later at Husvarna Studio on Lower Parliament Street¬† ready to make do and mend!

Despite the rather challenging start to the evening, I don’t think any of our members or visitors would argue against it being City WI’s best meeting yet! The lovely people at Husqvarna made us feel extremely welcome and split us into two groups – with one group working on making cute flowery little bags and the other group learning how to hem and make button holes. Working in Husqvarna’s HUGE studio space and on their extremely impressive and high tech sewing machines, City WI really were treated to something special. Husqvarna catered for everyone no matter their skills level from expert sewers to complete beginners and everything in between.

On behalf of everyone involved with City WI, we’d like to say a big THANK YOU to all at Husqvarna Studio for saving the day and making 32 WI ladies very, very happy indeed. You really made us feel welcome (we loved the goody bags) and treated us to a fascinating, creative and inspiring Make Do and Mend session. We hope our paths will cross again soon.

For more details of Husqvarna Studio Nottingham including sewing classes, quilt classes and more visit their website or why not pop by and say hello:

90 Lower Parliament Street



Despite the rather thrilling nature of January’s meeting, City WI hope that all will be back to normal for their February AGM meeting. Join us at the YMCA International Community Centre, Mansfield Road on Wednesday 9 February 2011, 7.30pm for a review of the previous year, a look at what’s to come and lots more. More details to follow…


May meeting review

Oh what fun was had! Here’s a review of City WI’s May meeting held on Wednesday 12 May at the International Community Centre, Nottingham.

This month, a lovely group of ladies from Nottinghamshire Women’s Institutes were kind enough to lead a knitting workshop. All skills were catered to – those who were more advanced ploughed on with their own knitting projects whilst those of us who were beginners were given very useful lessons in how the knit.

The workshops was so successful we’re hoping to offer it again later in the year – watch this space for more information!

We also held a bring n buy at the meeting which proved a treasure trove for bargain book and jewellery purchases. We’ll also be running this again soon.

April meeting review

Apologies for the delay in posting this but here is is – better late than never – a review of City WI’s April meeting in Nottingham.

City WI are very lucky in that within our membership we have a superb range of people and talents. This month this was demonstrated by Charlotte McCarthy and Kate Watson who gave a talk on the heritage of Boots the Chemist. Two members of the Archive Team at Boots, Charlotte and Kate gave an insightful discussion on the history of the Nottingham-based company, brought along a few mystery objects and superb retro adverts (did you know that Boots used a picture of a handsome man lying on the beach in his swimwear to advertise lipstick!?) and even gave us a fun quiz! It was a really interesting evening and really great to learn more about such a great local company.

To conclude the meeting we asked members and guests to suggest ideas for our forthcoming programme – we received some superb suggestions and will be publishing the confirmed programme for 2010/2011 soon. Watch this space…

March meeting review

Well as today is the date of the April City WI meeting (Wednesday 14 April, 7.30pm at the International Community Centre, Nottingham), I thought i’d take this chance to re-cap what happened at last month’s exciting meeting.

Kerry, the President, kicked the meeting off by reading our letter from the Women’s Insititute national office which welcomed us as a new WI. Then Kerry introduced our speaker for that meeting – Ken Heathcote from Dogs for the Disabled.

Ken gave a fascinating and eye-opening talk about the importance of Dogs for the Disabled and the significant difference their support makes to the lives of those who use their services. Ken demonstrated how his dog, Petra (who he brought along to the meeting!) gives him the confidence to enjoy the outdoors, go on holiday, shopping, visit the library and lots more, just like he used to.

We’d highly recommend Ken and Dogs for the Disabled as an inspiring speaker for other groups/clubs. If you’re interested please contact Ken Heathcote on 01623 406701.

Following the talk, we had some official business to take care off. Kerry, the President and Miriam, job-share secretary took part in the official signing of the rules. This was a big moment and officially recognises City WI.

If you’re interested in joining our friendly Women’s Institute, why not come along to one of our meetings. We meet on the second Wednesday of every month at the International Community Centre on Mansfield Road in Nottingham at 7.30pm. All are welcome. 12 months membership is ¬£29.50 or you can attend your first meeting for a ¬£3 donation.

Image of City WI March meeting

City WI March meeting

Image of City WI March meeting

City WI March meeting

Image of Ken Heathcote from Dogs for the Disabled

Ken Heathcote from Dogs for the Disabled

Image of signing the Women's Institute rules

Miriam and Kerry signing the Women's Institute rules