What’s On?

Federation events for you to enjoy!

Is there something you’d like to see Federation hold? Perhaps you have a skill you’d like to share with a group of fellow WI members? Please get in touch with the office by calling 01480 453137 or email office@hpfwi.org.uk. We would love to hear from you! Whether it be ideas for future events or something you would like to share yourself, every suggestion is welcome.

March

4th – Westminster Coach Trip

Take a tour of Parliament with the WI! There will also be time for lunch in the coffee bar/restaurant (not included in price) and time to speak with an MP, if they are available.

Coach pick-ups:

Serpentine Green, Hampton – 7.40am

WI Centre, Huntingdon – 8.10am

Tickets: SOLD OUT

Closing date: SOLD OUT

9th – Get To Know Your Sewing Machine – 10am-3pm, Yarwell Village Hall

Have you got a sewing machine but do not know how to work all the various controls, come along and learn how useful your machine can be.

You will need to bring your machine, controls, instruction book, and attachments, threads, spare needles, fabric and scissors. Carole will take you through the basic functions of your machine.

Bring your own lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Tickets: SOLD OUT

Closing date: SOLD OUT

16th – Creative Craft Show Coach Trip – Birmingham NEC

Join our coach trip to The Creative Craft Show, Sewing For Pleasure and Fashion and Embroidery Show at the NEC, Birmingham!

Tickets: Members: £38
Non-members: £40

Coach pick-up points:
8.30am – WI Centre, Huntingdon
9am – Serpentine Green, Hampton
Please state your choice of pick-up location when booking. We will be leaving the show at the end of the day at 4.30pm.

Closing date: Wednesday 28th February 2024

20th – Coffee Morning with the Barclays Team – 10am,12pm, WI Centre, Huntingdon

Free to attend, but please book your place using a booking form.

Tea, coffee and cake will be available to purchase on the day.

April

3rd – Federation Day – 10.30am-3pm, Hinchingbrooke Performing Arts Centre, Hinchingbrooke, PE29 3BN

Join us for our Annual Federation Day at Hinchingbrooke Performing Arts Centre! Our main speaker will be Jeremy Spake, with additional speakers being Ben Cross from Crosslands Flower Nursery, and Nexus Fostering. Get creative and enter your creations to the Upton Trophy competition. Enter our Federation Flutter, where you have the chance to win £50, our lottery tree raffle and our normal raffle, browse the WI Craft Shop stalls, buy freshly cut flowers and enjoy the day socialising with friends. Please bring cash if you are planning on purchasing items or raffle entries.

Tickets: In-person: £16.50 / Zoom: £5 per person (each person MUST have their own ticket). This is a members-only event.

Closing date: 15th February 2024

10th – Life Story Coffee Mornings: Dancing with the Dead – 10am-12pm, WI Centre, Huntingdon

A new kind of coffee morning for 2024! Enjoy tea, coffee and cake while listening to the interesting life stories of other WI members.

Our first coffee morning will be ‘Dancing with the Dead’ with Phyllis Brooks. Phyllis will be talking about her time as a competitive ballroom dancer and her involvement with the funeral business.

Life Story Coffee Mornings are new series of coffee mornings for 2024, where members are invited to share their interesting life stories with other members. If you would be interested in sharing your own story, please contact the office.

Tickets: £5 per person, to include talk, tea, coffee and cake.

Closing date: 9th April 2024

Please state any dietary requirements when booking.

13th – Federation Faberdashery Sale – 10am-1pm, WI Centre, Huntingdon

Browse a variety of fabric, wool and other craft items.

Tickets: No charge. No need to book.

17th – Up The Garden Bath Coffee Morning – 10am-12pm, WI Centre, Huntingdon

Enjoy coffee and cake while listening to a talk from Up The Garden Bath, an award-winning community interest company based in Peterborough who take unwanted waste material, such as old baths, and upcycle them into planters installed in places such as schools, community centres and residential homes.

Tickets: £5 per person

Closing date: Wednesday 10th April

22nd – Cupcake Decorating Workshop – 1.30pm-3.30pm, WI Centre, Huntingdon

Spend an afternoon learning to decorate cupcakes with Helen from Helen’s Novelty Cakes! Please bring an apron with you.

Tickets: Members £18 per person / Non-members £20 per person

Closing date: Thursday 4th April 2024. Please state any allergies when booking.

24th – Craft Dabble Day – 10am-3.30pm, WI Centre

Spend the day with talented WI members creating simple items in the following crafts:

Wax wrap. Fabric poppy seed heads. English paper piecing patchwork. Alphabet applique. Tunisian crochet. Paperback book folding. TBC Quilling.

You will be able to spend up to 1 ½ hrs on each craft. This will enable everyone to experience at least 3 of their chosen crafts throughout the day. However, there will hopefully be some flexibility. This will depend on demand. All materials are provided but you might like to bring your personal sewing kit, scissors, and a small board on which to work.

Prompt 10am start. Coffee served from 9.30am. Lunch of jacket potato filling and salad. Fruit. Please advise us of any dietary requirements.

To help the tutors plan their supplies please indicate on the booking form the crafts you are interested in. 1 being your 1st choice. This is not your final selection as you will be able to make that on the day.

Tickets: £30 per person.

Closing date: 11th April 2024

May

11th – Spring Fayre – WI Centre, Huntingdon

More details to be announced in the new year.

15th – Literary Lunch with Darren O’Sullivan – 12pm for 12.30pm, WI Centre, Huntingdon

Literary Lunch with Daniel O’Sullivan
Best selling author, screenwriter, actor and director, Darren O’Sullivan has written seven thriller books, the most recent published in 2023.

Menu:
Fisherman’s Delight (mixed fish in a rich parsley sauce topped with potato and cheese) with vegetables.
Mixed fruit tart & cream.
Coffee and mints.
Please state any dietary requirements on your booking form.

Tickets: £22 per person

Closing date: 1st May 2024

20th – Zumba Gold Session – 10.30am, WI Centre, Huntingdon

Try a 40-minute chair-based Zumba Gold session at the WI Centre!

Tea, coffee and biscuits served after the class.

Tickets: WI Members £5 / Non-members £7

Closing date: Thursday 2nd May

June

17th – Silk Painting Workshop – 10.30am-11.30am, WI Centre.

Create a beautiful silk painting with a tutor rom Ely Stained Glass Museum.

Tickets: Members: £15 per person / Non-members: £17 per person.

Closing date: 17th May 2024

July

15th – Circus Skills Workshop – 7pm-8pm, WI Centre, Huntingdon

Learn some circus skills with Coleman Creative Academies, including juggling, diabolo, plate spinning and more!

Tickets: Members £15 per person / Non-members £17 per person.

Closing date: Monday 24th June

17th – Lavender Experience 1.30pm-3.30pm, WI Centre, Huntingdon

Join us for a Lavender Experience with lavender cake, lavender tea, coffee or cold drinks at the WI Centre. Crafts and a quiz provided.

There will be a raffle.

Tickets: Members: £18 per person. Non-members: £20 per person.

Closing date: 3rd July 2024

August

September

11th – Ballroom Dancing Workshop – 7pm-8.30pm, WI Centre

Join tutors from Step By Step for an evening of ballroom dancing. Suitable for all levels, even if you’ve never danced before!

Tickets: Members: £8 per person / Non-members: £10 per person.

Closing date: Thursday 22nd August 2024

October

November

9th – Poetry Workshop – 2pm-4pm, WI Centre

Enjoy an interactive poetry workshop with Leanne Moden, with plenty of fun and friendly activities for writers of all abilities.

Tickets: Members: £15 per person / Non-members £17 per person.

Closing date: 9th October 2024

December

To book an event:

Please download and complete this booking form and return to the office. Payment can be made via BACS (please email the office for details), cheque or via card machine at the WI Centre.

Workshop Events:

If you would like further training to be offered, or you would like a one-to-one session, please contact the office. There is no charge for attending training or committee role workshops.

Treasurers Workshop – Please contact the office to enquire about training.

In-Person: Thursday 16th May 2024 – 10.30am – WI Centre. Book by clicking here.

Virtual: Wednesday 22nd May 2024 – 7.15pm – Zoom. Book by clicking here.

Secretary Workshop – Please contact the office to enquire about training.

In-Person: Saturday 18th May 2024 – 10.30am – WI Centre. Book by clicking here.

Virtual: Tuesday 21st May 2024 – 7.15pm – Zoom. Book by clicking here.

Digital Accounts Training – Please contact the office to enquire about training.

Presidents Workshop – Please contact the office to enquire about training.

In-Person: Saturday 15th June 2024 – 10.30am – WI Centre. Book by clicking here.

Virtual: Wednesday 19th June 2024 – 7.15pm – Zoom. Book by clicking here.

Hints & Tips: Running an Annual Meeting

Virtual: Wednesday 10th January 2024 – 7.15pm – Zoom. Book by clicking here.

In-Person: Monday 22nd January 2024 – 10.30am – WI Centre. Book by clicking here.

Committee Workshop: Working Together

Wednesday 17th January 2024 – 7.15pm – Zoom. Book by clicking here.