What we are up to


Bored with dreary resolutions?

Try alternative solutions;

Don’t give anything up at all   

Take something up and have a ball.

Take up skiing, scuba diving,

On-line dating, hip hop jiving.

Take up saying ‘yes!’ a lot   

Convince yourself you’re really hot!



This could be the year you’ll make it,

So when your chance comes – take it! take it!

Now’s the time for life to begin  

And reveal the butterfly within.

So spread your wings and be the best you’ve been

Full of hope for TWO- O- SEVENTEEN!

North Cave WI  Autumn News 2016

WOW !!!


We are all excited, thrilled and full of expectation for the coming year as North Cave WI is now embarking on its 90th year of uninterrupted monthly meetings and activities here in our village; what an achievement! As a National organisation, of which we are part, it has been influential in making life changing decision for tens of thousands men, women and children. We are proud to belong to such an institution and want to carry on playing our small part in the WIs amazing work of bringing women together to empower, learn, talk and share friendship and laughter. Watch this space for all the interesting activities planned to make our 90th year memorable!

Congratulations to Maggie Whitlock, whose resolution proposal to alleviate loneliness has been shortlisted by the National Federation of Women’s Institutes. This is something that is relevant to every person and all WIs .How amazing is that? The final selection will be made in March.

North Newbald WI hosted the Autumn Walk where we were blessed with brilliant weather and walked through the breath-taking Wolds countryside. We were made to feel very welcome by the lovely, friendly ladies who provided us with a delicious lunch in a beautifully decorated hall with lots of stalls selling crafts, produce and cakes.

Sunday 9th October saw us join The National Week of Action on Climate Awareness. Climate change is already impacting on all the places we love and cherish , from our back gardens to the local woodlands , from football pitches to beaches , from farms to fields .We had representatives from the NHS , Farmers , Countryside Concerns , Flooding and other interested parties . It was a very satisfactory day and we will continue to lobby parliament to have 100% clean energy within the next generation.

Knit and Natter are happily clicking away. Now busy producing hand and finger puppets, hats, mittens and jumpers to put into The Samaritans Shoe Box Appeal. We have raised over £150 for The Royal British Legion from sales of our knitted and crocheted poppies. Our New Year project will be knitted daffodils for The Marie Curie Charity and flowers to celebrate our 90 years

Our Annual Meeting on 3rd November saw a few changes including a new secretary and new committee members.

Our evening continued with a fun activity making  Christmas rag wreaths whilst we talked away solving the world’s problems, look around the village for them on display in members houses this Christmastime, all very individual .

An agreement was reached that we would not send each other Christmas cards this year, instead we will write messages on tags and hang them on our festive friendship tree and collect Pennies for Friendship. This is a charity we support through the Associated Country Women of the World and other women led societies working together for the shared vision of an improved quality of life for women worldwide. Particular concerns are the relief of poverty, sickness and the protection and preservation of health and advancement of education.

This next month we have three great social events coming up. A party of 30 ladies will be enjoying a dinner at Solos Music Cafe in Willerby, next we have our Christmas dinner in the Village Hall when we will be entertained by the Weighton Waytes Choir followed by a Christmas lunch at South Cave Golf Club. We will all need to be in the walking group after that! You are all welcome to join us on the 9th,10thand 11th December for the Beverley Minster Christmas Tree Festival where the WI have their own Christmas tree, this year decorated with handmade hats and handbags. Also taking place in Beverley on 10th December is the WI Christmas Thanksgiving Carol Service at Toll Gavel Church at 2pm so why not combine the two and do some Christmas shopping as well!

Our final event of 2016 takes place at 6.30pm on Wednesday 21st December, Christmas Carols and Songs by Fairy Light on the Village Green. The music will be played by Angela Brown, so we are assured of a fantastic time .It is open to you all so please come along, warm your hands by the log burner, lubricate your voices with mulled wine, tea or coffee and enjoy a mince pie or homemade biscuit It will be a wonderful community sing along to lift your spirit for Christmas.

All that remains is to wish you all a Very Happy Christmas and New Year and ladies do come and join us in January for another exciting year ahead. Our New Year begins with Afternoon Tea at the Village Hall on Thursday 5th January at 2pm.

All our other meetings are on the 1st Thursday evening of the month. Contact Pauline on 01430 424789 or  email northcavewi@phornsey217.karoo.co.uk. You can also check out details of our activities https://www.facebook.com/NorthCaveWI/ or https://twitter.com/northcavewi or http://northcavewi.weebly.com/


That seems a very inadequate way of expressing all the thanks we want to give to so many people who have helped to make North Cave WI Festive Season so very special and memorable.

We would like to thank all those who worked so hard to put up the Christmas trees and lights outside the Village Hall, Village Green and at the Memorial. We thought how wonderful they looked and appreciated that they were in place for our Christmas Celebrations. We also want to thank Jenny Wynne and her staff for the excellent catering of our Christmas meal, it was delicious. Our meal was followed by the Weighton Waytes choir giving us a very entertaining performance of the songs that they sing for charity concerts, everyone said how good they were and a great way to finish our evening, thank you to them all.

Also a big vote of thanks goes to Tracey and Guys at the Cave Castle Golf Club. They did us proud for our Christmas lunch with beautifully decorated tables, fantastic food, such good value, all served by attentive, cheerful and  fun staff.

I am sure those of you who joined us for our Christmas Carols and Songs on The Green by Fairy light will agree that enormous thanks goes to Angela Brown for accompanying the singing on her key board, well leading the singing. Amazing! We give thanks to everyone who helped to make this event such a success. Weren't we lucky with the weather? Another marvellous evening.

Our New Year got off to a very good start with a fabulous afternoon tea, time to chat and catch up, followed by a slideshow presentation showing photos of events over the past year. Maggie gave us a very informative talk on Loneliness and how we might be able to help in our own community. Our competition was to design a logo to celebrate our 90th year and the winning entry is displayed at the top of this newsletter. Climate Awareness Day is fast approaching on 14th February so with that in mind our next meeting on 2nd February at 1.30pm is a craft and discussion afternoon. We will have a number of different activities available to choose from including cake decorating, knitting, sewing, designing cards and door decorations.

Our Knit and Natter group are still busy clicking and chatting. We are madly producing green hearts for Climate Awareness day and Daffodils to help raise funds for Marie Curie during March. With all our activities this year we are making sure that we produce 90 of everything (at least) 

Thursday walkers are still treading the footpaths of our lovely local area. We always welcome visitors and new members and love fresh ideas and suggestions of other activities that we could attempt and we aim to keep vibrant and have something of interest for everyone so please come and join us at any of our meetings.

Contact Pauline on 01430 424789 or email northcavewi@phornsey217.karoo.co.uk. You can also check out details of our activities https://wwwfacebook.com/NorthCave or https://twitter.com/northcavewi or http://northcavewi.weebly.com

North Cave WI Autumn Events


Thursday 1st Sept: WI meeting including fish n chip supper 6.30 pm for 7pm

Thursday 8th Sept: Lunch at South Cave Golf Club 12.30pm for members & non-members.

Wednesday 14th Sept: Invitation to Newbald WI meeting Newbald Village Hall 7pm talk by Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Thursday 15th Sept: Pub Walk around Beverley, start at The Royal Standard North Bar Within 7pm £5.50 for members & non-members

Thursday 22nd Sept: Autumn Planters Cherry Tree Nurseries Tickton 4.30pm for 5pm £20

Friday 23rd Sept: Federation Quiz St Mary’s Church Beverley, 7.30pm start, supporters welcome £3 on the door

Saturday 24th Sept: East Yorkshire Coach Trip to Matlock, Tissington & Ashbourne £18 for members & non-members

Tuesday 27th Sept: Committee meeting 2pm at Audrey’s

Friday 30th Sept: East Yorkshire Federation Fundraiser St Crux Hall, bottom of Shambles, York 10am-4pm

North Cave WI News

Gosh ... Summer is over! What an amazing time we have had at our WI.

Some of our members enjoyed a visit to the Buddhist Centre in a beautiful tranquil setting at Kilnwick Perry Hall.

We started the Queens 90th birthday celebrations at The Silver Band Concert at Driffield which was amazing, all pieces of music were to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday, and then we continued the royal birthday celebrations with a delicious lunch at Cave Castle Golf Club on 12th May.

We had lots of fun and laughter preparing for our Street Party to celebrate HM The Queen’s 90th birthday. Many jolly evenings knitting bunting, figures, planning the menu, organising activities and duck races, all helped along with a little light refreshment. The Street Party was a great success; the weather was very kind to us and it all came together on the day. We catered for 150 including sandwiches, buns and a cake fit for the Queen. We then had duck races in the beck, children’s games, and treasure hunt and pass the parcel.

Our members have all been very busy covering a variety of activities from an IT course learning how to add our news to the National WI website, to a guided walk round Beverley with Paul Schofield making us aware of all the features and history within the town.

North Cave WI hosted the semi -final of the county quiz .Four teams took part, including one from our institute who did us proud. There were a large number of supporters for all the teams .We had a very enjoyable evening with supper providing time for all the competitors to make friends.

Two of our ladies represented us at the WI AGM in Brighton and were inspired by talks from two high profile women speakers: Rona Fairhead  on the role of the BBC and how it must maintain its independence, Baroness D'Souza on the work of The House of Lords and the efforts to cap the number of Peers .Then with 79% of the votes at the NFWI Annual meeting , delegates passed a resolution aimed at improving hospital care for patients with dementia ,which now empowers members to work locally for change and on educating members about their rights as carers .Next was cutting food waste and tackling food poverty which received overwhelming support at the AM where 83% of delegates voted in favour of the resolution calling on supermarkets to rethink their approach to food waste. Janice Langley, NFWI Chair, rounded off the day explaining that we are now in our second century so must focus on how technology will play a big part in the future.

The Queen’s Patrons Lunch on the Mall saw two of our lucky ladies from NCWI having a spectacular view of Her Majesty the Queen and other members of the Royal family and the wonderful carnival depicting each decade of her life whilst enjoying the scrumptious hamper, ice cream and atmosphere.

In July Martin Rowlands, from Mires Beck Nursery, came to our meeting and gave us a brilliant illustrated talk on their work at the nursery, which is a special place where many people with learning or physical disabilities come each week to develop their skills and increase their self- esteem doing a varied programme, whilst being actively involved in growing, caring for plants and selling them onsite and to wholesale customers.

Our summer has continued with the walking group exploring all the neighbourhood footpaths, the Knit and Natter friends now making Bonding Squares for the premature baby unit and the monthly lunch club meeting at Cave Castle Golf Club, all good fun with interesting conversation putting “The World to Right.” As we do not hold a meeting in August we enjoyed an evening meal at Rossini and Damsel in Market Weighton instead. Our Knit & Natter Group goes from strength to strength. During the summer we have knitted over 100 bonding squares and are now making “Trauma Teddies” for the emergency services to distribute to children involved in distressing situations. Along with the teddies we are also producing poppies ready for Remembrance Day.

The WI has a proud history of taking action to protect the landscape and countryside of Britain. Over the years we have cleaned up our beaches, stood up for the honeybee and campaigned for wide areas of special beauty. In recent times this concern for our natural environment has seen members rally against climate change, the impact of which is already affecting the things that we love. Climate change can be seen through increased flooding, summer heatwaves and the decline of bee populations, it is changing the seasons, affecting crops and flowers, and disturbing the journeys of migrating birds. North Cave WI will be participating in this campaign throughout October including a Climate Awareness Day on our Village Green Sunday 9th October, a chance to enjoy a cuppa whist discussing local issues.

We welcome new members so why not join us ladies, check out details of our activities via North Cave WI Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NorthCaveWI/ or twitter @northcavewi.


North Cave WI ladies are busy knitting Twiddlemuffs. These are knitted hand muffs with interesting bits and bobs like beads, zips and ribbons attached inside and outside. They have been designed and developed to provide simple stimulation for active hands, while promoting increased flexibility and brain stimulation. Many patients with dementia have found the twiddlemuff reassuring and comforting as they give them something to do with their hands and can help calm restless impulses.