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About Spa Sweethearts WI

A young, fun and diverse WI based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. We encourage women to leave their preconceptions of the organisation at the door and find out what the modern WI is really like. Guests are welcome at our meetings - why not give it a try? Spa Sweethearts WI meets on the second Thursday of each month, 7:30pm, at Christ Church on the Stray, Harrogate.

May 2019: Softpots


Since we announced the year’s programme people have been asking “What are Softpots?”and at May’s meeting we found out! We were joined by ‘Annie Softpot’ who told us all about her invention: the Softpot. Basically she reuses a leg from a pair of tights (which would otherwise be rotting very slowly in landfill) and turns it into a beautiful creation. There were large pots, small pots, pots for veg, pots for houseplants and even a dragon holding a Softpot egg! Annie was a very entertaining speaker and showed us exactly how to make a beautiful pot for an ivy which was then won on the raffle by a lucky Sweetheart. Lots of our members bought kits so they could try out this wonderful new idea at home and the craft groups next meeting will have a Softpot theme. If any of our members missed the meeting but would like to find out Annie has an informative website which should tell you all you need to know.



April 2019: Harrogate Tipple


We were joined by Steve from Harrogate Tipple who talked us through the different tipples they have created and their journey so far. Harrogate Tipple began around 2 and a half years ago and have gone from strength to strength with their premium gin already winning a number of awards.

They pride themselves on being local with the water used when making their drinks being 100% Harrogate spring water. Not only that but with the exception of Juniper, all their botanicals come from the local area – either Harlow Carr or Ripley Castle gardens.

The Sweethearts were very excited when Steve brought along lots of tasters for us to try! We tried the award-winning premium gin, gooseberry gin, blueberry gin and their rum.

Spirit We tried it with Opinion of one of our Sweethearts Harrogate Tipple’s serving suggestion
Premium gin

(award winning)

Fever-Tree Mediterranean tonic Smooth with a kick Serve with a curl of cucumber
Gooseberry gin Fever-Tree elderflower tonic Fresh, sharp and very more-ish Serve with a curl of pear
Blueberry gin Fever-Tree light tonic Blue and strong Serve with a sprig of thyme and some sugar syrup
Rum Straight Delicious! Drink straight or for a warming treat add to hot chocolate or black coffee

With an overwhelming majority the premium gin won the Sweethearts’ vote as our favourite but they were all amazing!

It is a very exciting time for Harrogate Tipple as they have opened their first shop in Ripley where you will find all of their drinks as well as a number of gift items such as gin or rum scented candles. They are currently working on a botanical vodka as well as brewery tours and a unique gin school. You can find out more on their website.

We all had a fantastic evening, full of giggles, boozing, tea and cake. Thanks Steve!

See you next month x


March 2019: Pilates


For the first meeting of our new programme we were joined by Jackie who led a Pilates session for the group. We had a great turnout and everyone got stuck in, we performed cat poses, planks and even had a go at a swan dive. After a lot of giggling, falling over and pulling our tummies in we went into a relaxation session which was much deserved. Then back again to working hard, finishing off with a group activity called ‘what’s your favourite time?’.

After our workout we enjoyed tea, cake and hot cross buns over a good catch up. We loved welcoming lots of new members to this meeting and look forward to seeing them again next month.

It was a fabulous evening and a big thanks to Jackie for such a great Pilates session and a big thank you to our Sweethearts for generally being amazing!