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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.

October 2021: 10th Birthday Extravaganza

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October saw the Spa Sweetheart’s 10th Birthday and we celebrated in true Sweetheart style with cake, and crafts. Helped along by balloons, sparkling wine, bunting, pineapple hedgehogs and more cake!

Everyone painted a flower pot to plant a sweetheart tulip which was a little birthday present to members at the party.

We also each made a square to add to our 10th Anniversary table cloth, a collective present to ourselves which will be used at future meetings.

Helping us to look back we had our epic bunting hung around the room and our scrap books. A bunting pendant has been made for each meeting over the past ten years, in another ten years it will need a room of its own! Such a lovely keepsake.

Our current  president Felicity was joined by three of our past four presidents including our founding president Bex.

Thank you to everyone that took part and here’s to the next ten years!

September 2021: Belly Dancing

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In September we were joined by Beverley who took us on a journey through the history of bellydance and traditional Middle Eastern dancing. She demonstrated a variety of fantastic dances and explained when each one would have historically been used.

One of the most impressive dances was the one that involved the ‘Shamadam’, am intricate head-dress that holds a number of candles. Beverley danced with ease whilst wearing this head dress and explained how this dance and head-dress is used to make an entrance to a wedding with the bride and groom.

She then showed us her beautiful outfits before we had our own go at some bellydancing moves. There was a lot of shimmying, jingling and laughter during this wonderful evening.

Thank you Beverley! If anyone is interested in taking lessons please see her flyer below.

August 2021: The Crazy Life of a Stuntman

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For our August meeting we were joined by Stuntman Sam Durrani who gave us an interesting insight into his life and how he became a UK stuntman.

Sam’s journey started when he was 3 years old when he followed his families’ footsteps and started gymnastics. He joined the gymnastics squad when he was 7 and really enjoyed the community feel of the group. When he was 14 he switched sports and started swimming competitively instead, something he had previously done on the side.

After not doing particularly well at school and not feeling enthused with either sport Sam had a bit of an epiphany during a summer in which he spent a lot of time watching Kung Fu action movies. The realisation had hit him that he wanted to be a stuntman.

Fast forward to the age of 22 after excelling during his College years Sam left his coaching job to follow his dream of becoming a stuntman. He spent his savings to by a video camera to film his showcasing stunt video to send to agencies. We had the pleasure of viewing tis video that started his stunt man career.

I little bit later he got a call from an agent wanting to sign him for a live stunt show in China 8 weeks later. From China he went to Belfast to work in a theatre doing stunts alongside Aston Merrigold who was playing the lead character – Peter Pan.

He then decided to take the leap to complete his training and exams to join the stunt register – this took him 4 years to complete. Once on the stunt register jobs for movies and films came in quickly. You can see his website below for information on the films he has been in and clips of his best stunts.

http://www.samdurranistunts.co.uk/videos