Category Archives: Meetings

May 2020:Bingo Spa Sweethearts Style

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Thank you so much everyone for joining us for Spa Sweethearts Bonkers Bingo last night.

It was great to welcome all our own members, visiting WI members and learning all about their own WI groups, what events they have been up to, how they are supporting their members and also how they are coping during these times.

 

I think your join me in thanking our lovey tiara wearing President Bingo caller and the our very own Spa Sweetheart resident DJ! They did a awesome job!

The break out rooms were a great way of getting to know new people and catch up with old acquaintances. I don’t mean old as in age! Because what I love, is that all of us are gorgeous and interesting women, irrelevant of our ages.

 

It was also lovely to see the odd leg or shoulder of partners, cat bottoms, pooches grabbing the limelight and children trying to join in with mummy!

Congratulations to our winners and we hope you enjoy your prizes!

Take care all and we look forward to seeing you at other events and continuing new friendships x

 

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April 2020: A Tidy Mind

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Well this was our first ever Zoom WI meeting and it was a huge success.

It was very heart warming to see so many of you joining us. In fact over 50 of you!

The Lovely Kate, the brains behind her company ‘ A Tidy Mind’ , was a superb host and gave us a inspirational insight into how to kickstart us all into making our homes and minds more organised and simplifying our lives. One draw or cupboard at a time though!

Kate also shared her background with us and how this led to inspire her to set up her business, working with different clients to reorganise their homes and mindsets.

At this difficult time it really helps to have a routine and focus. I hope this has inspired you all get busy, and when quarantine is over you will all know where everything is in your house, and have stronger mindsets to tackle the way forward. Kate shared some tips with us which you can browse here:

Top Organisational Tips – Home

Top Organisational Tips – Office 

We are currently organising next months Zoom WI meeting, so watch this space!

If somebody you know didn’t make the last meeting maybe encourage them to join next months. The meetings really lift your spirits.

We have other subgroups your all welcome to join, again keeping you busy and giving you things to look forward to. Mainly having a laugh and a cheeky tipple!

Stay safe everyone and don’t hesitate to contact one of us for a chat if your fed up or fancy a natter. Maybe you might have a great idea for one of our subgroups or you might like to organise a virtual social event. Share with us your own top tips and advice!

We’d love to hear from you for what ever reason.

On behalf of the Spa Sweethearts committee we wish you a wonderful Easter

 

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March 2020: Beeswax Wraps

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We enjoyed a fun meeting with Wendy Knight from North Yorkshire West Federation – who came to talk to us about repairing, reusing and re-purposing, BEFORE recycling.  Wendy talked about her role as a Climate ambassador for Federation and how she has become involved with Extinction Rebellion and has been a long-standing supporter of Greenpeace, attending rallies and supporting their campaigns.

Wendy also described a series of visits arranged by federation to Allerton Waste Recovery Park; a mechanical treatment plant that receives general waste mainly originating from household bins and household waste recycling centres and removes any remaining metal and plastics for recycling.

An anaerobic digestion plant then treats the organic waste part and produces a biogas which generates renewable electricity.  This energy burns the waste which remains after separation of the recyclables and treatment of organic waste, producing steam to feed an electricity generating turbine that produces enough electricity to supply about 40,000 homes.  Wendy’s talk peeked our interest more than when we’ve read about this trip from federation – let us know if you might be interested in a visit (albeit a smelly day out!).

We then got down to business of beeswax wraps.  These are a fantastic way to not only do our individual bit to tackle climate change and reduce the amount of single use plastics that are used, but also make gorgeous gifts and help spread the word without simply “lecturing” friends, family and co-workers.

In the UK alone each year, there are approximately 1.2 billion metres (or 745,000 miles) of cling film used, That is about 40 million rolls, the average length of time each piece is used for is just 6 hours, and then takes around 2 years to breakdown – even then it is still present as micro particles and contributes to the plastic found in marine life.

For anyone who didn’t get a turn in the oven, or wasn’t able to make the meeting, here are the instructions on how to make, remake and factory-line-batch-make the wraps.

BEESWAX WRAPS – instructions from Wendy

They will last well over a year and can be used to cover anything apart from raw meat.

To clean, your wraps can be washed in warm water and washing up liquid. then hung up or patted dry.

Safety note: Do not use beeswax wraps in the microwave

Over time, your wraps will get crack marks. As these become more pronounced, you can refresh them: just put in a max 80C oven for a few minutes and they come back like new. When they are finally worn out (and some of mine are well over two years old), they can be composted!

 

-SSWI COVID-19 STATEMENT-
As Felicity explained at our meeting, we will endeavour to continue to meet unless government guidelines dictate otherwise.  We will always be sure to give you as much notice as possible, and under any circumstances that force us to cancel or rearrange meetings or subgroups we will always email and use social media to notify members of cancellations.

As the global position continues to shift rapidly, we simply ask you to pay attention to the guidelines issued and take care.  If you are self-isolating due to underlying health conditions and Spa Sweethearts can help you throughout this period, or you are involved in a community initiative to provide assistance to others please get in touch and let us know how we can help.