October 2018: Holistic Treatments


We celebrated our 7th birthday at our October meeting and did so in true WI style with lots of cake. We were joined by Lisa from Embrace Holistics who helped us to learn about holistic beauty treatments.  We kicked off with a fun session of facial yoga, learning to stretch, pull and move all the muscles of our faces.  Practised every day this will help us to ‘age well’. One lucky Sweetheart was then chosen for a full facial. Lisa asked us about our own beauty regimes as she showed us how to treat our skin using some gorgeous products from Neal’s Yard. While watching we got to try out several of the products ourselves, treating our hands and faces. Afterwards there was plenty of time to talk to Lisa and buy products from the Neal’s Yard range, which was paraben free and not tested on animals.  Another lucky Sweetheart won a pampering raffle prize so our Seventh birthday was an enjoyable evening all round.



September 2018: Cider Tasting


In a late change to the programme Spa Sweethearts enjoyed an evening of Cider Tasting in September.  Sue had put together an interesting mix of ciders and non- alcoholic apple juices, ranging from Supermarket own brand to premium and locally sourced. We blind tasted our options and had to guess which was which. Much debate ensued all helped along by a gorgeous selection of breads and cheeses supplied by  local independents, Fodder and Manna bakery. The Marmite bread was especially amazing. We then voted for our favourites and here are the results:

Apple juices

  • Locally sourced JG Bellerby (£2.29) 19 votes (stockists Kiliinghall)
  • Aldi (£0.79) 12 votes
  • Locally produced ( £3.75 ) Carr House Farm 9 votes (stockists Fodder)


  • Waitrose (£1.79) 16 votes
  • Ampleforth Abbey (£3.29) 12 votes (stockists Ake & Humphries)
  • Weston’s Premier organic (£2.00) 8 votes (stockists Waitrose)

Special thanks to Sue for organising the evening.


August 2018: Simple and stylish patterns


For our summer meeting we were joined by Sarah Gledson of Made by Jack’s Mum. Sarah took us through her story, from trying to clothe her son in a remote Australian town, to running her own successful business making and designing clothes and patterns. We were all given a basic T shirt pattern and Sarah showed us a variety of ways to customise it. Armed with tracing paper and a pencil we learned how to lengthen or shorten, colour block and alter the sleeves. An ordinary T shirt became special when we added waterfall sleeves.  We ended the evening in teams where we raced to put together a digital pattern which the fastest team won. The lucky raffle winner also took home one of Sarah’s patterns. A follow up craft session is being planned so we can put these new skills to use.