November 2018: Barbershop Sing-a-long


Our November meeting played host to the lovely men from Harrogate Harmony Barbershop chorus. We enjoyed a concert which took us through the Twentieth century and across the world, with songs such as Unchained Melody, Crazy Little thing called Love and Can you feel the love tonight, all sung in the barbershop style. We were even treated to a monologue and some entertaining stories from the men. After our interval, complete with choc ices, ukulele players, The Misspent Ukes, shared their talents with us, where we even got to sing along. A quartet, known as The Elderly Brothers, revealed the mysteries of the barbershop sound, effortlessly blending their voices to a four part harmony. The evening finished with an encore of The Beatles’ Something. It was lovely to see people sharing something they so obviously love with us.


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.