Christmas Party

Last night the christmas party was enjoyed by 45 women.  Good food and wine followed by excellent entertainment from the “Abbey Belles” an acapello group who sang a variety of christmas songs and current music.

Our retiring president Ruth, was presented with a book from the members as a thank you for all that she has done over the last nine years. The book had been signed by the majority of members with personal anecdotes and messages for Ruth.

We have had a very active 12 months, and look forward to an exciting new year.  We are always interested in any ideas or suggestions for activities and outings, so please let us know if there is anything you fancy trying and we will do our best!

Happy New Year!

November 2017

November 2017

Our AGM was well attended and we have elected a new committee for the the following year.  We said goodbye to three long standing committee members, including Margaret Brown who has been a WI member for 60 years! Retiring president Ruth has worked tirelessly for 9 years , she will remain on the committee along with retiring secretary Carole Snowdon.  Our new president is Deirdre Burchell.

We had an interesting talk on John Tradescant and his son, the famous 16th century plant hunters.

Autumn Council Meeting

The ladies had an enjoyable and interesting day, the Red Cross gave an interesting talk and display. Later the audience were giving a light-hearted entertaining talk by Peter Wright “The Yorkshire Vet”

Joan Whiteley won the Dorothy Wilkinson bursary for Denman College!! She has recently attended Denman and I ‘m hoping that she will write a small blog for us! Margaret Brown was lucky to win first prize in the raffle.

“Something Wonderful”

The ladies that went to Rowntrees Theatre had a very enjoyable evening.  We listened to songs from five Rogers and Hammerstein shows – Carousel, The king and I, Oklahoma, South Pacific and the Sound of Music.  A very good night out was had by all of us!


The October evening meeting was attended by a large number of ladies and we were joined by two new members. The business part of the meeting was followed by an excellent Speaker and the usual cake, coffee and chat, prior to the raffle being drawn at the end of the evening.  Our speaker this month was Bridget Karn, who is a local artist who now specialises in making felt pictures out of coloured merino wool which is blended into different shades and textures to create the finished felt picture.  Bridget gave a really interesting insight into her life and work with some beautiful pictures and cards on show to demonstrate her talent.  She was an exhibitor at the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition in 2016 and holds regular workshops at her home.

The Autumn Council Meeting, held in Norton this year, was attended by some of our members who listened to interesting talks on the Red Cross and by Peter Wright who stars in the ‘Yorkshire Vet’ T.V series. One of our members was lucky enough to be awarded one of the five bursaries donated by the WI to members wishing to attend courses at Denman near Oxford. Another of our members won the raffle, so a most successful day out was had by all who attended.

Visit to Chatsworth

On October 5th, 6 ladies from Wheldrake WI joined other WI ladies from other WI groups and went on a trip to Chatsworth House. We enjoyed a tour around the house and gardens and and were able to see costumes and fashion throughout the centuries. The weather was warm and sunny, and a good day was enjoyed.


Returning after a summer break, 46 members and 3 visitors attended the September evening meeting and had a really enjoyable and inspiring Floral Demonstration from Susan Dudley-Smith. Susan chatted to us whilst she created some beautiful and seemingly effortless displays with fresh flowers, greenery and dried flowers.  Thank you to all members who took part in the “mini floral display in a jam jar” competition.  This was won by Sue Smith.

The Village show was enjoyed by many of our members and we had multiple successes between us, including winners of the Rose Bowl, the Margaret Karn cup and the Ladies Challenge. Thanks to all who contributed to a wonderful display of homemade baking and items for the Cake and Craft stall. Those of us helping on the stall had a rather challenging afternoon with the weather, but it didn’t deter the wonderful people of Wheldrake who turned up and bought our produce.

The Craft club have been very busy as they have also recently donated 30 twiddle muffs to Ward 37 at York Hospital, to be used by elderly patients with mental health problems.

Upcoming events include a W.I. group service at Skipwith Church featuring our choir, the Autumn Council Meeting at Norton, and trips to the Joseph Rowntree Theatre, Chatsworth House and Boundary Mill at Colne.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 11th October in White Rose House at 7.15pm. The Speaker for the evening will be Bridget Karn who will be doing a demonstration of Felt Pictures. Please bring any jars of preserves you have made, including jams, marmalade, chutneys etc. for the stall.

We will also be thinking about the election of our new Committee which will take place at the A.G.M during the November meeting.

If anyone would like any more information on joining Wheldrake W.I please contact either Ruth Smith 448728 or Carole Snowdon 448357 or come along to one of our meetings on the second Wednesday of each month.