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What’s coming up in 2015

2014 has been an exciting year for us as we turned five, raised a record amount of money at our Sheffield Food Festival stall and enjoyed some brilliant meetings. Our committee have been working hard finalising the programme for 2015 with an awesome year planned for the WI’s centenary year.

All the events, activities and speakers are chosen from member’s own suggestions – if you have any ideas for 2016 then let us know at a meeting or email us.

You can pick up a printed copy of our programme at January’s meeting. 

Thu 15th January Paul Cocker & Christmas Present Swap Paul Cocker of Meze Publishing will be telling us how he brought together a career in local media with his love of food, by turning his hand to publishing cookbooks including the Sheffield Cook Book.

Thu 19th February Claire Kemp Cakes A Sheffield cake expert, Claire Kemp, will be polishing up our cake decorating skills and sharing her baking secrets. We will also vote for our charity of the year at this meeting.

Thu 19th MarchBobbins & Buttons: Jewellery Making Lauren from Bobbins & Buttons will help us get crafty by making beaded tassel bracelets. Remember your scissors and needles! There will be an additional material charge of £2 per person.  Thu 16th April Sam Cleasby Sam is a blogger (, writer and public speaker. She will be talking about body image, self esteem and how she lives with a chronic illness. An uplifting and inspirational talk on how you can feel more confident and happy in your own skin.  Thu 21st May Cheerleading Give us an S – H – W – I! Jessica Stanley from Constance Grant Dance Centre will be putting us through our paces as we learn how to cheer.

Thu 18th June Gary Cox: Security expert Gary Cox has years of experience working for the Armed Forces and the Ministry of Justice. He’ll be speaking to us about his role in advising front-line personnel in challenging and complex areas such as use of force, control and restraint, intelligence analysis, surveillance, major search planning and hostage intervention.

July There’s no meeting in July – but keep your eyes peeled for details of our annual picnic!

Thu 20th August Jordon Cox We’re back in August with Jordon Cox – The Coupon Kid. A regular contributor to the media, including the BBC, Daily Mail and ITV, he’ll share his money saving secrets, talk about the inspiring world of couponing and how his money-saving story began.

Thu 18th September Cheese tasting and talk One for the foodies! We’re always keen to support local artisan food producers and this month sees the team from the Hartington Creamery and Cheese Factory pay us a visit. As well as sampling some of their delicious produce, we’ll find out how they’ve single-handedly revived the Derbyshire cheese industry.

Thu 15th October 6th Birthday party: Stand-up comedy with Dotty Winters We’re in for a treat at our 6th birthday party! Dotty Winters is an award-winning comedian with a secret life as a grown up business person. Fan of fancy words and purveyor of wrongness, Dotty has a talent for finding hilarity in otherwise sombre situations.

Thu 19th November Felt Craft Workshop Shelley Hughes will be showing us the basic skills of felt-making to create a beautiful little bird – perfect as a gift or as a little Christmas decoration. All materials will be provided and absolutely no experience is necessary – it’s easier than you think!

Thu 17th December Cocktail making We’ll be joined by Ed from the Broadfield Ale House, whose take on cocktail making is a perfect blend of art and science. Whether you like your cocktails shaken, stirred or merely muddled, Ed will share plenty of tips while you sup a tipple. Not forgetting our annual Christmas quiz and Secret Santa swap – bring a wrapped up to the value of £5.

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