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Tea is good for you – how to make it even healthier

Mugs of tea, healthy tea, There isn’t much that can’t be fixed by a good old cuppa. But did you know that depending on how long you leave the teabag in to brew,  results in varying degrees of goodness.

The ladies of Manchester WI were on hand to help with an experiment that was aired recently on BBC’s Britain’s Favourite Supermarket Foods.

How long do you leave the t-bag in? Longer than the average 40 seconds?

Michael Mulleady - April 12, 2012 - 9:28 pm

I really like to make a pot of tea, loose tea, tea my Granny use to make. If I can find some more health benefits that I don’t know about I would really like to know!

Why doesn’t the BBC show this very interesting, educactional program again. The health of the Nation would benefit!

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Valentine’s Night Meeting

On February 14th those who weren’t having a romantic night in with their partners came to our 2nd meeting at the Ramada. On the agenda was a lovely fun filled evening, including a craft activity of making an origami heart. In the groups there was one person to read through the instructions which everyone then attempted to follow!

origami heart, simple origami, valentine craft,
From http://www.bloomize.com/fold-a-heart-page-marker/ Click image to see full instructions

It was lots of fun and we all produced something that resembled a heart! It was great to be able to chat to new people and make new friends too.

Click Image for full instructions from http://www.bloomize.com/fold-a-heart-page-marker/


We also had a quiz consisting of dingbat questions. With teamwork the groups were able to figure most out, with the odd few random answer thrown in for good measure! We finished the evening with a raffle with prizes donated by members – a great end to our 2nd meeting. We now have 35 members of WISH and hope that many more will be joining us in the future. Have a look at the gallery to see some photos from the evening

Caroline Shacklady - March 1, 2012 - 10:35 pm

Didn’t we have fun for our first proper meeting. A great start to the crafts!

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In the beginning…

As we are on the eve of our second meeting, perhaps it is appropriate to reflect on the first meeting we had last month, and record it’s significance for the future.

The WI is 100 in three years time and a neighbouring institute, Crank had it’s 90th birthday last month just as ours was being born. It is rather humbling to think that we have joined something that is steeped in that kind of history.

After the turnout of nearly 40 attendees in January, and the decision to go on and form our own institute, we are now officially registered with the National WI. We are under the wing of Lancashire Federation and look forward to welcoming our members to WISH (Women’s Institute St Helens) from here on in.

It is very encouraging to feel that we have the support of so many forward thinking ladies who are pioneers in the formation of our group, and we look forward to the future with anticipation, excitement and great expectations.


Steve Halliwell - December 24, 2014 - 11:56 am

Hello, I have been speaking to Wi’s and many other groups for 15 years. Have a look at my website, and if there’s anything you’d like me to come and talk about, please give me a call or send me an email. Seasonal greetings.

WIADMIN - February 8, 2015 - 9:54 pm

Thank you Steve – We will put you on our list for possible speakers for next year – we are already booked up for 2015.

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First WISH Book Club Choice – Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson

Thanks to everyone who signed up for the Book Club, we had a huge interest. Our first book will be SJ Watson’s Before I go to Sleep.  It is currently a Richard & Judy Book Club choice and was also the Channel 4 TV Book Group first read. It was reviewed on their programme last Sunday,view it here at 12 mins into the programme.

It’s had great reviews and is described as a gripping first novel. As it is featured in both those prominent book clubs it is currently available in WHSmith, Tesco’s etc for about half the retail price approx £3.99, also Amazon and £2.70 on Kindle.

I did try and secure us some further group discount but as it’s been so popular nowhere has been able to provide a significant number in one go. So it’s over to you, I know some of you couldn’t wait and have already got the book. For the rest of you, if you can go ahead and source the book and get going.

We plan to hold the Book Club every two months initially and see if that frequency suits most people. We can change if people want to have it more often in the future.
We will meet on the third Wednesday of the month, all the dates are listed here on the brand new (and rather bare at the moment) WISH website www.wisthelens.co.uk.

The first meeting will be Wednesday 21st March to give us all chance to get through the book. We are going to meet at the Micklehead Pub at 7.30pm.
We can discuss what our future reading list will be on the 21st, so if you have any burning recommendations then please bring them along.

About the book

Christine wakes up every morning in an unfamilar bed with an unfamiliar man. She looks in the mirror and sees an unfamilary, middle-aged face. And every morning, the man she has woken up with must explain that he is Ben, he is her husband, she is forty-seven years old, and a terrible accident two decades earlier decimated her ability to form new memories. But it’s the phone call from a Dr. Nash, a neurologist who claims to be working with Christine without her husband’s knowledge, which directs her to her journal, hidden in the back of her closet. For the past few weeks, Christine has been recording her daily activities-tearful mornings with Ben, sessions with Dr. Nash, flashes of scentes from her former life-and rereading past entries, relearning the facts of her life as retold by the husband she is completely dependent upon. As the entries build up, Christine asks many questions. What was life like before th accident? Why did she and Ben never have a child? What has happened to Christine’s best friend? And what exactly was the horrific accident that caused such a profound loss of memory? Every day, Christine must begin again the reconstruction of her past. And the closer she gets to the truth, the more un-believable it seems.

[...] So we have held our first book club meeting and what a success it was. 15 of our members attended to discuss our first book – S.J.Watson’s debut novel, Before I Go To Sleep. [...]

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Welcome to Women’s Institute St Helens (WISH)

About W.I.S.H.

W.I. St. Helens was formed in January 2012 and is a group of busy, creative and vibrant women wanting to bring something brilliant to St Helens.

We hold a monthly meeting where we are joined by inspirational speakers and guests. There are many workshops and sub-groups planned for the group, where members can learn new skills and crafts enjoying a social gathering at the same time.  There will always be something new to try and members can be as actively involved as they wish.

The group is open to any women aged 18-100+ and no experience is necessary. You don’t have to be a craft guru or a whizz with a sewing kit – just willing to have a go.

Feel free to come with a friend or just bring yourself – we look after anyone who comes along on their own – we are friends you just haven’t met yet!

What is in the pipeline?

  • Craft Club
  • Quilt making
  • Cake decorating
  • Photography
  • DIY skills
  • Theatre trips
  • Garden visits
  • And plenty more!
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