High Flyers WI

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We would be delighted to welcome you to our next meeting, feel free to come to any meeting as an occasional visitor and try before you think about becoming a member. You can come to every meting as a visitor if you prefer and dont actually want to become a member.

Meetings are generally on the 4th Thursday of every month at 7.30pm in Church Fenton Village Hall, occasionally the date or venue is changed due to our varied programme, however, these are highlighted on our programme. Please see our calendar of events below.

This is a great way to meet new people in the village and take part in activities you would perhaps not have done on your own. We are delighted to raise funds via our annual Produce and Craft show and for local village projects as well as supporting less advantaged women and girls, via the 'Smalls for All' campaign.

For those who don't like walking into somewhere on their own, we can arrange for you to meet one of our group beforehand, you will be given a very warm welcome.

For further information contact the Secretary.

Calendar of Events 2020

Please note, some or all of these events may have been cancelled due to the on-going Covid-19 restrictions. Please contact the Secretary to get the latest information on these events.

Church Fenton High Flyers Womens Institute : Internet Security

23 January 2020

Internet Security - Sarah Chester

We are in a digital world with emails, social media, internet banking, e-bay selling and online shopping. We are delighted to have a talk on the "Rise of Cyber crime" with a practical "hacking" exercise to demonstrate how quick and easy it is for hackers to get our passwords. Something that could help us all.

Church Fenton High Flyers Womens Institute : Darts Night

27th February 2020

Darts Night at the Fenton Flyer

Can't play darts? neither can most of us, which is why this evening is such an enjoyable event. Our annual darts night is held at the Fenton Flyer and open to visitors, we have a supper and an opportunity to laugh have a chat and aim for the Bull.

Church Fenton High Flyers Womens Institute : Forensic Fire Investigation

26th March 2020

Forensic Fire Investigation - Chris Clarke MSc Eng Tech GIFireE MCSFS IAAI-CFI IAAI-ECT

A forensic look at fires in the home. The presentation will take a forensic look at the causes of fires in the home and how they are investigated. A "Silent Witness" approach to the science of fire from fault, to ignition and product recovery.

Church Fenton High Flyers Womens Institute :  Spring Fayre

29th March 2020

Spring Fayre

We invite stall holders from the surrounding area, with a mix of goods from cards, gifts, jewellery, cushions, crafts and sometimes baked products. The WI have a stall of their own and this year we plan to do a home baking stall, as well as doing the refreshments.

Church Fenton High Flyers Womens Institute

29th March 2020

Rock and a Hard Place - A Play

In a change to our normal meeting we are delighted to invite a Theatre Company to put on a play about Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control. Held on Friday 1st May 2020, this evening will be open to visitors over the age of 17 years. Wine and refreshments will be served and a small entrance fee £5 will be donated to a local Women's Refuge.

Church Fenton High Flyers Womens Institute : Painting class

28th May 2020

Painting Class - Monet Magic

Fancy your hand at painting? Was the last time you did a painting when you were at school or helping your children? Most of us don't have such skills so our Monet Magic evening is about recreating our own Monet landscape, and all materials are provided. The session is run by Philip Potter - he is on Facebook and Twitter. This will be a fun evening.

Church Fenton High Flyers Womens Institute : Micro Brewery

25th June 2020

Micro Brewing

Did you know we have a micro brewery in our village? based at Leeds East Airport, Crooked Brewing has been established since 2016 and some of you may have even tasted their products as it is served in the White Horse and in the summer at Fenton Fest. We are delighted to have a visit to the micro brewery to see how they produce beers. Crooked Brewing Ltd are on Facebook and Twitter.

Church Fenton High Flyers Womens Institute : Faith Supper

23rd July 2020

Summer Social - Faith Supper

With holidays upon us, there is no speaker or activity, just an opportunity to have a social evening with friends, chat, over wine and everyone brings a plate of food for refreshments. Time to talk and the evening enables time for that.

Church Fenton High Flyers Womens Institute : Garden Talk

22nd August 2020

Garden Talk from National Open Garden Scheme

We may not all have green fingers or a large garden, however, most of us appreciate a lovely garden especially when someone else has done all the hard work. One reason the National Garden Scheme is so popular and enthusiasts all over the country visit the gardens through the National Open Garden Scheme.

Church Fenton High Flyers Womens Institute : Annual Produce Show

6th September 2020

Annual Produce Show

Can you grow a big pumpkin, bake a lovely chocolate cake, take a photo or display a couple of flowers from your garden, do something crafty? Look out for our schedules in the Shop, pubs and Restaurant entries taken from all levels, all ages, something for everyone. Proceeds from our Craft and Produce show are donated to groups within the village.

Church Fenton High Flyers Womens Institute : Yorkshire Air Ambulance

24th September 2020

Yorkshire Air Ambulance

We are delighted to welcome a member of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance to come and talk about their work. We have all seen the distinguished yellow Helicopters flying around and the film company are based at Leeds East Airport. The meeting is open to visitors including men and we will be making a donation to YAA, you never know when you might need them.

Church Fenton High Flyers Womens Institute : AGM

22nd October 2020


Time to reflect on what we have achieved over the year from activities to funding local community causes and national campaigns. It's a very social meeting with lovely refreshments and time to chat.

Church Fenton High Flyers Womens Institute : Gin Tasting

19th November 2020

Gin Tasting

Join us for a Gin Tasting at Fields Garden Centre. Haworth Gins are a Yorkshire based Gin Distillery based in Haworth and sold at Fields Garden Centre (Sherburn in Elmet). It's sure to be a good evening and an opportunity to buy presents for Christmas.

Church Fenton High Flyers Womens Institute : Christmas Meal

December 2020 TBC

Christmas Meal

Time to celebrate, get together and support a local hostelry. Members only on this occasion.

Meet some of our Members

Church Fenton High Flyers Womens Institute : Liz Smith

Liz Smith - President

About Liz: I am a retired pharmacist who had my own business in Glasgow. I have known the village since the mid 1980's but only moved here full time in 2008. Now I enjoy gardening and cooking, I do yoga, swim and go birdwatching.

Why I joined the WI: To meet more people and be more involved in the life of Church Fenton.

My two favourite meetings: The Mosaic workshop and the Round dance evening.

Contact details:
email: liz@dunross.demon.co.uk
telephone: 01937 557038

Church Fenton High Flyers Womens Institute : Sam Charlston

Samantha (Sam) Charlston - Secretary

About Sam: I have lived in the village 20 years and only managed to make time for myself once my girls got independent. I try to be part of the community and get involved in activities and events. I still work full-time so the social aspect of the WI is important to me and I have made many friends there.

Why I joined the WI: To meet people, have some fun and enjoy being part of a community.

My two favourite meetings: Doing Tai Chi and then my daughter coming and speaking to us about her hobby of falconry and bringing along her Owl.

Contact details:
email: samanthajkcharlston@gmail.com
telephone: 01937 557525 or 07801 965268

Church Fenton High Flyers Womens Institute : Lesley Wright

Lesley Wright - Treasurer

About Lesley: I have lived in the village since 2003 and met a huge number of people through WI. I am a founder member Church Fenton Community Hub who have helped to purchase the White Horse Pub and I volunteer at the Community cafe once a month as I love to bake.

Why I joined the WI: Working full time in the NHS and travelling the country with my job, I never seem to have the time, however, I realised you need to make time for yourself.

My two favourite meetings: A visit to the Set of Victoria, Mosaic making.

Contact details:
email: lesley@lesleywrightimprovement.co.uk
telephone: 07887 553024

Church Fenton High Flyers Womens Institute : Judith Mawson

Judith Mawson - Committee Member

About Judith: I have lived in the area for nearly 20 years and work locally. I enjoy reading, baking, sewing and yoga and love spending time with family and friends.

Why I joined the WI: I have been a member of our WI since it was re-started about ten years ago and joined because I wanted to meet new people and become involved in making a difference in the local community.

My two favourite meetings: National Trust talks(leading to two visits), line dancing!

Some of our Favourite Moments

Below are photos of some of our favourite moments.

Church Fenton High Flyers Womens Institute : Mosaic Evening

Mosaic Evening - All our own work

We were delighted to welcome Jenny Watson who facilitated a Mosaic evening. This was a practical workshop and we all got stuck in to making our own small heart shaped bowls.

A practical evening, which was great fun and very creative, even for those who are not arty.

Church Fenton High Flyers Womens Institute : Victoria set visit

Trip round the set of Victoria - Buckingham Palace in Hangar 1

We were highly honoured to be allowed a trip around Mamoth Studios at Leeds East Airport, formerly RAF Church Fenton. Viewing is normally not permitted during filming due to confidentiality issues. As we agreed not to take internal photos we had an amazing tour of the set of Buckingham Palace.

It was breathtaking, looking at all the sets, Victoria's bedroom, throne room, ballroom and the downstairs servants quarters.

Thanks must go to Sally Joynson from Screen Yorkshire who facilitated the visit, when something like this is on our doorstep, we really appreciated the chance to access this.

Church Fenton High Flyers Womens Institute : All About Alpacas

All About Alpacas

One of our speakers was from Sherburn In Elmet, couldn't get more local. Sam Harrison gave a fascinating insight into how she became involved in raising Alpacas.

This has lead to an amazing learning opportunity for local children to visit and some beautiful art and craft items made from Alpaca wool.