After a round-up of WI business (including the recent visits a few of our members made to the West Yorkshire Federation's Resolutions Conference and Annual Meeting), we were then able to welcome our guest speaker, Jane Wilcox. Jane is an acupuncturist, and also just happens to be a very lovely person - we love it when that happens! Jane's business, Well Rounded Acupuncture, is based at two clinics in the local area, and we were lucky enough to be given a fascinating insight into the basic principles of acupuncture by Jane. Jane wasn't able to push needles into any of us at the meeting (!!) - we're not really set up for clinical practice at our meeting hall you see... biscuit crumbs everywhere, you can imagine! But I did volunteer as a guinea pig and went through an exercise with Jane where she showed me how to channel my physical energy through positive thought - very interesting! Everybody ooh-ed and aah-ed while this was happening anyway... so I took that as a sign that people were impressed by the demonstration (I mean impressed by what Jane did, not my meagre physical strength!) A few of us booked sessions with Jane after, so we must have been impressed!
A massive thank you goes to Jane for coming along, giving her time and providing us with such an interesting hour on acupuncture. If you'd like to find out more about Jane's practice, there's a link to her very informative Facebook page in our Blog List on the right.
Our friend, Audrey Wilson, knitting tutor and designer, then kicked off our knitting workshop after our shared lunch. We are knitting blanket squares which will eventually make one or two nice blankets for the Carr Manor care home for adults with special needs (run by Community Integrated Care), which is the local charity we are aiming to make something for at every workshop. Celia, one of the home's residents, really loves knitting and came along to join in with her carer, which was really lovely. We've got a lot of blanket squares to knit so, if you're a knitter, please have a look at the pattern on Audrey's blog and do what you can!
I'll leave you with some pics from the day. Next WI events are a trip to the West Yorkshire Playhouse Wardrobe Department (dress-up time!) on May 29th and a very exclusive peek into the Leeds Library - the beautiful old private members' library on Commercial Street - on 8th June. And we will be meeting Wendy Jones-Blackett (greetings card designer and business woman extraordinaire) and making hanging baskets at our next regular meeting on Saturday 1st June. Stay tuned!