Getting crafty!

It was sewing machines at the ready last night. We all got crafty making some beautiful new peg-bags.  Our members’ washing lines will be the envy of Ryedale!

Thanks to everyone who turned out on a particularly wet night !! See you on the 22 September when we’ll be learning to play the ukulele!


One I made earlier….


Comparing techniques


Tackling the technical challenge of getting the machine on


Spoilt! Delicious fuel to keep the troops going.



Malton WI celebrates 100 years of the Women’s Institute

This year the WI celebrated the land mark achievement of 100 years of inspiring women.

Members of Malton WI came together last night to mark this special occasion with a fancy dress competition, a tea party and a spectacularly hard quiz – thanks Sarah!  History doesn’t appear to be our strongest point!

It was a great night with our members rocking the 1915 look! We met lots of interesting characters -from Mary Poppins and Sister Florence to a suffragette, from ladies who lunch to a very elegant teacher, several scullery maids, and just about everyone in between!  Brilliant effort everyone! 



Make do and mend – Thursday 23 July

The theme for our meeting this Thursday (23 July) is “Make do and Mend.” Please bring along something that you’ve recycled or upcycled – anything you’ve converted from something old and tired into something useful/beautiful! Absolutely goes – use your imagination! Scrap material you’ve made into patchwork or tiles you’ve decorated and now use as coasters. We’ll display items and the “best” will win one of our new, and highly coveted certificates!

Come along at 7:30pm on Thursday (St Leonard and St Marys, Malton) to try patchwork or rag rugging.

There’s lots to look forward to this month. Our regular Knit and Knatter group meets tonight (Monday 20 July) at the Yard from 7:30pm. We meet alternate Mondays and everyone is welcome – complete beginners can come along to learn or more experienced knitters can come and support each other!

On Tuesday 22 July we have our trip to the orchard and cider mill at Ampleforth. Tickets are still available – please e-mail.

Malton President attends garden party to celebrate 100 years of the WI

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At least one member from every branch of the WI had the opportunity to celebrate 100 years of the organisation last week, at a very special garden party held at Buckingham Palace.

Amongst those dressed in their finest was Malton WI’s President, Sharon Cawte. Sharon (pictured above with Yvonne Myers) said “it was a truly amazing day that I’ll cherish forever.” Sharon joined 8,000 other members for tea and cakes on the palace lawn. She said the fruit cake was the nicest she’d ever had, but that Malton WI’s Victoria Sponge was better!

The party was hosted by the Duchess of Cornwall, and Sharon also had the opportunity to chat to the Countess of Wessex.

Members of the Rylstone and District WI in North Yorkshire – the original calendar girls – who posed semi-naked in 1999 to raise money after one of their husbands was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma also attended.

Later in the week Malton WI’s Secretary, Louise Bulmer travelled to London to attend the centenary annual meeting of the Women’s Institute at the Royal Albert Hall.

The meeting was opened by the Queen who praised the WI, saying that over the past 100 years, the it has continued to stay “relevant and forward-thinking”. She went on to add that “In 2015 it continues to demonstrate that it can make a real difference to the lives of women of all ages and cultural backgrounds, in a spirit of friendship, cooperation and support.” The Queen became a member of Sandringham WI in 1943.

Sharon and Louise are working on more detailed reports from the events, watch this space!

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Find out more about us – visit our stand in Malton Library from 9th March

We’re getting ready for our stand in Malton Library from Monday.  Come along and find out more about the WI and why you should join our local group!

We’ve got a packed programme to look forward to this year – everything from ghost walks to crochet, steak nights to a trip to Ampleforth Cider Mill, picnics to learning more about the Land Girls and why organ donation is so important.

Look forward to meeting you!


Putting Malton on the map

Our community was at the heart of last night’s meeting, where we heard from Jan Deros and Andrew Riley from Malton Community Interest Company (CIC), a charitable company, working for the benefit of the community in Malton and Norton and to promote our towns.

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Andrew and Jan described how the values of those behind the We Love Malton initiative are closely aligned to those of the Women’s Institute. Both are committed to promoting civic responsibility, volunteering and serving the community.

The CIC, formed in 2011 and supported by the Fitzwilliam Estate, helps to fund and run community events like Malton Food Lovers Festival, the Cycling Festival and the Book Lovers Festival. The Company also supports other good causes, like our local Citizens Advice Bureau. Andrew and Jan explained how they’re working to create a sense of pride in our towns and to revive the commercial history of the town. Every penny made is ploughed back into the community.

The annual Food Festival and the monthly Food Lovers Markets are helping to put our towns “on the map.” In 2012, the CIC won an Association of Market Towns award, acknowledging its work putting a market back into a traditional market town, at a time when many remained under threat, struggling to survive in a time when changes in our shopping habits, and the rise of the internet, have hit many town centers hard.

Malton and Norton’s rich food heritage is something that locals are passionate about. The decision to celebrate this, and place food at the heart efforts to raise the town’s profile and regenerate our area came about as a result of discussions about what’s special about our area. With local producers travelling far and wide to sell sought-after, produce at destination markets like London’s Borough, the idea to build on Malton’s food heritage seemed a natural step. Just six years on, the Food Festival, “Malton’s biggest party,” is securing coverage in the national press, drawing top name chefs and food writers and attracting 20,000 visitors each year.

The market is only possible with the support of volunteers from our local community. It’s vital for us to get behind this initiative. It’s a chance for us to give something back to our local community, to help build a thriving town for our children’s future and create a sense of pride in our heritage.

If you’re interested in helping call Andrew on 07919 112 332 or e-mail

WI members – time to vote

One of the reasons many of us got involved with the WI was the unique opportunity that it offers to make a difference on issues that are important to us. This year we celebrate 100 years of the WI – and since it was formed members have campaigned on a whole range of different topics, from the shortage of midwives, to the importance of equal pay and the decline in the number of honeybees.

Through the resolutions process, every WI member has the chance to turn a concern into a national campaign every year, backed by the weight of the whole of the WI movement. The resolutions process is democratic, educational, and member- led. Members put forward resolutions on issues that matter to us and once adopted at the NFWI Annual Meeting, they become the mandates that form the backbone of the WI’s public affairs work as local and national campaigns.

It’s now that time of year when we, as members, have the opportunity to select which resolution we’d like to see put forward for voting at the Annual Meeting.

This year we have a shortlist of seven resolutions to pick from. As members we have to choose the topic that we’d most like the WI to campaign on. There’s a very diverse range of topics – everything from a tree planting programme to replace vital woodlands, to widening public access to defibrillators to increase survival rates following cardiac arrest, to campaigning on gender discrimination. Read more here. Don’t forget we need to send our voting papers (for more information see e-mail from Louise or here) by 22 January.