website last updated 3 January, 2010
The WI movement started in Canada in 1897 when Mrs Hoodless, who had lost a child through illness, realised that with more knowledge of hygiene and nursing her child could have been saved. She determined that country women, often living quite isolated lives, needed to be educated in these matters and so, from such small beginnings, the movement grew. Now every year in June, the WI AGM is held at various venues around the country. At the meeting, resolutions, which have been chosen and discussed by every member, are debated and voted on.
In May our village WI discussed this year's resolutions and the delegate instructed how to vote. The topics were: The Trafficking of Women and Children, AGM Crops and the Funding of the Air Ambulance Service. The organisation now has a powerful voice which can influence Government decisions. After the business of the May meeting there was a Blind Auction which raised £70 for funds and was very comeptitive and noisy - Sotheby's look out! Also in May some of theRReading Group went to see the film Touching the Void which was enjoyed more than the book and The Merchant of Venice at the Theatre Royal had members remembering their school Shakespeare as the Theatre was full of teenagers and teachers.
In June we said farewell to Peggy Garner, a member for 20 years, who is off to Spain. So with Sangria and a few toasts we waved goodbye as she set sail to the sunshine, (it was pretty hot and sunny here at the time!) The speaker that evening was Michael Horne who spoke about theatre in the Middle Ages in this area. The Wickhambrook Players are following a long tradition especially the fight between the good and evil in pantomime.
Another Yoga class is planned for Wickhambrook, starting in September. For two years, Chrissie Bond of Lilypond Yoga has been running a class on Friday mornings in the WI Hall at 9.30am. This was organised by the WI, but it is for everyone, members or not. We have several members from nearby villages, men as well as women. Chrissie's class is very popular and suitable for all levels of expertise. Her motto is 'Be kind! You can always be kind' and we have all flourished and improved in this atmosphere. We do not have a time/date for the new class, but it will be in the daytime. If you would like to join in with either of the classes, please contact Chrissie on email@example.com or Dorothy on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01440 820376. There will be posters up on the noticeboard shortly.
Ladies, now is the time to join your local W.I.!
We have 49 very friendly members and our new programme runs from January to December 2014 and has something for all. Please do feel free to come along to any of our meetings, held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm and have a free taster of what we get up to. You can come twice as a visitor before deciding to join us. Hope to see you soon
Information is always available from Dorothy (01440 820376) or Gillian (01440 820052) for all our activities.
Dorothy Anderson is awarded a Diamond Champion - read more here
New Members are VERY WELCOME
Meetings vary but are usually held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm.
Committee meetings are on the first Tuesday and are held in committee members' homes or in the hall.
The Committee, which is elected each November, is responsible for arranging meetings, outings and social events which are planned to be as varied and enjoyable as possible.
|Booking Officer||Jackie Fieldsend
|Caretaker||Mrs Shelley Prigg|
|For keys please call||01440 820297
One meeting a year is run by members.
Notices advertising speakers, etc. are displayed at various points in the village and on the hall notice board.
January | Style & Image Consultant
February | Yoga and Benefits
March | Tee Bee Crafts
March | Quiz and Tea Party
May | AGM and Bring Me - Members
June | Members
July - The Experience of a Corset Consultant
August | Marie Cancer Care
September | Red Cross and First Aid
October | Washboard Workshop
November | A Pocket History of a Music Hall
January | Tales from the Bench
February | Hearing Dogs for Deaf People
March | Pottering Painting
April | A Breath of Fresh Air
May | AGM and Show & Tell Patchwork Quilts
June | Members
July and August
July | The Cooking Canon
October | Beautiful Accessories
November | Serviette Work
December | Christmas Party
Newsletter : Summer
Newsletter : Summer
Newsletter : Winter