Avril Reynolds, president of the Catherington Women’s Institute, explains what the group has been up to
during the year
For over 60 years Catherington Women’s Institute has operated from Catherington village hall.
Sadly we are running out of space and so the time has come for us to move to larger premises.
This will enable us to welcome the 11 ladies who have been waiting to join us and also welcome any new ladies who would like to visit us with a view to joining.
We shall move into All Saints Church Hall, Catherington on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 starting at 2pm.
At our first meeting our speaker will be from the Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service.
Our WI has enjoyed a very busy year including a coach trip to London, an outing to Lacock Village, a strawberry and fizz celebration, a birthday lunch and regular cinema trips.
There was also a WI carol service held just a few weeks ago where Catherington Primary School children entertained us with their songs and the members’ husbands served us with mince pies and countless cups of tea.
We have also heard some outstanding speakers over the past year – one of them being Earl Attlee who kindly arranged for 12 lucky members to have a tour of the House of Lords including afternoon tea, hosted by Lord and Lady Attlee – what a day to remember.
In November we helped to raise funds for the poppy appeal by selling them door to door and at a local supermarket.
This was quickly followed by many of our members helping to pack and wrap Christmas parcels to send to children in Ukraine and Moldavia.
Nationally 2015 was a very special year for the W.I. as it was our 100th birthday.
All over the country, from villages to large towns, each W.I. group celebrated this event in their own individual ways.
Some members even attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace.
We hope to start a walking group in the spring/summer months and also some of our members have expressed an interest in improving their computer skills.
This could be from having no skills at all, to extending the knowledge they have already.
Of course being a part of the modern day W.I. will mean meeting up with other W.I.s in our local area for meetings, competitions and skittles oh and obviously a piece of cake!
Contact Avril Reynolds on (023) 9259 7285 for further information or go to hampshirewi.org.uk/wi-page/catherington-wi/