The W.I. is a wonderful place for all ages to make friends and have fun. There are opportunities to learn new skills (not just jam making!), as well as the chance to attend a wide range of courses at the W.I. Residential College, Denman, near Oxford. Members participate in county and national activities, providing an opportunity to be heard on local, national and international issues. Siddington W.I. is joined with Preston W.I. and led by a committee of three officers, and supported by five others.
This year the WI are celebrating a 100 years having being formed at a time of social unrest when women took on extra roles and tried to get their voices heard. The WI came into being in Wales and England with the purpose to give village women a voice and a chance to meet and have secret ballots on important issues; meeting for tea and a chat over tea was a bit of a smokescreen. The WI was designed to promote creativity, confidence to speak their mind, improve practical skills but more importantly to transcend class and status in the society of the time.
The WI is still here even though we have not been able to have our monthly meetings. For those of you who are online there are some good diverse classes and talks being run by Denman.org.uk at this time which are open to all not just members. To mention just a few these range from Mindful Yoga, Preserving, Felting, Calligraphy to a Talk on Gallows, Gangsters and Good Time Girls, Royalty in London and Art on London streets – Statues, Memorials, Banksy and Graffiti.
Not sure how things will progress with holding face to face meetings in the forceable future but hopefully this will be possible sometime next year. The numbers for all committee members are on the back of the programme should you wish to get in touch or have a chat.
In the meantime the Committee would like to wish all our members a Happy Christmas and New Year and hope you all remain safe and well.
Normally, Siddington W.I. meets in The Community Room, Elizabeth Way, Siddington, GL7 6JL every third Thursday of the month at 7.30pm.
Visitor fee (you are always very welcome): £3
Annual membership gives access to county and national federation activities, as well as eight issues of W.I. Life, the membership magazine.
Please contact Ann on 01285 641469 for more information.
Visitors and new members are always welcome. To find out more, please call Ann Craddock on 01285 641469.
For further information on the National Federation of Women’s Institute see: www.thewi.org.uk.