We meet at 7.30pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at The Scout Hall, Braishfield Road, Romsey, SO51 0PD
All welcome – please come and join us. You can come to 3 meetings to see if you like us. Visitors only need to pay £3 entry for each meeting but to come to any further meetings after that you will need to join this Women’s Institute – ask a committee member for details when you come to a meeting. If you join at a meeting you’ll get your entry to that meeting refunded to you.
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Introduction to aromatherapy
Discover the beneficial properties of aromatherapy oils and how we can use them.
Annual meeting, with a summer hanging basket demonstration
We’ll be reviewing our WI since it began in the summer of 2016, and deciding our future.
Afterwards Roger (from Choice Plants) will show us how to make an attractive hanging basket.
Remember the person: dementia awareness
One of the National WI’s campaigns is for Dementia Aware Communities and is backing the Dementia Friends initiative.
Debbie Holmes, one of our members, works at Abbotswood Court and will help us be more aware of dementia and the small things that we can do that can make a difference to people living with dementia.
Celebrating 1 year of our WI!
For our first birthday party we’re having a bring and share supper (please bring some finger food for about 6 people to share in our buffet) and Santa will be taking a break from his holidays to bring us goodies so to help him please bring a wrapped gift suitable for any other member, costing up to £5.
We’ll be entertained by Bishop’s Bells, a hand bell choir who will also give us the opportunity to try bell ringing.
Outing to Petlake Alpacas, with a pub meal
No formal meeting this month, but instead we’re going to Netley Marsh to visit Petlake Alpacas where we’ll be given a guided stroll to visit these charming creatures, and watch a demo of spinning their silky soft wool. After tea and a biscuit we’ll head to a pub for an evening meal. The visit to Petlake Alpacas is £10 each, and we’ll share cars to get there.
Creative embroidery with recycled items
Learn about the delightful objects that Jayne has created from what many would consider to be junk.
Our beautiful historic town has changed a lot over the last 40 or 50 years, and Phoebe will share with us some of the places that have vanished, with pictures from her archives.
Being creative with supermarket flowers
How many times have you wondered what to do with a bunch of flowers from the supermarket or garage?
Kay, who was trained by the renowned Jane Packer, will help us to make a beautiful decoration that we will be proud of.
You will need to bring a clean, empty 500g margarine tub and some flowers from a supermarket. If you have them please could you also bring secateurs or scissors and some foliage from your garden. There will be a small charge (approx 50p) to cover the cost of materials.
|Kay, of Pomp & Petals|
Christmas party and decoration workshop
To get us into a festive mood we’re having a bring and share supper (please bring some festive finger food for about 6 people to share in our buffet), Santa will be bringing us goodies so to help him please bring a wrapped gift suitable for any other member, costing up to £5.
During the evening we’ll have the opportunity to make a Christmas decoration to take home.
|14th Mar||Time to talk – One of the National WI’s campaigns is to get members to talk about organ donation: “The NFWI notes that three people die every day whilst waiting for an organ transplant. We call on every member of the WI to make their wishes regarding organ donation known, and to encourage their families and friends, and members of their local communities to do likewise”This evening we hear from two women from the organisation Live Life Give Life who have benefited from organ donation: one has been given a new heart, the other has new lungs.||Carla Gair and George|
|14th Feb|| Accessories and clothes swap, with hobby sharing – Out with the old, in with the new! After the style advice at January’s style meeting you might have discovered accessories and clothes that don’t suit you but are just too good to throw away. Bring them along to our February meeting and we’ll have a chance to swap with one another.PLUS we have a chance to find out what hobbies and pastimes other members have.
Do you have a hobby or pastime that you could share with other members? Let us know before the meeting to book a space (email: AbbotswoodRomseyWI@gmail.com)
|10th Jan||“New Year, New Look” : Helen (a Colour Me Beautiful consultant) helped us to think about which colour, style and makeup flatters each one of us, so now we’re checking our wardrobes for what we no longer need… ready for the Feb meeting’s swap!||Helen Turnpenny|
|13th Dec 2016||
How to get your cake ready for Christmas: Bronya (of the Daisy Cake Company and The Cake Room in Bell Street) guided us through making an edible Christmas Tree each to take home, with a demo on how to marzipan and cover a cake.
|8th Nov 2016||
Andy Lester shared with us about the state of wildlife in the Test Valley, and especially the importance of Fishlake Meadows as a nature reserve, and plans for it. He also made suggestions of how we can help wildlife on the Abbotswood estate (and any small gardens): sow wild flower seeds, choose trees and shrubs that have blossom and berries or fruit, provide water (even an upside down bin lid can help).
|11th Oct 2016||
An evening with New Forest Meddlars: we were entertained and enlightened by this Lyndhurst-based Morris Dancing side, who gave us all the opportunity to try out Morris Dancing.
|13th Sept 2016||An evening at Poppies Crafts – Chilling and chatting while pottery painting and decopatching.|