Alverstoke WI was formed in January 2013 and membership has now been capped at 100, but as we have an average of 75 members at each meeting, we can still welcome visitors each month. Meetings are held at the Parish Centre, Green Road, Alverstoke, PO12 2ET, on the first Tuesday of the month from 10.00 – 12.00. In 2017, some of our long standing committee members stood down, including the President and Vice President, and consequently there have been elections to replace them.
During the month we usually have one or more activities, and there are 13 groups that are well supported and always busy: Textiles, Dressmaking, Sugar Craft, Save our Saturdays (for members who are at a loose end at the weekend), Garden Visits, Gardening, Bridge, Scrabble, Walking, Exercise (a bespoke class with the gym manager at the Leisure Centre), Knitting (always busy knitting something for a worthy cause), Play Reading and Flower Arranging.
We also have a Friendship Group which offers practical help (such as shopping, dog walking, lifts to hospital etc.) to other members who are temporarily in difficulties through domestic circumstances or ill health.
The Gardening Group have taken over the maintenance of the Charles Osborn garden in Stanley Park, and have won a gold and silver award for Gosport in bloom in two consecutive years, but their efforts have been hampered in recent times as the gardens are often vandalised. The gardeners carry on undaunted!!
We offer ongoing support to two local groups – Contact the Elderly, for whom we hold a communal tea party each year and we make regular collections of food, sanitary products and nappies for the Basics Food Bank in Gosport. We also have representation on the Gosport Older Persons Forum.
In December 2017, AWI hosted another event for the Peninsula Group, which was a concert in St Mary’s Church, Alverstoke and which raised a large amount of money to enable us to donate to local charities. Our members have voted to donate to the Rainbow Centre, Gosport Live at Home Scheme, Harbour Cancer Support and the Regeneration of the Parish Centre. This last one is dear to our hearts as it is where we hold our meetings.
This year as part of the Centenary celebrations, AWI has been twinned with Whiteley Wags, and we will be hosting them at our Fashion Show in April and will do a return visit to them in November to celebrate their birthday. We are also planning a joint walk around Alverstoke area and lunch in June.
Here is our Programme for 2018-2019
6th February : Angora Goats
18th – Contact for Elderly Tea
6th March : Life Below Decks on the Royal Yacht
1st – Theatre Trip – Miss Saigon
21st – HCFWI Spring Council
3rd April : Fashion Show – by Emma’s at Lee
19th Southwick House Visit
1st May : AGM – Members Only +Bees and their Keepers
12th – Peninsula Event – Murder Mystery
13th – HCFWI Festival
5th June : Air Crash Investigations
6th NFWI Annual Meeting in Cardiff
23rd Centenary Twinning Event Walk
Magical Mystery Tour – tbc
3rd July : Hypnotherapy and Reike
Visit to “Shore Leave”, Haslar
7th August – No meeting
4th HCFWI Centenary Event – Picnic and Music at Hilliers
9th Solent Boat Trip to Cowes Week
4th September : Professor Mike Tipton Returns
Royal Marines Museum visit
2nd October : Real Chocolate Experience – with tasters
Lunch at Fareham College
6th HCFWI Performing Arts Concert
16th HCFWI Autumn Council
22nd Trip to Veolia Recycling
6th November : Miracle Flower – from Flanders to the Tower
Evening visit to Whiteley Wags
Bombay Sapphire Gin visit
4th December : Christmas Meeting
TBA: St Mary’s Church Christmas Tree Festival
8th January 2019
President : Barbara Cass
Vice President : Jan Heath
Secretary : Sheila Mutch/Philippa Harrap
Treasurer : Rosalind Wheatcroft
Programme Secretary : Barbara Cass
Sue Hillary, Irene Knott, Kim Barrett, Geraldine Morle