Alverstoke WI held its first meeting in January 2013 and membership has now been capped at 100. We have an average of 75 members at each meeting, so 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.
During the month we usually have one or more activities, and there are 13 groups that are well supported and always busy: Textiles, Dressmaking, Craft (a joint group with Gosport WI), the Drama Queens, the Sugarbabes (Sugar Crafting), Save our Saturdays (for members who are at a loose end at the weekend), Garden Visits, the Gardening Gang, Bridge, Scrabble, Walking, Exercise (a bespoke class with the gym manager at the Leisure Centre) the Nattering Knitters who are always busy knitting something for a worthy cause.
Our Friendship Group 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.
Our Gardeners 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. We offer ongoing support to two local groups – Contact the Elderly, for whom we hold a communal tea party each year, and for whom our Drama Queens provide entertainment. The second group is Books and Banter. We donate funds to them to provide transport for isolated, elderly folk to attend a book reading and social club at the Gosport Discovery Centre.
Last year, we hosted the second event for the newly formed Peninsula Group, formed in 2016 from the Wis in Gosport, Alverstoke, and Solent Evening. Our organising committee organised a marvellous concert in St Mary’s Church, Alverstoke. Over 200 people enjoyed the concert produced by the Volunteer Band of HMS Collingwood, a group from the Portsmouth Military Wives’ Choir, and the Thorngate Players.
This concert generated over £1800, which we added to our pot for Charitable donations. As well as Books and Banter, and the tea for the elderly, our members also voted to make donations to Harbour Cancer Support, the Parish Centre Regeneration Fund, the funds for the Leesland and Alverstoke schools’ swimming pools, the Rainbow Centre, and our local inshore rescue service – GAFIRS. Our members continue to donate food, sanitary products and disposable nappies to the Gosport Basics Food Bank. We also carried on our tradition of filling shoe boxes with goodies for Christmas which are donated to the Salvation Army, and the Gosport Food Bank.
Here is our Programme for 2017 – 2018
7th February : Stretching for Life – Ellie and Jacob from the Leisure Centre
9th Billy Elliott
19th – Tea for Contact the Elderly
7th March : Maggie Cross – Chinese brush Painting
20th – Peninsula Group Meeting, hosted by Holbrook WI
4th April : Yeoman Alan Saunders
26th Skittles and Lunch at the Crofton
2nd May : Annual Meeting – Members Only
Review of 2014; elections, voting on NFWI resolution, election of Committee and President
8th – Peninsula Group – Knock-out round of HCFWI Quiz
17th – Guided walk at Titchfield Haven
6th June : Tourism in Gosport – Kay Allen
7th NFWI Annual Meeting in Liverpool
13th Uppark House and Garden Visit
4th July : Clarins Make-up Demonstration
12th Lunch at Chimes Restaurant, Portsmouth
Hampton Court Palace and Gardens – Visit
5th September : The Foreign Office – Joan Welsh
Subject: Try a new Craft or Hobby
15th Peninsula Group meeting – hosted by Solent Evening WI
23rd Michaelmas Fayre
3rd October : Japanese Flower Arranging – Mrs Stevenson
TBA – Visit to Gosport Submarine Museum
TBA – Peninsula Group – HCFWI skittles
7th November : Hearing Dogs for the Deaf – Lyndon and Diane Hatfield
TBA – Stansted Christmas Fayre
TBA – Fundraiser
1st December : Peninsula Group Christmas Event – Hosted by Alverstoke WI, St Mary’s Church, 2.30-4.30
5th December : Judy Theobold, followed by Lunch and Quiz
TBA: St Mary’s Church Christmas Tree Festival
2nd January 2018
Beetle Drive, Lunch, Charity Vote
President : Ann Smith
Vice President : Jeanie Hay
Secretary : Susan Bampton
Programme Secretary : Barbara Cass
Jackie Stanbury; Sue Hillary, Irene Knott,