About our WI
Ashurst WI was formed in 1962 and with 50 members from a mixed age range we celebrate and learn about all that our local area, in the beautiful New Forest, has to offer. As well as our monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of each month, we enjoy pub lunches, theatre visits and outings to places of interest. We are also lucky enough to have enthusiastic members who run a range of Group Meetings such as Beading and Creative Crafts, a New Forest Show Group and for those green fingered amongst us, a Gardening Group. More cerebral activities are facilitated through our wonderful Book Club and for those who desire something more energetic, the Ashurst Darts Team meets regularly for practices and competitions against local WI groups. All of these, enhance our friendship and support of one another.
We are passionate about the WI campaigns too and in 2017 our WI linked up with the local church group to provide lunches and social time for those who find it difficult, for whatever reason, to get out and about in our local community.
We like to set ourselves challenges each month during our meetings, whether that be creating a Christmas decoration from a bit of cardboard packaging, bringing in an interesting item related to the speaker’s subject or guessing our younger selves from old photos, which many members enter.
Hospitality is significant to us as well and we pride ourselves on giving a warm welcome to new members and visitors from local WI groups whilst also making time to chat to one another and care for one anothers’ welfare.
Our meeting place is the Church Rooms, Deerleap Lane, Colbury, Southampton, SO40 7EH, at 7.30 pm on the second Wednesday of each month. Disabled parking and access to the building available.
Our 2019 programme* is below:
Resolutions discussions & social time
My Children’s Books by Simon Chadwick, local author and illustrator
Competition: Humorous Card or Postcard
Speaker: Viv Carter
Competition: Novelty Honeypot
Hula Hooping with Dottie Woods
Annual Meeting and talk about entering The New Forest Show
Competition: Flower of the Month
Birthday Party Celebrating 57 Years of Ashurst WI
Speaker: Dennis Bryant reading some of his Humorous Poetry
Competition: One Liners For All
Something To Shout About: The Role Of A Town Crier
Speaker: Jonathan Jones
Cheese And Wine Evening
Gold Is More Than Just A Word
Speaker: Peter Hall MBE
Competition: Flower Of The Month
Silver Clay Jewellery Demonstration
Speaker: Hillary Bowen
Competition: Silver Spoon
Southampton Water, From Broadlands To Spithead
Speaker: Ron Taylor
Competition: Anything Boaty
Christmas Meeting and Party Time
Home Cooked Meal
*Programme may be subject to change