Charlton WI is a busy group of approximately 80 ladies with varying interests who meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.45pm for approximately two hours in St Thomas’ Church, Charlton. We have a variety of thriving groups covering Art, Craft, Scrabble, Book Club, Lunch Club and two very active Walking Groups who all meet regularly during the month. We regularly attend theatre shows in London, Southampton, Basingstoke and Andover where transport is often included in the trip. In the past year we have seen The Girls, Cilla – The Musical, Kinky Boots and Blood Brothers plus several local performances at The Lights in Andover. We are currently looking forward to The King and I in London. We have an annual summer outing in July and this year we are looking forward to Hampton Court with a Thames boat trip. We have an additional evening outing this summer which is a horse drawn barge trip from Kintbury. We also have an annual winter outing in December, last year was to see the lanterns and light shows at Longleat, whilst this year it will be the Dickensian Christmas at Portsmouth Dockyard. There are also other opportunities that arise where neighbouring WIs invite us to attend their trips and events. We also like to attend Hampshire Federation WI events like the Spring and Autumn Council Meetings in Portsmouth and Basingstoke, and participate in the HCFWI (Hampshire County Federation WI) Quizzes, Skittles and Darts competitions, and most recently the WI Festival in Eastleigh where we had a stall. Being part of the Anton and Danebury Group of WIs, Charlton members also have the opportunity to attend twice yearly events at Weyhill Fairground where you will meet members of other WIs enjoying some exceptional speakers. Ad hoc events are routinely added into the activities participated in by our members such as a skittles evening with friends and family, additional theatre trips, recent visits to a mosque and Hindu temple, Speaker Selection days and evening outings etc. The Walking Group also arrange a couple of walking holidays per year. These activities are in addition to all that the HCFWI has to offer.
Due to our venue restriction, we are currently at our maximum membership number. If you would like to go on the short waiting list for membership please contact our WI Secretary. Pre-membership visits are always welcome with prior notice of a visit to the WI Secretary.
We enjoy 3 social evenings each year and our exciting 2018/19 Monthly Programme of Speakers/Activities is as follows:
|June 12th||RNLI – Ordinary people doing extraordinary things||Caroline Tilley||Raffle|
|July 11th||Outing to Hampton Court + Thames river boat trip||No evening meeting|
|August 14th||Doorstep Crime and Scam Awareness||Julie Gallagher||Raffle|
|September 11th||Titanic Passengers and Crew||Jack Wilson|
|October 9th||A Night at the Musicals||Colin Flaherty||Raffle|
|November 13th||Hats Off To Millinery||Sophie Fryer|
|December 11th||Christmas Party & Quiz||Raffle|
|January 8th 2019||Tai Chi||Leigh Eastman||Unwanted gift stall|
|February 12th||Surviving the House That Sat Down||Alice May||Raffle|
|March 12th||I Stitch, Therefore I Am||Maggie Forbes|
|April 9th||Just Jhoom Dancing||Annabel Brash||Raffle|
|May 13th||35th Birthday Party and AGM||Committee members and Resolutions to be voted on|