The WI – Inspiring Others through Friendship, Learning and Laughter
Become part of a world-wide organisation for women
Are you a fantastic flower arranger, or would you like to be?
Perhaps you are creative and crafty or you would love to learn to do more?
Do you have skills that you’re willing to share with like-minded ladies?
RCWI has been at the heart of our beautiful village since 1946. It is a fabulous place to meet new faces and forge new friendships. We are very welcoming and will make sure you feel ‘at home’ straight away.
We meet on the second Monday of each month (except August) in Rowlands Castle Parish Hall, Links Lane PO9 6AD at 7.30pm. Meetings usually begin with any formal business and are followed, after a tea/coffee break, with a talk and/or presentation from a carefully chosen guest speaker. Twice a year we hold a competition designed to appeal to members with different skills and abilities.
There’s lots of exciting activities going on and you can take part in whatever you fancy. For example, we have a thriving Book Club and a new Drama Group. Our popular Craft Club will keep you busy with all manner of activities including card making, embroidery and knitting, not to mention the chance to have a good chat!
We go on lots of trips and visits. Recently, we’ve been on a barge trip on the River Wey which finished with a tasty cream tea and we’ve had a back-stage tour of Chichester Festival Theatre, as well as a delightful trip to Paris and Monet’s garden at Giverny.
A little closer to home, we organise regular countryside walks to places such as Hambledon and Funtingdon with plenty of coffee stops and a pub lunch to finish.
For those who like to be a little more competitive we have a newly formed and growing table tennis group and a group who meet monthly for a fun game of scrabble. We also take part in Group Skittles tournaments and quizzes held between other local WIs (which form the Staunton Group).
As a WI we vote to support various national causes and we hold a variety of events to raise funds and awareness of local topics such as homelessness, domestic abuse and mental health.
A big event in the local area is the Rowlands Castle Village Fair – we support this by having a stall selling wonderful homemade produce courtesy of our members. You don’t have to be a great baker or preserver to join us though – we are proud of all of our members who join us with incredibly diverse backgrounds, interests and skills.
Come along and see what really goes on! There’s no obligation to join.
Good, Bad and Ugly
Beauty product ingredients. What are they? Why are they there? Are they safe?
Bluebird the Storyteller
Be enchanted and enthralled
|Sept 11th||Chichester Harbour Seals||John Arnott and Judi Darley|
|Oct 9th||Alstroemeria and British Flower Market||Ben Cross||
Rose Cup competition: An arrangement “Autumn Colours”
No dimension larger than 10″ diameter (25cm)
|Nov 13th||Resolutions Evening||RCWI||
Pudding tasting and recipes available, raising funds for Good Cause
Produce, cards & gifts table – anything to sell for Christmas
Life & Music of Cole Porter
Small eats, Carols and Sippers
|John Sherbourne||RCWI Knitted Christmas Tree to be displayed|
|Jan 8th||The History of Cunard & Glamorous Stars||Steve Herra|
|Feb 12th||Tim Peake’s Space Journey||Nigel Peake|
|Mar 12th||From Cocoa Bean to Chocolate Bar||Dawn Shrives|
|Apr 9th||Flower Arranging Demonstration||Liz Pelley||Arrangements to be raffled|
An Evening of Entertainment including the Annual General Meeting
Nomination and Ballot for President and Officers, Financial Statements, Annual Reports
|Our 72nd Birthday|