Shipton Bellinger W I – A short History
One of the oldest organisations in the village is the Shipton
Bellinger branch of the Women’s Institute; this was first formed
in 1933, the meetings were held monthly and hosted a wide range
of activities including a Drama Society and a Choral Society.
The WI’s concept of improving life in the countryside and
community was also acted upon and as far back as 1936 there were
recommendations from the members to the Parish Council that there
should be a 30mph speed limit through the village. The members
also looked after the war memorial.
The outbreak of war saw the ladies rallying to the needs of the
country helping with the evacuation of children from Portsmouth,
knitting for the Red Cross, the forces and various hospitals.
They also set up a Fruit Preservation Centre and produced 500lbs
of jam in one season!
Today, Shipton Bellinger WI is still as popular as ever.
There is Book Club once a month. Also an occasional Lunch Club, Quiz, Darts & Skittles teams, along with various walks and trips.
We continue to care for the War Memorial and give it an annual clean up every November ready for the Remembrance Service.
President – Pam Ball – contact via WI House: Tel 023 8061 6712
We meet on 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm in the Fletcher Room of Shipton Bellinger Village Centre, Parkhouse Road. SP9 7TL Visitors can be sure of a warm welcome.
Book Club meets 3rd Wednesday in month
Art Class starting Thurs 23/11/17 fortnightly 10 – 12
Stitching/knitting group alternate Thurs 11 – 1pm
|June||Something for Everyone Mr T Austen OBE|
|July||Ikebana Lesley Cooke|
|Aug||Social meeting To be chosen by members|
|Sept||Goats to Garments Mrs J Rogers|
|Oct||I was an Evacuee Molly Russell|
|Nov||Stir Up Wednesday Christine Heaton|
|Dec||Members party. Molly on piano, carols, readings etc and bring small plate of Christmassy food|
|Jan||Life and Crimes of Jack the Ripper Steven Wade|
|Feb||Our own GQT bring your gardening questions to a panel of local experts|
|Mar||Goats to Garments Mrs J Rogers|
|Apr||Dorset Buttons Janet Adams|
|May||Annual Meeting – review year, elect committee, debate 2018 Resolution|