The Sotonettes are a WI based in central Southampton. Some people call us a ‘modern WI’ – whatever we’re called, we aim to mix traditional WI principles with a focus on topics and interests relevant to our members. It’s not all Jam and Jerusalem! Our meetings are a place where women of all ages from the local community can share interests and learn new skills, and, most importantly enjoy themselves.
We meet at The Top Hall, Above Bar Church, 69 Above Bar Street, Southampton, Hants, SO14 7FE at 7.30pm on the last Tuesday of the month (excluding December). Occasionally we will change our venue depending on the speaker or activity but this will be publicised well in advance.
We aim to offer a range of activities and meeting subjects to keep everyone interested – in past years we have done yoga, learnt more about the issue of legalising prostitution in the UK and also had a great session of ‘speed crafting’ (think speed dating but with crafts)!
In addition to our main monthly meeting, we also organise a craft night and a book club too – all of these are open to members and non-members alike and are free to attend.
Our Craft Night is held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, 7pm-9pm, in the IKEA Restaurant, Southampton and our Book Club is held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, 7pm-9pm usually in Mettricks Guidhall Coffee Shop. Also in the months with five Tuesdays, we run a cake club on the 4th Tuesday.
If you’d like to know more about what the Sotonettes have been up to and information about all of our events, have a look at our website and blog at www.sotonettes.co.uk. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.
Our 2017 programme* is below:
|31st January||Repair, Restart, Reuse or Rehome|
|28th February||We are 5!|
|28th March||Beautiful Buttons|
|25th April||Care and Aware|
|30th May||Spring in Colour (+ Annual Meeting)|
|27th June||Sea Your City|
|25th July||Chi in the Park|
|29th August||Willow Weaving|
|26th September||CSI Hampshire|
|24th October*||Kelly Simm|
|28th November||Christmas Crafts|
|19th December||Tea Tasting|