Waterside WI was formed in 1974 and currently has a membership of 43. We are a very friendly group and our members range from the young to the more mature. Some of our members have been with us since inception.
We are very proud to be part of the National Federation of Womens Institutes which has over 205,000 members across the UK.
Our committee is made up of volunteers who are voted in annually. Our current President is Maria Tinkler, Secretary Chris Coutts and Treasurer Sandra Withers.
We meet on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:30 at the Dibden Parish Hall, West Street, Hythe, SO45 6AA.
We always welcome new members and visitors. Why not bring a family member, friend or neighbour to join us one Tuesday.
Please follow us on our face book page https://www.facebook.com/WatersideWI/
Below you will find our current schedule, planned from July 11 2017 to June 12 2018:-
|July 11||Floristry Arrangement||Sandra||A Single Bloom|
|August 8||Meet A Naval Captain of 1805, His Lady and Decendent||Roger Glancefield||Favourite Earrings|
|September 12||Mayflower, Behind the Scenes||Andy Kent||A Theatre Programme|
|October 10||History of Knitting||Mrs J Meader||A Knitted Masterpiece|
|November 14||How to Wear Black||Helen Turnpenny||A Black Item or Limerick|
|December 12||Christmas Quiz and Singalong||Mel Rose||A Handmade Decoration|
|January 9||The Rat Race Syndrome||Tasha Ault||A Herbal Remedy|
|February 13||Tax Care and Other Inheritance Robbers||Tony Wright||Valentine Flowers|
|March 13||Creative Cards||Joanne Page||Decorated Egg|
|April 10||Counsel for Drug and Alcohol Addiction||Kerry Ricketts||A Pretty Scarf or Serviette|
|May 8||Skincare/Reflexology||Debbie Budd||A Beauty Tip|
|June 12||Party, Musical Themes||John Sherborne||A Party Night Decoration|
As well as our monthly meetings we also organise the following:-
- Waterside WI Knit & Stitch Craft Social held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, in room D, Hythe Community Centre, Brinton Lane, Hythe SO45 6DU
- Skittles evenings
- Darts evenings
- Trips to the theatre
- Quiz nights
Twenty one of our ladies attended our Christmas lunch which was held at the Boat House in Hythe Marina on Friday, 3rd February. The food was delicious and everyone had a lovely time. It was a little late this year but it gave us something to look forward too!
2018 Centenary of Hampshire County Federation of Women’s Institutes
Each WI in Hampshire has been asked to produce a pennant to celebrate the 2018 Centenary of Hampshire County Federation of Women’s Institutes.
The pennants will be joined to produce bunting to be displayed at events throughout 2018.
Waterside WI will have a stall at the WI Fest at Eastleigh Recreation Ground on the 13th May 2018 and with over 200 WI’s, visiting members will do well to identify our entry!
Our pennant fabric was created by the our very own treasurer, the talented Sandra Withers and has a background of blue waves and depicts the ‘old’ Hythe Hotspur ferry and Hythe Waterfront on the front and features the heritage pier/train and the ‘new’ current, modern day ferry on the reverse.
Amazing work Sandra, well done!
Our president Maria opened the meeting at 7:30pm. She did ‘the business’ giving us information on what’s going on not only within our own group but with National as well. We have a few events coming up one being the WI Spring Council Meeting & AGM being held at the Guildhall, Portsmouth on Wednesday, 21st March where we will be meeting Anton Du Beke which many of the ladies attending are looking forward to. We also have our WIFEST on Sunday, 13th May being held at Leigh Road Recreational Ground, Eastleigh between 11-4. Hampshire WI’s will be showing their talents and hosting cake, craft and competition stalls throughout the day. There will be live entertainment from the 14th Eastleigh Scout & Guide Band ‘the Spitfires’, Rock Choir, Janet Ayers and The Romsey Old Cadets. Plus a big traditional WI tea (and cake) tent!
Our treasurer, Sandra Withers, gave a brief overview of our money situation and then our speaker was announced.
Our speaker this month was Tony Wright, Estate Planning Practitioner from the Co-op, a very informative and humorous speaker who gave a very interesting talk on ‘Tax Care and Other Inheritance Robbers’. Tony covered ‘Making a Will’, ‘A Trust Will’, explaining why a Trust Will could help you control and protect your wealth, ‘A Lifetime Trust’, ‘Funeral Plans’ and ‘Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) – not a talk everyone wants but one that needs to be done! Tony explained how ‘A Lifetime Trust’ allows you to shelter any assets you have, such as your home , in a Trust. Once the Trust is set up, it provides protection for any assets transferred into it and can help to make sure you leave as much as possible to your loved ones.
Liz Beeson and Sandra Pope provided a great raffle with many ladies winning prizes.
Our competition this month was ‘Valentine Flowers’.
After a nice cup of tea/coffee and a biscuit, Maria closed the meeting and it was time to go home. Another great evening was had by all.
The day we went to Chichester
A group of nineteen ladies and friends from our Institute were collected by coach and transported to Chichester; good driver, safe journey. Some of us had already decided to join a group tour around the Cathedral. The guide was interesting, amusing and informative pointing out many features of which we would not have been aware. He explained that the building initially was not on that site but moved to Chichester to be nearer the French coast. The building had been considerably smaller but over the years has had many changes and additions due to collapses, fires and changes of religion.
That day there was the opportunity to go to a free concert in the early afternoon and the pianist was practicing (limbering up) and each time we approached his area the louder his playing became. We understand the concert was considerably more enjoyable. Several of us went to the Refectory for lunch, this is well worth a visit, good value and well prepared even if not visiting the Cathedral. We then had time to visit more of Chichester. Some ladies came back to the coach with several bags full of wares especially after tracking down a new TK Maxx.
Michelmersh Silver Band Christmas Concert
On December 11th a group of ten made our annual pilgrimage to the Plaza Theatre, Romsey to hear the Michelmersh Silver Band Christmas concert. The evening started well with several music pieces that we recognised. During the interval we were each issued with candy sticks and lights to be used at some stage in the second half. Before this we were introduced to “Hope and Charity”, two very suspect fairies, who now seem to be a tradition at the performance. The Master of Ceremonies was as usual amusing and then we came into our own with communal carol singing. All in all it was a good start of the festivities.
We are now looking forward to our “WI Delayed Christmas meal on 3rd February 2018”.
Holbury Manor’s Carol Concert/Christmas Party
Four ladies from our WI, Maria Tinkler, Alison Elgar, Sandra Pope and Jean Curtis were invited to Holbury Manor’s Carol Concert/Christmas party held at The Good Shepherd Community Hall on the 18th December where we were warmly welcomed. After the carol service and readings we were treated to an amazing selection of incredible food all provided by each of their members. There was also an excellent raffle and a gift from Father Christmas! What a fabulous evening, thank you so much Holbury Manor.
Christmas Tree Competition
Waterside WI recently produced an unusual tree for the silent auction at the Christmas Tree Festival organised by Hythe 2000 at St John’s Church, Hythe.
Some twenty members sewed pennants which were assembled to produce festive bunting for the tree and the sales table. The tree attracted successful bids which was very satisfying for all those involved. Well done ladies!