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
Beryl Allen Bursary
I was surprised last December when I was awarded a bursary for my first-time residential course at Denman College.
I chose the ‘Happy Scrappy Patchwork for Beginners’ and in March I travelled to Denman by National Express coach to Oxford where I was transferred by taxi to the college.
The next two day were delightful. I stayed in the Devon Moors room which was first class and the food was excellent. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff and everyone was so helpful and enthusiastic, making sure my visit was a success.
There were 11 of us on the course and the tutor inspired us so much, that we even returned to our work tables after dinner so we could work and chat at the same time.
I managed to complete a very presentable cushion which will remind me of my time at Denman for years to come.
I would recommend Denman for a relaxing and interesting break, so take the opportunity to apply. Who knows, you might be lucky.
Our vice-president Liz Beeson 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 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, gave a brief overview of our money situation and then our speaker was announced.
Our speaker this month was Kerry Ricketts who gave a very eye opening and interesting talk on ‘Drug & Alcohol Addiction’. Kerry began her talk by explaining her role and how long she has been in office. She went on to discuss the terrible effect drugs and alcohol have on people and their families. She also covered the different dangerous drugs and their rating’s.
Some of our ladies knit squares that are then given to our member Pam Bridge who very painstakingly sews them together to make blankets that are then donated to Oakhaven. This month Pam bought in some of the blankets to show. Well done Pam, the blankets look amazing and we’re sure they will be gratefully received by the elderly at Oakhaven. Well done to all our ladies who knit the squares including Liz Beeson.
Pam Bridge (right) & Liz Beeson
Jean Curtis, Liz Beeson and Sandra Pope provided a great raffle with many ladies winning prizes.
Our competition this month was ‘A Pretty Scarf or Serviette’ and the winner was Margaret Reindorp with her very pretty tie-dyed scarf! Well done Margaret!
After a nice cup of tea/coffee and a biscuit, Liz closed the meeting and it was time to go home. Another great evening was had by all.
Spring Council Meeting 2018
An early morning start for us, as we joined the other Beaulieu Group WI members, to travel to The Spring Council Meeting held on 21st March 2018 at Portsmouth Guildhall. We arrived in time to start our day with a pleasing cup of coffee.
The stage was dressed with balloons celebrating 100 years of Hampshire WI. The main screen simple but effective stated 1918-2018 Inspiring Women, Hampshire.
The top table housed many dignitaries and the centre stage was Maureen Levenson chair of Hampshire WI. The auditorium was full with over 3000 women; all were in excellent voice as the meeting was opened with a heart warming rendition of the hymn Jerusalem.
The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr Ken Ellcome welcomed us all to his city and then promptly passed the stage to the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson. He reminded us of our founder, Adelaide Hunter, who started the first meeting in Ontario Canada in 1915; her aim was to educate women. Nigel also reminded us that we are the largest voluntary women’s group in the UK, whose object is to educate, promote opportunities and new skills but more importantly friendship. He concluded that Hampshire has 8000 WI members, of which 37.5% were present in the Guildhall. The Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire closed his speech by wishing us all an enjoyable and productive AGM and all the best for the following 100 years.
Maureen took the Adoptions of the Standing Orders and the minutes of the 2017 Spring Council Meeting, both of these were passed and seconded by the delegates.
The next person to take the podium was HCFWI Treasurer, Gail Pussard. Gail presented the Annual Report and Financial Statement for the year ending 30th September 2017.
The Chairman’s Address was next and Maureen informed us that the original meeting was held in Winchester on 14th May 1918, can you imagine the challenges these women faced, especially without the electronic devices of today. On 20th July 1970, Hampshire bought WI House in Winchester for £8,000. Under Maureen’s lead, Hampshire WI agreed to sell the property in Winchester and bought WI House in Eastleigh. She was pleased to announce that the lift is now fully functional!
At present the WI is working towards the decriminalisation of prostitution and helping homeless women especially with sanitary wear.
Maureen mentioned all the WI’s who are also celebrating their centenary.
After a little break for a ‘wiggle’, Lynne Stubbings, the NF Chair took the floor. After she congratulated Hampshire on their centenary she continued with the thoughts of 100 years ago and her admiration for the WI in their foresight in improving life in rural areas and how in 1918 the WI support was for state aided housing. After reminiscing about her time in the Chair, Lynne continued by informing us that the Muddle is changing to WI Training.
There is a campaign for carer/relatives to stay to help dementia patients feel more comfortable whilst staying in hospitals. “What we do matters, when we speak others listen.” Another point was the Jo Cox commission, Alleviating Loneliness Campaign. Lynne finished by informing us that the saving Denman appeal will end soon and that the final total will be above £558,000. WI is 100% committed to saving Denman consequently the fund raising will continue.
The morning finished with a great rendition of the song ‘what would I like to be?’ This was an amusing conclusion to the morning’s business.
The afternoon’s guest speaker was the iconic Anton De Beke, ever the showman, he didn’t fail to disappoint with his humorous stories and his many funny anecdotes of his many partners whilst being a part of the Strictly Show.
The day concluded with an operatic trio singing to Maureen ‘you’ve got a friend in me’ and ‘master of the house’. Much to Maureen’s delight Anton escorted her off the stage!
The finale was the National Anthem, an end of a perfect WI day.