Welcome to the Abbotswood (Romsey) WI page. We are a friendly, vibrant bunch of women who meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm at Abbotswood Community Centre, Abbotswood Common Road, Romsey, SO51 0BX.
As well as our monthly meetings, we have a range of regular groups, including a lunch group, dinner group, craft group, book group, gardening/garden visits group and a walking group. We also take part in the annual inter-WI skittles tournament and quiz, get involved with Hampshire WI events (such as WI Fest in 2018), plus work on entries for the WI Tent at the Romsey Show. So there’s lots to get involved with if you’d like to!
We’re pleased to be known as a friendly WI and we’re always happy to welcome visitors and new members. There’s a small £3 entry fee for visitors, which includes tea/coffee and cake, and you’re welcome to come along to three meetings before signing up to join us. If you’d like any further details about meetings, please email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to see you soon!
- 11th Sept 2018 – Fundraising Quiz and Club Night
Come along and take part in our fundraising quiz, plus find out more about all the clubs and groups we have.
- 9th Oct 2018 – Florence: The Story of Florence Nightingale
In a change to the original programme, Chester House Productions bring us a theatrical insight into the life of Florence Nightingale, one of Hampshire’s most famous women.
- 13th Nov 2018 – The Role of Women in War
To mark the 100th Anniversary of WWI Armistice, a Royal British Legion slide show presented by our committee members.
- 11th Dec 2018 – Christmas Party: Celebrate the Season with Festive Crafting
Come along and celebrate the season with us at our Christmas party. Have a go at creating something festive. We’re also having a Secret Santa gift swap – please bring a wrapped gift with a maximum value of £5.
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Find out more about what we’ve been up to recently by following our social media accounts:
Facebook – Abbotswood Romsey WI
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Twitter – AbbotswoodWI
Some of our past meetings have included…
|10th July 2018||
Second birthday party and talk about the creators of Noggin the Nog and Bagpuss
Jack Wilson joined us at our second birthday party and gave us an illustrated talk about Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin, the famous creators of Noggin the Nog and Bagpuss.
|12th Jun 2018||
Graphology, your character in your handwriting
Graham Birchmore gave us an interactive and fascinating insight into what aspects of character can be revealed in handwriting.
|12th Sept 2017||
Creative embroidery with recycled items
Jayne Lewis entertained and inspired us as she showed us the delightful creations she has made from what many people would consider to be junk.
|14th Nov 2017||
Being creative with supermarket flowers
Kay, who was trained by the renowned Jane Packer, showed us how to transform a simple bunch of supermarket flowers into a beautiful floral decoration.
|Kay, of Pomp & Petals|
|13th Dec 2016||
How to get your cake ready for Christmas
Bronya (of the Daisy Cake Company) guided us through making an edible Christmas Tree each to take home, with a demo on how to marzipan and cover a cake.
|8th Nov 2016||
Andy Lester shared with us about the state of wildlife in the Test Valley, and especially the importance of Fishlake Meadows as a nature reserve, and plans for it. He also made suggestions of how we can help wildlife on the Abbotswood estate.
|11th Oct 2016||
An evening with the New Forest Meddlars
We were entertained and enlightened by this Lyndhurst-based Morris Dancing side, who gave us all the opportunity to try out Morris Dancing.