Alverstoke WI was formed in January 2013 and membership has now been capped at 100, but as we have an average of 75 members at each meeting, we can still welcome visitors each month. Meetings are held at the Parish Centre, Green Road, Alverstoke, PO12 2ET, on the first Tuesday of the month from 10.00 – 12.00. Our WI is a fun, active and vibrant group with lots going on.
During the month we usually have one or more activities, and there are 12 groups that are well supported and always busy: Textiles, Dressmaking, Save our Saturdays (for members who are at a loose end at the weekend), Garden Visits, Gardening, Bridge, Scrabble, Walking, Exercise (a bespoke class with the gym manager at the Leisure Centre), Knitting (always busy knitting something for a worthy cause), Play Reading and Flower Arranging.
We also have a Friendship Group which offers practical help (such as shopping, dog walking, lifts to hospital etc.) to other members who are temporarily in difficulties through domestic circumstances or ill health.
The Gardening Group have been maintaining the Charles Osborn garden in Stanley Park for a few years now and they have also started gardening at the Submarine Museum. If you visit either of these places, you will see how good they look.
We offer ongoing support to two local groups – Contact the Elderly, for whom we hold a communal tea party each year and we make regular collections of food, sanitary products and nappies for the Basics Food Bank in Gosport. We also have representation on the Gosport Older Persons Forum.
For 2019, our members have voted to donate to Haslar Shore Leave, Solent Mind, Cedar Oak, Southern Domestic Abuse (toys for children in the Gosport refuge) and we provided £100 worth of knickers to go to the Red Box Project. On 15th November 2019 (11.30am-3.30pm) there will be a Pop Up Fayre at the Parish Centre which is our fund raising event for this year. We hope to have several stalls – handmade items, bottle stall, book stall, cake stall, flowers and a few others and we will be serving tea, coffee and cake as well as nibbles and fizz for the more adventurous. All proceeds will go to local charities so we hope you will support us.
8th January 2019
- Birthday Meeting
5th February 2019
- Cunard and Glamorous Stars
5th March 2019
- Shore Leave
2nd April 2019
- Mr Darcy’s Wet Shirt
7th May 2019
- Life under German Rule in Guernsey
4th June 2019
2nd July 2019
- In Stitches
August – no meeting
3rd September 2019
- Radio Times Broadcasting Memories
1st October 2019
- Impact of Colour
5th November 2019
- Pearl Lady – Chinese Freshwater Pearls
3rd December 2019
- Talk by Judy Theobald (Christmas Event)
President : Barbara Cass
Vice President : Jan Heath
Secretary : Sheila Mutch/Philippa Harrap
Treasurer : Rosalind Wheatcroft
Programme Secretary : Barbara Cass
Sue Hillary, Irene Knott, Kim Barrett, Geraldine Morle