Alverstoke WI was formed in January 2013 and membership has just been increased to 105 from 100. As we have an average of 75 – 80 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 Cake Decorating. We also have a Luncheon Club which organises a lunch, usually once per month at local hostelries!
We 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 also look after the gardens 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, now renamed Re-engage, 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 2020, our members have voted to donate to Marvels and Meltdowns, Oarsome Centre, Rainbow Centre, Riding for the Disabled, Haven Cancer Research, Harbour Cancer Support, Alverstoke Parish Centre Regeneration, Partners through Pain, and Education for the Children Foundation. We have been able to support so many charities this year due to the proceeds from our very successful Pop Up Fayre in November 2019.
President : Barbara Cass
Vice President : Jan Heath
Secretary : Sheila Mutch/Philippa Harrap
Treasurer : Rosalind Wheatcroft
Programme Secretary : Barbara Cass
Irene Knott, Kim Barrett, Sue Hillary, Jeanie Hay