Hill Park Women’s Institute in Fareham, was founded in 1941 when meetings were held in a renovated chicken house, and later in a garage. In 1947, after many fund raising efforts, new members were able to buy a wartime fire station which was transported from Bursledon to the present site in Oak Road and in 1966, after further fund raising, a more substantial hall was built.
Our meeetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 2.00 p.m. in the W.I.Hall at the Highlands Road end of Oak Road, when members are entertained by speakers on a variety of subjects. We have a choir which meets every Wednesday at 10.15 a.m. and have won awards over many years at local Music Festivals. A drama group meets on Thursdays at 10.00 a.m. and gives performances from time to time. a scrabble group meets on the second Tuesday of each month in members’ homes. A good deal of interest is shown in craft skills. A bursary is awarded periodically to enable a member to attend a residential course of her choice at the W.I.s’ own Denman College near Oxford.
Coffee mornings, a birthday party and a party at Christmas feature among other social activitiies, including those organised by Hampshire County Federation.
We would very much welcome new members and visitors.