Our WI is an amalgam of two older Institutes – believe it or not, in Martin and
Damerham. One or other of us has been going since the 1920s, but we
combined a long time ago now, and hope that there is no rivalry between the
We are a small, friendly Institute, based on a very strong community. There is always lots for us to do, in all kinds of ways: We are regarded as the Jumble Sale queens, and turn out for every one that the Villages run, and are to be seen at all the local events. It`s a lovely area to live in.
We would always like to see new members, and have the perpetual cry, ”Especially the Younger Ones” – but anyone who comes to our meetings is sure of a warm welcome.
One of our innovations – perhaps because of the strong community spirit here – is to open those meetings with a wider, popular appeal, to everyone, dreaded husbands and all. This has been a big success, and each time we do it, more heads appear round the door. Perhaps this might be one way to recruit more members in the long run – or is it time to make an Honorary Membership for men?
Our meetings are held at 7.30pm on the second Wednesday of the month at Damerham Village Hall and we always have a wide variety of speakers. Once a year we meet for the Summer Supper at one of our member’s gardens.
Programme for 2019
9th January – Shadow Factory – Geoffrey Wheeler
13th February – Treasures from the Deep – Kevin Patience
13th March – The Creator of Noggin and Nog and Bag Puss – Jack Wilson
10th April – The Greek Islands – Christopher Legrand
6th May – Annual Meeting
12th June – Wild Wild West- Howard Nicholls
10th July – Summer Supper at Goesmere Gardens
11th September – Lorenzo Horses – Patrick Kempe
9th October – Race for the top – 60 years of Christmas hits – Gordon Lewis
13th November – Christmas Craft Evening – Sarah Gurr
11th December – Christmas Party