Shipton Bellinger W I – A short History
One of the oldest organisations in the village is the Shipton
Bellinger branch of the Women’s Institute; this was first formed
in 1933, the meetings were held monthly and hosted a wide range
of activities including a Drama Society and a Choral Society.
The WI’s concept of improving life in the countryside and
community was also acted upon and as far back as 1936 there were
recommendations from the members to the Parish Council that there
should be a 30mph speed limit through the village. The members
also looked after the war memorial.
The outbreak of war saw the ladies rallying to the needs of the
country helping with the evacuation of children from Portsmouth,
knitting for the Red Cross, the forces and various hospitals.
They also set up a Fruit Preservation Centre and produced 500lbs
of jam in one season!
Today, Shipton Bellinger WI is still as popular as ever.
There is Book Club once a month. Also an occasional Lunch Club along with various walks and trips. We always enter the HCFWI Quiz and the Skittles competition.
We continue to care for the War Memorial and give it an annual clean up every November ready for the Remembrance Service.
President – Pam Ball – contact via WI House: Tel 023 8061 6712
We meet on 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm in the Fletcher Room of Shipton Bellinger Village Centre, Parkhouse Road. SP9 7TL Visitors can be sure of a warm welcome.
Book Club meets 3rd Wednesday in month
Art Class or Stitching/knitting craft group on Thursdays alternate weeks
|March 13||Are you legally prepared?||Ann Orr|
|26||HCFWI Spring Council Meeting in Portsmouth|
Winner of 2 Gold Medals. Vice-Captain of GB team at the Toronto Games 2017
|May 8||Annual Meeting reports and reflections on the past year. Elect new committee with new ideas. Programme of meetings for 2019/20 is available|
We are organising a Village Garage Sale 10.30 – 14.30
A chance to sell your de-cluttered items. Phone Pam 01980 842011 to register your garage (£8)
Map of participating garages 50p available on the day from Phoenix Cottage High Street. Also serving bacon baps & hot drinks
residents of Shipton Bellinger
general public welcome
|June 27||Quiz evening with fish & chip supper on Kennet and Avon Canal barge trip||members only|
|Further programme will appear soon|