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, Quiz, Darts & Skittles teams, along with various walks and trips.
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
Thursdays alternate weeks : Art Class 10 – 12 noon or Stitching/knitting group 11 – 1pm
Canal boat trip – quiz + fish & chip supper
Making your own silver clay jewellery
Cruise & Cream Tea on Princess Caroline from Southampton
Mrs S Waldren
|July 11th||The Life & Times of Thomas Hardy||Mrs Diana Goetz|
|Aug 8th||Summer meeting Ludgershall Castle – historical tour and picnic||Cathy Giles|
|Sept 12th||The Life & Loves of the Taxi Driver Poet||James Haddow|
Caring for Salisbury’s Healthcare History
Hampshire Federation Autumn meeting Basingstoke
Anton-Danebury Group Autumn meeting Weyhill
|Nov 14th||Quilting||Jenny Rundle|
|Jan 9th||Treasures – bring your own most treasured possession||SBWI members|
|Feb 13th||Retirement Reflections from The Rectory||Revd Mrs Jill Bentall|
Are you legally prepared?
Hampshire Federation Spring Council meeting Portsmouth
|Apr 10th||Invictus Games|
|May 8th||Annual Meeting – Reflections on the past year. Then elect new committee with new ideas. New programme of meetings is finalised for 2019/20|