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.
- March 7th 10.30am
VILLAGE LITTER PICK. Meet at the Village Centre car park
- March 11th 7.30pm
QUIZ fun with Cathy and Diana as they stretch your mind
- March 16th
ANTON – DANEBURY GROUP of WIs Spring meeting Weyhill Fairground Hall
- April 8th 7.30pm
BRONZES – Judy Boyt FRBS Award winning sculptor of international repute
- May 13 7.30pm
ANNUAL MEETING review year, elect the committee, discuss the 2020 Resolutions and then relax.
Book Club meets 3rd Wednesday in month
Art class/ group on Thursdays alternate weeks
Croquet every Thursday evening in summer months
Other groups can be started eg drama, walking, singing etc – whatever you would like