Although Sway WI is one of the oldest in the country (formed in 1918) it is still evolving. We offer a warm welcome to potential new members, who can come along to meetings before making the decision to join us. The meetings are held in the Village Hall, Middle Road Sway at 7.30pm on the second Thursday of each month except for August.
For our meetings we have an interesting and varied programme of speakers (see below). The meeting includes a monthly raffle, Flower of the Month competition and refreshments. Throughout the month there are also a range of regular activities including: Darts, Quizzes, Skittles, Walking Netball and Bowls as well as various Crafts and a Pub lunch.
Each year there is a wide a selection of outings (including theatre trips and visits to gardens and places of special interest). We also take part in Group activities with Brockenhurst, Bashley, New Milton Sands and Barton Bees which include the New Forest Show, annual WI and village competitions.
Programme 2021 (via Zoom until further notice)
- Thursday 14 January 7pm Speaker: Jo May – Percussion (this will be an active evening!)
- Thursday 28 January 10:30 am Coffee & Chat
- Thursday 11February 7pm Speaker: Carol Dutton – The South Pacific
- Thursday 4 March 7pm Home-spun Meeting – POETRY Evening
- Thursday 18 March 7pm Speaker: Faith Powell – Game Shows
Due to Covid restrictions we are running our meetings by Zoom.
If you’d like to join us on Zoom then please email : firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our facebook page.
Although we have celebrated our centenary year we are still evolving. Waking Netball and Bowls have provided additional physical activities. We take part in village activities such as knitting to support the Sway Yarn Bombing for Sway Carnival. We go for outings e.g. to Mottisfont Abbey Gardens to see the recently replanted walled gardens. We are always looking for new activities to try so we welcome suggestions and ideas from any of our membership. Why not visit our Facebook page for more pictures and details of our activities. Scroll to the bottom of this page for a direct link.
Pictures from other activities in recent WI times
A Day In The Life of A W.I. Member
It’s nigh on impossible in many a way
To express in short verse what we do in a day.
It’s simpler perhaps in a negative fashion
To tell of the things we DON’T do with a passion.
We do NOT hang back when it comes to new friends
It’s not that it’s something W.I. recommends –
It happens quite naturally in all ladies’ meetings
That everyone’s abundantly full of good greetings.
It ISN’T our style to be lazy and slow;
Continually having ideas on the go –
Projects to finish, new projects to start,
In between, cakes, which are state of the art.
Making and sewing, entering classes,
Competing with others, creating our chances
NOT political movers nor corporate shakers,
We prefer helping hands, to be care crusaders.
So our social antennae look out for the needs
And we fundraise together and donate the proceeds.
We are NOT against nature, we embrace its real beauty
We’re crazy about flowers and veggies and fruit-y.
We do NOT spurn the present or past
Cultural visits give us memories to last
In the end a verse can express all this action
For we ladies can daily create satisfaction.