Upper Clatford Women’s Institute meets on Third Wednesday of the month in the King Edward VII Memorial Hall,Village Street,Upper Clatford,Sp11 7QL at 7.30pm. There is usually a guest speaker followed by refreshments and time for a chat and the evening ends with a short business meeting which deals with past and forthcoming events. We are a friendly group of about 40 members and are always pleased to welcome visitors and potential new members to our meetings. We have a Drama Group, Craft group, Theatre group, Two Book Groups, Walking Group and a Lunch Group, all of whom meet on a regular basis. We also organise trips and events covering a wide range of interests, so there is usually something to suit everyone.
We support the local Women’s Refuge in Andover with monthly donations of items for the women who are living there at that time.
Our Craft group also regularly makes items for the AWMH, the Birthing Centre and Hospitals within the locality. We have made breast “heart” cushions for cancer patients, tiny baby bonding hearts for mums struggling with breast feeding, pretty and practical “drainage” bags, again for cancer patients who are needing a boost when undergoing treatment and we hope to continue with our support in this way.
New Members are always promised a warm welcome. If you simply wanted to come along as a “taster”, then please contact one of the numbers below and you would be more than welcome to come along as a guest to begin with.
President: Pam Finlay
Vice President: Liz Male
Secretary: Maureen Dyson
Treasurer: Shirley Adams
Committee: Pam Finlay, Jane Cooke, Jenny Welsh, Liz Male, Maureen Dyson, Shirley Adams, Jenny Llewellyn
Committee Meetings are usually held on the first Monday in the month at 1.30pm – venues to be arranged.
We are always looking for new speakers who can entertain and inform our group on a wide range of topics. Our speaker selection group meets at the beginning of each year to organise the programme and everyone is encouraged to come along and put forward any ideas they may have for topics for the year.
We are very involved in village activities. We have a bee-hive which provides honey for us to sell on our produce stalls throughout the year and we look after a “bee friendly” garden at the Village Hall.
We hold an Annual Cream Tea, usually in August, which is very well patronised. We sell home made scones & jam, hold a raffle and normally have a craft table of items we have made, together with other produce, plants and bric a brac.
In addition, we have an Annual Mince Pie coffee morning in December, again which is always busy. We have small gift items on sale, again usually things the craft group have made themselves, together with home made mince pies/cake etc. These events are held in the village hall, Upper Clatford.
We also provide a tea tent at the Upper Clatford Village May Fayre each year, which again, is always a resounding success and contributes to the village funds. The Village May Fayre committee then distributes those funds to various groups and organisations within the village, our WI being one of them. In 2018 we put our grant towards our Centenary Celebrations – 100 years of the WI in Upper Clatford and our 2019 Grant will go towards holding a Community Day in 2020 to promote our Group.
Anyone interested in joining us please contact Pam Finlay (01264 393791) or Maureen Dyson (01264 394806), where you would be promised a warm welcome from this friendly group of women.