Waterside WI was formed in 1974 and currently has a membership of 42. We are a very friendly group and our members range from the young to the more mature. Some of our members have been with us since inception.
We are very proud to be part of the National Federation of Womens Institutes which has over 205,000 members across the UK.
Our committee is made up of volunteers who are voted in annually. Our current President is Maria Tinkler, Secretary Chris Coutts and Treasurer Sandra Withers.
We meet on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:30 at the Dibden Parish Hall, West Street, Hythe, SO45 6AA.
We always welcome new members and visitors. Why not bring a family member, friend or neighbour to join us one Tuesday.
Please follow us on our face book page https://www.facebook.com/WatersideWI/
Below you will find our current schedule:-
|Jul 9||Uganda Village Solar Lights||Rick Mills||Pretty Drawstring Bag|
|Aug 13||What the Butler Saw||John Pitman||1940’s or 1950’s Item|
|Sep 10||Social Evening – Musical Quiz||In House||Musical Item|
|Oct 8||Look Into My Eyes||Alan Jones||A Funny Joke|
|Nov 12||Christmas Demonstration||Sandra’s Florist||Christmas Decoration|
|Dec 10||Cocoa Bean to Chocolate Bar||Dawn Shrives||Favourite Chocolate Recipe|
|Jan 14||Tai Chi for Well Being||Karen Anne||‘Daily Remedy’ for your Health & Happiness|
|Feb 11||Silk Painting||Deborah Wheeler||Favourite Picture|
|Mar 10||Easter Craft||In House||Decorated Egg or Knitted Chick|
|Apr 14||Southampton Hospital Charity||Judith Stephens||Decorated Cup Cake|
|May 12||Annual General Meeting|
|Jun 9||Bollywood Dance||Hannah Murphy||Flower Arrangement|
As well as our monthly meetings we also organise the following:-
- Waterside WI Knit & Stitch Craft Social held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, in room D, Hythe Community Centre, Brinton Lane, Hythe SO45 6DU
- Skittles evenings
- Darts evenings
- Trips to the theatre
- Quiz nights
Waterside Knit & Stitch Craft Social
Our next craft meeting will be held on Wednesday, 21st August at 1:30pm in room D, Hythe Community Centre, Brinton Lane, Hythe SO45 6DU
Please join us, everyone welcome!
August 2019 Meeting
Our President, Maria Tinkler opened the meeting at 7:30 and straight away went on to discuss ‘the business’ giving us information on what’s going on not only within our group but with National as well.
Our treasurer, Sandra Withers gave a very brief overview of our money situation.
This month our members enjoyed ‘Humorous Poems and Jokes’ by Dennis Bryant (a change of speaker because our original speaker had a personal issue). Dennis gave our members a very entertaining evening with his humorous poems and jokes and had our members in stitches he was so funny. It was lovely to see our members laugh so much. Dennis also does a talk on ‘Pantomine’ as he used to write them. We look forward to welcoming Dennis again.
After our speaker we had tea, coffee and biscuits.
Our competition this month was a ‘1940’s or 1950’s item and the winner was Jane Hobbs with an old brownie badge … well done Jane!
Thanks go to the following ladies this month:-
Liz Beeson for a great raffle
Doreen Longman for the competition table
Marian Humphreys and Joy Podesta for refreshments
Jean Curtis and Heather Way for a very full sales table
Sandra Withers who provided the beautiful flowers for the President’s table
Jan Wallis as Speakers Hostess
Amanda Dukes for checking everyone in
Another great evening was had by all.
Spring Council Meeting & AGM
At the end of March, twelve members of Waterside WI joined ladies from all over Hampshire at the Guildhall in Portsmouth for the Spring Council Meeting. The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth gave a short speech of welcome, followed by the usual business expected at an AGM. It’s an opportunity to meet up with other institutes and learn about the coming events organised by the county office which is now well established in Eastleigh, having previously been based in Winchester.
Two institutes provided some very entertaining comic sketches and another two, demonstrated their singing talents with excellent choir presentations.
The invited speaker for the afternoon was Pam Ayres who didn’t disappoint with her seemingly endless supply of verses, both comical and poignant.
We’re looking forward to the Autumn Council Meeting which will feature a Tom Jones tribute act! Watch this space!
Beaulieu Group Spring Meeting
Hosted by Waterside WI, the Beaulieu Group’s Spring Meeting was held on Tuesday, 12th March @ 14:00 in St Andrews Church, Dibden Purlieu. The speaker was Jeremy Prescott who gave an extremely interesting and moving talk on the ‘The Miracle Flower – From Flanders to the Tower’.
After teas, coffees and home made cake, Tracy Baker & Angela Brice did ‘the business’.
A very interesting afternoon was had by all.
Southampton General Hospital & Princess Anne Hospital Charities
Some of the twiddle mitts and 1 metre x 1 metre square cot sheets that have been knitted/stitched by some of our members for the Southampton General Hospital and Princess Anne Hospital Charities – well done ladies.
Waterside WI Fundraiser
This year, Sandra Withers organised a craft table at the St Andrew’s Christmas Fayre which was held on Saturday, 24th November between 12pm-2pm. Four of us ladies arrived at 9am to setup the table and were delighted to see that we had so much craft to sell which was made and donated by our own WI ladies. The table was covered in so many lovely items. It rained most of the day but we still had a good turnout and made quite a sum of money to top up our funds.
Many thanks to Sandra for organising and also for making the 139 birds! Thanks also to everyone who donated items and helped out on the day. It was a great day, full of fun and laughter and we look forward to the next one!
Beaulieu Group Carol Service
This year, it was our turn to host the ‘Beaulieu Group Carol Service’ which was held at St Andrew’s Church, Dibden Purlieu on Monday, 10th December at 11am. The service was conducted by The Reverend Peter Toller who made us all very welcome. We had an amazing turnout of over 60 ladies from 4 WI’s ie: Holbury Manor, Waterside, Marchwood and Langley with each WI singing their own carol chosen from the theme ‘Motherhood’. There were also readers from each WI. Peter was not only impressed with the turnout but also the standard of singing and the little dancing here and there! We also had a collection that was donated to the local Women’s Refuge.
After the service we laid on teas, coffees, mince pies and biscuits.
It was a great success and a lovely service, enjoyed by all, our thanks to Peter Toller and all those who not only attended but also helped out on the day.
Michelmersh Silver Band Christmas Concert – The Sound of Christmas
On the evening of Monday, 10th December a group of our ladies made their annual trip to the Plaza Theatre, Romsey to hear the Michelmersh Silver Band Christmas concert. The evening started well with several musical pieces which we recognised. During the interval we were each issued with a little candle light to sing White Christmas and also little bells to sing Jingle Bells. Before this we were introduced again to “Hope and Charity”, two very suspect fairies, who now seem to be a tradition at the performance. The Master of Ceremonies was as usual amusing and then we came into our own with communal carol singing. All in all it was a very entertaining evening.
Holbury Manor’s Christmas Party
Four ladies from our WI, Maria Tinkler, Amanda Dukes, Sandra Pope and Jean Curtis were invited to Holbury Manor’s Christmas party held at The Good Shepherd Community Hall on the 17th December where they were warmly welcomed. They were treated to an amazing selection of yummy food all provided by Holbury’s members. There was also an auction fundraiser. Everyone had a fabulous evening, thank you so much Holbury Manor.
Christmas Tree Competition
Waterside WI recently produced a ‘natural Christmas tree’ for the silent auction at the Christmas Tree Festival organised by Hythe 2000 at St John’s Church, Hythe.
Many thanks to Doreen Longman for organising the tree this year and also to those members who made decorations which included, pine cones, dried fruit, cinnamon etc. The tree looked lovely and sold for a good price. Well done ladies!
Thursday, 20th June – AGM – Bournemouth