Waterside WI was formed in 1974 and currently has a membership of 43. 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:-
|Jan 9||The Rat Race Syndrome||Tasha Ault||A Herbal Remedy|
|Feb 13||Tax Care and Other Inheritance Robbers||Tony Wright||Valentine Flowers|
|Mar 13||Creative Cards||Joanne Page||Decorated Egg|
|Apr 10||Counsel for Drug and Alcohol Addiction||Kerry Ricketts||A Pretty Scarf or Serviette|
|May 8||Skincare/Reflexology||Debbie Budd||A Beauty Tip|
|Jun 12||Party, Musical Themes||John Sherborne||A Party Night Decoration|
|Jul 10||Skin Care/Reflexology||Debbie Budd||A Beauty Tip|
|Aug 14||The Bootleg Years||Nigel Knott||Cocktail Recipe|
|Sep 11||Craft Silk Painting||Deborah Wheeler||Handmade Craft|
|Oct 9||Social Evening||Decorated Cup Cake|
|Nov 13||Saxophonist||Simon Morgan||Musical Themed Item|
|Dec 11||Crafts for Christmas||Annette Williams||Xmas Table Decoration|
|Jan 8||Hearing Dogs||Meg Dunford||Dog Card/Ornament|
|Feb 12||Sari Ladies||Sandrya Banerjee||Colourful Scarf|
|Mar 12||Wessex Cancer Trust||Charlotte Von Sicard||Inspiring Poem|
|Apr 9||Easter Craft in House||Easter Bonnet|
|May 14||Annual General Meeting|
|Jun 11||Melody Makers||Fiona Fairbairn||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, 23rd January at 1:30pm in room D, Hythe Community Centre, Brinton Lane, Hythe SO45 6DU
Please join us, everyone welcome!
January 2019 Meeting
Our President, Maria Tinkler opened the meeting at 7:30 with this month’s speaker, Meg Dunford who talked about Hearing Dogs. Meg came on first to talk about her hearing loss journey with her gorgeous dog Sparky. She explained that she began to lose her hearing when she was 40 and as it deteriorated her children encouraged her to get in touch with Hearing Dogs. It was a long process but eventually she was given Sparky, a beautiful golden laborador and they’ve been together for over 4 years. The talk was extremely interesting and informative. It costs in the region of £25K to train a hearing dog and another £10K during its working life. The charity used to use rescue dogs but now breed their own dogs which they have found to be more successful. The charity aim to place 200 hearing dogs by the year 2020. Meg explained how Sparky alerts her by nudging her with his nose for the oven timer, telephone, door bell and alarm clock and how he extends his paws in front of her if the smoke detector goes off. She went on to say how he not only gives her support and security but friendship too. A hearing dogs working life is approximately 10 years but Meg can keep Sparky after this period and also have a new hearing dog. A very interesting talk, thank you Meg.
After our speaker we had tea, coffee and biscuits and then Maria went on to discuss ‘the business’ giving us information on what’s going on not only within our own group but with National as well. We then went on to talk about the ‘resolutions’ with everyone voting for their choice and the resolution with the highest vote will now be sent to the federation.
Our Treasurer, Sandra Withers gave a brief overview of our money situation and thanked everyone for getting their annual subs in on time this year.
Our competition this month was a Dog Card or Ornament and the winner was Heather Way with a beautiful figurine of a British soldier and his dog and also a lovely picture. These items were given to her son on his first tour of Afghanistan. Well done Heather and thank you for sharing these beautiful items with us.
Our grateful thanks to the following ladies this month:-
Liz Beeson and Sandra Pope for a great raffle
Joy Podesta and Doreen Longman for refreshments
Eileen Rennardson and Jean Young for sales
Jean Curtis who provided the beautiful flowers for the President’s table
Another great evening was had by all.
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!
Tuesday, 12th March, Beaulieu Group Spring Meeting – St Andrews Church, Dibden Purlieu – 2pm – Waterside hosting – Speaker: Jeremy Prescott – Miracle flower, from Flanders to the tower
Wednesday, 20th March, NFS Tent Committee Spring Fund Raiser – Bramshaw Village Hall – 10am-12noon
Tuesday, 26th March, Spring Council Meeting, Portsmouth
Thursday, 20th June – AGM – Bournemouth