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, 21st November at 2pm in room D, Hythe Community Centre, Brinton Lane, Hythe SO45 6DU
Please join us, everyone welcome!
Our President Maria Tinkler opened the meeting at 7:30pm. She did ‘the business’ giving us information on what’s going on not only within our own group but with National as well.
In our treasurer’s absence Alison Elgar gave a brief overview of our money situation.
There was no speaker this month so instead Doreen Longman supplied a very interesting ‘musical’ quiz together with great music. Well done to the winners! Doreen also treated everyone to an amazing selection of homemade cakes which included Victoria sandwich, lemon cake, cup cakes, scones, huge thanks from everyone Doreen, they were all delicious (I know because I had more than one)!!
Liz Beeson and Sandra Pope provided a great raffle with many ladies winning prizes.
Our competition this month was ‘A Decorated Cup Cake’ and the winner was Maria Tinkler with her ‘foam’ sponge cake! Well done Maria!
After a nice cup of tea/coffee and the delicious cakes, Maria closed the meeting and it was time to go home. Another great evening was had by all.
NFS Tent Committee Coffee Morning on the 11th October in Bramshaw
Maureen Levinson presenting Alison Elgar with the ‘Produce Cup’ from the NFS Tent Committee for winning ‘First & Best in Show’ for her Nutella braided tear and share bread.
Autumn Council Meeting
On Tuesday, 16th October, seven of our ladies attended the Autumn Council Meeting at the Anvil in Basingstoke. It was a lively interesting meeting where we welcomed the new Chairman, Gina Ireland. The business was done in the morning and we were then entertained by a very good saxophonist. In the afternoon The Mikron Theatre Group put on a very interesting and amusing show. Altogether a good day out was had by all.
The New Forest Show 2018
Waterside WI had a very successful year at this years New Forest Show with many of our ladies entering produce, craft and flowers. The shows theme this year was ‘Girls Can’ and everyone certainly showed they could!
The WI tent looked very impressive this year, all the NFS Committee (pink ladies) did a fabulous job putting the show together which takes an incredible amount of time, effort and hard work. The icing on the WI cake was that our very own Sandra Pope, NFS Chairman, was presented with the New Forest Agricultural Show Presidents Trophy by Mr Crossthwaite-Aires (Show President 2018), the first time the WI have ever won the trophy and they have been a presence at the Show since 1925. Sandra has decided to step down from the committee this year so what an achievement in her last year – very well done Sandra and a HUGE thank you, you and your team work tirelessly putting this show together.
Alison Elgar achieved 3 gold and 2 silver. She had a 1st and ‘best in show’ for her Nutella braided tear and share bread. She also had a 2nd for her octopus for preemie which was then donated to the ‘Octopus for Preemie’ charity.
Doreen Longman achieved 3 double silvers, 2 red and 1 blue. She also had 3rd in show for her beautiful display of dried flowers in a shoe.
Jan Wallis achieved 2 silver and 1 red for her beautiful bag and flower display.
Chris Coutts achieved 1 green for her honey cake.
Margaret Reindorp achieved 2 gold for her beautiful needlework, a bag and an apron of which she made for the ‘craft cooperative’.
Anne Mackintosh achieved 1 double silver and 1 silver for her lovely octopus and the sheep of which she made for the ‘craft cooperative’.
Maria Tinkler achieved 1 double silver, 1 silver and 1 red for her beautiful shoe.
Joyce Jones achieved 1 double silver for her beautiful lacework that she made for the ‘craft cooperative’.
Claire Irwin achieved a silver for her beautiful painting.
Amanda Dukes achieved 2 double silvers for her computer artwork – this is the first time Amanda had entered the show so very well done Amanda!
We achieved 87.5 points for the ‘craft cooperative’ Beatrix Potter this year all thanks to Margaret Reindorp, Joyce Jones and Ann Mackintosh, thanks also to Jean Curtis who oversaw the project.
We achieved 69 points for the ‘food cooperative’ Lady Mechanics Lunch Box this year all thanks to Jan Wallis, Doreen Longman and Chris Coutts.
Well done to everyone who entered, it was an amazing achievement by all and a fabulous show this year.
Another of our talented ladies, Sandra Wither’s entered a beautiful blanket into the Blackfield Show this year and received a 1st – very well done Sandra, a great achievement. The blanket was donated to the Princess Anne Hospital.
My Charity Swim22 for Diabetes UK by Maria Tinkler
Earlier this year, I decided to sign up for the ‘Swim22 for Diabetes UK’ challenge and swim 22 miles spread over 12 weeks to raise money for Diabetes UK. This took place in the swimming pool at Applemore Sports Centre between February 22 and May 22. I actually completed it on my 65th Birthday on May 5th.
My reasons for taking on this challenge is that my 5 year old granddaughter Holly, has type 1 diabetes and her life depends on her having insulin 4-5 times a day and I hope that for her, they will one day find a cure or at the very least, a better way of life for her. I myself have type 2 diabetes.
I started training in early February and it was a struggle at first as I had not been swimming for some months. I started to log my lengths on the Swimm22 website and it seemed to take a while so I decided to stay in the water until I had completed a mile which took 1 hour 10 minutes each time.
Before I started the swim, a Justgiving page was set up for my online sponsors and I made copies of the paper forms I had been sent for the sponsors who did not wish to use the online approach. All in all, I raised £800 for Diabetes UK which was more than the £360 they set as my target. In the photo you will see that I am holding a towel and that was my gift for getting to the £360 amount.
I wonder what my next challenge will be …
Well done Maria an amazing achievement for this lifesaving charity!
24th November – Christmas Tree Festival at St Johns Church where we will be displaying our decorated Christmas Tree
24th November – Christmas Craft Stall at St Andrews Church – please join us for this fund raiser.
10th December – Waterside WI are hosing this year’s Beaulieu Group Carol Service to be held at St Andrews Church at 11am