Shorwell Picture Gallery

Taking advantage of the recent fine weather one of our members has taken some pictures of the village. These are intended for another project we are working on but they came out so well we are sharing them here.

April Update

What a fantastic opportunity technology has given us!

Bearing in mind that we have not had a physical meeting since March 2020, we have taken the opportunity to invite both mainland and Island based speakers to entertain us at our monthly virtual meetings. Our most recent speaker was a tour guide from Hampton Court whose talk on Gossip and Salacious Scandal from the Royal Courts kept us very entertained. We have interspersed the speakers with ‘homegrown’ meetings, phonecalls and emails ensuring that Shorwell WI’s spirit of friendship has been retained and members have been kept intouch.

As we move slowly through lockdown easing, we will continue to hold virtual meetings, but we hope that in May we will be able to take advantage of the rule of 30 outside and meet socially as a group. We are planning a gardening themed meeting for May, with a speaker from Crosslands Nursery in West Sussex. The talk will be coming from one of their large commercial greenhouses and will be presented by owner Ben Cross

This year Shorwell WI celebrates its 73rd birthday, I am sure 2020 will go down in our WI history books as being one of so many challenges. Despite these challenges we have been delighted that our members have stayed with us, we have also been pleased to welcome visitors (potential new members) to our meetings.

As 2021 progresses we will continue with our virtual meetings and move to physical meetings when permitted. As always, visitors are very welcome; if you would like to join one of our virtual meetings, please contact us to obtain the access codes required.

Our May meeting will be a Zoom meeting held Monday 10th May at 7.30pm for more information please contact Debbie 741384.

February Update

When planning for our 2021 programme, we decided to have another ‘Zoom’ speaker in hand for our January meeting, and weren’t we pleased with that decision, having lurched from Tier 1, to Tier 3, to Lockdown in a matter of a blink of an eye during December.

In January we were delighted to invite Beth Butcher (also a WI member, but from Enfield WI) to talk to us about British Sign Language (BSL). Beth was passionate about her subject and provided us with a great overview of the history of BSL and some hands-on practice.

This month we have also voted on the resolution we would like the IW Federation to consider – Stop women dying prematurely from coronary heart disease (CHD).

Our February meeting (Monday 8th February 7.30pm) will be a ‘homegrown meeting’, a friendly game of Pictionary, again using Zoom.

The annual subscription for 2021 is £44 and is usually due in January. This has been postponed until April to take into account the current difficult circumstances. If you are interested in joining our meetings to see whether our WI would suit you, there is no cost for January to March 2021. Please just contact Debbie (741384) or any of the committee members.

November Update

Our November meeting was planned as an online origami paper folding session filmed with a rostrum camera, but the new lockdown restrictions meant filming in a private home was impractical, and once again some quick thinking was needed. Everyone taking part was sent a pack of paper, with instructions on how to make a water lily gift bow, and almost everyone managed to make one, and also a paper Christmas tree. As our meeting came after the Remembrance weekend, we also had a poem from World War II and a song and video on women in wartime sent by Marty Kristian of the New Seekers.
Next month is, of course, our Christmas meeting, on Monday December 14th at 7.30pm, and we intend to celebrate via Zoom even if we can’t have our usual party in person. We will have a Christmas quiz, and prizes for the best Christmas outfit – Santa, Sparkly, anything goes! – and the best Christmas bloom.
In January we will have another speaker; Beth Butcher will explain all about British Sign Language. This has been booked as a Zoom session for Monday January 11th, and hopefully before too long we may be able to hold face-to-face meetings again.

We are a very friendly group and visitors are most welcome, there is no charge for your first three visits. If you would like more information about joining our Zoom meetings or learning more about our WI please feel free to call Debbie on 741384.

Shorwell Women’s Institute

2020, if nothing else, has taught us to expect the unexpected, make the most of what we can do and realise that there is no point trying to forward plan too far.
October 2020 saw Shorwell WI reach it’s 72nd birthday. Our original plans included a meal out, a monthly meeting where we would sing Jerusalem and enjoy a piece of birthday cake and glass of fizz and hear a real speaker. Not to be thwarted we managed a Covid secure meeting using Zoom; we heard from Peta Allingham, a very enthusiastic mainland speaker, who regaled us with her ‘Travels in a Quirky Car’ a Citroen 2CV. Our talented member Hilary played Jerusalem and Happy Birthday on her flugel and all our members had a small (pre-wrapped) cake delivered later in the month.
Those of you following the WI may know that our next meeting Monday 9th November 7.30pm would have been our annual meeting. With the agreement of all the IOW WIs, our Federation has delayed the annual meeting by 6 months, and it will now be held during quarter 2 of 2021. Thanks go to the members of Shorwell WI’s existing committee who have very kindly agreed to extend their tenure.
Our November meeting will now be a join in craft session. With the aid of a rostrum camera within the Zoom session, members will be able to follow the folding instructions to make Christmas ornaments and a card by folding paper (origami). Prior to the session members taking part will have a pack delivered containing all the necessary materials.
We are a very friendly group and visitors are most welcome, there is no charge for your first three visits. If you would like more information about joining our Zoom meetings or learning more about our WI please feel free to call Debbie on 741384.

September Up-date

Who would have thought, as we attended our WI monthly meeting in March 2020 that come October we would not have met again as a WI? We had a full programme planned and much to look forward to for the remainder of the year.

Following the announcement that we would be ‘locked-down’ and not to be deterred by any virus small or large, we took some time to take stock and re-evaluate our resources. With the help of a member with much technical resource available, a Committee who have been determined to keep the wheels on the WI bus and enthusiasm from many of our members we revamped our programme to suit the times. 

Since March we have been holding our monthly meetings using ‘Zoom’. To give us time and confidence to got to grips with the technology and seeing ourselves on screen, we started with homegrown ideas. We had a Quiz, played Bingo, participated in a home scavenger hunt whilst enjoying a cheese and wine evening, held some competitions and caught up socially. What a lovely way to keep the WI spirit of friendship alive.

To make sure we maintain contact with those not able to, or not inclined to zoom, we still send out our monthly newsletter, members’ birthdays have continued to be recognised and of course the phones are well used!

Lockdown easing was announced, and we planned and held a self-catered picnic, all socially distanced of course with no sharing of food, crockery or seats. It was all going so well until the rain started and failed to stop!

Fast forward to September and we felt sufficiently competent to invite a ‘real speaker’ to our Zoom meeting. Keith spoke to us about his career and experiences from a Cadet to Chief-Superintendent of South Yorkshire Police (now retired). Although a seasoned speaker, this was also Keith’s first Zoom talk.  It all worked well and proved a great success and for the first time, one of our members was able to invite a non-technical member to join the meeting, socially distanced but in the same living room.

At the time of writing this, it is Day 2 of living with the ‘rule of 6’. Our expectation is that, for the foreseeable future, Zoom will be our method of meeting.

Our next meeting will be Monday 12th October 7.30pm with speaker, Peta Allingham delivering a light-hearted talk called ‘Travels in a Quirky Car’.

We are a very friendly group and visitors are most welcome, there is no charge for your first three visits. If you would like more information about joining our Zoom meetings or learning more about our WI please feel free to call Debbie on 741384.

Our Year to Date

Can you believe that as you read this we are already looking towards the middle of the year? At the point of writing we have just had our March meeting in Shorwell and were thrilled to have Sarah Evans as our speaker. Sarah grew up in Brighstone. She now lives on the mainland, but during a family visit was able to come and give us a fabulous insight into her and her family’s experience of living on the Falkland Isles for a year. We were pleased to welcome a number of guests to our meeting, some from other local WI’s and some who had come along just to hear Sarah’s story. Sarah bases her stories around a very large picture of a Gentoo Penguin which she has created in mixed media.

In February we were humbled to hear from two speakers. Lauren Fry, from Young Carers gave an update on how our 2019 fundraising money had been spent and Kathryn Grimes provided an insight into our 2020 chosen charity The Wight Brainy Bunch.  Sadly both charities exist due to a local IOW need. It was great to hear about the work they do and how successful both charities have been and continue to be.

Also in February we held our annual fundraising event, this year instead of Soup we opted to provide a Ploughman’s and Pudding lunch, mainly to ease the strain in the hall kitchen. Despite the awful weather conditions, 42 visitors turned up and were very complimentary about our choice of Ploughman’s; many said how generous we had been providing the lunch for £6. Once again, a big Thank You must go out to all our members, visiting WI members and visitors who supported us. The £100 raffle takings will be donated to The Wight Brainy Bunch.

As with all WI’s the January meeting is always a busy one; annual subs to collect, events to organise and post festivity news to catch up on, and of course the usual WI business to be dealt with. We decided that an informal game of skittles would help the evening flow. We hired the skittle alley from Shorwell Sports & Social Club and commandeered the help of a local to keep us in line and a great evening of fun was had by all. Our star of the night, who hardly missed a skittle, was Pat Ridett.

It’s fair to say we are not as busy as some WI’s in between our monthly meetings, but we do thoroughly enjoy our evenings together and are looking forward to the next three months of an Easter themed meeting, a ‘street party style’ celebration of VE Day and a visit from a Horologist. We also shouldn’t forget that we’ll be making the items for sale and running the Produce & Preserves stall at the Shorwell Midsummer Fair.

April Meeting

At our March meeting Sarah Evans gave us a great insight into her and her family’s experience of living on the Falkland Isles for a year. We were thrilled to welcome a number of guests to our meeting, some from other local WI’s and some who had come along just to hear Sarah’s story. 

Our April meeting, due to take place the second Monday of the month, falls on Easter Monday; we have therefore brought it forward to Monday 6th April and, due to hall availability, it will be an afternoon meeting starting at 2pm. We will be enjoying the delights of Easter with Chocolate, Simnel Cake and Hot Cross Buns, plus decorating and parading Easter Bonnets. The usual bloom of the month and raffle will also take place.

Outside of the monthly meeting our members have started to make jams and chutneys for the Midsummer Fair and continue to meet for the fortnightly ‘Not Just Knitting’ group. A few members are meeting regularly to attend the theatre and other trips to the IOW Archives and Foodbank are being planned.

We are a very friendly group and Visitors are most welcome, there is no charge for your first three visits. If you would like more information about our programme please feel free to call Debbie on 741384.

Shorwell WI meets in the Parish Hall, Russell Road, Shorwell PO30 3JT.

Monthly Report February

23 hardy members braved the elements to attend our February meeting. We were humbled to hear from two speakers. Lauren Fry, from Young Carers gave an update on how our 2019 fundraising money had been spent and Kathryn Grimes provided an insight into our 2020 chosen charity The Wight Brainy Bunch. Sadly both charities exist due to a local IOW need. It was great to hear about the work they do and how successful both charities have been and continue to be.
On March 9th 7.30pm we will be joined by Sarah Evans, who will be telling us about the year she spent in the Falkland Islands.
If you are thinking of joining Shorwell WI or are just curious about what we do, please feel free to come along to one or two of our meetings and spend the evening with us. If you would like more information please feel free to call Debbie on 741384.
We meet at 7.30pm in Shorwell Parish Hall on the 2nd Monday every month except August.
Finally, Thank you to all our members, visiting WI members and visitors who once again supported our annual fundraising event on 18th February, the raffle proceeds of which will be donated to The Wight Brainy Bunch.

February Meeting Report

At our February meeting, we trialled a PA system for the first time, hopefully to enable everyone to hear the speakers more clearly. Maria and both Lesley’s have birthdays this month, and in total 21 members were welcomed to the meeting.
Everyone who attended the New Year lunch had enjoyed the meal. Our next event is the fundraising Ploughman’s and Pudding, and final arrangements were made for helpers and catering. We were also told about the next meeting of the Longstone Group in March, and tickets were available.
The business included voting for which of the proposed WI resolutions should go forward to the Annual Meeting in June. Our choice was ‘To increase potential stem cell donor registration’ and our choice will be forwarded to WI House.
Looking ahead the Midsummer Fair, we now have clear health guidelines to follow when making preserves, drawn up by Antonia. Most of this is common sense, but it is good practice to have a written guide.
Our WW1 wall hanging is to be displayed In the hall, and the meeting agreed to the cost of its being framed professionally.
After the business, Debbie read an amusing poem about Valentine’s Day and chocolates!
Our two speakers were Lauren from Young Carers, our charity for 2019; and Catherine from Wight Brainy Bunch, our charity for 2020. Both told us of the work they do to support respectively children aged 5-18 who have taken on a caring role at home, and people suffering with brain tumours and their families on the Island. After tea, the Best Bloom was judged, and the winner was Isabel’s black hellebore.