June Meeting

Shorwell WI meets monthly on the second Monday at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall, Russell Road, Shorwell.

In June we meet on Monday 11th. Our speaker is Bob Longton, “Island Roads Were Different”. As a relative newcomer to the Island (4 ½ years), I think the roads are still different so I’m looking forward to hearing more. The competition in June is for members to submit a ‘Picture of Vintage Transport’ and we have our usual Bloom of the Month Competition and raffle.

We’ve been busily preparing our wares for the Produce and Preserves stall at the Midsummer Fair. We know how well you have supported our stall in the past as we rarely take anything home, which is fantastic for the Midsummer Fair coffers.

We’re also busy planning our annual outing, which this year will be to Farringford House, followed by a cream tea at the Pearl Centre. Later in August we have our members and guests Garden Party held in at the home of one of our members.

Does any of this peak your interest? Don’t forget we’re always happy to tell you more about our WI so don’t be shy if you’ve something to ask and as always, you are very welcome to come and visit us and see what we do. There’s no charge for your first 3 visits.

If you would like more information please feel free to call Debbie on 741384.

May Meeting

Shorwell WI meets monthly on the second Monday at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall, Russell Road, Shorwell.

Hospitalisation, unfortunately, meant a last minute and unexpected change of speaker in April. This did however mean that we were able to welcome Ruth Waller who spoke to us about the history of Yarmouth Pier and the project to restore it, with her talk entitiled ‘A Pier’s Tale’.

Despite the appalling weather many of us were delighted to take part in the Sheep of Shorwell, which saw hundreds of sheep in all shapes and sizes around the village; look out for their return next Easter.

May is our ‘resolutions meeting’ when we will be voting on whether to support the National Federation in the proposal to lobby government for better support for mental illness. Did you know that the WI has been instrumental in campaigning? One of the most well known campaigns, ‘Keep Britain Tidy’, came from a WI resolution in 1954.

In May we meet on Monday 14th at 7.30pm, our speaker is Suzanne Whitewood MBE. Suzanne’s talk “Fishfags to Coffee” includes tasters! As usual we will have our Bloom of the Month Competition and raffle.

You are very welcome to come and visit us and see what we do. There’s no charge for your first 3 visits, after that we’d be delighted for you to join us as a member, the cost is £30.75 (May or June) or £20.50 (July-Sept).

If you would like more information about what we do please feel free to call Debbie on 741384.

Sheep of Shorwell

Over Easter 356 sheep invaded Shorwell, around the village and in the church. Their presence raised £667 for the church toilet/kitchen fund!

April Meeting

Shorwell WI celebrating 70 years 1948 – 2018

Shorwell WI meets monthly on the second Monday at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall, Russell Road, Shorwell.

At the March meeting 25 of our members attended and enjoyed hearing about (and sampling) Jim Miller’s fine Rosé wine choices; we were also delighted to see our decorated pottery pieces from the February meeting.

Our website www.shorwellwi.org.uk now includes the first scrapbook, ‘1915-1965 50 years of the WI’. Although Shorwell WI was still in its teens in 1965, the scrapbook is a great insight into the social history of Shorwell village, with information about local groups and events and some familiar faces. The scrapbook can be found by clicking on the ‘Blog’ tab and can be downloaded as a PDF.

As the lighter days become more evident we start to think about the Midsummer Fair and our popular Produce & Preserves stall; marmalade, jam & chutney pans to the ready!

In April we meet on Monday 9th at 7.30pm, when we will hear about Costumes in Theatre with Andrew Wilson-Jenner.

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 what we do please feel free to call Debbie on 741384.

Shorwell WI Wallhanging

In 2016 our WI was visited by Mark Earp, who explained the idea of a wall hanging to commemorate 100 years of the end of the Great War 1918 – 2018. A piece of sack material, the same as the sandbags used at the time, was provided; the brief was to represent our village using any media. After much research and head-scratching we decided to use our wall hanging to reflect those lost in the war who went from Shorwell village, together with the postcards that the men would have been sending home.

The Parish Hall was built as a memorial to those lost. It therefore features as the centrepiece surrounded by the names of the men. The postcards are our take on the type of correspondence that would have been received at the time.

We believe it will be hung, along with 99 other wallhangings, in Carisbrooke Castle Museum.

We hope you enjoy it and feel it reflects our village appropriately.

Wine Tasting

25 of our members attended the March meeting and enjoyed hearing about (and sampling) Jim Miller’s fine Rosé wine choices, ably assisted by Britany and Chantelle.

The wines we sampled:-

  1. La Roche Rosé, 2016 Cabrnet d’Anjou, Loire – 11%
  2. Grand Sud Merlt, 2016 Pays d’Oc, Languedoc – 12.5%
  3. La Petit Chapelle, 2016 Bordeaux – 13%
  4. Jean D’Aosque Gande Cuvée, 2016 Genache, Pays d’Oc – 12%
  5. Coteaux Varois de Provence 2016 Brignoles, Var – 12.5%
  6. Billette Cotes de Provence Pierrefeu du Var, – 13%

Read moreWine Tasting

March Meeting

The speaker for the March meeting on the 12th will be Jim Miller on Wine tasting with some examles for members to taste.

If you would like to join us please arrive at the venu, Shorwell Village Hall, Russell Road, Shorwell, by 7:25pm or call Debbie on 01983 741 384.

Our next meeting will be on the 9th April at 7:30pm.

March Meeting – Monday 12th

Shorwell WI celebrating 70 years 1948 – 2018

Shorwell WI meets monthly on the second Monday at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall, Russell Road, Shorwell.

What a super start to the year we’ve had. In January, 27 members and guests met for our post-Christmas lunch at the Wightmouse in Chale. We were looked after very well and all enjoyed the good food and good company.

As Easter is early this year our annual Soup & Pudding lunch was held 6 February. 50 visitors joined us from across our Community and the wider Island. The homemade soup and conversation flowed and the puddings, as always, were very well received and very little food was taken home.

At our February meeting our speaker was Anne Brown from Fired Arts who helped us with a hands-on session of decorating unfired items for Easter (we look forward to seeing the results post-firing!).

We now have a website www.shorwellwi.org.uk with more information of past events and upcoming activity. Please have a look and see what we’re up to.

In March we meet on Monday 12th at 7.30pm. Our meeting will be Wine Tasting with local enthusiast Jim Miller. 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 what we do please feel free to call Debbie on 741384.