March meeting

Another full house for our February meeting when we heard Sarah and Kelly talk to us about Cats Protection Isle of Wight Adoption Centre. Members very kindly donated cat & kitten goodies and a full box of donations was taken away.


As I write this, WI members in homes all over the village are making Soup and Puddings for our annual event. I hope if you were one of our many guests you enjoyed your lunch. A big Thank You to all of our members who contributed in any way; without their hard work it would not be possible.


Our March meeting is on Monday 11th. We have a ‘Mystery Activity’ evening planned; the only clue we have been given is to wear flat shoes and that we will all be able to join in! No competition this month, although our bloom of the month and raffle will be taking place.
We meet at 7.30pm in Shorwell Parish Hall on the 2nd Monday, every month except August.


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 for 2019 please feel free to call Debbie on 741384.

January Meeting

Wow!!! That was my feeling after Shorwell WI’s January meeting.
25 of our 28 members came to our meeting and in addition we welcomed 2 new members and 3 visitors. Our speaker Debbie Webb from Eastern Promise Dance Group had us all belly dancing with gusto and laughter…a super start to the New Year.
Later in January we enjoyed our regular post-Christmas/New Year lunch, this year held at the Old Smithy Godshill and attended by 40 members and guests.
We meet at 7.30pm in Shorwell Parish Hall on the 2nd Monday every month except August.
Our February meeting is on Monday 11th and we will be hearing a talk by The Cats Protection League. There will be a competition of a cat related item and the regular bloom of the month.
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 for 2019 please feel free to call Debbie on 741384.


We will be running our popular Soup and Pudding event on Saturday 16th February 12-2pm in Shorwell Parish Hall. An entry ticket is £6 for a bowl of homemade soup, a pudding and tea or coffee.

December Meeting

After an exciting month of celebrating our 70th Birthday in October thoughts turned to our November Meeting.

November is our Annual meeting month and our meeting fell the day after Armistice Day. One of our members talked about the lady Poet May Wedderburn Cannan and read a poignant WW1 poem. Our committee and Officers were elected and we are all systems go for the coming year.

A date for your diaries is the regular Soup & Pudding event. Next year we are holding this on Saturday 16th February, more details to follow next month.

We finish the year with a Christmas meeting 7.30pm on Monday 10th December. This will be an American Supper with entertainment provided by Harmonix, there will also be a secret Santa, raffle and competition.

If you would like to join us for the December meeting please contact me in advance, this will enable us cater accordingly. 741384 info@shorwellwi.org.uk

Finally, Merry Christmas from everyone in Shorwell WI, we look forward to seeing some of you at our meetings in 2019.

70th Birthday Party

On 22 October 45 members and guests, including the current President and 9 Past Presidents joined together to celebrate 70 years of Shorwell WI. The party was held in Shorwell Parish Hall where we have met for all of the 70 years. We enjoyed lots of lovely food and drink kindly served by Brighstone WI and we were entertained by the Brass Monkeys; some of us even danced the evening to a close. As with most events, the party was a success down to so many people contributing and many hands making light work. Thanks to all involved whether it was collecting the glasses, making the bunting, creating the lovely food or looking after our guests, to name but a few activities; it all goes to show what a great spirit of friendship Shorwell WI has.


Our celebration cake was cut by our longest serving member Pat Ridett, who joined Shorwell WI in 1967 and our most recent member Di Royall, who joined this year.

November Meeting

Shorwell WI celebrating 70 years 1948 – 2018

Our October meeting was very well attended and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the fish and chip supper.

October was a month of celebration with the meeting being followed a fortnight later by our birthday party when 45 members and guests celebrated 70 years of Shorwell WI; quite an achievement and many thanks to all those involved in making it a success.

November is a quieter month and we have no speaker. This is because November is the month when all WI’s on the Island hold their Annual Meeting. At this point all of our current committee stand down and a new committee is formed (hopefully with many of the previous committee members). It generally means we are quite ‘business focussed’; a good opportunity to hear about the workings of the WI as our Officers will cover what has been done during the year.

If you’d like to know more, why not come along and visit us. The meeting will be Monday 12th November 7.30pm in Shorwell Parish Hall.

Alternatively phone Debbie on 741384.

October Meeting

What a super August and September we have had! Our annual garden party was well attended and the sun shone for us.

Our programme planning for 2019 is gathering pace and we hope to have some varied and interesting speakers to entertain and educate our members and visitors.

October is our 70th Birthday meeting.

We meet on Monday 8th at 7.30 in the Parish Hall, Russell Road, Shorwell. We will be enjoying a fish and chip supper. If you intend to visit us, in this instance we ask that you please book in advance by calling the number below. The regular bloom of the month competition and raffle will be held.

As we also have a birthday celebration in October, our October Lunch Group will not take place, however, the Walking and Not Just Knitting Groups continue through the month. Please contact one of the organisers or me for information.

You can find out more about Shorwell WI by contacting Debbie on 741384 or by email deblumley.wi@gmail.com

September Meeting

Shorwell WI does not hold an ‘official’ meeting in August. We will, however, be holding our annual Garden Party in the garden of one of our members. This is a lovely opportunity to spend some social time and enjoy a WI tea with Members and their Guests.

In August we will be thinking about the Programme for 2019. If you are interested in being one of our speakers please contact me.

Shorwell WI’s Walking Group, Lunch Club and Not Just Knitting Groups continue all through the summer, please contact one of the organisers or me for information.

In September our meeting is Monday 10th at 7.30 in the Parish Hall, Russell Road, Shorwell. We will be holding a hands-on session making gift boxes with Sylvia Williams. The regular bloom of the month competition and raffle will be held and there is a competition of ‘a craft item you have made’.

Guests are always welcome, you don’t have to pre-book, just turn up on the evening; there’s no charge for your first 3 visits.

Contact Debbie on 741384 or by email info@shorwellwi.org.uk

Mid-summer Fair

What a brilliant event we took part in on 23rd June; the annual Shorwell Midsummer Fair. As usual Shorwell WI provided the goods and ran the Produce & Preserves stall and we excelled ourselves.

189 pots of Jams, Jellies, Marmalades, Chutnies, Gherkins and Pickled Eggs. Fresh garden produce of Rhubarb and Gooseberries and homemade sweets of Coconut Ice, many flavours of Fudge and Coffee Creams.

Despite the very hot weather people turned out in droves and were very generous in buying. Fortunately we had lots of members volunteering to work on the stall so everyone got a chance to enjoy the Fair too. We are delighted to say we beat our last year’s takings and were able to hand over a goodly sum to the Midsummer Fair Committee. All profits from the Midsummer Fair go to local organisations.

A big THANK YOU to everyone involved, whether you provided the ingredients or end product, volunteered in any way or were one of our many buyers. It all goes to show what a big part of our local community Shorwell WI is.

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July Meeting

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

What a busy month June will have been by the time the next meeting comes round. We will have prepared, labelled, & priced our produce and most importantly sold it all at the annual Midsummer Fair. We will have taken our trip to Farringford to hear all about the house which Tennyson lived in, followed by tea at the Pearl Centre. Our new Walking Group and Lunch Group will have met and those involved I’m sure will have enjoyed the company and activity of their chosen group. Our regular ‘Not Just Knitting’ Craft Group will have met twice and four of our WI members will have attended the Federation Annual Meeting to hear topical speakers and the latest WI news.

Our July meeting will be held on Monday 9th July, when our speaker will be representatives from Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance. The regular bloom of the month competition and raffle will be held and as always there is time to catch up with members and guests during refreshment time. During July the Groups will continue to meet regularly, details available at our meeting.

Guests are always welcome, you don’t have to pre-book, just turn up on Monday 9th July; there’s no charge for your first 3 visits.

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

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.