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.

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%

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