November Meeting

Our October ‘Hands on Sugarcraft’ meeting certainly stretched our dexterity, as we moulded and rolled sugar paste to make intricate flowers and leaves; all done with good humour and a lot of chat making it a most enjoyable meeting.

November is our Annual Meeting and is therefore a quieter and slightly more serious meeting. We have no speaker, although we have persuaded someone to run a short quiz for us after we’ve completed the business section of the meeting.

If you’d like to know more, why not come along and visit us. Visitors are always welcome to attend our regular meetings three times without charge and we are sure you’ll find a warm welcome.

As always we meet on the 2nd Monday of the month in Shorwell Parish Hall. November’s meeting will be held on Monday 11th November at 7.30pm.

For more information please call Debbie on 741384.

REPORT OF SHORWELL WI MEETING SEPTEMBER 2019

This month 21 members, plus visitor Sarah, were welcomed to our meeting. Birthdays this month were Barbara, Brenda, and Debbie.
Our activities over the summer – our trips to Quarr Abbey and the IW Cheese Company, plus of course our Garden Party – were all much enjoyed. Thanks must go to all who helped, and to Antonia for arranging the venue and being our hostess at the garden party.
Sadly, over the summer we lost Joyce, a Past President of our WI. We were pleased to help arrange her wake in the Village Hall, which was appreciated by her family.
Arrangements were begun for our 71st Birthday Meal in October; menu choices and numbers will be taken at the next meeting.
Some of our members had visited a production at the Apollo Theatre, and there will be further visits to the theatre and the cinema in the coming months with the new Social group.
Our speaker, Simon Butler, gave a presentation on how our household waste is collected and sorted for reuse, recycling, energy production or, lastly, landfill. The competition for ‘reuse of something normally thrown away’ was won by Di, who had re-purposed a chocolate box as an earring caddy; the Best Bloom was won by Barbara’s dahlia.

October Meeting

As we enter the last quarter of 2019 thoughts have turned to planning and booking our speakers for next year. I hope we have a programme planned which will have something for all our members to enjoy and will also encourage visitors and new members.

During the summer break we were saddened to have to say goodbye to one of our Past Presidents Joyce Blunn, but honoured to be asked to provide the catering for the celebration of her life.

Members and guests attended our annual garden party held in the Great Hall at Wolverton Manor. Earlier in the summer a small group attended the Apollo Theatre. The theatre trip was thoroughly enjoyed and we intend to continue the year with the occasional visit to the theatre and community cinema.

Our next meeting, 14th October, will be a ‘Hands on Sugarcraft’ meeting, the regular bloom of the month competition and raffle will also take place. Later in October we will be celebrating Shorwell WI’s 71st birthday.

Visitors are always welcome to attend our regular meetings three times without charge and we are sure you’ll find a warm welcome. We meet on 2nd Monday of the month, 7.30pm at Shorwell Parish Hall.

For more information please call Debbie on 741384.

September Meeting

Prior to our July meeting, 14 members visited the Isle of Wight Cheese Co. in Queens Bower. We saw and heard about the process of making the 5 delicious cheeses produced by local artisan Richard Hodgeson and his small team. At our meeting later the same day, members enjoyed sampling the cheeses we had purchased, along with a glass of wine, all accompanied with tasting notes.

Later the same week 20 members visited Quarr Abbey for a guided tour and cream tea.

We do 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.

Shorwell WI is not just about food though!

We cannot deny that we enjoy the foodie events, but being a WI member is also about the socialising and friendship, learning and discovering new things around us and often finding out unexpected things about ourselves and what we are capable of.

We have a weekly walking group and fortnightly ‘Not Just Knitting’ craft group both of which will continue all through the summer.

In August we will be thinking about the Programme for 2020. If you are interested in being one of our speakers please contact me.

In September our meeting is Monday 9th and our speaker is Simon Butler. Simon is the Communication and Community Engagement Manager, Environmental Services for Amey and will be telling us about Waste Management. The regular bloom of the month competition and raffle will be held.

Visitors are always welcome to attend our regular meetings three times without charge and we are sure you’ll find a warm welcome. We meet on 2nd Monday of the month, 7.30pm at Shorwell Parish Hall.

For more information please call Debbie on 741384

July Meeting

A great big THANK YOU for a successful June meeting is extended to all our members and guests. Whether you were one of our team of helpers, bought entry tickets, bought raffle tickets (raising £83 for IOW Young Carers) or merely attended, we had a ball! Marty Kristian entertained us with stories and clips taking us down memory lane and ended with a song, proving he still has what it takes!

Before we have our July meeting, we will have run our Shorwell WI Produce & Preserves Stall at the Midsummer Fair, attended the Federation Annual meeting hearing from local speakers, made cakes for the County Show and toured the IOW Cheese Factory in Queens Bower. And then of course there’s also our weekly walking group and fortnightly ‘Not Just Knitting’ craft group.

At our July meeting (8th) we will be holding a cheese and wine evening, sampling the cheeses bought at the Cheese Factory and enjoying a glass of wine or non-alcoholic drink.

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.

Visitors are always welcome to attend our regular meetings three times without charge and we are sure you’ll find a warm welcome. We meet on 2nd Monday of the month, 7.30pm at Shorwell Parish Hall.

For more information please call Debbie on 741384.

June Meeting

What an informative and busy evening our May meeting turned out to be! Roger Merry’s extensive knowledge of Lasting Power of Attorney kept the questions flowing and we all came away much more informed about this important subject. A short refreshment break meant we were able to cover all our business, including discussing and voting on the two proposed resolutions ‘Decline in local buses’ and ‘Don’t fear the smear’.

Our June meeting (10th) will be a far more relaxed ‘business-free’ meeting as we are being entertained by Marty Kristian, one of the founder members of The New Seekers (you surely remember I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing or You Know I’ll Beg Steal or Borrow?).
This is a ticketed open meeting, offered to anyone who would like to buy a £5 ticket (subject to availability). Why not make an evening of it; we’ll also have refreshments and a raffle.

We hope to see you at one of the events during June. Although do remember visitors are always welcome to attend our regular meetings three times without charge and we are sure you’ll find a warm welcome. We meet on 2nd Monday of the month, 7.30pm at Shorwell Parish Hall.

June continues to be a busy month. Our members will be providing support to Northcourt Open Gardens (2nd) and the County Show (30th) and of course June is also the month of the annual Midsummer Fair (22nd) when the WI Produce and Preserves stall will be present with homemade Jams, Chutneys and Sweets.

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

May Meeting

Despite some wonderfully warm Spring days, our Found Object Beach Walk fell on a cold & windy day. This did not stop 11 members and 3 guests from braving the elements and exploring Compton Beach, and with the guidance of Trevor from Dinosaur Isle we found dinosaur footprints, fools gold, gastro stones, dinosaur bones and even some fossilised fish poo! We left the beach with pockets and bags full of interesting objects ready for our April meeting when Trevor returned to share information about our finds and samples from the Dinosaur Museum.

Did you spot our WI sheep in the church during the Sheep if Shorwell event? She was made by members at our ‘Not Just Knitting’ Group; it’s often surprising what we find ourselves doing!

At our May meeting (13th May), we will be hearing from Solicitor, Roger Merry. Roger will be explaining why a Lasting Power of Attorney is needed. We will also discuss and vote on the two resolutions being taken to the WI National Annual Meeting. This year the topics being debated are the ‘Decline in local buses’ and ‘Don’t fear the smear’.

Our June event is fast approaching when Marty Kristian will be entertaining us. As this is a ticketed open meeting there will be no business and the meeting is open to everyone. See separate advertisement for more information.

Visitors are welcome to attend our regular meetings three times without charge and we are sure you’ll find a warm welcome. We meet on 2nd Monday of the month, 7.30pm at Shorwell Parish Hall.

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

April Meeting

March’s meeting had us scratching our heads and overhauling our memory banks with a 1950’s themed quiz; several members dressed the part too. Thanks go to members Antonia and Di for creating the entertainment for the evening at very short notice.
Our April speaker is Trevor Price from Dinosaur Island who will be helping us to analyse our findings from a guided ‘Found Object Walk’ on Compton Beach earlier in the month. Fingers crossed for a dinosaur fossil; the best found item will be this month’s competition winner.
The usual bloom of the month and raffle will also take place.
Our April meeting is on Monday 8th 7.30pm in Shorwell Parish Hall. We meet on the 2nd Monday, every month except August.
Outside of the regular monthly meeting our members are baking for the Sheep of Shorwell Easter event, making jams and chutneys for the Midsummer Fair, regularly meeting up for a weekly walk, a fortnightly ‘Not Just Knitting’ group and a monthly coffee get together.
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 or e-mail us at info@shorwellwi.org.uk

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.