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Shiplake WI

Shiplake Womens Institute has around 60 members. We meet at 2.30 pm on the third Wednesday of every month (except August) usually at the Memorial Hall in Memorial Avenue.  The afternoon's programme includes a talk by an invited speaker and a splendid tea prepared by members.  Interesting trips and visits are also arranged throughout the year.

Contact: Audrey Simpson 01491 410256

WI Summer Party


The ladies were welcomed to the July Summer Party meeting with a glass of Elderflower fizz. Two members had been to the HOT WI Centenary tea party, where they had heard an excellent talk about tea. As it was our summer party, Joan Jolley kept the business to a minimum – she encouraged members to apply for bursaries at Denman and told the meeting about the Didcot Arts and Crafts exhibition and the Beechwood Group meeting in October.

Interesting articles in News & Views were pointed out, especially the talk by Stella Rimington and the message from our County Chairman. The mention of Walking Netball raised some interest as there is a new Walking Netball Group started in Shiplake.

Sue Lines confirmed details about the visits to Sonning Mill Theatre and Sandhurst and further information was given about the trips to Aston Pottery and Blakes Lock. There was a discussion about the date for a visit to Winchester Christmas Market, which was going to clash with a County event.

At the front of the hall were tables laid out with many baskets full of flowers and lengths of raffia. After some simple explanations all the ladies then helped to make dozens of small posies and buttonholes. These were to be taken to Shiplake Corner Shop the following morning to be given away to shoppers, dog-walkers, commuters and workers – in fact anyone who passed! The committee came up with this wonderful idea to help celebrate the Centenary of the WI, to spread some smiles around the local community and to promote the friendship within the WI.

After the posy making, a lovely party tea was enjoyed by members and guests

The next meeting will be in September and will be a talk by Marcelle Siddall about Ingwavuma – a women’s self-help group in south Africa. More details about Shiplake WI are on the Shiplake Village website and visitors are always welcome.

The posies were handed out by the corner shop the day after the party.

Article created / last edited: 24 July 2019

National Federation of Women's Institutes

Shiplake Women's Institute is part of the National Federation of Women's Institutes which is the largest voluntary organisation for women in the UK. The National federation has approximately 230,000 members in around 7,000 WIs throughout the British Isles with broad aims to educate women and to enable them to provide an effective role in the community, to expand their horizons and to develop and pass on important skills. 

Article created / last edited: 4 January 2014