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May 2018  - WIdget’s Warblings

These are the events read out at the beginning of each monthly meeting.  Further details on these can be found on our events table.

May Meeting

We have a misprint in our program – May should read the 9th not the 19th. We have our next monthly meeting this Wednesday 9 May 2018 - this is a very special event as it is our 4th Birthday party! We have a very special evening planned. There’s a lovely spring gift for all of our members to collect at the meeting. We’ve a surprise activity planned where you’ll make something gorgeous to take home with you. The cost to members is nothing and it’s £10 for guests if they’d like to make something too – unless they join us on the night, of course. We’d welcome extra cake to help us celebrate.

It’s Quiz time again! For those of you who are new to WI, the Federation Quiz is an annual event, which starts with the first rounds held in the Groups, between 7 May and 13 July 2018. These rounds are self financing and the Group or participating WIs must cover the costs. If your team is lucky enough to win the Group round, then you will progress to the final, which will be held on Friday 12 October 2018 at the Pavilion-on-the-Park, 1 Kingfisher Road, Eastleigh, SO50 9LH. There will be monetary prizes of £70, £40 and £20 for the three winning teams in the final. The questions for the Group rounds will be sent out by the end of April. The Group rounds should take around two hours to complete and all answers written as a combined team effort and the results sent to WI House, Eastleigh. This is on Monday 25th June.

Closing date for entries is Friday 13 April 2018. This event is open to members only. Entries received by Friday 13 April will cost £13 per WI for a team of 5 members. Late applications received after 13 April will cost £15. 

Centenary celebrations

Dabble day: is being held on the 15th July at Crookham Village Hall to celebrate 100 years of the Hampshire WI, this will be organised by the Hart group of WI’s.(When July comes around we will be the organisers for the Hart group.) As the name suggests you will have a chance to Dabble in different crafts. Plus the Allotment challenge (see below). Also anyone who loves to make chutneys /Jams. There will be a competition for the best chutneys & Jams. The recipe doesn’t have to be a WI recipe. But you can use a recipe that is a favourite in your family maybe handed down the generations or just a recipe that you have/found that you particularly love. It will be judged by a WI judge. Also there will be another competition for a Victoria Sandwich which you will have to use the WI recipe for. We will hand the recipe out at a later date. We do hope as many as possible of you will take this chance to show off your prowess in Chutney & Jam, cake making. The ticket price for this event is £5.00 for you, you can bring a friend also for £5.00- Women only This entitles you to entry, try the different crafts, afternoon tea. (Bacon Butties & refreshments for a small charge).  (Part of the afternoon tea will be the cakes that have been entered for the Victoria Sandwich competition)

Now to the Allotment Challenge – Do you like to knit/sew/crochet/felting, quilting?  We would like you to have a go at making fruit & Vegetables to enter into the Allotment Challenge. What we need is three items of the same fruit or vegetable which need to be identical to be entered into the competition. (Just as you would see at an annual fete/garden show of fresh fruit & veg). All patterns can be found on the internet and they are free. There are also books on this subject available. Please put in as many entries as you like. Hoping we could do this at craft club as our project for the next few months. Anyone wishing to come along, we’d love to see you there.

Craft club is always on the Wednesday following the monthly meeting 7.30 M&S cafe The Meadows

Date for your diary, WI Fest – Part of the centenary celebration for Hampshire WI will be held on the 13 May 2018 Eastleigh Recreation Park 10.30am – 4.00pm. Hart group will be having a stall, Water into Wine. Hart group are asking all WI groups to ask individual members if they would kindly donate a bottle of wine if you are able. (Please bring a bottle into us and we will pass this on. Thank you) Anyone who would like to be added to the rota to help run this stall please let us know. WI Fest will be open to all WI members family’s and friends even husbands. There will be more information on this over the next few months.

Sunday 6th May Garden opening, this is a rare opportunity to see a beautiful 2 acres bluebell garden set in ancient woodland, which is not open to the public normally. It is part of the national garden scheme. Children under 16 welcome. Dogs welcome on leads. Brick Kiln Cottage, Herriard between Alton & Basingstoke. Anyone who would like to go the cost is £5.00 per person. (Cake and tea included in the price) All proceeds go to the Denman appeal. Event is open to all not just WI members. Open from noon to 5pm.

Important date for the diary:We do hope as many of you as possible will be able to come along to a meeting on Thursday 17th May at The Old School, London Road, Odiham, RG29 1AJ. If you come into Odiham from the Farnham end, take the right hand turn by the Hovis Sign on the Osteopath’s (before you get to the High Street proper) and it’s about 200 yards down London Road on your right. Where the Tilly Widgets are taking over the running of the Hart group for the coming year. It would be wonderful to have your support on this day. This is going to be a big commitment of time and effort for Tracey and the committee, we do hope we have your full support on this. By running Hart for the year it will mean organising a  skittles evening, an autumn & spring meeting also a Christmas service at the church for all of the Hart group. If all the WI members in Hart were to come we could have over 300 members. As we are such a new group this is all new too us and quite a challenge.

6th July :- Revolting Women - WaterWitch Pub Fri 6th Jul – 7.30pm. Colt Hill London Road, Odiham, RG29 1AL. (Basingstoke Canal). Revolting Women tells the Suffrage story through the eyes of a less well-known Pankhurst, Sylvia, who fought for the vote alongside working women in the East End. Sylvia meets Lettie and together they push to Parliament, to bend the ear of the Cabinet. A story of absolute commitment or dangerous obsession? Full of political satire, song and more suffrage societies than you can shake a stick at, Revolting Women unravels a contentious and momentous movement in history! Food available. Bar available. Bring chairs and blankets. Outdoor show. New Venue.

We would like to increase our membership. We have had a number of leaflets printed, we are hoping there are some of you who would be willing to put a few leaflets through the letterboxes of a dozen or so house that are near you. Hobby Craft are willing to put some leaflets by their tills, if you know of any other outlets who would be willing to do this please let us know. Please let us know if are able to help with this and we can provide leaflets during the evening.

Hampshire WI has commissioned a bone china mug depicting the WI.  Mug and box are priced at £12.50 and can be purchased at Spring Council and autumn meetings or ordered direct from WI House (cheques payable to HCFWI) and must be collected.

Jam Jars – monthly competition. A jar can be filled with anything useful but not any type of food item.

We are still collecting sanitary items for women’s refuge centres. Any items will be gratefully received.


Subs are now overdue for 2018. These are set at £41 next year. Please pay on-line or at our next meeting in April.  

You can pay through into our bank account 60-15-42 70156131 (please use your surname and what you are paying for as a reference). 

If you are new to the Tilly Widgets, or would like some further information, here is our welcome pack Welcome to the Tilly Widgets 2018.

A reminder to those present that refreshments are to generate funds which go towards payment of the hall & for payment of speakers.  The prices for tea, coffee and cake are displayed on the new refreshment notice board.

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