Walgrave Women's Institute
Walgrave WI traditionally meets in the Baptist Chapel Schoolroom on the third Monday of each month at 7.30 pm for an evening of entertainment and conversation Exceptions to this are the summer lunch in lieu of the August Meeting and the Christmas meal instead of December's meeting, both of which have been held in the Royal Oak.
The group is long established but has been getting a little smaller in numbers over the last few years and we have about 24 active members now looked after by a small committee of Helen Mead (President), Pauline Ealing (Secretary), Marion Whittle (Treasurer) Jenny Knight and Diane Freeman (who perform all the other duties).
A typical meeting starts with a short time for business followed by a "speaker". This latter may be someone with a tale of an illustrious family member or an interesting trip, a local art or natural history specialist, or someone who is willing to demonstrate a craft or skill. Over the last year or so for example we have enjoyed talks about "My wife and the Mafia", a history of British folk music delivered by a folk band (complete with clog dancing!) and a member recounting tales of a Scandinavian and Baltic trip illustrated with her photographs. This is usually followed with time to catch up with our friends or chat with the speaker over refreshments provided by a rota of nominated hostesses.
Naturally our adventures have been curtailed since the onset of Covid-19 with many members needing to "shield" for a variety of reasons. We are unclear at present when we will be able to resume face to face meetings but are hoping to have a walk and a picnic lunch in the first week of September (weather permitting) so if you would care to join us for this please let Helen know either by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or ring her on 780064.
When we are ready to start meeting again, we will make sure this is disseminated not only to the members but on the village website and via the Walgrave Together Facebook page.