Blundeston & Flixton W.I.

Would like to invite you to make new friends, meet old friends, have some fun, make a fresh start, learn a new hobby or skill

We meet in Blundeston Village Hall on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm

 

Blundeston and Flixton W.I. was founded in 1922 and our members have taken part in many community projects in recent years. We have cleared the Village pond; spring cleaned the Village Hall; made a set of tapestry kneelers for the church; presented to the Village a sign depicting David Copperfield; planted trees around the Village and on the Millennium Green and cleared rubbish up around the village. We usually exhibit at the Suffolk Show each year, and in the year 2000 completed and won first prize in a Millennium Challenge to record for posterity an area of our local environment, as part of a Countywide endeavour.

Locally we offer our members various educational activities and take a keen interest in public affairs and environmental issues.

Members are encouraged to take up opportunities offered at Local, County and National level of learning new skills or expanding an existing craft or hobby. Our Institute offers a bursary to help cover Members expenses for such courses. One of our members went on a Sugar Craft course run by the W.I. - subsequently became a tutor on the subject and then qualified as a National Sugar Craft Judge! Another member qualified as a National Craft Judge and several members are cookery judges. One of our members teaches a local art group every week in the Village Hall.

Blundeston Village Hall was originally built for and run by the W.I. and was later handed over to the Parish Council who now run the Hall with a management committee.

W.I. membership fees for 2017 are 39.00 which includes a monthly magazine,

 Visitors are welcome to attend any meeting - the cost per visitor is 3.50 .

We are a member of the Suffolk East Federation of Womens Institutes

  We are members of Group 19 in SEFWI together with Kessingland, Mutford and Rushmere, Oulton Meadows, The Dales, Gullivers Girls, Lowestoft Afternoon, Pakefiled Beach Belles and Marsh Maidens.

The W.I. has its HQ in London with a professional Staff looking after our interests.

There is a residential W.I. Adult Educational College in Oxfordshire. Denman College is wholeheartedly committed to Lifelong Learning.  Email; info@denman.org.uk.

The W.I. was started in Canada in 1897 by Adelaide Hoodless. She lived in Stoney Creek in Ontario and her fourth child died, from what she believed was her own ignorance of hygiene and childcare. As a result she started classes for local women on domestic science, and from these beginnings the W.I. has evolved.
The W.I. was started in this country in 1915 to voice womens concerns and is now the largest and most influential voluntary womens organisation in this country. It enables women to turn their interests into achievements and their concerns into campaigns.

Among thye subjectss for our meetings in 2017 are:Scottish Country Dancing,Singing Choir, Homestart, Suffolk Murders, Queen Victoria, Lowestoft St John Ambulance, and Beach Life.

Variuos Outings and extra activities will be arranged during the year and we have a Lunch Club, a Book Club, a Darts Team and a Theatre and Cinema Group

As you can see we are not  All Jam and Jerusalem.

If you are interested in coming along please contact  Chris Goldson on 01502 581347 or Barbara Shaw on 01502 730885, or any WI member for further information

 

Link to national WI site