Chobham Evening WI

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    Chobham Village Hall




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Chobham Evening Women's Institute meetings are held every 2nd Wednesday of each month. New members always welcome.

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Chobham Evening Women's Institute meetings are held evenry 2nd Wednesday of each month at Chobham Village Hall, from 8:00pm till 10:00pm.

NEW MEMBERS always welcome. All W.I.s are open to any woman whatever her age, political or religious beliefs. Come along and introduce yourself and hopefully you will want to join our W.I. The meeting begins with a few notices followed by a break for a drink and chatter then a talk or demonstration. We have a very wide and varied selection of speakers sometimes combining slides such as Theatre, Wild Life, Crafts, Keep fit, Travel, Art, Music etc. etc. etc.

Regular yearly events
Summer luncheon garden party, skittles evening, Salvation Army W.I. carol concert in Guildford, Christmas pantomime. Also we are part of a group of nine local W.I.s (the Bourne Group) which meet together twice a year to have a special evening of entertainment. Scrabble evenings regularly take place at one of our members’ houses and contests are also held within the Bourne Group. Also fund raising events such as a ‘tabletop sale’ and a stall at the Chobham Carnival. We enter various competitions with the Bourne Group which can be great fun.

Recent outings
Waddesdon Manor; audience for a TV programme at the BBC, Shepherds Bush studios; The Globe Theatre; British Wildlife Centre, etc.

In 2002
we are very much looking forward to a special visit from our friends in the Washago W.I., just North of Toronto.

Did you know the W.I. has....
It’s own publications on a wide range of interests such as gardening, crafts, cooking, etc.
It’s own monthly magazine ‘Home and Country’.

It’s own college, Denman College, near Oxford, running about 200 short courses.
AND the W.I. cares and is effective in today’s world, showing concern for the dangers of oil polution and calling for more research into alternative sources of energy, fair trading, ‘keep Britain tidy’ campaign and many other topics effecting our world today.

Is it jam and Jerusalem, Ladies in hats?
Is it embroidery and talking of children and cats?
Is it cooking and watching flowers being arranged?
It is some of these things but the image has changed?

There’s talk of food additives, morals, education,
The environment, things that affect our great Nation
The speakers are varied, on topics galore,
We’ve our own Denman College, where we can learn more

Many members are working but still think it fitting
To come out at night, not stay home with their knitting!
There’s friendship, enlightenment, laughter and chat
And even ‘new women’ can’t quarrel with that

When ill-informed people disparage our movement
Although it’s not perfect, there’s room for improvement
We try to persuade them to come to a meeting
They’ll have a great time and it still takes a beating!

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This entry was last updated: 07/Nov/2012