Clubs and Groups

Woodmancote & Henfield WI

Woodmancote & Henfield WI

Location: Henfield Hall
Date & Time: 3rd Wednesday of the month at 2.15pm
Contact: Val Creek

Henfield Hall
Coopers Way


01273 958202

Woodmancote & Henfield W I are a thriving group who have been in existence in the village since 1991.  We currently have a membership of between 40 and 50 members  and women of all ages are very welcome to join.  You may like to pop along to one of our monthly meetings as a visitor (details of our programme appear in BN5 every month) before deciding to become a member.

We usually welcome a speaker to our meetings and aim to cover a wide range of topics throughout the year’s programme.  We end our meetings with some time to get to know one another, whilst we enjoy a cup of tea and cake! We also have additional groups for members including a reading group, craft group, Scrabble and walking groups.

Although we have an elected committee to lead the group locally, we welcome ideas and input from all our members in what interests them and what we should take part in.

Members are charged an annual subscription, which covers a calendar year, however, should you choose to join mid way through the year, this is reduced pro rata. The W I Is a national body, made up of County Federations (ours being the West Sussex Federation).  We aim to make a positive difference to peoples’ lives by education and promoting topics of particular concern, of national importance, via a resolutions procedure arranged by the National Federation of W Is.

Members do not need to have any skills to join, but we hope that they gain not only good friends but also knowledge and a variety of skills from the Womens’ Institute. The WI owns a training facility, Denman, in Oxfordshire, where a huge variety of courses are held, both day courses and residential.  This provides a wonderful opportunity for members to study courses of particular interest to them, throughout the year.  In addition the West Sussex Federation arrange many day events where members can take part and learn new skills and/or knowledge.

Locally, we take part each Autumn in the Henfield Charities Fair and on alternate years are very involved in the Henfield Summer Fayre .  We do look forward to welcoming visitors to our meetings and hope that they will then want to join us by becoming a member of Woodmancote & Henfield W I.

Programme 2019 (Meetings start at 2.15 pm unless marked with an asterisk  as these meetings begin at 12.30 for 1 pm lunch)

12 December 2018*  Christmas Lunch 12.30 for 1 pm, followed by entertainment

January 16th     Nick Peniston Bird          Horse Racing Afternoon

February 20th   Jean Whiting      My Work in Haiti

March 20th        Madeline Salvetti       Mistresses & their influence on History, 28th Birthday Meeting and Tea

April 17th            Katy Bourne       Police and Crime

May 15th*                Resolutions Meeting       Light lunch 12.30 for 1 pm then Voting for Resolutions

June 19th            Debbie Wells     40 years of the Aldingbourne Trust

July 17th             Jenny Budd        Experiences in a Royal Household

August                 No meeting        Outing – members only

Sept 18th            Pebble Beach Ukelele Band       WI Centenary Tea Party (in the Garden Room)

October 16th*     Annual Meeting      Light lunch 12.30 for 1 pm, followed by Annual Meeting

November 20th   In house           Games Afternoon

December 11th *  Mel Rees        Christmas Lunch 12.30 for 1 pm, followed by   A Christmassy Look at Life

Please make a note of the earlier date of the December meetings