Wallington Village Women’s Institute

Wallington Village WI meet on the third Thursday of each month (except August) in the Village Hall at 7.30pm.

We draw our members from Wallington and the surrounding area. We take an active part in village life and support many of the organised village functions. Our interests are many and varied, including a regular craft meeting, local walks and outings. We hold an annual plant sale in the village and try to visit local gardens during the year. Members often join events organised by our Hampshire Federation and get the opportunity to hear top class speakers at county events.

You can catch up with our programme for the year on the Hampshire WI website – www.hampshirewi.org.uk and clicking the link to Hampshire WI’s and Wallington Village.

Come along and visit us yourself. You can be sure of a warm welcome. You may come to 3 meetings as a visitor before deciding whether or not to join.

Apologies to WI

 As Editor of the magazine I wish to apologise for inadvertently putting in the wrong WI article in the recently issued summer edition.  Some of you noticed quite quickly that what was printed was the article which had appeared in summer last year.

 I am very sorry for the slip. The article that should have appeared is below and an update incorporating it will also be in the Christmas edition.

 Arthur Hackney


Once in a While – Wallington Village WI


Since our last report we have held our Annual Meeting, re-electing Maralyn Williams as President. Nationally the WI has held its Annual Meeting in Brighton, attended by two of our members where WI members passed resolutions about Avoiding Food Waste and one about Dementia Care.


Our speakers have included a talk about Chinese cultured pearls and the role of a Yeoman of the Guard. A very colourful speaker was Mr Mpario, a Masai warrior, in full national dress, who gave a fascinating talk about the Wildlife in the Masai Mara, with amazing photos and many anecdotes.


Members have attended the Federation Spring Council meeting in Portsmouth and the Group Spring meeting at Titchfield Community Centre.  Here the speaker was Ian Brennan, a renowned local sculptor and wood carver, who described how his business had risen from the ashes of a disastrous fire in his workshop to become a thriving business. Members have also competed in the Group Quiz, winning their heat and going on to the final later in the year.


At the end of May, we had a very successful visit to the Carpet of Flowers at Arundel Cathedral, and admired the many floral decorations and the intricate carpet of flowers covering the nave.


In the community, we have held our annual plant sale in the Village hall in May, and provided the teas at the Wallington Village fete in July, when we were able to make a donation to the WVCA funds.


We continued with our informal social lunch meetings with lunch at the Cob and Pen. We will continue  to do so during the autumn and winter.


Our knitting group continues to meet, but for various reasons, the craft group will be re-organised. We will, however, be having a craft afternoon tea in the village hall in the autumn to make decorations for the Christmas Tree Festival, held at the Methodist Church in December.

 We still hold our Trading Post table, for unwanted books, bric-a- brac and other items, donations given to the WI Denman College or the WI’s charity, Associated Country Women World - wide.


Future plans include a visit to Furzey Gardens in the New Forest and a coach trip to Windsor in November to view the exhibition of the Queen’s wardrobe. Our September meeting will be a Harvest Supper and quiz.


Our speaker, John Stokes, inspired us to arrange a foraging walk with him in September, so we wait to see what we can discover with him!


We will be taking part in the group skittles in September and attending the autumn group meeting and social when there will be a Ceilidh and fish and chips supper.arvest


If anyone would like to sample a WI evening, we meet on the 3rd Thursday each month at the Wallington Village Hall at 7.30pm.  We would be delighted to see you.


Jean Luckett, Secretary Wallington Village WI