WHO ARE WE?
WE are a friendly group of ladies who meet on the first Thursday of every month at 2.15pm in the Parish Hall in Church Road. Bagshot WI was founded in 1923 – eight years after the UK’s first WI was formed in Anglesey. In 2013 we were privileged to be joined by Sophie, Countess of Wessex, for our 90th birthday celebrations.
WHAT DO WE DO?
WE provide members with interesting, entertaining and thought-provoking speakers, lots of chat and companionship, and a lovely cup of tea! We also have outings, we go ten pin bowling and a group of us meet for lunch in local pubs. We would very much like to welcome more (and younger!) members to help keep the proud tradition of Bagshot WI going for the next 90 years. See our programme (below) for what’s in store for 2014.
THE WIDER PICTURE
BAGSHOT is in the Chobham Ridges Group which includes Lightwater, Windlesham, Bisley and Mytchett WIs. Each WI hosts a group meeting in turn. Eight to ten members are invited from each of the other WIs and as many as wish to can attend from the host WI. After the business is dealt with we have a special speaker or entertainer, finishing with tea (or supper, depending on the time of day) in grand WI style.
As a member of the WI you will also have access to Denman, our very own college in the heart of the Oxfordshire country-side, where you can book residential or day courses covering a huge range of crafts and skills or subjects of special interest (i.e. history, rambles, visits) all led by expert tutors. Bursaries are sometimes available to help with the financial side. For more information on what is available at the college go to www.denmancollege.org.uk. You can also stay at Denman on a b&b basis if you want to explore the Oxfordshire Cotswolds.
YOU may have noticed our millennium planter by the Jubilee Lamp in The Square. This was the brainchild of one of our members, Celia Waller (pictured – she continues to keep the planter looking pretty to this day) and achieved with the help of grants from Surrey Heath Council and Windlesham Parish Council. Our members also made the first set of robes worn by the Mayor of Surrey Heath.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
THE subscription is £34.70 a year. For this you will also receive a copy of the WI’s monthly magazine, WI Life, packed with interesting features, offers and useful info, and the Surrey Federation’s own magazine. We also ask for a 50p donation towards the cost of refreshments at meetings. You are welcome to come to one of our meetings as a visitor free of charge to see if you like us!
Our President, Doreen Nash (01276 473419) and Secretary, Carolyn Norman (01276 471192) will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Other committee members are Barbara King (who takes the minutes); Lesley Roberts (who looks after the money), Ann Bull, June Green, Angela Jones, Pat Randles and Celia Waller.