Metheringham Women's Institute

"Today's Women Working for Tomorrow's World"

Metheringham WI News :

Women's Institute LogoThe WI is the largest voluntary women's organisation in the UK, with a quarter of a million members belonging to some 5000 local WI's in England and Wales. It offers women the chance to make new friends, learn new skills and get involved in their communities, wherever they live.  You can be sure of a warm welcome when you move into a new area, have a career change or just want to get away from family for an evening.

This year, in Metheringham, speakers' topics have included environmental issues, travels with a junior choir in Australia and the art of quilling.  A local poet read some of his original humorous works.  Members were joined by friends for a flower demonstration and supper and enjoyed a visit to Mrs Smith's Cottage at Navenby (preserved in its original early 1900's state) followed by refreshments at the village tea shop.

Discussions were held in all W.I.s throughout England and Wales about the training of care workers who look after the elderly, to help eliminate abuse, also about the provision of an effective school nursing service nationally.  These resulted in appropriate  resolutions being sent to HM Government, which is still being pressed over the issue of the closure of rural Post Offices and the continued pensions and benefits being paid in cash at Post Offices after 2002.  The W.I. also urged the Government to order a thorough investigation into the Foot and Mouth epidemic.

Meetings are held in the Methodist Hall, Fen Lane at 7:30pm.  Potential members can come as visitors for up to 3 meetings, fee £1.50, and will be made very welcome.

Some of our members, with a little support from the local History Group are gradually making headway in the clearing the ground, prior to wild flower planting, at the garden around the natural spring in Drury Street.  A grant from Shell Better Britain to the Institute is providing funds to restore the one-time garden there, so enthusiastic gardeners will be especially welcome to join the W.I.!

Contact us for further information : Dian on 07932 520362 or Shirley on 01526 320058