The Women's Institute in Sheriffhales is in its sixty-third year. We have a different experience every month on the fourth Thursday, ranging from every possible subject that we might be interested in. We always welcome visitors. Please look on the notices on the board in the lay-by to see the programme for this year.
We have taken part in the Shropshire Federation of Women's Institutes walks this year. In May 2014, several of the Sheriffhales ladies plus supportive family and friends walked two parts of the Shropshire Way to help celebrate SFWI's 95th birthday year. Conquering the Wrekin involved two groups converging at the summit from opposite sides whilst the Ironbridge section took us on a long descent from Benthall, then uphill to Coalbrookdale. Other ladies have delighted in the county walks in various locations. Many members also take part in the walking for health programmes in the village and around the area. Some members have travelled further afield to Denman College again this year. Outings, holidays and activities of all kinds are available from Shropshire Federation. We take part in Shrewsbury Flower Show as either stewards or competitors in August with notable success this year after many years of absence.
We celebrated our Jubilee in 2012 at the same time as Her Majesty The Queen. we were so proud to have received letters in response to Margery Nuttall's initial letter to the palace.
We raise money each year for a local charity. Many ladies enjoyed our Fashion Show last year which raised over £500 for Newport Cottage Care. Our charity for this year has been the Telford MS Society and the fundraiser was a Silent Auction at our birthday party in May. A cheque for £100 was later given to the society.
We look forward to lots of experiences to be shared next year. We have welcomed several new members this year so far and would like to see many more ladies visiting or joining us in 2015. You will find a great welcome!
HISTORY OF THE WOMENS INSTITUTE
The W.I. was formed in 1915 and is now the largest voluntary women's organisation in the U.K. It has an unrivalled reputation as the voice of reason, integrity and intelligence on issues that matter to women and their communities
The W.I. campaigns on a wide range of social and environmental issues such as ending violence against women, food, farming and currently the protection of honey bees.
Denman College is the W.I.'s own college in Oxford offering learning opportunities ranging from arts and crafts to information technology and public speaking.
Sheriffhales W.I. began meeting in May 1952 and has a steady membership of around 25. Speakers are invited to meetings to talk to the members on a variety of subjects - covering both serious and light-hearted themes though at all times educational. Group outings are frequently arranged visiting places of interest or the theatre.
The W.I. I s not about making jam and cakes - as delicious as they are - we have been fund raising - last year we supported the New Village Hall Fund and this year we are arranging events to raise funds for the Lingen Davies Cancer Centre.
Why not come and visit us - you might be pleasantly surprised - the venue Sheriffhales Village Hall - 7.30 p.m. on the 4th Thursday of each month.