This is our 62nd year of our Women's Institute in Sheriffhales. 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.
The opportunity to go out and about on visits took us to Shropshire Lavender in 2013. We also have many members who take part in the Strollers and Striders walking for health programme in the village and around the area. Some members are travelling further afield to Denman College 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.
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 will be the Telford MS Society and the fundraiser will be a Silent Auction at our birthday party in May.
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 2014. 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.