About Us

We are the Sotonettes, a modern, progressive Women’s Institute based in Southampton City Centre.  

Creative Kindness is the theme for our next main meeting on 29th October

We are getting ready for World Kindness Day on Wednesday 13th November. Come along and enjoy some friendly company while painting stones that we will hide around Southampton in November. All materials will be provided, but we recommend bringing an apron or old clothes to wear!

There are plenty of Facebook groups and websites about beautifully painted hidden rocks – we’re going for Happiness Rocks Southampton #happyrockssoton. You can get inspired in advance if you visit their Facebook Group or just search ‘painted rocks’ on Google.

We’ll be hosting a representative from Coppafeel! (a breast cancer awareness charity) and also covering why a properly fitting bra is essential for everyone (and how to find the right one). We will have a bra fitter with us (and model) so you’ll know exactly what to expect if you’ve never been fitted for a bra before. Get ready to ask questions and learn plenty!

We meet in the Top Hall of Above Bar Church – access is via the door on Ogle Road. If you have special access requirements, please let us know in advance as step-free access is available. You are welcome arrive any time from 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

For more details please go to our Facebook Event or email us at sotonettes@gmail.com if you have any questions.

If you’re not a WI member, it’s only £5 to visit us and take part. Sotonettes WI members attend free and members of other WIs pay £3.

Refreshments (tea/coffee and cake/biscuits) are £1 but only 50p if you bring your own reusable mug. If you have special requests, please let us know, although we always offer at least one decaffeinated hot drink and gluten free snacks.

If you’d like to join the WI, just come and chat to us at the meeting and we’ll give you all the info you need. If you have any questions, please email us at sotonettes@gmail.com or send us a message on Facebook. Thank you!

The WI plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities. Have a look at the National WI website here.

Modern WIs are uniting women across the country, mixing traditional WI principles with a focus on topics and interests of their members. It’s not all Jam and Jerusalem!

Please note that our programme may be subject to change.

Our meetings are a place where women of all ages from the local community can share interests and learn new skills, and, most importantly enjoy themselves.

The Sotonettes WI usually meets on the last Tuesday of the month, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, upstairs in Above Bar Church, Above Bar Street in central Southampton. On occasion we may meet on a different date or use a different venue but this will be well advertised in advance.  Each meeting is different and we have a range of things lined up. We may be learning a new craft or skill, having a speaker come in to talk about a topic or focusing on a campaign issue. To find out what we’ve got planned take a look at our Events Calendar. We’re also on Facebook and Twitter too.

Thinking of joining the WI?  You are very welcome to come along to a meeting to find out more about us and you don’t have to be a member to participate – attending as a visitor costs £5 per meeting. Alternatively, you can join the WI for a whole year in 2019 for only £42. You may visit us three times before joining – if you join on the same night as visiting, we’ll even refund your visitor fee! If you are a current member of another WI, just bring along your membership card and it’ll only cost £3 to visit us.

Take a look at our photos to see some our past meetings.