About Us

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

Chi in the Park

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 25th July when we will meet at the Bandstand in Palmerston Park from 7.15pm for our Tai Chi session.  We will then move to Above Bar Church for refreshments, announcements, raffle etc.

If it is raining we will hold the whole meeting in in Above Bar Church as usual.

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 can arrive any time from 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

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.

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 can arrive any time from 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Visitors are very welcome, subject to the normal fee of £5, it’s only £3 for  members of other WIs and the session is free for Sotonettes members.

For the most up to date information and to sign up, please visit our Facebook event page here.

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 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! 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 or to see what we’ve been up to take a look at our blog. We’re also on Facebook and Twitter too.

You’re 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 year for only £39 (cash or cheque only). 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.

Look at our gallery below to see some of our past meetings:

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