A Crafty Event: Craft, Material and Fabric Sale at Denman

For those of you who might like a trip a bit further afield, there will be a sale of donated papercraft items, threads, fabric and sewing goods at Denman, Oxfordshire, on Saturday 15 August 2015, 10am to 5pm.

Entrance and parking is free, and this event is open to Sotonettes members, friends, family and any other crafty people!

For more information email Joan Sherrin at vjoansherrin@ntlworld.com.

Please note: There will be no demonstrations, house and garden tours or lunches provided at this event. It is volunteer run and all proceeds will go to Denman.


Update: The NFWI Annual Meeting 2015


The Royal Albert Hall

The National Federation of Women’s Institutes held its Centenary Annual Meeting at the Royal Albert Hall on 4 June 2015. The NFWI website has now been updated (http://www.thewi.org.uk/centenary/nfwi-annual-meeting) with the speeches and photos from the day. Also included is a link to watch the broadcast of that special day (registration required).

In addition, Pam Allen of Bitterne WI has sent us her report as delegate at this event – attached below.

We’ll keep you posted with any further updates!



Hampshire Federation Science Lunch, 11am, 10 September 2015

Hampshire County Federation of Women’s Institutes is holding a Science Lunch at Lyndhurst Community Centre on Thursday 10 September, and Sotonettes members have been invited.

Andrew Seber of the Oxford Education Society will be speaking about ‘Chromosomes, Genes, DNA and All That’ in the morning, followed by lunch at 12.30pm. Tea and coffee will be provided on arrival and there will be a second speaker after lunch.

If you think you might be interested in finding out more about chromosomes, genes and DNA, then find out more at ticketing@hampshirewi.org.uk; tickets are £20 each to include all of the above. Alternatively, message us and we can contact HCFWI on your behalf!


Surrey Federation Harvest Fayre – September 2015

For those of you who might like to travel a bit further afield, Surrey Federation will be marking the centenary of the NFWI by holding a Harvest Fayre on Saturday 19 September 2015, 10 am – 4 pm at Myrtle Courtyard, Hampton Estate, Seale.

There will be an emphasis on crafts, food and farming, as well as it being a family day with the chance to take part in workshops and watch cheese making, spinning, rag rugging, cupcake decorating, foraging, rural crafts, face painting, storytelling and other crafts and workshops.

There will be an opportunity to purchase a wide variety of quality crafts and produce and listen to the history of the Hampton Estate.

Entry is free for under 5’s, £1 for students and £3 for adults.

For further information, please see the event page here.

Calling all Sotonettes bakers!

No Limits, the Southampton-based advice and advocacy charity for young people in Hampshire, is holding a Great British Baking Competition on Monday 31 August, 1-3 pm, at Southampton’s Dolphin Hotel.

Everyone is welcome to come along to enjoy tea, cake and live music to raise money for No Limits.

Sotonettes are also invited to submit a cake for the competition itself. So if you have a spare couple of hours and are missing the fun of preparing for the New Forest Show, why not get that mixing bowl out again and contact Natalie on the details below!

To enter the competition, bake a simple sponge sandwich with your choice of filling, flavour and decoration. All entries are submitted with a suggested £2 per cake to be donated to No Limits. The winner will be judged on flavour and presentation.

The winning prize is afternoon tea at the Dolphin Hotel.

Further details can be obtained from Natalie Hutchins on 02380 224 224 or emailing Natalie.Hutchins@nolimitshelp.org.uk. The Facebook event can be found here.


Nominations for the election of Hampshire Federation Board of Trustees

The Hampshire County Federation of WIs (HCFWI) is seeking nominations for 12 members of the Hampshire Federation to serve on the HCFWI Board of Trustees for 2014 – 2016. If you are a Sotonettes member, then you are also a member of the Hampshire Federation and are eligible to nominate or be nominated as a candidate!

New members are needed on the Board of Trustees to bring fresh ideas to increase and sustain membership. It is an interesting and rewarding role: do you know someone who fits the criteria?

If you’d like more information, visit the HCFWI website or find the nomination form here.vote (640x640)

Nominations need to be with WI House by 10 July 2015, so get those nominations in!