Open Space Discussion: Southampton’s New Arts Venue

Sotonettes members have been invited to attend the following event on 26 September to discuss the forthcoming arts venue in Guildhall Square at The Nuffield Theatre

” A new arts venue for Southampton is currently being constructed on Guildhall Square in the centre of Southampton. This new venue will be stunning contemporary arts hub which will comprise of arts facilities for University of Southampton’s John Hansard Gallery, City Eye, and a multi-purpose performing arts centre with two flexible performance spaces and a rehearsal studio run by Nuffield.

We would like to invite you to join us for an Open Space discussion about this new venue. The event will give you the opportunity to discuss what the future looks like for the arts in Southampton, and we would love your input.

If you would like to attend this free event, please RSVP to Aidan Grounds at or call 023 8031 5500 ext. 233. ”



Hampshire Federation Christmas Sugar Craft Workshop Saturday 14 November 2015

Christmas is a while away yet, but Sotonettes members have been invited to the forthcoming Hampshire WI sugar craft workshop in Burley, where you can come along and make two Christmas-inspired cake decorations for your Christmas cake, led by Josie Smith.

Members will be able to create Christmas-inspired flowers and figures to top your cake – the two hour session will be divided into two with afternoon tea in the middle. All materials will be provided, including fondant icing and colourings.

Parking will be available at the workshop, held at Myrtle Hall, Copse Road, Burley, 2 – 4 pm.

Book now to avoid disappointment; the closing date for applications is Friday 16 October 2015.

Contact or talk to one of the committee at September’s Sotonettes meeting if you would like to book a place; tickets are £12.50 each.

New Forest Show WI Tent Committee Autumn Get-Together

Sotonettes members have been invited to attend this year’s autumn catch up for all things New Forest Show-related, hosted by the New Forest Show WI Tent Committee.

Join us at Brockenhurst Village Hall on Wednesday 14 October 2015 from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm for a coffee and a danish pastry.

Trophies will be presented, and it will be an excellent opportunity to meet up with friends, have a chat and put forward ideas for the 2016 show.

Attendance is by ticket only: for more information and to request tickets, contact the Sotonettes Secretary Parking is available free at the hall, and the deadline for tickets is Friday 18 September 2015.

Last call: Denman Day with the PDSA, ballot closes Tuesday 8 September

Sotonettes members have been invited to apply for tickets for the forthcoming Denman Day, Oxfordshire, in conjunction with the PDSA. A ballot to allocate tickets will be held on Tuesday 8 September, so you’ve still got time to apply if you like the sound of a wonderfully informative and deliciously entertaining trip out to Denman on 29 October 2015…

In a very special event, the WI welcomes PDSA and two of its celebrity supporters to Denman to share in a day of knowledge, nostalgia and baking!

TV vet Steve Leonard and PDSA Director General Jan McLoughlin will talk more about the work of PDSA, and TV chef and PDSA supporter Colin McGurran will share how he became involved with the charity following his success on the BBC’s Great British Menu. Colin will also be giving a very special baking demonstration during the afternoon and will take questions from the audience.

To find out more, click here, or find the application form here.

Good luck!

Centenary of Portswood Library

Portswood Library, part of Southampton City Libraries @sotonlibraries, will be celebrating its
centenary on Thursday 22 October, and Sotonettes members have been invited to join the festivities.

There will be an exciting programme of activities and events for children and adults, with special guests, stories, crafts and lots more to be announced.
To help with the celebrations there will be a display featuring the memories and stories of library users. Do you have an amusing story/anecdote you would like to share about the library? Or did you achieve something special or discover a new skill with the help of the library? It can be anything. Whatever it is, Portswood Library would love to hear from you!

Send your reminiscences to or hand them to staff at Portswood library, Portswood Road, SO17 2NG.

Photographs courtesy of Friends of Portswood Library.

The Romsey Show, Saturday 12 September 2015, Broadlands Park

A last call to arms for all you crafters out there…


It’s now just three weeks to the Romsey Show, Broadlands Park, Romsey!

Sotonettes members have been invited (individually or as a group) to enter the WI Tent Craft Competition. The categories are:

• Individual Entry: “Jam and Jerusalem” – any craft
• Group Entry: “This Green and Pleasant Land”

And for the WI meets Bake off…..

• WI Sugar Craft Competition: 100 Years of the WI – 3 hours on 12 September in the WI Tent to create something wonderful out of sugar paste!

More information can be found here and at, plus see what our former President, Hannah Farmer, had to say about last year’s event.