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.

Planning Ahead: New Year Country House Party at Denman

It’s quite early to start thinking about Christmas, but the WI is not to be sniffed at when it comes to forward planning! Here’s a recent posting we received from Denman about this most festive of occasions…

Celebrate a wonderful centenary year by joining us for the traditional Denman New Year House Party on the 30 December 2015 to 2 January 2016. Visit our Georgian manor house and seventeen acres of parkland for three nights of pure indulgence and get the chance to chat with like-minded people about all the centennial antics you’ve experienced during 2015.

The price of £519 for WI members and £549 for non-members includes plenty of workshops so you can learn new skills, a wide variety of entertainment, such as a band, a seasonal quiz and a visit to the local pantomime, and all of your meals, with an extra special celebration dinner on New Year’s Eve. It certainly is not to be missed!

Visit for more information and to book.


Planning ahead: Christmas Lunch at Denman College, Oxfordshire

It’s never too early to start planning for Christmas (if you believe what the shops tell you, anyway), and the WI is no different. The Sotonettes have already had the annual missive from Denman about Christmas festivities, and we’re pleased to pass this information on to you…

The WI’s Denman College in Oxfordshire will be holding Christmas lunch on Monday 14, Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 December this year. With a roaring open fire and the manor house decorated for Christmas, Denman is a wonderful place to gather with friends or colleagues for a special meal. There will be mulled wine or non alcoholic cranberry punch on arrival, and a glass of wine with lunch is included. A vegetarian option is available.

Tickets are £30 for WI members and £35 for non-members; you should book early to avoid disappointment. For more information, please contact Katie Bell, Events and Marketing Assistant, on or 01865 391 991 ext. 240.


Calling all budding Sotonettes craft teachers!

We’ve been contacted by the Hampshire Federation on behalf of Creative Arts, who are looking for craft teachers to exhibit at their Craft Selection Day on October 10th 2015 in Weyhill, Andover.

The day will be a great opportunity for craft teachers to spread their talents and skills throughout the WI in Hampshire. There will be lots of people coming on the day, looking for ideas for next year or even the year after’s programme.

If you’re crafty and you’d like to find out more, please contact for further details. A couple of the Sotonettes committee will also be attending this event as visitors, so we look forward to seeing you there if you have a craft to share!


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

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.


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.