About Us

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


We are continuing to hold all our Sotonettes meetings during COVID-19 restrictions and now meet online using Zoom.

A to Z – Annual Meeting to Zentangles!

Tuesday 30th April at 7.30pm

Join the Sotonettes WI on Zoom for our Annual Meeting to listen to our review of the last year, our plans for the future and election of our new committee .We will also have some fun with Zentangle drawing lead by our own very talented Odette. All you need is some paper (A4 or smaller) and a nice pen – we recommend a black fineliner, but anything will do!

Visitors are very welcome subject to a £5 fee. Please book your place via Eventbrite
We offer a discounted rate to members of other WIs, please message or email us (sotonettes@gmail.com) for a code.

Sotonettes members who have paid their 2021 subscription fee do not need to book – if you would like to join the Sotonettes (£44 for 12 months), then contact us in advance to do so by emailing sotonettes@gmail.com

While COVID-19 restrictions are in place, we will meet online using Zoom. You can join the meeting any time from 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.
To join in, you can email us at sotonettes@gmail.com or send us a message using Facebook.

Find out more about this event 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 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!

Our programme is rapidly changing! Check out our Facebook page for latest updates.

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 2021 for only £44. 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.