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

On Tuesday 27th July at 7.30pm we’ll be back on on Zoom with

Have you ever met a Trans Woman?

This month the Sotonettes will be meeting Petra Wenham on Zoom. Petra a trans woman and WI member will talk about her journey as an introduction to a presentation on transgender conditions, chromosomes and genes, intersex conditions, the role of the media, social media and the Internet, the legal and legislative side. Petra aims to bring trans awareness to people and dispel the myths and misinformation that abounds around the subject.

This meeting is of course free for all Sotonettes members. Visitors are very welcome, cost £5, please sign and pay via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/158568036265
If you are a member of another WI the cost is £3 please email us, sotonettes@gmail.com for a discount code before trying to book.

Sotonettes members 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.