Blundeston and Flixton WI








     Blundeston and Flixton W. I.

    We meet at 7.30pm in Blundeston Village Hall on the second Tuesday each month.

    We are members of the Suffolk East Federation of Womens's
    Institutes whose headquarters are:
    22, Orford Street
    Ipswich IP1 3NS
    Tel  01473 251632

    The National headquarters address is
    104, New Kings Road
    London SW6 4LY

    The W.I. was started in Canada in 1897 by Adelaide Hoodless.
     She lived in Ontario and her fourth child died,from what she believed was her own ignorance of hygine and child care. As a result she started classes for local women on domestic science, and from these beginnings the W.I. evolved.

    The W.I. was established in this country in 1915 to voice women's concerns and is now the largest and most influential voluntary women's organisation in this country.
    It enables women to turn theie interests into
    achievements and their concerns into campaigns.

    Blundeston and Flixton W.I. was founded in 1922.

    Blundeston Village Hall was originally built for and runby the W.I. and was later handed over to the Parish Council.

    We usually exhibit at the Suffolk Show each year, and in2000 completed and won the first prize in a National Millennium Challenge to
    record for posterity an area of our local environment. This was followed up recently with an update.

    In 2008 we were Highly Commended in a Nationalcompetition to produce a portfolio on our W.I.

    Members have taken part in many community projects over the years. We
    have cleared the Village Pond, spring cleaned the Village Hall,  made a  set of tapestry kneelers for the Church, presented to the Village a sign depicting
     David Copperfield, planted trees around the Village and on the
    Millennium Green and organised tea parties and lunches for the local
    Sunshine Club and Village children.

     
     Members have written, arranged and taken part in Village Pantomimes. Our members also enjoy helping with the Annual Teddy Bear Parachuting each June at Saint Mary's Church and are involved in the Blundeston in Bloom project in the Village.

    Locally we offer our members various educational
    activities and take a keen interest in public affairs and environmental issues.

    Members are encouraged to take up opportunities offered at County and National Level of learning new skills. Our Institute offers a bursary to help cover member's expenses for such courses.

    We host a carol concert in Saint Mary's Church,
    Blundeston, each December when our fellow W.I. members from Group 19 in Suffolk East Federation of W.I.'s join us. The members of this group are Kessingland, Mutford and Rushmere, Oulton Meadows, The Dales, Marsh Maidens, Gulliver's
    Girls and Lowestoft Afternoon.

    We have a Rambling group, a Luncheon Club, a Book Group,a Craft Group, a Scrabble Club, a Theatre Group, and two Darts Teams.

    As you can see from the list of our activities we are NOT
    all Jam and Jerusalem

     Our Institute
    provides members with a copy of the Suffolk East W.I. News each month.

     
    In 2016 we have 48 members Subscriptions are £37.50
    Visitors are £3.50

    Among the subjects for this year are

    Rescuing, re-homing and training dogs
    by Al Matherne

    What are you worth
    by Melita Rouse

    Small and perfectly formed
    by Hilary Walton

    Turkish Shirley Valentine
    by Jenny Gibbs

    How Hill
    by Simon Partridge

    Bee keeping
    by Paul Gray

    History and benefits of Aloe Vera
    by Hayley Lambarth


    For more information please contact our President Christine Goldson on 01502581347



    In 2016 we have 48 members Subscriptions are £37.50 Visitors
    are £3.50 Among the subjects for this year are

    Rescuing, rehoming and training dogs by Al Matherne

    What are you worth by Melita Rouse

    Small and perfectly formed by Hilary Walton

    Turkish Shirley Valentine by Jenny Gibbs

    How Hill by Simon Partridge

    Bee keeping by Paul Gray

     History and benefits
    of Aloe Vera by Hayley Lambarth

    For more information please contact our President Christine
    Goldson on 01502581347 or Barbara Shaw on 01502730885,


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