What is WI? – The Mystery Explained

The Women’s Institute is a meeting place for women, the biggest organisation for women in the world. It was formed before women’s suffrage when there was little education for country women. It has changed over the years to become a modern voice for women while upholding its core values and creating an atmosphere of friendship and fun for women.

Each Institute caters for its own members needs and interests and no two institutes are exactly the same. We choose what subjects we would like to learn about; which speakers we would like to inform or entertain us; whether and where we would like outings, rambles, theatre trips, concerts etc and how we run our own proceedings. It is NOT obligatory to make jam or pose for nude calendars!

Coleshill WI

We are a group of thirty members meeting in Coleshill Village Hall once a month when we have a speaker and a sumptuous tea. (Second Thursday of each month at 2pm (Nov – Feb) or 2.30pm (Mar – Oct) except August)

We also have frequent outings to the theatre and places of interest.

We are always delighted to welcome visitors if you would like to come and see what we are all about.

We sometimes have fundraising efforts for a local cause such as Scannappeal.

AS WELL AS OUR MEETINGS, We enjoy an optional monthly pub lunch; DVD afternoons; are planning a summer river trip; participating in the Centenary Party at Waddesden Manor; the Celebration Lunch in Newton Longville; the county quiz night; The Federation council meeting at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury; Going to the Centennial Fair in Harrowgate; joining the county rambles and following the Celebration Baton events which will be taking place around the county in April.

We will also be celebrating 100 years of the Women's Institute by taking part in the Treemendous Flower Festival in July. Institutes around the county will be running flower festivals for us all to visit and, to advertise this, they will be decorating trees. So look out for balls, cans, yarn bombing, bunting and all sorts of other decorations in trees in villages all around the county - Coleshill included. Our own Flower Festival will take place during the Village Show Day weekend, on July 11/12.

Members of all ages find something to interest them in the WI, so let us know what YOU would like to do and come and visit us.

Contact Lindsey Haubner (not Eileen Gershon)

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Who is Who

President Lindsey Haubner
Secretary Kim Teal
Treasurer Joan Domin


Stephanie Rothwell
Wendy Senn
Sally Pool

News - Spring 2017

I am not sure that I am the best person to write this report as I missed the Christmas lunch at Chalfont Lodge (which I hear was an attractive venue and the staff looked after our group very efficiently) and also the January meeting (a pity, as the speaker was Joan Domin talking about choosing the executors for your will and I’m sure she had some sound advice). I had a good excuse, as I have been giving talks at other WIs about writing my book, and this proves to be a good opportunity to see how different WIs conduct the business part of the meeting, and what trips other counties offer their members.

I’m pleased to say that I did make today’s meeting for February, even though I had to announce the sad news of Chris King’s death. She was a loyal and hard working member of the committee when I first joined some 18 years ago, but most of all I recall her interest in other people and her sense of fun. We need more people like her in the world, not one less. After the business we listened to an excellent speaker talking about the Old London Docks and the New Docklands. Being a Blue Badge Guide we felt confident her talk would be professional, full of interesting detail, and well delivered. The excellent slides were a bonus, especially those showing the same scene in both the old and new versions. Certainly my understanding of that area has been enriched and I feel tempted to go and explore again, possibly joining one of her tours. Interestingly she commented on our delicious tea (thank you Sally and Kim) stating that few other WIs still serve such a splendid selection of both sandwiches and cake…. preferring to opt for the simplicity of a shop bought biscuit! I thought the village would like to know that our standards, and efforts, are appreciated!

Some members have been to watch ‘I, Daniel Blake’ and ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ and assure me that both are well worth seeing. Several of us enjoyed lunch at Côte in Old Amersham and are hoping we will be able to support our own Red Lion before too long. A visit to Prestwood Afternoon WI, to be entertained by a magician at their birthday party, was great fun but made us realise that we do not celebrate our own WI birthday in Coleshill, perhaps we should….we’ll be 68 this year!

Trips organised by the County to Revolutionary Russian Art, A Science and Discovery Day, the Federation Council Meeting with Gyles Brandreth as a speaker, and a Rag Rug Workshop all have willing participants from amongst our members. And we are hoping that by the time you read this report several of you will have joined us in March to listen to ‘A Long Walk across England’……with a super special Coleshill WI tea! If not, you may be more interested in coming as a visitor to our July meeting to hear about ‘Bagels and Bacon’, an intriguing title…will that be about the East End too I wonder? A warm welcome awaits you.
Eileen Gershon


Lindsey Haubner – President Coleshill WI

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Useful Links

- www.bucksfwi.org.uk
- www.womens-institute.org.uk

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My Life as a Wimbledon Umpire,
Resolutions Meeting plus a Beetle Drive
Conserving Ancient Woodland, 
An Accordion Adventure, 
no fixed meeting... possibly a garden party. 
Modelling Feet First, 
Thomas Coram and the Foundling Hospital, 
Christmas Celebration