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
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News - Summer 2017

It has been a hectic week, as we had both our WI committee meeting and May meeting, also the Village Hall AGM, tonight is the party to welcome newcomers to the village, and I am writing this to beat the deadline..…my WI hat will get worn out! But it is always lovely to see my fellow members and to meet other folk who may be persuaded that the WI is a friendly, welcoming group and that we are delighted to entertain visitors. On that note, I have to correct our invitation (in the last newsletter) to a talk on ‘Bagels and Bacon’ in July. Sadly that speaker has had to cancel and what happens instead will be a surprise, so if you fancy that, do still come!

Our open meeting in March was well attended and the noise level of chatter over tea was so great that calling out the winners of the raffle was well nigh impossible! In April we had a fascinating talk on ‘Bucks Spies and Subversives’ through history to more recent times, and we are looking forward to one on millinery next month. May is our more serious meeting when we consider the resolutions which are going forward to the National AGM. This year there are two. We had a lively discussion on whether the WI, as a national organisation, should do more to help identify and alleviate loneliness. Also, how we could lobby to ensure fewer micro-plastic fibres enter our oceans and get into the food chain. Millions of these tiny fibres (plastic soup) are shed from synthetic materials with every wash load and at the moment are not trapped by any filters. Certainly we all agreed that raising public knowledge of this problem is the first step in bringing pressure to bear on the washing machine manufacturers to address the issue, and could influence the choice of clothes people buy.

Sadly one of our past Presidents has died and several members attended Rosemary Saunders’ funeral service. On a lighter note our monthly pub lunches continue to be well attended and there is a rumour that, we were having such a pleasant time chatting, we outstayed our welcome at the last pub and were politely encouraged to leave! We are looking forward to being able to support our own Red Lion before too much longer. Kim, our secretary, and I were at the Bucks Federation Council Meeting in Aylesbury and can only say that the members that didn’t/couldn’t come with us missed a treat. Gyles Brandreth was hilarious, and a good laugh is the best tonic in the world.

There are several interesting trips coming up including a visit to Lacock Abbey and another to Bazalgette’s Victorian sewer system in London, aptly entitled ‘The Great Stink’! No one can dispute that there is always something to appeal to a diverse range of interests in the WI. You could join in the dancing, the golf, or simply ‘Pimms and a Ploughman’s’ if that is more your thing.

I shall finish by thanking Kim for her continued care of our Bee Garden at the War Memorial which always looks neat, tidy and colourful, and pleases our bee friends.

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