Stoke Lyne WI - Our history

Stoke Lyne WI was started in October 1959 by Mrs Delia Barnet, with 24 members attending the first meeting and, like many other institutes, we keep an archive of our minutes, and one of our members keeps scrapbooks on our history. One of the original members still attends our meetings today – Hazel Curtiss, and she continues to be a valued member.  Since then, we have gone from strength to strength, attracting a broad selection of the local community in Stoke Lyne, as well as individuals from towns and villages in the surrounding area.  The age range of our membership includes most decades, from 30-something upwards.

We meet up every month to listen to a speaker or to participate in craft activities, etc.

Past speakers have included: a silversmith talking about how she became a jewellery designer, and where she gets her inspiration from; a furniture maker who spoke to us about furniture design through the ages; we have listened to someone describing their tour of the UK canal network, and have also heard from an author about superstitions.

We have had speakers come to talk to us who represent local or national charities, including RNLI, Association of Country Women Worldwide, and last year we had the pleasure of hearing a talk by Maria Stubbs on her work with schools, to improve their overall attendance and results.  Her work was featured in a film starring Julie Walters.

We also take part in, and organize, fundraising events, such as carol concerts, and we have a craft fair in the Church Hall every other November.

For information about joining our institute, please contact Mrs Mary Wilkins on 01280 848122.

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