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