Shorwell Women's Institute
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Introduction by Debbie Lumley - President of Shorwell WI

Picture of Debbie Lumley"A very warm welcome to the website of Shorwell Womens Institute, whether you are a WI member or not, a new resident to our lovely village, or just passing through, virtually or physically. Shorwell is a small village of around 700 people, based in the South West area of the Isle of Wight.

My name is Debbie and I am in the second year as the President of Shorwell WI.

I live in Shorwell with my husband David and have been part of Shorwell WI since moving here 5 years ago; I moved from Hampshire where I had been in the WI since 2007. Moving to the Island and immediately joining my local WI really helped me to make friends and get to know people in the village, proving that the WI friendship really does extend throughout the counties.

WI is 71, having been formed in 1948. All monthly meetings (11 per year) have been held in the Parish Hall along with a number of celebration events and the annual Soup and Pudding event. Committee meetings and all of the various craft, garden parties, walking groups, lunches, dinners and supper clubs have been held in other venues. The Produce and Preserve Tent has regularly featured at the annual Midsummer Fair and numerous trips have been taken over the years.

At the end of 2018 we had a membership of 32, with members coming from Shorwell, Brighstone, Chale, Newport and Merstone. Our ladies come from all walks of life and have different views and interests. Our longest standing member joined in April 1967. We currently have 3 members whose WI membership exceeds 50 years each.

We meet monthly on the second Monday, at Shorwell Parish Hall in Russell Road. We are an evening meeting beginning at 7.30pm and usually finishing around 9.30pm. Each month we have a speaker, some time for WI ‘business’ and social time. There is a small raffle, best bloom competition and regular competitions related to the theme of our speaker. In addition we have an annual summer outing (which always involves a tea) and a summer garden party held in a member’s garden. We organise our birthday dinner in October and our ‘post-Christmas’ lunch in January.

We are part of the Longstone Group of WI’s along with Brighstone, Chale, Niton & Rew Valley and of course the Isle of Wight Federation. This provides us with the opportunity to take part in many other meetings and events.

You are welcome to come and visit 3 times before we ask you to pay anything. There is no visitor fee, just a smile and a warm welcome. You can find details of this year’s programme on this website.

Why not come and give us a try? We would love to see you."