Village News

NW WI - Sept 2020

North Waltham WI held its first Zoom meeting on the 10th September 2020. We started the Zoom half an hour before the official meeting start to allow members time to join at their leisure and we all had a good old chinwag – not the same as in person, but certainly an acceptable alternative.      See full story...

NW WI - August 2020

North Waltham WI is continuing to follow the guidance from the National Federation of WIs and Hampshire County Federation of WIs. With the current restrictions regarding social distancing, we are unable to use the Rathbone Pavilion as it is not big enough for our numbers. We are, however, going to offer our September meeting via Zoom.      See full story...

COVID-19 Group - July 2020

This group was set up on the 15th March 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Since then we have supported many residents with shopping, delivery of papers, collection of prescriptions, having someone to talk to, etc. Over the past few weeks, the village has settled into a routine of members of the Covid-19 Support Group, friends and neighbours all watching out and helping each other wherever possible.      See full story...

WI - July 2020

North Waltham WI is continuing to follow the guidance from the National Federation of WIs and Hampshire County Federation of WIs – we have just received communication from NFWI and the committee needs to review this to work out what it means for us in North Waltham.      See full story...

Covid-19 Core Group Update – June 2020

This group was set up on the 15th March 2020 to support our local residents as defined by the Parish Magazine core circulation area and to provide direct support to Old Barn Stores. The purpose of this group is to ensure the vulnerable and residents in self-isolation and shielding can continue to have their basic needs met, whether that is food, prescriptions or animals being cared for. We will also provide a chatting / social service for individuals to stay connected if they live on their own or if anyone needs to have someone to chat to. Contact can be made by the mobile number highlighted at the end of this article, but our preferred method of communication is by email to NWCOVID19@gmail.com      See full story...

WI - June 2020

North Waltham WI is continuing to follow the guidance from Hampshire Confederation of WIs and at the current time we are unable to hold any meetings. The following is from HCFWI Chairman following their recent Events Meeting - “We are finding it very frustrating to have to wait before making definite bookings as, sadly, it could still be sometime before the restrictions are lifted on meetings. But for the good of everybody, we must be patient.”      See full story...

Covid-19 Support Group - May 2020

First of all, we would like to thank everyone volunteering in the support group and/or helping out neighbours and friends with shopping, etc. We know that residents are so appreciative of the help they are receiving in these challenging times. We have now settled into a routine of many of us looking after our “regulars” with their shopping, medication collection, etc, with a few new requests being received and sent out as “shout-outs”.      See full story...

WI - May 2020

North Waltham WI is continuing to follow the guidance from Hampshire Confederation of WIs and at the current time we are unable to hold any meetings. As mentioned last time, we did look at the possibility of holding meetings via Zoom – I have been asking members when I see them, at the required social distancing, and there doesn’t seem to be the interest. I know that lots of you are keeping in touch with one another anyway.      See full story...

WI - March 2020

Our 84th Birthday Meeting was held on March 12th 2020 in Steventon Village Hall. The hall was packed with local members and guests, as well as invited guests from Church Crookham WI (with whom we are twinned), Oakley and Deane WI, our WI Advisors and the Chairman of the Hampshire Federation of WIs.      See full story...

WI - Jan 2020

Our last meeting was on Thursday 12th December 2019 – this was our Christmas Social and members enjoyed mince pies, stollen, mulled wine and mulled apple juice. This was followed by members sharing Christmas poems, ditties, etc as well as a mini pantomime put on by several members. We all enjoyed the chance to have a bit of a natter as well! Thank you to the committee for organising this for us.      See full story...

WI - July 2019

On the 11th July 2019, our Garden Meeting was held in Colleen’s beautiful garden – and the sun shone down on us. Following a short business meeting, Nicky Carter spoke to us about Move It or Lose it - these classes are designed to encourage older adults to become more active.      See full story...

WI - May and June 2019

Our meeting on 9th May 2019 started with our normal business meeting followed by the Annual Meeting. This included a presentation from Helen, our Communications Secretary, who reviewed the many good meetings and events that have taken place during 2018/19.      See full story...

WI - Feb 2019

Our first meeting of the New Year took place on January 10th 2019 when Colin Pawson, a keen member of the British Carriage Society, gave us an illustrated talk on the history of coaches and coach horns from the golden age of coaching to the present day. Our last meeting was on Thursday 14th February when we were entertained by Mervyn of the local family run coach company Mervyn’s Coaches      See full story...

WI Meeting - April 2018

April 12th, 2018 – This is a return visit for John Richards who spoke to us in October 2016 on ‘Life under German Rule in Guernsey in WW2. This will be a follow-up talk: ‘Life as a Refugee in England from Guernsey during German Rule’. This will be an open meeting.      See full story...

WI - March 2018

Our last meeting on Thursday 8th March 2017 was our 82nd Birthday Party when we were joined by several guests from the Hampshire WI, Church Crookham WI with whom we are twinned and local guests, all of whom were warmly welcomed to the meeting.      See full story...

WI Meeting - March 2018

March 8th, 2018 – Our 82nd Birthday – Trisha Lewis will bring a sense of fun and Joyce Grenfell style observation to the 1960s story characters of the WI she discovered in the archives.      See full story...

WI Meeting - February 2018

February 8th, 2018 – The Sewing Soldier – Lt. Col. Neil Stace will talk about Army life including tours of duty in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Afghanistan, and his sewing, which he started whilst at school. This will be an open meeting for men and women.      See full story...

WI - November Meeting

7:30 pm - November 9th, 2017 Sarah Talents will tell us about a retirement home for polo ponies – a charity helping blind people to ride.      See full story...

WI - October Meeting

Our speakers for the October meeting were Caroline and Maggie, volunteers for the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution). This was an open meeting and it was lovely to see so many members and guests attending.      See full story...