Where we meet
Dunn Village Hall, Rushlake Green, TN21 9QE
When to come along
4th Thursday of every month at 7.30 pm
except December when it is held on the 2nd Thursday
About us and what we do
Anyone wishing to see how our Institute ticks or interested in a particular speaker, is most welcome with no obligation to join, ( although, of course, we hope that you do).
Our WI is over 75 years old changing from our original afternoon meetings to evenings, probably as a result of more women taking up full time work. We usually have about 30 members at any one time and we are a rural Institute in a lovely village.
Monthly meetings usually start with a talk from a speaker and then progress to delicious refreshments, provided on a rota basis by members, and lastly we have the business meeting. We don’t have a formal meeting in August but have a lunch party in a member’s garden.
As well as our monthly meetings we have a lunch club which tries out local eateries,( from Greek restaurants to hostelries and Garden Centres) which is well attended and enjoyed, a Craft group who meet regularly to,’knit and natter’ and to do wonderful patchwork and needlework. Our Christmas meeting is often arranged by these talented ladies where cards and decorations are made by those attending, together with much merriment and chat!
Every Spring we have a Jumble Sale which helps to swell funds – quite a task but many hands make light work – and it is a good fund raiser.
In April we have a Spring social for members and guests when we get together to socialise and eat an excellent supper provided by members and again in August we have a very sociable lunch, again contributed by members, and usually held in a member’s garden – a particularly pleasant way of spending a summer afternoon. We also arrange a Christmas supper evening at a local public house which is always well attended and much enjoyed! (see photos.)
Recently we have arranged a trip to the Mary Rose project in Portsmouth, been to see the Ballet live screened to a local cinema, a group of members attended the ‘Women go Wild’ camping event which they thoroughly enjoyed and three of us went to a day at the National Gallery on Portrait Painting. A group also went behind the scenes at the theatre in Eastbourne. We are open to all suggestions for outings – the more the merrier and annually we award a bursary to a member to go to a course of their choice at Denman College.
Rushlake Green WI certainly tries to give good value for your subscription, is friendly and welcoming, ready to embrace new ideas and new faces, while maintaining the values of the Women’s Institute.