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Federation Event

Lunch with Dame Katherine Grainger DBE FKC

Friday 17th November 2017

Grazeley Village Hall

Members enjoyed a lovely cheese and ham ploughman's lunch and had a most enlightening talk by Dame katherine Grainger. She even brought along her medals for us to have a look at.


Art & Crafts

Autumn Art Day

Held on Friday 13th October 2017

Mortimer Methodist Church Hall, Mortimer, RG7 2HU

All the ladies had a lovely day and some fantastic artwork was produced by everyone.


Federation Event

Berkshire Denman Weekend

Held on 28th July - 30th July 2017

Berkshire members enjoyed a weekend stay at Denman College with courses to choose from including, Folk singing, World cookery and Blenheim Palace & The Churchills.


Science Event

Seismology Talk

Held on Tuesday 20th June 2017

On the hottest day of the year we gathered in a beaufifully air conditioned room to hear abouy how the earth moves.

Lonn Brown of the Internaional Seismological Centre in Thatcham fasinated us with a talk about earthquakes.  Thatcham is where data from thousands of centres around the world is gathered and studied.

An indication of a good informative talk is participants wanting to keep finding out and learning more about the topic.  Look out for Seismology Talk - Part Two.

international seismological centre logo - grey circular patten with a movement graphed line


Federation Event

Spring Council Meeting

Held on Monday 3rd April 2017

A very enjoyable meeting and well attended by members of WI's within Berkshire. A good variety of speakers including Lt Col Lucy Giles and Sharon Herring from the Royal Berkshire Hospital Dementia care. Not forgetting the sample seated exercise class given by Linda Giffin.


Federation Event

'Strictly' Sparkly

Held on Tuesday 21st & 28th February 2017

Just a glimpse of some of the dresses that were on show at our recently 'Strictly' Sparkly event. A full report back on the event and more photographs will follow in the Berkshire News.


Federation Event

WI Open House, Craft & Wool Sale

Held on Saturday 29th October 2016

Another successful open morning at WI House Mortimer, very well attended by members right across Berkshire. Its always lovely to meet members of other institutes and put names to faces. There was certainly some bargains to be had in the craft and wool sale, and of course not forgetting the lovely cakes on sale.


Berkshire Federation

DENMAN APPEAL

Please help Berkshire Federation to raise money for Denman

We have a selection of merchandise available at WI House, Mortimer, for members to purchase.

  • Bags              £3.00
  • Car Stickers   £2.00
  • Badges          £0.50

Please phone WI House prior to collection, to make sure the office wll be open 0118 933 3448


International & public Affairs Sub-Committee Event

Russia

Held on 20th October 2016

The International & Public Affairs Russia event was a great success today. Jean Sheppard give us a super presentation of her trip - St Petersburgh to Moscow. The photos were beautiful. After coffee we had a very interesting talk about our energy from Rob Salter-Church. We were pleased to learn that we would be fine if "if Putin switches the gas off"'!!! We had an exhibit of Russian memorabilia belonging to committee members, a Traidcraft stall absolutely laden with goodies, and the Save Denman bags, car stickers and badges were on sale. A very enjoyable morning.


Leisure Sub-Committee

Feel The Silk - Taste The Gin

Held on Friday 16th September 2016

A good day had by all that attended. First our visit to the oldest working silk mill in the UK at Whitchurch, followed by an afternoon at Laverstoke Mill a 'state of the art sustainable distillery' which produces every drop of Bombay Sapphire Gin.


Art & Craft Sub Committee Event

Willow Workshop

Held on 15th July 2016

This event was so popular, we had to hold a ballot to assign places.  For this reason we will be doing another Willow Workshop in March 2017, keep you eye out for further information reference application dates etc. The lucky ladies who were able to attend this event, had a mavellous day and thoroughly enjoyed making the sun flower and basket, all of which they got to keep and take home.


Federation Event

'Sounds of Summer' Concert

Held on Saturday 18th June 2016

A wonderful concert on Saturday evening, everyone had a very good time.  The programme had a good variety of music and it ended like the 'Last Night of the Proms'.  The Woodley Concert Band were fabulous and everyone that attended really enjoyed the evening.


Federation Event

WI House open day

Held on Saturday 21st May 2016

It was lovely to see so many members support this event.  The wool and plant sale was a success, and we hope you are all pleased with your purchases. Many members also enjoyed the chance to chat over a nice cup of tea/coffee and slice of cake.


Federation News

Our new County Chairman has been elected

Following our spring council meeting in April, we have elected a new Board of Turstees for Berkshire Federation.

We are delighted to share with you the news of  our newly elected County Chairman Marlene Voke. Everyone at Berkshire Federation would like to congratulate and wish Marlene well during her term of office.


Federation Event

Spring Council Meeting

Held on Wednesday 13th April 2016 Hexagon, Reading

An action packed morning with plenty of speakers, including a talk by Angela Lee of The Cycle-Smart Foundation and Joy Thomson from The National Federation of Women's Institutes.



Arts & Crafts Sub-committee Event

Watercolour Class

Held on Friday 4th March 2016

Fourteen ladies enjoyed a day on Watercolour Skies.  Our tutor Antony Wilder who demonstrated the techniques needed to paint realistic clouds. Some ladies had never used watercolours before and some of us had, however there was useful information for everyone.  Antony came round later when we were doing our own painting and gave individual help where needed. After lunch we had another talk and then were offered the chance to do something different with some interesting stones, inspired by a book of John Piper's paintings.


Science Sub-committee Event

First Aid Talk - Defibrillation

Held on Thursday 28th January 2016

The Royal Berkshire Hospital gave WI members and guests and extremely useful update on First Aid responses to choking and cardiac arrest in adults and children.We were also shown how to use the CPR (difibrillator) boxes that can now be found in many public places - it speaks to you and tells you exactly what to do!


Leisure Sub-Committee Event

Christmas at Kew

Held on Saturday 28th November 2015

As twilight fell the magic begun.... Illuminated dancing fountains, exploding in colour.  The fantastic choir of holly bushes. Fairytale Avenue and the Victorian Carousel. The Scented fire garden for a moment of reflection. Curtains of lights to walk through. Mulled wine or a creamy hot chocolate whilst being surrounded by the aroma of roasting chestnuts or toasted marshmallows. It was a truely magical evening and enjoyed by everyone that attended.


Federation Event

Lunch with Ruth Rogers - War Horse Puppeteer

Held on Friday 6th & 13th November - Grazeley Village Hall

The recent events were a great success and well attended.  Everyone enjoyed a sumptuous ploughman's lunch followed by an excellent talk by Ruth Rogers.


Golden Jubilee Competition 2015

Design and make a Bee Hotel

We have had some lovely entries into this years Golden Jubilee Competition, and as the competition is now closed and the Bee Hotels are here at WI House Mortimer, we thought it would be nice to show you some pictures of them.  The Competition has now been judged and we will be announcing the winners shortly.


Federation Event

A Taste Of Poland

Held on Friday 30th October 2015 - Grazeley Village Hall

Here are a few pictures of the 'A Taste of Poland' event held recently by International & Public Affairs sub committee. Participants enjoyed sampling a range of polish food, as well as a talk by Jola Wisniewska about the geography, history and culture of Poland.



BERKSHIRE CENTENARY BATON WEEK 7th-14th April 2015

Baton Photos

I would like to record my thanks to everyone who organised, arranged and attended all the Centenary Baton events during our Berkshire Centenary Baton week.

With all good wishes,

Sara Staker

FEDERATION CHAIRMAN