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2nd Thursday of the month

The Kingsland Church, London Road, Lexden

The Women's Institute Girls meet on the first Wednesday of every month from 19:30 to 21:30, at The Tollgate Hall, Villa Road, Stanway, Colchester, CO3 0RH.

Meetings start at 19:30, although, the room is usually open 10/15 minutes earlier.  This is the perfect opportunity to grab a seat and catch up with your WIGs friends or get to know some new people.  Every meeting begins with a few words from our President and an introduction to the speaker.


Speakers vary every month but could be an interesting talk from a visitor, a practical demonstration on flower arranging, a singing workshop or a dance class.  For more information on speakers for 2024 please see below.  


After the speaker we share any notices and updates, then have refreshments, usually involving cake! We then have some social time. Sometimes this might be a quiz, making something such as bird feeders or just a chance to wander around the room and meet some new faces or catch up with friends.

The meeting ends at around 21:15 often with a draw for the raffle. Most nights you'll find groups of WIGs chatting away as they head through the car park!

Non-members are always welcome at our monthly meetings for a recommended donation of £5.00.

Craft Club takes place at The Kingsland Church in Lexden and is run by Julie Peck and Karen Bartlett.  The club make a different craft every month and a small charge of £3 covers the cost of the venue and materials.



4th Tuesday of the month

Rose & Crown, East Hill

Knit & Stitch takes place at the Rose & Crown, East Hill and is run by Adrienne Fauser. Feel free to bring along your own knitting/
sewing/cross-stitch etc project to work on, or contact Adrienne to see what group projects are currently ongoing. 



Usually 4th Friday of the month

Various venues


Meetings 2024

January - Get Set for 2024 

Presentation of cheques to our charities of 2023 and short talks by the charities we will be raising funds for in 2024 - Next Chapter and Colchester Gateway.

Relaxation and guided mediation with Sophie from Rise Therapies.

February - Our Strange Language

A talk about the different sayings we have in our language and their origins. Then decorating coin collection jars.

March - Forensic Science

A talk by Mary Newton, a retired forensic biologist then fingerprint keyring making.

April - Spring Festival

An evening of spring-themed crafts, a quiz and games.

May - James Henry (local author)

Talk by an author who writes crime fiction set in the local area, followed by our AGM.

June - Line Dancing-

A line dancing taster session by Debbie Miller, followed by some relaxing mindful colouring.

July - Flower Arranging and 15th birthday party

Wednesday 3rd July - 7:30pm - Tollgate Hall, Stanway, CO3 0RH

Come and celebrate the WIGs 15th birthday with us at this month's main meeting.
During the first part of the evening, Pat and Alison from Colne Valley Flower Club will be demonstrating how to make some lovely summer flower arrangements.
We will then be having a piece of birthday cake and some bubbles to celebrate our birthday, with tea and coffee available as usual.
The raffle this month will include the chance to win the flower arrangements that have been demonstrated, hopefully helping to raise lots of money for our charities - Next Chapter and Colchester Gateway.
We will also be joined for the evening by the chairman of Essex WI federation, Moyra Jackson.

Visitors are very welcome and pay £5 which includes refreshments, this will be taken off your membership fee if you decide to join us on the evening. Please contact us for more details.
We really hope to see you there.

August - members summer outing to Abberton Reservoir

September - Alpaca Acres

October - 'What do we mean by personality?'

November - tbc

December - Christmas Party

Meetings 2023

January - New Year, New Intentions

Presentation of cheque for £2157 to last year's charity - The Medical Detection Dogs. Brief talks by our new charities - Colchester Blanketeers and St Helena Hospice. Making positive affirmation coasters to take home.

February - An Introduction to Tai Chi

A demonstration and talk about Tai Chi by Lu Yu. This was followed by decorating collection jars for our new charities.

March - Reflexology

A talk about reflexology followed by a chance to make a card to give to an inspirational woman to celebrate International Women's day.


April - Handwriting Analysis

A talk about handwriting analysis followed by decorating eggs for Easter.

May - Wildlife  and AGM

A talk about attracting wildlife to your garden followed by our AGM and a royal quiz. 

June - Have you ever met a trans woman

A talk by Petra Wenham followed by a getting to know you quiz.

July - British Sign Language 
An interactive introduction to BSL with speaker Lindsey Barrell followed by a signs and symbols quiz.


August - Colchester Roman Circus

A guided tour around the Roman Circus, a unique site in Colchester.

September - Road Safety Awareness

A talk about road safety and the recent updates to the Highway Code, followed by poster making for WI Day.

October - An Introduction to Tarot Reading

A talk about tarot reading by Suzy Sapphire explaining what tarot is all about and a short demonstration, followed by marshmallow spider making for Halloween.


November - Chocolate truffle workshop

Members watched a demonstration about cooking with chocolate and then made their own truffles to take home.

December - Christmas Party

Members made a Christmas table decoration, played gift bag gamble, swapped secret Santa gifts and enjoyed a plate of party food.

Supper Club hosted by Angela Taylor visits a different restaurant in Colchester each month.  This is a great chance to sample local restaurants and have a chat with other members of the WIGs. Restaurants will be chosen that cater for a variety of dietary requirements.



1st Saturday of the month

Various venues

The Walking Group is run by Lisa Lucas and takes place on the 1st Saturday of the month.  Short walks, long walks, coast, town or countryside.  Usually finishing in a cafe or pub for a reviving cuppa or drink!



3rd Sunday of the month

Various venues

The only sub group open to members and non members alike, the Sunday Social is the perfect opportunity to meet with friends over coffee and a cake.  Taking place at various coffee shops across Colchester and surrounding areas, the group is run by Annie Engle. 



3rd Thursday of the month

The Albert, Cowdray Avenue

Our 'book' group is hosted by Carrie Fisher and takes place at The Albert on Cowdray Avenue. Each month the group will be reading and discussing a book, poem or podcast. 



Various dates

Various venues

Hosted by our fabulous members at their houses. Bring a bake, usually there's a theme, or just come and eat and pay £2.



Various dates

Various venues

Ladies Who Lunch is a chance for members to meet up for lunch on a weekday in one of the many cafes and restaurants in the Colchester area. Hosted by May Cook, this is our newest subgroup.​​

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