DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:
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, currently at The Kingsland Church, Lexden, Colchester.
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 2023 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 21:00 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.
KNIT & STITCH
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.
4th Friday of the month
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.
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.
Wednesday 5th April - Kingsland Church, Lexden - 7:30pm
At our April meeting, Joanne will be talking to us about handwriting analysis and will give us a chance to find out what our handwriting says about us! Bring along a pen and paper to the meeting to join in.
There will be tea, coffee and cake as usual and we will also be holding a raffle for our charities with some eggstraspecial prizes!
In the second part of the meeting, we will be decorating eggs for Easter so please bring a boiled or blown egg.
Visitors are very welcome and pay £5 which includes refreshments, this will be taken off your membership fee if you decide to join us. Please contact us for more details.
May - Welcoming wildlife to your garden
June - Have you ever met a trans woman
July - British Sign Langauge
August - visit to the Roman Circus (members only)
September - First aid
October - Tarot reading
November - Chocolate truffle workshop
December - Christmas party
January - New Year New Start
Talk by our charity of the year, The Medical Detection Dogs and Grace Darke from Eco Colchester about ways to save water.
February - Colchester Zoo Conservation
Talk by Andy from Colchester Zoo.
March - Extreme Challenge for Breast Cancer
Talk by Tina Oldfield about her extreme challenge that took her to base camp at Everest to raise awareness of the Breast Cancer campaign.
April - Renewal month - get to know your WI activities
A chance to find out more about the WIGs and all the fantastic subgoups we run.
May - Talk by Perrywoods garden centre and AGM
Talk about the history of Perrywoods, the popular garden centre, which actually started its life in a garden shed! Then a chance to make a mini-terrarium to take home.
June - The Civic Society: The Eyes and Ears of Colchester
A talk by the Colchester Civic Society followed by tea and cake to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee, a rosette craft activity and a Jubilee quiz.
July -Family History for Beginners
A talk about genealogy and how to research your family tree followed by a quiz designed to find out fascinating facts about other members of our WI.
August - All About Colchester
A walking tour of Colchester led by Sir Bob Russell followed by a drink at The Castle pub in the High Street.
September - Sustainable Fashion
A talk about how to be more sustainable with your fashion choices followed by a clothes swap.
October - Jessica Taylor-Bearman - Author. Artist. Inspiration.
A talk by an award winning author about her struggles with ME and realising her dreams followed by the chance to make a wax wrap to take home.
November - Christmas Sugarcraft
Colchester Sugarcraft Association lead a session where members could make a small plaque with a cute snowman and Christmas tree model to go on a Christmas cake.
December - Christmas Party
Members made a Christmas table decoration, played bingo, swapped secret Santa gifts and enjoyed a plate of party food.
1st Saturday of the month
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/4th Sunday of the month
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.
LET'S LISTEN OR READ
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.
Hosted by our fabulous members at their houses. Bring a bake, usually there's a theme, or just come and eat and pay £2.
LADIES WHO LUNCH
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.