3rd Wednesday of the month
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:
The Women's Institute Girls meet on the first Wednesday of every month from 19:30 to 21:30 at The Wilson Marriage Centre, Colchester.
Meetings start at 19:30, although, the hall is usually open 10/15 minutes earlier. This is the perfect opportunity to grab a seat, a cup of tea and maybe even a cake. Every meeting begins with a few words from our President, the month's notices and an introduction to the speaker.
Speakers vary every month but could be a slideshow on worldwide travel, a practical demonstration on flower arranging, a singing workshop or a dancing class. For more information on speakers for 2020 please see below.
After the speaker we usually have some social time. If we're having a Swish, Book Swap etc then this is the time to go and have a rifle through the goodies and see what you can find! This is also time to wander around the room and meet some new faces or catch up with friends.
The meeting ends around 21:30 and we have to vacate the hall by 22:00. 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.
Hosted by Annie Engle, Book Club takes place on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Odd One Out, Mersea Road. Copies of each month's book, on loan from the library, can be picked up at the monthly meetings.
4th Thursday of the month
Cake Club is held at the Odd One Out Pub on the Mersea Road. Please bring along a homemade contribution, whether that's a cake, bread, scones, biscuits or even a fridge cake - or non bakers can bring along a £2 donation and eat as much cake as they like!
2nd Thursday of the month
Craft Club takes place at CoCoCare Hall, London Road, Lexden and is run by Julie Peck and Karen Bartlett. A small charge may be made for materials.
KNIT & STITCH
2nd Tuesday of the month
ALL MEETINGS AND SUBGROUPS ARE CURRENTLY CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Wednesday 8th January:
Get to know your WI
Our first meeting of the year was an opportunity to find out more about the WIGs and all we have to offer. We held a quiz that was all about our subgroups and gave our members and visitors a taster of what to expect if they joined our group.
Wednesday 5th February:
Essex Wildlife Trust
In February, Emily from The Essex Wildlife Trust, talked to us about their ambitions to create a wilder Essex. She told us about the exciting projects that they are involved in to try to achieve this aim. This includes things like bringing back rare species and restoring habitats to enrich the wildlife living there. In the second half of the meeting we made some bird feeders to take home to encourage wildlife into our own gardens.
Wednesday 4th March:
Flower arranging demonstration and workshop
In March the very talented Gillian from The Floral Art Studio Colchester (https://www.thefloralartstudio.co.uk/) demonstrated how she makes her beautiful displays. In the second part of the meeting we created our own arrangements to take home.
Wednesday 1st April:
Inspiring Women: Spotlight on Sophie from Hearing Help Essex
This month Sophie will be telling us her inspiring story. Sophie was a professional musician and teacher who developed hearing problems and has gone on to be the CEO of an award winning charity.
After refreshments we will be making facial scrubs for you to take home.
There will also be a plant sale to raise money for Bowel and Cancer Research.
Join us for what promises to be a very interesting evening.
Wednesday 6th May:
Bake Off & AGM
Wednesday 3rd June:
Visit to Green Island Gardens
Wednesday 1st July:
Jade from Sparkly Place Fused Glass
Wednesday 5th August:
Fun and Games
Wednesday 2nd September:
Wednesday 7th October:
English Spirit Distillery
Wednesday 4th November:
Christmas Shopping Evening
Wednesday 2nd December:
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.
Supper Club hosted by Karen Mace visits a different restaurant in Colchester each month. In 2019 the club visited independent restaurants - in 2020 they will be alternating between sampling various international cuisines on the High Street and visiting cafes for afternoon tea.
2nd Saturday/Sunday of the month
The Walking Group is run by Lisa Lucas and takes place on the 2nd Saturday or Sunday of the month. Short walks, long walks, coast, town or countryside. Usually finishing in a cafe or pub for a reviving cuppa or drink!
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.