EVENTS

SUB GROUPS
(MEMBERS-ONLY)
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BOOK CLUB

3rd Wednesday of the month

Currently not taking place

​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 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 2021 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.

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.

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CAKE CLUB

4th Thursday of the month

Online

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!

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CRAFT CLUB

2nd Thursday of the month

Currently not taking place

MONTHLY MEETINGS

Meetings 2021

January - What's in the Box? This month we enjoyed a scavenger hunt, game of bingo and seed planting as well as tea and chocolate courtesy of the WIGs New Year boxes.

February - The Loving Chef Cook Along

This month we enjoyed a talk by Natasha from The Loving Chef. She demonstrated how to bake a delicious vegan, gluten free chocolate and courgette cake, as well as showing us lots of cake presentation ideas.

March - Inspiring Women: Spotlight on Julie from Hearing Help Essex

This month Julie spoke to us about how she has overcome hearing difficulties and the work she is involved in with the charity Hearing Help Essex.  

April  - Oxfam: Unleashing the Potential of Women Around the World

This month, Oxfam Volunteer, Peter Bentley, spoke to us about the work Oxfam does to support women around the world. 

May - Get Ready For Summer - Annual Meeting and Summer Surprise Box.

This month our members received a 'meeting in a box'. We enjoyed a relaxing hand massage, sampled a cold infusion tea, ate a delicious treat, took part in a book quiz and a game of bingo. A really fun meeting.

Wednesday 2nd June - 7pm

A visit to Green Island Gardens. A chance to wander around these beautiful gardens and enjoy tea and cake with other members.

Wednesday 7th July - Medical Detection Dogs

Wednesday 4th August - Body positivity and the benefits of exercise

Wednesday 1st September - Sparkly Place fused glass workshop

Wednesday 6th October - Colchester Civic Society

Wednesday 3rd November - fundraising

Wednesday 1st December - Christmas wreath making

Previous Meetings 2020

January - Get to know your WI

February - Essex Wildlife Trust  talk & making bird feeders

March - Flower arranging demonstration and workshop

April - Facebook meeting 

May - Bake Off Zoom meeting

June - Facebook meeting 

July - Virtual Zoom tour of Cambridge.

August - Zoom talk by Paula from Suffolk Prickles Hedgehog Rescue. 

September - Zoom talk by Misba, a member of an all female expedition to the North Pole. 

October - Phone Photography - Zoom talk

November - Managing Your Mental Health - Zoom talk

December - Christmas Meeting - Zoom talk by The English Spirit Distillery in Halstead.

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.

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KNIT & STITCH

2nd Tuesday of the month

Currently not taking place

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. 

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SUPPER CLUB

Various dates

Currently not taking place

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.

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WALKING GROUP

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!

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SUNDAY SOCIAL

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.