News & Reports
Below is just a small glimpse of the things we do or have done... Its never too late to get involved, just get in touch.
23rd July 2020
Covid 19 update.
Due to Covid 19, we had to close our office at WI House, Mortimer, Berkshire and furlough some of our employee's. We are currently working hard to bring back our furloughed staff and resume normal services. Please watch this space for regular updates as they happen.
Food Bank Collection
At our recent Centenary Service, WI's were ask to bring donations of food suitable for donating to a local food bank. Berkshire Federation would like to thank every WI that contributed to this collection.
Centenary Needlework Exhibition
30th April 2019 - 11th July 2019
The Old Chapel Textile Centre
Main Street, Greenham Business Park, Newbury, RG29 6HW
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 10am - 16.00pm
All Saturdays in May 10.00am - 16.00pm
First Saturday in June only 10.00am - 16.00pm
First Saturday in July only 10.00am - 16.00pm
Spring Council Meeting
Friday 12th April 2019
The Great Hall, The University of Reading
Members enjoyed guest including Lynne Stubbings, The Mayor Of Reading and Sally Becker.
Shaw-Cum-Donnington WI Report Back
Members of Shaw-cum-Donnington WI and friends have produced their first batch of knitted items for Royal Berkshire Hospital. Items include traffic light hats for small babies, modesty blankets and armbands for use by dementia patients. We have also recently sent shawls. Further production is underway and we’re very grateful to everyone who has supported this project. Delivery to RBH is imminent!
Burghfield WI Report Back
Thursday 13th September 2018
Osborne House, Isle of Wight
Burghfield WI recently enjoyed a day trip to the Isle of Wight to visit Osborne House. Burghfield members and friends had an excellent sunny day walking around the wonderful grounds and exploring the private beach where Queen Victoria bathed in the sea. Ice cream on the private beach, exploring the great house followed by an enjoyable lunch made for a really great day out.
Binfield WI, Celebrating 100 years
Friday 22nd June 2018
The All Saints Church, Binfield
A truly wonderful celebration of all things WI. Members of Binfield WI transformed the church into a glorious display of flower arrangements, craft work, cake displays and memorabilia for members of public to visit and gain insight into WI life over the last 100 years.
Finchampstead WI's 100th Birthday Party
Thursday 3rd May
The Memorial Hall, Finchampstead
Finchampstead WI recently held a birthday party celebrating 100 years of Finchampstead WI. Members and guest dressed in 'posh hats and frocks' enjoyed a scrumptious afternoon tea. A surprise visit from the local primary school choir, who provided some excellent musical entertainment, also a new WI banner was revealed.
Berkshire Federation Annual Spring Council Meeting
Monday 9th April 2018
Palmer Building, University Of Reading
Berkshire Inter Quiz Night
Tuesday 30th January 2018
Padworth Village Hall & Knowl Hill Village Hall
What a great night had by everyone, and a lovely fish & chip supper too. The overall Berkshire Quiz champions were Cockpole Green WI, scoring a very respectable 86.5 points on the night.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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,