Women's Institute

The Stony Stratford WI meet in York House, London Road at 2.15pm on the first Tuesday of every month. Visitors are welcome, give us a ring or email, or just come along.

Contact Janet Baxter (01908 313677) or Gill Williams (01908 563684), or e-mail Gill.williams@fsml.co.uk for further details.




Update - March 2017

Our meeting in March telling us of the History of Woburn Abbey was really interesting – although most of us had visited the Abbey and its grounds at some time, it was quite an eye opener to hear all about the history.  Our April meeting was also historical, but on a lighter note, Kevin Varty talked to us about the sweets and chocolate bars we had enjoyed through our childhood and told us how most of the ideas had evolved many years ago.  He also brought along examples of some of the sweets for us to sample, including a selection of “Wagon Wheels” - not something we do every meeting but nice to indulge ourselves once in a while.

We filled a large coach for our visit to Lord and Lady Heseltine's Gardens and Arboretum at Thenford in May - a very successful day, the sun shone and the gardens were beautiful.  Lord Heseltine mingled with the visitors and talked to people about the gardens and the way they were developed from the 1970s onwards.   The gardens include some beautiful sculptures, one of which is shown here with four of our members.

We are looking forward to another “sweet treat” in June, when our speaker will be Estelle Mann demonstrating the art of sugar craft – shall we be inspired enough to decorate our own Christmas cakes this year?  July brings us a talk about our own WI College near Abingdon in Berkshire, Elizabeth Webster is the Federation's “Denman Ambassador” and will be telling members who have never visited the College what they could expect if they attended a course there.  Quite a few of our members have attended the College and know that it is a very enjoyable experience, staying amongst friendly people with similar interests, so it is hoped that the talk will encourage others to enrol in a course or a day school.  For our August meeting we usually have a strawberry tea in a member's garden, we haven't decided yet whether to meet in a garden or to visit a local attraction for afternoon tea – watch this space!

At our County Annual General Meeting this year, we were entertained by Gyles Brandreth, a wonderful speaker who left us with our sides aching and with quite a few new fans.  County outings later in the year include a visit to Chancery Lane and the Bazalgette Cathedral of Sewage (The Great Stink!), an afternoon with John Benjamin of Antiques Roadshow fame and a visit to Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire, for those of us who have time for day out!

Our Craft group, which meets on the third Tuesday in the month, has just finished the patchwork quilt which will be raffled to raise funds for our affiliated charity, Associated Countrywomen of the World - hopefully it will bring in a respectable donation for some of the less privileged women in poorer countries.

Our garden at York House has had a rather slow start this year because of the dry weather but things are beginning to grow.