Women’s Institute

PORTESHAM WI is not just about “jams, chutneys and cakes”.This well-attended group offers opportunities to make friends, enjoy informative, inspiring and often entertaining speakers, join a book club, craft group, play skittles, croquet and New Age Kurling and lots more …

We meet at 7.15 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month (except August) in the village hall and a warm welcome is always there for visitors and new members alike.
Selected talks are open to visitors, partners and friends - whilst our members have the opportunity to join in many other activities and events, both social and educational, organised by the Dorset Federation.

Members are also able to join workshops on an extensive range of subjects at Denman College where there are numerous day and residential courses on cookery, craft and lifestyle - from Cheese Making to learning to dance The Flamenco.

Invitations are offered by other neighbouring WIs for lunches, Christmas events and open meetings throughout the year.
As for “jams, chutneys and cakes” - Portesham WI frequently demonstrates its organisational and baking skills by catering for visiting groups to the area and successfully runs Saturday morning village cafes twice a year.

The opportunities to meet people and make new friends, contribute to the local community, as well as gaining new experiences and skills are endless.

YOU ARE  WELCOME TO JOIN US    - for more information please phone Christine on 01305 871009 or email christinevoce@btopenworld.com

Our programme of meetings for 2018/2019:

8th May 2018        
From Brownie to Selfie
Andrew Gillett gives us a history of popular photography. There will be a show and tell session so please bring your Favourite Family Photo . If you have a “camera with a story” please bring it along.

12th June 2018    
Birthday outing to The Bishops Palace in Wells

10th July 2018  meeting open to non members.
The History of Coinage meeting open to non members.
Bryan Short’s talk spans the entire history of coins which have been in use for over 2,500 years. He highlights important events and changes that affected society.

August 2018        No meeting

11th September 2018
Incorrect Political Correctness
Ralph Jerran draws on his experience as a personnel manager within the police force in London. An entertaining, humorous but thought-provoking look at a serious theme.

9th October 2018   
Life behind the Sideshows
KayTownsend   shares her experiences from her life with the Fair and shows some fascinating footage from years gone by.

13th November 2018   
England’s Oldest Family Business

Richard Balson, from the well-known butchers in Bridport, speaks of his memories and experiences.

11th December 2018     
Christmas event

8th January 2019   2.15 pm - meeting open to non members.
Behind the scenes at Chelsea
Sally Nex   Every year Sally goes behind the scenes at the flower show as a freelance journalist. This is a slide show including insights into the show’s less public life.

12th February 2019   2.15pm  
History of Knitting
Joyce Meader gives an entertaining, humorous and fascinating history of war- time knitting. One not to be missed.

12th March 2019   
Art of the Tudor Dynasty
Kate Phillips   discusses the contemporary paintings of a Tudor Monarch and the invention of their global image.

9th April 2019   
AGM + social 
Members are invited to bring sample dishes, sweet or savoury, meals or snacks, for others to taste. Swapping of recipes to be encouraged!