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 most months in Portesham Village Hall. In January our meeting is in the afternoon (14.00 start), in June we have an outing to celebrate the branch birthday and in August there is no meeting. 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 a Saturday morning village cafe each 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 07490 372212 or email porteshamwomensinstitute@gmail.com

Our programme of meetings for 2019/2020:

May 14                       The History of Handbags
                                  Sarah Delves

June 11th                    No evening meeting - 90th Birthday Outing

July 9th                       Plastics and their replacement - Tina Raymond

August                        No meeting

September 10th           Aromatherapy, products and their uses - Xenia Standbridge

October 8th                  First Aid, talk and demonstration - Grant Wilson

November 12th            People and wildlife of Namibia - Ann and David McKinna

December 10th             Christmas revelry


January 14th                WI resolutions, we will have a lively debate.
(Meeting starts at 14.00)              

February 11th              The Sounds of Nature - Edward Harland

March 10th                  Beekeeping - Hilary Green

April 14th                    AGM and Games