What is the WI? – The Mystery Explained

The Women’s Institute is a meeting place for women, the biggest organisation for women in the world. It was formed before women’s suffrage when there was little education for country women. It has changed over the years to become a modern voice for women while upholding its core values and creating an atmosphere of friendship and fun for women.

Each Institute caters for its own members needs and interests and no two institutes are exactly the same. We choose what subjects we would like to learn about; which speakers we would like to inform or entertain us; whether and where we would like outings, rambles, theatre trips, concerts etc and how we run our own proceedings. It is NOT obligatory to make jam or pose for nude calendars!

Coleshill WI

We are a group of thirty members meeting in Coleshill Village Hall once a month when we have a speaker and a sumptuous tea. (Second Thursday of each month at 2pm (Nov – Feb) or 2.30pm (Mar – Oct) except August)

We also have frequent outings to the theatre and places of interest.

We are always delighted to welcome visitors if you would like to come and see what we are all about.

We sometimes have fundraising efforts for a local cause such as Scannappeal.

Upcoming Events:

10th May Resolutions Meeting 
14th June ‘Bagels and Bacon’ with Jeff Rozelaar
12th July TBA
9th August Open meeting with SERV, all are welcome.
13th September  ‘Being a Magistrate’
11th October  ‘Experiences as Mastermind’ with Mr. L Grout
8th November  AGM
13th December   Christmas Social


Members of all ages find something to interest them in the WI, so let us know what YOU would like to do and come and visit us.

Contact: Eileen Gershon

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Who is Who

President Sally Pool
Secretary Kim Teal
Treasurer Elaine West


Joan Domin
Ann Holroyd

News - Winter 2018

I am delighted to report that I am no longer the WI President! At our AGM last week Sally Pool was elected President and everyone was pleased that both Marcia Neill and Judi Herbert have joined the committee, more hands make lighter work. Sally will also be writing these reports, leaving me more time to concentrate on moving house. I have enjoyed this last stint as President because I have been wonderfully supported by Kim Teal (as secretary) Elaine West (as Treasurer) and Joan Domin, Sally Pool and Ann Holroyd, plus all the members (and guests) who have pitched in to help with the washing up and putting chairs away. Kim Teal looks after our Bee Garden and I know how colourful and cheerful it has looked all year and, as I saw her on her knees getting muddy the day before, it must have been immaculate on Armistice Day! It has been very rewarding to notice the resident bees love the flowers and appreciate her efforts.

The trip to Waterperry Gardens was a great success and we are already trying to think of a similar venue for next year. We were delighted to share our August meeting with 17 guests, as well as raising £352 for SERV, enough to fund lots of motorbike trips. Since then we have learnt more about ‘Being a Magistrate’ in September and ‘Experiences on Mastermind’ in October.

As 13th November was Act of Kindness Day we invited several members (who had left because of their own or their husband’s ill health) to come and join us for tea. To be honest we would have done this anyway, as friendship is what the WI is all about, but it was touching how pleased the ladies were to be remembered and we shall try to visit those that are now housebound.  Our monthly Pub Lunches continue to be well supported though we all miss the company of Jean Powell, may she rest in peace.

Our December meeting is moving venue to The Potter’s Arms for Christmas Lunch where I am sure we shall be discussing future activities including recommencing DVD afternoons through the winter months and the re-formation of the Book Club, not to forget plans for speakers and outings next year.

That brings us to the New Year when we meet on Thursday, 10th January in the small room in Village Hall at 2pm. Angela Loewi has kindly agreed to share her knowledge on ‘Overcoming Problem Eating’. We are pleased to have had more visitors to our meetings this last year and hope this continues, do come and join us, a warm welcome awaits you.

Eileen Gershon


Sally Pool – President Coleshill WI

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