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Our generous ladies have risen to the challenge and have collected the following amazing donations to the local Red Box project, which places free sanitary protection in schools.  As well as donating pads and pants, some crafty ladies have made pouches to hold the pads, for schoolgirls to keep in their bags.


Crafty ladies from the Knitting group have been busy knitting bobble hats for local charity Surrey Heath Age Concern.  Their representatives then sell the hats at a profit of £10 each to supporters of Camberley Rugby Club.  WI members have knitted 16 hats, with Pam Wells winning the post of star knitter with an amazing total of 10 hats!  Here are the first few hats, and a group of likely lads wearing some more.



We had an excellent turnout recently for a meeting of ladies on our waiting list who have agreed to form a brand new WI.  Hopefully it won't be too long before they hold their first meeting.


















We got very involved with the 2018 Camberley Festival of Arts & Crafts (CamFest), knitting the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, yarnbombing the area outside the library, running craft workshops and displaying a wonderful selection of items made by members - see here for photos.


In June 2018 we displayed our pollinator at the Surrey WI evening picninc at Wisley - see here for photos.


Josephine organises an annual Craft Weekend to Dorset - read all about it here.


This mosaic was created by Claire Fulleylove to commemorate the centenary of the WI.  Everyone helped!


Just found these in the archives.  Crafty Groupies?  Us?  Never..........











(Oops, I see we've already printed this one - ah well. You may not have seen the next one..........)










It was a busy June!  First there was the WI Centenary Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.  Here are Cara and Maureen on their way

Then it was the AGM at the Albert Hall.  Here are Liz and Brenda...

then there was a rush for the sunshine at the Albert memorial at lunchtime.........

where the Brassy Tarts were making their debut.


Later came the Wartime Bake Off

l to r: Margaret Johnston, Josephine Wells, Liz Ryves, Madeleine Lewis, Sally Cassini, Brenda Ross, the Mayor, Sylvia Forrestal, Sylvia McCully, Pam Oliver, Melanie Strauch, Val Goddard and Lin Brown.

From top:

Sally, Lin and Madeline; Cara has a laugh with Brenda; Liz Ryves, Josephine & Sally, Elaine, Sylvia and poppies, Josephine and Beca Bake Off, Jane and Kendra, and the finalists:Jane Richard and Caroline Ewans with Beca, the Mayor and Gill from the Museum.




We were delighted to be able to present a cheque for £4000 to Frimley Park's Breast Care Unit appeal in January.  Money was raised by a car boot sale, a sponsored walk and a major Quiz night, along with donations from various of the sub groups.  Camberley WI completed the donation to make it up to a nice round sum!

From left to right in the photo is Brenda Ross (Secretary), Liz Hughes (President) and Donna Egbeare one of the breast cancer surgeons at FPH


2015 Dates

14th January: Health & Beauty/3rd Birthday

3rd February: WI Coffee Morning

11th February:  Dogs!

3rd March: WI Coffee morning

11th March:  Meet the Author: Adele Parks

3rd April - WI Coffee Morning

15th April - Flower Arranging

13th May - Isabella Karat/Resolutions

3rd June - WI coffee morning

4th June - WI AGM Royal Albert Hall

6th June - WI Wartime Bake Off

10th June - Sue Lucas talks Fish!

3rd July - WI coffee morning

8th July - Painting china

9th September - Inside Broadmoor with Jill Ashley

14th October - Craft Workshop

11th November - AGM + 100 Years of the WI

9th December - Colour Me Beautiful

2014 dates

(for individual Sub Group events please see their relevant page)

November's Quiz Night was a great success thanks to the hard work of the Quiz Committee.  Money was raised for the FPH Breast Care Unit and everyone had a fun evening.  Here are the winners (all WI members, except the men, I'm glad to see!)

These poppies (some 600 of them!) were knitted by Camberley WI members and displayed in the Mall in Camberley Centre and subsequently in St Michael's Church for Remembrance in November 2014

10th December: WI Meeting: Christmas Party

14th November:  Charity Quiz Night

12th November: WI Meeting: AGM and Family History

8th October: WI Meeting: Detective Chief Superintendent Helen Collins

3rd October: Coffee morning at Theatre Cafe

10th September:  WI Meeting:  Linda Barker Craft Night

6th September:  Non Sponsored Walk in aid of FPH Breast Care Unit

3rd September: Coffee Morning at Theatre Cafe

9th July: WI Meeting: Wine and Tea Tasting

3rd July:  Coffee Morning at Theatre Cafe

11th June:  WI Meeting:  Upcycling

3rd June: WI Coffee morning at Theatre Cafe 10 -11am (all members welcome)

17th May:  WI Car Boot Sale (Mytchett) in aid of FPH Breast Care Unit

14th May: WI Meeting:  Marks & Spencer

9th April: WI Meeting: First Aid

3rd April:  Members' Coffee Morning 10-11am Theatre Cafe

21st March:  New Members Coffee Morning: Theatre Cafe, 10.30am

19th March: New Members Social Evening, Crab & Dragon, Frimley Road 7.30pm

12th March: WI Meeting: Recycling

3rd March: Members' Coffee Morning 10-11am Theatre Cafe

12th February: WI Meeting: Make a Birdbox with B&Q!

8th January - 2nd Birthday Party

2013 dates

Quick Links:

Oct | Nov | Dec


First and third Wednesdays of the month 2pm-4pm - "KnitWIs" Knitting Group
11th December -  WI monthly meeting Swish Party

12th December - Walk around Virginia Water
16th December - 8pm "Wine, Women and What The Dickens" Book Group
17th December - Small Crafts Group
17th December - 8pm "BookWIse" Book Group


8th January - 2nd Birthday Party!



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Sunday Times

In August India Knight wrote a piece in the Sunday Times about her visit to Islington WI and how surprised and delighted with the WI she was, quite unlike its stereotypical image.  I wrote her an email to thank her for writing that, and told her a little about how our WI was started. The Sunday Times then published a highly edited version (which is why it reads so badly) of my email to her.













Denman College

We had heard so much about it, we thought we should investigate for ourselves.  Four of us booked ourselves on Interior Design with Linda Barker and drove up to Oxfordshire (about 1h 20 mins if you want to go). Denmans is a lovely old manor house with beautiful grounds (upkeep of this alone must be hugely expensive), but our course was in a separate building. What was good about the course was Linda Barker. Very natural and friendly, as you would expect, she showed us all manner of things we wanted to have a go at. In fact we are thinking of having a 'Linda Barker Inspired' WI evening so we can show you a little of what she showed us. What was bad about the course was that we sat at our lunch table for coffee, for the course, for lunch, for more of the course and for tea! All that after sitting in the car too!  I can't believe they always run their courses like that!  I feel sure there must be another room we could have had our lunch and refreshments in.  I have written to ask!  We had a good lunch and for £45 all in I think it was good value for money.


Tiling with B&Q

Following on from the very successful DIY night with B&Q in May, they were true to their word and organised a couple of tiling courses for us.  They went to a lot of trouble and we gathered a small crowd (the store was still open!) of people wanting to have a go!  Join the WI first, we said.  As we were in our fetching orange B&Q aprons we were a couple of times asked where things were - "Aisle 11" said Annie confidently without batting an eyelid!  Phil and Pete really gave us the confidence to 'do it ourselves' and are keen to run more courses for us.  What do you want to learn? It's a real chance to conquer DIY.































New Members Get Together

New members were invited to a couple of Meet and Greet social events in June.  The idea was to meet each other in a smaller setting than our large meetings and make some initial introductions. The first was held in The Bear pub and the second was in LaDiDa Cake/Coffee shop.  It was good to get to know each other and we will see if we remember each other's names at the next meeting!






























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