Norham Women’s Institute
A friendly group established in 1923 and still going strong.
When Norham’s WI started in 1923 I don’t suppose the ladies (in their hats no doubt) would be worried about electricity which didn’t arrive in Norham until the 1950’s’. In 2014 we celebrated the 90th anniversary of the Norham WI. In 2015 the WI celebrated their centenary, nationwide.
The founding of the first Women’s Institute in the world was at Stoney Creek Canada in 1897 by Adelaide Hunter Hoodless. She grew up fatherless and did tough work on the farm. She experienced tragedy when her 4th child died at 18 months. Recognising the ignorance and careless hygiene which caused infant mortality she said “The education of mothers is my life’s work”
She published a book on household science, well ahead of its time, containing calorie charts, chemical analysis of foods and the value of meat fruit and vegetables in diets. Mrs Hoodless promoted a better understanding of good hygiene in handling food, clean sanitation systems and a more scientific study in the care of children. Her aim was to raise the standard of life for farming families in remote rural areas. The meetings were set up to give women a voice, to be a force of good in the community, to share experiences and learn. The, same is true today although women’s lives have changed in many ways it still focuses on what really matters. Helping women lead the lives they want to, with all the advice they can get and having a say in all our futures. The first Women’s Institute in Britain opened at Anglesey, Lanfairpwll in 1915 Then in England at West Sussex. There will be events held in 2015 to celebrate the 100th anniversary
Today the Women’s Institute is the largest voluntary organisation for women in the UK Resolutions covering a wide range of subjects are carried at the AGM every year. Once discussed and approved it becomes in W.I. terms ‘a mandate’ which is a powerful pressure weapon which has been the motivation for many governmental changes and become law.
In 1921 The Plumage Bill became law, no feathers in hats. In 1925 “Keep Britain Tidy” and then Film Censorship. In 40s and 50s the Women’s Institute prodded the government and campaigned for Village Surgeries, Railway toilets, flexible Hospital Visiting Hours. Harmful Publications, Restrictions of Juggernaut sizes. Rabies Sexual Offences. Free Family Planning. Transportation of animals.
NORHAM WI INVITES YOU ! !
Norham WI would like to extend an open invitation to local women from Norham, the surrounding area and visitors to our lovely village to attend a monthly meeting to get a taste of what Norham WI is about. Pick a subject that interests you from our annual programme, turn up on the day and enjoy. Sadly, we have to ask you to pay £3 in order to comply with the National Federation of Women’s Institutes constitution but you would get to hear an interesting talk or enjoy a workshop, learn more about WI and afternoon tea is included. You would be very welcome.
If you would like know to more you can contact one of the following:
President: Margaret Jeffrey 01289 387451
Secretary: Jan L’Argent 01289 382897
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Our Programme for January to December 2017
Meetings: Are on 1st Thursday of the month at 2.00pm in The Village Hall, unless otherwise stated.
Thursday 5th January: Speaker: Caroline McGregor on “Caroline’s Craft Creations”
Competition: Image or model of a bird. Tea Hostesses: P Taphouse & L Wood
Thursday 2nd February: Speaker: Rev. Rob Kelsey on “Walk along the River Tweed”
Competition: A River Scene. Tea Hostesses: J Scarboro & E Burns
Thursday 2nd March: Speaker Joyce Luby on “Fabric Easter Cards” Competition: Easter Flower Arrangement. Tea Hostesses: P Jackson & M Grahamslaw
Thursday 6th April: Speaker Pat Potts “Maundy Money”. Competition: A Money Box. Tea Hostesses: R Lockwood & S Wake
Thursday 4th May: Speaker: RNLI “Grace Darling”. Competition: Ships or Boats. Tea Hostesses: B Gibson & M Baxter
Thursday 1st June: Speaker Chris Harrison “Waulkmill Cider.” Competition: An Apple Recipe. Tea Hostesses: D Smith & J Dansie
Thursday 6th July: Speaker: Retired Greyhound Trust. Competition: Photo of a Dog. Tea Hostesses: M Spence & J Price
Thursday 7th September: Speaker: The Northstar Centre. Competition: Something beginning with ‘N’. Tea Hostesses: J Budge & B Binnie
Thursday 5th October: Annual Meeting
Thursday 2nd November: Speaker: Clive Price on “Captain Flint’s Trunk.” Competion: Something to do with Pirates. Tea Hostesses: D Smith & E Potts
Thursday 7th December: Christmas Party. Competition: A Snowman. Tea Hostesses:R Lockwood & L Wood