Sheringham WI was formed in 1977 and recently celebrated it’s 40th birthday with a 70’s night, a live band and 70’s buffet. We are very much a fun loving group of women, who enjoy being part of a group of all ages and have formed great friendships through the WI.
Every month we have a meeting with a speaker or activity, and there is always cake! On top of this, we have book club, walking group, Ladies Who Munch and the Evening Munchers, as well as Woolly Women our craft group. There are also regular trips to the theatre and outings. Lots of members also share their interests in crafting, baking, socialising and many other activities informally with each other.
Sheringham WI is also active in the community. We support the Carnival by organising a vintage tea party every year, and also take part in Crowning Day. We are a dementia friendly organisation and provide support to Sheringham Dementia Friendly Community. Every year we choose a local charity to support and we contribute a tree to the local Christmas Tree Festival, which is decorated by our members
A big part of WI is the resolutions process. This is where WI’s choose an issue that is important to them and put the idea through to a national vote in June. We are then able to decide which resolution to support, in order to generate change and action. Sheringham WI has been very involved with this, and has put in resolutions for action on children’s poor language skills and the need for WI to become a dementia friendly organisation. In 2017 the resolution which was chosen was ‘Plastic Soup’, which was about how many plastics are being transferred, through laundry practises, into the oceans. Sheringham WI have taken this on and have initiated Sheringham Plastic Aware (SPA). We are aiming to achieve plastic free status for the town as part of the ‘Surfers against Sewage Plastic Free Coastlines Campaign’.
As a group we collect bras for Africa, stamps for knitted knockers and also knit blankets for Aid Africa, which gives beds and bedding to children who would otherwise struggle. We also knit for the neo natal unit at the hospital and make twiddle muffs for Dementia groups. Many of our members also support the Lighthouse Community Sewathons for the village which they are assisting in Lumpewe, Uganda.
Sheringham WI meets on the second Monday of the month at Sheringham Community Centre. The doors open at 6.45 and the meeting starts at 7.15. You can come free for 3 visits but we do have a donations pot for refreshments and a raffle.