WELCOME TO SILVERDALE WI
We are delighted to announce that our first WI meeting since lockdown took place on Thursday 3rd June (first Thursday of the month, as "normal").
Because of the numbers limit we divided into two outdoor meetings of up to 30 members each - at lunchtime on the Institue Field and in the evening behind the Gaskell Hall - and sat in groups of six. But it's a start!
Our usual Silverdale WI activities were suspended during lockdown but we are keeping in touch with our members and doing what we can. The walking group has been walking, in groups of less than 6, since the first opportunity on Monday 29th March 2021. Some of us have "met" for a Zoom "Coffee not at the pub" every week since March 2020. The Book Group have Zoomed, as have the committee. Small groups have tried paddle-boarding and gone cycling.
We are receiving, and circulating, regular newsletters from our Cumbria-Westmorland Federation: they are now offering a series of Zoom meetings with speakers. Our Annual Meeting was held in November as usual, but remotely.
For a flavour of what WI offers nationally, have a look at two recent issues of the "WI Life" magazine:
April 2021 : May/June 2021
We welcome new members and enquiries - see our contact form.
Silverdale WI, in rural North West Lancashire, has about 75 members and welcomes women of all ages. We have a regular monthly meeting (usually first Thursday of the month, 7 for 7.30pm in the Gaskell Memorial Hall), generally with an outside speaker, and lots of other activities both regular (walking, dining out, Rummikub, floral art group, book group, coffee, drinks) and occasional (theatre trips, climbing wall, history walks, craft events, ten-pin bowling, watersports, etc). Do come and join us!
We are part of the National Federation of Women's Institutes, and hold joint events with the local Dallam Group within the Cumbria-Westmorland Federation of WIs.
Membership of Silverdale WI costs £30 for the year 2021-22, from 1st April (and there will be lower rates for new members joining later in the year). As well as all our local activities, membership benefits include the monthly Cumbria-Westmorland Federation newsletter (available by email or as hard copy); eight issues a year of the magazine WI Life (by post); and access to a wide range of group, federation and national activities including online courses from the WI's Denman College. If you are interested, under normal circumstances you are welcome to come to a few meetings as a visitor (suggested donation £3) before deciding to join us. For now, just get in touch using our "Contact form".
Silverdale WI is Registered Charity no. 1017798