Welcome to the WI

About Radnage WI

If the WI’s main aims are to educate and enlighten, as well as to entertain, Radnage WI has certainly fulfilled its brief over the past year!

We have rolled our sleeves up, baked and cooked, manned the tables, set up and packed away, but have also been entertained, informed, educated and above all laughed and enjoyed one another’s company in the time honoured way that Radnage WI have done for almost 90 years.

Each WI can be very different so do come along and visit us. We meet on the first Wednesday of every month (except January) in the Village Hall at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. We recommend you contact us to arrange a visit, that way we’ll know to expect you and can make sure you’re welcomed – please telephone Mary Howlett on 01494 483545.

We enjoy the social side of meeting other ladies – we’re certainly not all ‘jam and Jerusalem’. Our members range in ages from 37 to 85 years and our interests grow more diverse as membership increases.

Speakers – 2017 Programme

We have a speaker at most of our meetings and we have a very interesting range of topics for the coming year:-

February Secret Life of Bees Bob Eldridge
March Man on the Spot Bill Hamilton
April Dream Flight Patricia Pearce MBE
May Resolution Meeting
June Bishops Sex and Money Tony Stratford
July Visit – Private Tour of the Adwell Estate Garden Mr and Mrs Birch-Reynardson
August Social
September Amazon Adventure Jill Eyres
October Blood Bikes John Stepney
November AGM and Birthday Meeting
December Christmas Assortment J’s Joyful Divas

In preparation for Garden Sunday 2017, members have decided to add some colour to the village trail by ‘Yarn Bombing’. For those of you who are not sure what this means, the Wikipedia explanation is: “Yarn bombing, yarnbombing, yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, kniffiti, urban knitting or graffiti knitting is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk.”   Our idea is to knit flowers and members have been encouraged to knit these in time for 25th June 2017. Suggested patterns are available via June Gibbs and a few are available via this link:  Flower knitting patterns   or you can of course, knit your own.

Our fund raising in 2015 saw us organise a Bridge tea; hold a home-made craft and produce stall; once again provide cakes and man the tea stall at Radnage Garden Sunday; and provide the minced pies for the village Christmas service. These events have enabled us to donate well over £300 to local charities, helped St Mary’s Church raise funds and keep Radnage WI solvent!



We’ve taken many photos of our events – we made the July and October editions of the Bucks Federation Women’s Institute (BFWI) newsletter!
We have seen a couple of members move away, yet we have gained some new ladies keeping our membership at around 36.
One weekend in October found us planting more than 400 daffodil bulbs at the war memorial, village hall and other places around our village. Winter punch and shortbread followed at Janet W’s and we look forward to the fruits of our labours with a lovely spectacle in the spring.




Planting daffodils #1 October 2015


We have supported BFWI by attending several of their courses, the Annual Council Meeting, Speakers presentations and the Garden Party at Waddesdon Manor. We have supported Denman College by a member attending a residential course and others the screening of the film ‘ A Little Chaos’.
During November we visited the OXFAM warehouse in Bicester to hear how they deal with humanitarian crises and what is involved in getting clean water supplies to people in the aftermath of a disaster.




Oxfam warehouse in Bicester #1 October 2015


Our November meeting saw us enlightened by Bill Giles, the BBC weatherman, who told us tales from behind the scenes at the BBC and Met office, and explained about global warming and what may happen to the world. He thinks that France may be a desert one day!
We returned to St Katherine’s at Parmoor in September as part of our celebrations of 100 years of the WI. Again a lovely meal was enjoyed by all and we finished with cake made from the WI Centenary Cake recipe used for the cake given to the Queen and everyone at the AGM.






Our August summer party was held in Sally’s beautiful garden where we enjoyed ‘Delicious Desserts’ and were amused by trying to guess mystery objects inside cloth bags and taxed by a quiz.
In July we visited the walled garden at Parmoor to hear about their restoration work, their ties with King Zog and the work they do with young homeless people. We finished the evening with a delicious cream tea.






St Katherine’s at Parmoor #1 – Walled Garden – July 2015

Our speakers for May and June covered topics on the History of Ejection Seats, and West Wycombe and the Dashwoods.









Martin Baker Ejection Seats May 2015

WI members contribute topics annually and vote on resolutions for topical campaigns. In May 2015, we voted in favour of the resolution which was taken to the AGM.

Our President attended and reported back on the Royal guests, the excellent speakers, and the amazing atmosphere in the Royal Albert Hall when thousands of voices raised the roof and sang Jerusalem.

The spring outing in 2015 was to Bletchley Park which was followed by an evening viewing of the film ‘The Imitation Game’.
In April other WI’s were invited to join us to meet Christine Wallace, a contestant from the 2013 Great British Bake-Off.

There’s a lot more to it than you think! Christine was able to give us the behind the scenes details of the selection procedure, the weekly challenges and other interesting secrets.
In March we ran a Pearl Workshop where 12 of us were taught by Frances Benton how to knot pearls and make other jewellery. A great productive afternoon was had by all with the creation of some very interesting pieces. We think we’ll see Frances again in the future for another of her interesting sessions.

In February, the first of the speakers for 2015 was Crissy – one of our own members – who gave an interesting, if not daunting talk on ‘Diabetes. Continuing on the medical theme we invited Geoffrey Farrar-Brown to come to our March meeting and speak to us about the Medical Detection Dogs – advising us on how the dogs are trained and about the people they help – a really fascinating topic.

Our December meeting in 2014 saw the first of several visits to St Katherine’s at Parmoor where we enjoyed a wonderful meal and exchanged our Secret Santa gifts in their beautiful hall warmed by a roaring fire. As there is no formal meeting in January we all went to the pub for a post-Christmas catch up and another lovely meal.

Our AGM in November 2014 saw the committee re-elected – one member stood down but three new ones joined us. Anne M agreed to shadow Sally our treasurer, for the year with the intention of taking on the role. The evening progressed with a talk from Sarah Mordaunt, founder of the One-Can Trust Charity and we welcomed supporters from Helen & Douglas House who came with Christmas goodies for sale.

Membership options

As a WI member, you will enjoy a varied programme. Each WI holds eleven meetings every year and you can also get involved in the various regional and national level events and activities.
Your membership entitles you to eight copies a year of the WI membership magazine, WI Life, as well as regular newsletters and mailings to keep you up-to-date with all the news and events from your federation and the NFWI. The full annual membership joining fee is £37.50.
If you are unable to commit the time to attending WI meetings you could become an NFWI Associate instead. You can find more details on the WI website (www.thewi.org.uk ).

About the WI

The Women’s Institute (WI) was formed in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then the organisation’s aims have broadened and the WI is now the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK. The WI will celebrate its centenary in 2015 and currently has 212,000 members in around 6,600 WIs.

The WI plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities.

See more at: http://www.thewi.org.uk/about-the-wi

All kinds of opportunities for all kinds of women