2018 Programme and Events


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

7th February Ikebana History and DemonstrationA Kimono dressed speaker covering a brief history of Ikebana in Japanese culture, with a demonstration of 3 and 5 arrangements in different styles. Ruriko Kojima
7th March Dog Training and ObedienceClicker Training is the most modern and scientifically proven method for training any animal and will provide a clear communication process. The clicker is used to mark a behaviour or event which is followed by reinforcement with a reward. We hope for a demonstration also Nicola Barry
4th April Farming in the ChilternsInformal chat about what a local family do on their farm and the reasons behind their farming methods. Will Lacey
2nd May Resolution Meeting
6th June Blind Tasting           Just a bit of fun…. by our Committee
4th July Visit – Private Tour of Radnage VineyardSpecial tour of family run vineyard and winery, set in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – guided walk of vineyard and winery talking about their fermentation process and a tasting of our current vintages and ciders. Holly Morgan
1st August Social
5th September The Tower in the 20th CenturyThe history of the Tower is well known for being gruesome but there are also stories of love and romance,………… if you know where to look. Tony Stratford
3rd October Dawsons AuctionsTalk/valuation – bring your items along. Aubrey Dawson
7th November AGM and Birthday MeetingOfficial WI Evening – our AGM with celebratory cake for our birthday.
5th December Christmas Meeting – Social and WrappingSocial with nibbles, gift wrapping & Christmas fun !


Theatre trip – Aylesbury to see ‘My mother said I never should’ starring Catherine Head (Debbie’s daughter). Friday 16 March at 7.30 in Waterside Studio Theatre. Please sign clipboard at the meeting if interested. Possible supper before performance?

NFWI AGM in Cardiff.  It is our turn to send a delegate to this event on Wed 6th June. Coach and hotel expenses are paid for by Link WI’s (those we are representing e.g. Stokenchurch, Ibstone etc.).  Please let Mary know if you would like to represent us?

Saunderton Lodge   Hilary has invited us to visit to see what they do. June and Mary will be going in the new year – please let Mary know if you would like to go too?

Lane End WI are holding their Annual Quiz on Friday March 16th at Lane End Village Hall  at 7.30pm.  Tickets £9.50 including supper. Please bring your own drinks & glasses.  This is always a fun evening (hopefully the questions wont be too hard this year!!) so please come along .   Teams of 8 are ideal but any number will be welcome!  RSVP required – please see your email from Debbie with Ann Carters contact details.

‘From Adversity to Prosperity with Fabric and Thread’ a talk by Vera Demenezes.  Friday 25th May
A talk by Vera about her life, in particular her expulsion from Uganda and the countries her family lived in on their way to England.
Venue: Longville Hall, Newton Longville, MK17 0AT. Doors open at 1pm, event starts at 1.45pm
Cost: members £9, non-members £10.
Please contact Radnage WI on radnage.wi@outlook.com by 4th April 2018.

‘The Great Stink’  Tues 29th May
A unique day beginning in Chancery Lane, London tracking lost rivers and the Victorian sewer system. Trip includes tour guide, boat trip to Greenwich, morning coffee & afternoon tea and coach travel (nearest pick up point is Handy Cross).
Venue: London, all day, starting at 8am and ending approx 8pm.
Cost: £50 for members and £55 for non-members.
Please contact Radnage WI on radnage.wi@outlook.com by 4th April 2018.

Radnage WI guided walks were started as a way of spending time with friends to enjoy a gentle walk in our lovely local countryside and then perhaps to share a meal afterwards.
All the walks are circular and range from 3 to 5.5 miles in length. Because we live in the Chilterns there are usually some hills and perhaps a stile. We also have level walks along the Thames too. But all walks are researched and full details are given before you decide if you’d like to join in. Good walking shoes or walking boots are preferred plus perhaps a small jacket, a small rucsac to carry a drink/snack and a walk stick is useful too.

The walks are held monthly, usually on a Thursday and normally start at 10.30am. We are back at the cars by 12.30-1.00pm though we often stop for a drink of water or a snack and admire the views along the way. Walks are planned so that they usually finish at a nice pub or cafe for a light lunch if you’d like to join us – although this is not obligatory.
Details of car sharing and suitable parking are sent out prior to the walk. On the day of the walk there is a final weather check and confirmation or cancellation. The walk will not take place if it’s raining or the forecast is bad.

The walk group size varies from 5-15 ladies – but men are very welcome to join us. Dogs on short leads are welcome on the walks but sometimes they are not allowed to join us for lunch – but you will always be told beforehand. The walks are free to Radnage WI members but a small charge (£2) is made for non-members.

Proposed dates for 2018 are:
18 January
15 February
15 March
5 April
17 May
14 June
19 July
16 August
20 September
18 October
15 November
13 December




NEWS from the BFWI Shop
at Stuart Lodge in High Wycombe

GIANT FABRIC SALE – Tuesday 13th February 2018 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Poster attached to display at your WI or Village Hall)
This sale is to clear a lot of items from our Craft Section and we have lots of material cut into sensible lengths and also rolls of fabric for sale, along with Wool, Embroidery goods, Books, card making items and more.            Entrance including tea/coffee is £1 you can also browse the Shop which has new items added since the New Year.   Please bring along any friends as this is open to the public and we are hoping for a good turnout.                             If you have not been to Stuart Lodge it is also an opportunity to have a look around.

CRAFT AND CHAT GROUP meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the Month
February is the Fabric Sale and Craft and Chat members will be helping serve customers and serve tea/coffee please join us if you are interested to help out.

March is on Tuesday 6th March at 10 a.m. please bring along if you want to join in an item you have to finish at home and there will members to help you or just for you to show them what you are doing and others will be doing the same so shared items to see what others are doing.
This is a lively Group of members with about 20 coming along each month.   Please come along and join us.

Sale or Return Boxes
Have you thought of taking a Sale or Return Box at your May Meeting? This will give your members a chance to buy some of the wonderful goods on sale in our shop even if they are unable to visit us on a Tuesday. Chose your own or ask for a selection box which can be collected from the office or we can arrange for collection from nearer to your meeting place.

Calendar 2019 – Important Information
Photographs for 2019 calendar the closing date is Friday 22nd April remember 6” x 4” Landscape prints with picture location, name and address and WI should be sent to Stuart Lodge. Landscape j-peg images (minimum 2MB) should be e-mailed with “calendar photo@ as the subject.   We are reverting to the previous format for 2019 there will be no picture cropping.

Shop Opening Hours
We are open every Tuesday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and we have now restocked our shelves with lots of new items plus lots of new Craft Items made by our crafting ladies. One of our new items is a new hard A3 book marked “Madam President” only a few remaining though at £5 come along and have a look.

The shop as usual will be going out and about to the various Federation events namely:-
Friday 23rd February – Strictly Sequins at Mursley Village Hall
Wednesday 7th March Investigation and Discovery Day
Friday 23rd March An Afternoon of Presentations
Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th Inter County Quiz at Prestwood and Buckingham

We look forward to seeing members at these events with a great display of items for sale along with a big craft table.