Wheatley Women's Institute 
About Us

Next meeting

Tuesday 17th April 2018
7.15pm- 9.15pm
Merry Bells Village Hall

Local History
Speaker: Kevin Heritage
Competition: Wheatley memorabilia​

A fascinating talk about our local history.

Each year Wheatley WI votes to raise money for a local charity. Not only through our group meetings but we organised events such as a Coffee Morning and take part in local events, all to raise money for great charities.​​
2018 Charities

This year we have two charities whom we are rasiing money for.

Wheatley Pre-school
Based in our village, the Pre-school has been running for 50 years. They are based in the Primary school grounds where they rent a building from the school. They help to prepare children from 2-5 years old for school through learning in a fun and interactive way.

Oxford Foodbank
Oxford Food Bank collects good quality fresh food from local supermarkets and wholesalers and delivers it for free to over 80 registered charities in the Oxford area. For every £1 they receive in donations they deliver around £20 worth of fruit, vegetables, bread and dairy products.

​​​​Scroll down for our current programme
Wheatley WI meet in the Merry Bells Village Hall.​​

Our monthly meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month, no meeting August, at 7.15pm- 9.15pm approx.

We have roughly 54 members with a varied age group.

New members are always welcome.
If you are interested please make contact via our Contact Us page,
or just turn up to a meeting as a guest.

See our current programme below

Wheatley Women's Institute is affiliated to the Oxfordshire & National Federation of Women's Institute. Charity No 1017024
The Merry Bells Village Hall, 89 High Street, Wheatley, Oxfordshire, OX33 1XP.

The Merry Bells is fully accessible and wheelchair friendly, with ample parking in the car park at the rear of the building.

As well as becoming part of the community, meeting new friends, hearing interesting talks and learning new skills why else join WI?

Other benefits-

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 celebrated its centenary in 2015 and currently has almost 220,000 members in approximately 6,300 WIs.

Denman Collage- https://www.denman.org.uk/

Denman College offers a wide variety of day and residential courses in cookery, craft and lifestyle. 

                                            Set in the picturesque village of Marcham, in Oxfordshire, the Georgian

                                            mansion and seventeen acres of grounds provide the pitch perfect
                                            atmosphere for learning.
                                            WI Life Magazine- https://www.thewi.org.uk/wie-and-wi-life

                                            WI Life is the WI's membership magazine, published eight times a year and distributed to all members. As well as regular
                                            newsletters and mailings to keep you up-to-date with all the news and events from your federation there is also news
                                            from  the National Federation of WI.

St George's Funday

Saturday 28th April 2018
Wheatley Rec, Church Rd
Free for all
Balloon Modelling, BBQ, George's Paly, Face Painting, Games & much more
Report any drainage, road, lighting, pavement, etc., issues, to www.fixmystreet.oxfordshire.gov.uk
Community Fair 6.30pm-7.30pm
Annual Parish Meeting from 7.30pm
Thursday 3rd May 2018
The Merry Bells
Meet groups, charities and organisations, aswell as an oppurtunity to hear from the parish, district and county councillors.

Wheatley Day of Action
Saturday 12th May 2018
Come together to weed pavements, tend overgrown bushes, weed & clear the gutters, pick up litter, help a less able neighbour.
Let the parish council know what you're planning.
Swapshop, The Merry Bells
Saturday 21st April 2018
Bring along your unwanted items that might be useful to someone else
Bring items from 8.30am-10.15am, doors open to take away items from 9.30am-11am
2017/2018 Programme below
Want to add a notice to the board? Send us a message via our Contact Us page
21st November 2017- items for sale  
Christmas Crafts, Speaker: Amy Surman
Get hands on & make some Christmas crafts. 
Materials to be paid for on the night, roughly £10.
12th December 2017- booking required 
2018 charity nominations, presentations & voting
Christmas Party. Food & drink supplied.
Don’t forget your crockery & cutlery.
Competition: Napkin holder

16th January 2018
2017 charity presentation
A Middle-East Correspondent, Speaker: Roger Hardy
Hear about working for the BBC World Service for over 30 years.
Competition: Eastern Artefact

20th February 2018- wear comfy clothes to exercise in
2018 Charity Speaker
Fun & Fitness, Speaker: Michele Jacobs
Learn & practice exercises that you can do to stay fit & healthy.

20th March 2018
Annual General Meeting, committee and president elections.

17th April 2018
Local History, Speaker: Kevin Heritage
A fascinating talk about our local history.
Competition: Wheatley memorabilia​

Suggestions for speakers, trips and social events are always welcome. If you have any suggestions please send us a message via the Contact Us page.
16th May 2017
Secret London, Speaker: Mike Beech
Thought you knew London? Find hidden secrets to fascinate friends.
Competition: A London memento
Saturday 20th May 2017- come and support your WI, in aid of Maggies
Coffee Morning: Theme, The Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee, 65 years on the throne. Come & enjoy refreshments, & browse the stalls, which will include, cakes & preserves, bric-a-brac, scarves, books, raffle. 

Thursday 15th June 2017- booking required
Fritillary Group Meeting- Horspath Village Hall, 7.30pm-9.45pm.
The WI’s from the Oxford Fritillary group meet once a year to hear a speaker, socialise and share ideas. Food & drink supplied.
Competition: Musical themed card, no bigger than A5

20th June 20 14 - booking required
Garden Party, The Plough marquee, London Road, Wheatley.
Vintage cream tea, music & an exhibition of members collections.
Competition: Val Targett Cup, cake recipe pinned on the noticeboard above.
18th July 2017
From Pillory to Prison Cell, Speaker: Ginny Davis
Charting the history & development of judicial sentencing.
Competition: Item related to punishment

19th September 2017- items for sale
Bags from the Philippines, Speaker: Analiza Jones
Learn the production process of the bags & purchase your own
Competition: A favourite purse

17th October 2017
Antiques, Speaker: Eric Knowles
An exciting evening with the antiques expert whose main interest is ceramics.
Wheatley WI Committee

Gill Morgan- Jones

Margaret Wilson
Assistant Treasurer 
Julie Mobbs
Jan Walsh
​Tel: 01865 558167
Vice President
Joyce Coveley
Website/ Publicity
Lucy Collinson
Ann Wild
Assistant Secretary
Stephanie Brooklyn

Yvette Bowden
Key Holder/ Health & Safety
Sandra Garlick