Wheatley Women's Institute 
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Next meeting

Tuesday 18th September 2018
7.15pm- 9.15pm
Merry Bells Village Hall

War Time Housewife
Speaker: Biff Raven-Hill

An eventful evening of talks, a quiz and artefacts

Competition: An old kitchen item
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.

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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.

Report any drainage, road, lighting, pavement, etc., issues, to www.fixmystreet.oxfordshire.gov.uk
Val Targett Cup Cake Recipe- Ginger Cake
60 g butter
125g golden syrup
25g self raising flour
100g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 heaped tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp mixed spice
100g caster sugar
Pinch of salt
125ml milk
1 egg, beaten

1. Melt butter and golden syrup in a pan, set aside.
2. Sift together self raising flour, plain flour, bicarb, ground ginger and mixed spice.
3. Add caster sugar, salt, milk and egg to the flour mixture, mix until smooth.
4. Slowly add the butter mixture until combined.
5. Pour mixture into a greased & lined 2lb loaf tin
6. Bake 170c/ gas mark 3/ 50-55min or 160c Fan, 40-45 mins
2018/2019 Programme below
Want to add a notice to the board? Send us a message via our Contact Us page
​​ PROGRAMME 2018/19
20th November 2018- booking required
Christmas Tastings
Have an opportunity to try various Christmas items from major retailers.
Hostesses: C.Fray: D.Gethings: N.Godwin: J.Hardy
Flowers: Ann Wild

Thursday 6th December 2018- booking required
Christmas Lunch- Oxford Brookes, Headington Campus 

11th December 2018- booking required
2019 charity nominations, presentations & voting
Christmas social. Nibbles & drinks supplied.
Competition: Napkin holder
Hostesses: Committee

15th January 2019
2018 charity presentation & payment of subscriptions
School Day Memories, Speaker: Clive Hallett 
Come and hear from one of Wheatley’s retired head teachers.
Competition: School day memorabilia
Hostesses: P.Hills: M.Hornett: M.Horwood: C.Hunt
Flowers: Dorrie Gethings

19th February 2019
2019 Charity Speaker 
Wheatley Windmill Preservation Society, Speaker: Geoff Stephens
Learn about one of Wheatley’s iconic landmarks.
Competition: Wooden item
Hostesses: C.Jackson: M.John: V.Lancashire: M.Leefield
Flowers: Yvette Bowden

19th March 2019
Annual General Meeting, committee and president elections.
Hostesses: R.Macleod-Timms: C.Mannifield: J.McCorkell: V.McDonald
Flowers: Christine Jackson

16th April 2019
The Howe Trust, Speaker: Dr Benson
Set up to administer the land on behalf of the village. Learn the history and what happens on the land today.
Competition: a photo of a tree(s) taken by the member
Hostesses: M.McHugh: M.Nixey: P.Norton: M.Ramsden: P.Reay
Flowers: Marion Hornett

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.
15th May 2018
Ribbon Flowers, Speaker: Barbara Ponting 
Watch a demonstration on how to make paper ribbon flowers, and then get a chance to make your own. Kits cost £2.50
Hostesses: W.Reilly: L.Robinson: W.Rogers: J.Slade            
Flowers: Camilla Mannifield

Thursday 17th May 2018- booking required
Chavenage House, Gloucester: A trip to the location of the hit tv series Poldark and a house with recorded history back to the ninth century.
Tetbury for lunch & shopping, Chavenage House for a tour, after which you will have tea & scones in the Ball Room. Pick up St Mary's Close, 9.30am

19th June 2018- booking required, bring your crockery & cutlery
Garden Party & members show (20p per entry), The Merry Bells 
Cream tea, music & a members show.

Members show categories, 20p per entry: 
Flower arrangement in a margarine tub
Photo of a local scene, taken by the member
Packet cake mix- Victoria sponge
A potato face
A bookmark of any medium
Val Targett Cup, cake recipe to be supplied beforehand,
see noticeboard above.

Thursday 28th June 2018- booking required, £4 per person
Fritillary Group Meeting- Quarry 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. Nibbles & drinks supplied.
Competition: Photo of Summer-time

17th July 2018
History of the Windsor Chair, Speaker: Stewart Linford
Charting the history of the Windsor Chair with sample chairs on view.
Competition: A cushion
Hostesses: M.Stayte: S.Street: M.Watson: L.White        
Flowers: Julia Slade 

18th September 2018- items for sale
War Time Housewife, Speaker: Biff Raven- Hill
An eventful evening of talks, a quiz and artefacts.
Competition: An old kitchen item
Hostesses: A.Ambler: P.Aries: M.Barbour: A.Buckingham        
Flowers: Carol Hunt

16th October 2018
Donkeys, Dolphins, Foxes & Fish, Speaker: Kevin Little 
Hear about being a fishmonger for 50 years, and running a small business. 
Competition: Fish related item
Hostesses: S.Cox: M.Darkin: M.Devine: J.Easden
Flowers: Lindy White
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