Stowe-by-Chartley Women’s Institute 

It’s not all Jam and Jerusalem!!  Stowe-by-Chartley WI speakers cover all sorts of subjects - please see reports and "Goings On" of what we have been up to and who we have had as speakers in the various sections of the website to the left of this page.   

Stowe WI members meet at Stowe-by-Chartley Village Hall on the second Tuesday of the month for 11 months of the year and attracts members from Stowe and the surrounding villages.  Generally each year we have a Christmas/New Year dinner at a local hostelry and an open meeting when anyone can join us for an evening’s entertainment (husbands are also included at this meeting) and a summer trip to somewhere interesting.  Trips in the past have include the theatre, special gardens, Birmingham Back to Backs, museums, manufacturing works, etc.  Please have a look at the programme section of this website to see what and who we have organised to come and speak for us.   There are lots more events organised by County and National Federation which you can join in  -  the list is almost limitless!!  including our own college at Denman where you can learn a new skill, try your hand at something completely different or go for a relaxing few days and visit the surrounding area of Oxford.  

Our monthly meetings normally start with the singing of Jerusalem, followed by minutes of the last meeting, a small amount of business (at branch, county and national levels) and then our speaker for the evening.  Tea/coffee and biscuits are served when our members can peruse the details of up and coming events at all levels.  It is a happy, relaxed atmosphere where a new member will soon find welcoming friends.   Members can learn a new skill, hear about different charities, things of interest, meet up with old friends and make new ones at our meetings.  We also organise a monthly walk which takes us for approximately 4-5 mile circular walks locally.   

It only costs a total of £43.00 (2020 subscription rate) to join for 12 months, (of this subscription £21.10 is kept by the WI branch, £10.00 is paid to the Staffordshire Federation and £11.90 is passed onto National Federation).  For anyone who wishes to join a second WI, and become a dual member, the cost of £21.10 only is due to the second WI branch - the Federation and National contribution has already been paid.    There is an additional fee of 50p each evening for your refreshments and raffle tickets are available if you want to partake in the raffle draw during the evening.  

Once you have seen the many benefits of being a member of the WI and, if you wish, you can be a part of organising the branch activities by becoming a Committee Member.  You can take as little or as much a part, there are non-committee positions, committee membership with various posts to be filled, i.e. president, secretary, treasurer, programme secretary, welfare secretary, etc. etc.  For those who wish to go a step further there are various Committees at County and National Level that you could pursue.  

News, more details in "What have we been up to?"
  • Bunting

    Suzanne Reed has been busy with her needle again  -  she has made Stowe's piece of bunting as their contribution for the Autumn Council Meeting.    Thank you Suzanne.  

  • Didn't She Do Well?

    Suzanne Reed entered the pin-cushion competition at the Autumn Council Meeting, County Showground in November 2011.  Although she didn't win, she did do very well as there were lots of entries and the standard of work was very high.

  • A Bit of Sparkle for Christmas

    The Christmas Tree Bauble course at the Young Farmers Office in November proved a great success and enjoyed by all who did it. 

Chartley Castle