Welcome to the Attleborough WI Website
Attleborough WI was formed in 1936 and at that time the meetings were held in a tin hut; today, about 40 members meet in the comfortable Town Hall in Queen's Square (picture above). Our monthly meetings (on the fourth Wednesday of each month) usually include a speaker or entertainer, followed by our refreshment time when we get the chance to catch up with old friends, or make new ones. We then discuss upcoming events in the local area, including any outings that have been organised. A short social period follows when we might have a quiz or a beetle drive or have a chat amongst ourselves on subjects important to the WI. And finally we end with a raffle. Members who have a birthday during the month will receive a lovely hand-made birthday card.
Our enthusiastic Committee ensures we have an active programme of events including theatre trips, outings to gardens, cathedrals, halls and local exhibitions etc. For those of a craft-y disposition, our Craft Group is very active, meeting once a month.We enter the WI’s Centenary Salver Competition every year, and we hold an Art, Craft and Cookery Show every other year,as well as attending workshops organised by the Federation Office and other WIs. Other groups include a few of us regularly meeting up for coffee and cake in an Attleborough cafe.There are lunches out at garden centres or cafes arranged on an ad hoc basis, and our Cinema Group gets to see the latest films in Norwich. Let’s not forget our Book Club which meets every month for an enjoyable get together.
Over the years Attleborough WI has contributed to benches and a town sign, a new clock for the Town Hall, a garden for the Junior School, equipment for the doctors' surgery and a trophy for the children's section of the Horticultural Society. And we sponsor the Attleborough Christmas Lights every year.
Fund raising is important to us so we hold coffee mornings, provide refreshments for the Attleborough Makers’ Market twice a month and the December Christmas Carnival, and we hold our own Spring and Autumn Fairs, where our stalls and home-made cakes are very popular.
Why not have a look at - and like - our Facebook Page which will keep you up to date with everything that’s happening with Attleborough WI?
Come and join us! Make new friends, learn new skills and enjoy something just for you!
Please get in touch if you’d like to learn more about Attleborough WI via Facebook (Attleborough Women’s Institute), or call me (01953 451107) for a chat.
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Attleborough WI meetings have, like other WIs, all been cancelled since March 2020 due to the pandemic. Our speakers which had been booked (see our Programme page) had to cancelled too and we hope to be able to welcome many of them to our meetings this year. It is in the lap of the gods (and the Government) when we, Attleborough WI, will resume meetings, but in the meantime, our members have been in regular contact by phone and via the internet, quite a few of us well outside our comfort zones when mastering the dark arts of Zoom and Video Messenger. But we’ve managed, and quite a few of us meet up for weekly meetings on Zoom - coffee mornings on Tuesdays, and a quizzes on Thursdays. In January we hosted a speaker via Zoom for our members and guests from WI Wanderers which was a great success.
A monthly newsletter is now also a regular feature, which features many contributions from members, local news and lots of silly Covid-19 jokes, a rich seam of which can be found on the internet these days! Our newsletters are available to read here on the Newsletter page.
Our Federation Office keeps all the Norfolk WIs well informed via their beautifully produced monthly newsletters, detailing the many virtual events that are being organised and how to join in. The Norfolk WI Magazine, a hard copy normally produced every month and distributed to each and every WI member in the Norfolk Federation, is another enjoyable read and source of WI information, is now available only online during the crisis.
Of course, some of our members don’t “do” computers and here some very kind members step in, print off and distribute to them the newsletters and other info to ensure everyone is kept in the loop.
Our meeting venue – Connaught Hall – remains closed to events for the rest of this year but from July we will be meeting in the Town Hall, Queen's Square.
I look forward to seeing you at one of our events soon.