About Us

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Welcome to

VIRTUALLY NORFOLK WI 

A Virtual WI created in 2021 as part of the Norfolk Federation of WIs.
We get together online via Zoom on the fourth Monday of the month at 7.30pm local time for meetings with speakers, quizzes or just a chat.  
For more information contact us at hazeljonesvirtuallynorfolkwi@gmail.com

Committee 
 

Hazel Jones - President & Programme Secretary

I was born and brought up in Essex. I was fortunate to travel many places in Europe with my Employers as I was Secretary/PA to Managing Director of a food importer.

I first joined the WI in 1983. There wasn’t one in the village where I lived and the nearest in Epping had a waiting list, so Federation Office suggested I might like to start one, which I did and it is still going strong.

My husband & I then moved to Brentwood, Essex, where I joined my local Institute and soon got involved in the Committee becoming Secretary then President and committee member until we made our final move.

In 2009 we moved to Aylsham with my widowed mother, a place we knew well from years of visiting Malcolm’s family. Again, I joined local WI to meet people and make friends in my new County. I joined the Federation Board of Trustees, am Vice-Chair of Public Affairs Sub-Committee and was Denman Ambassador till it closed. I am also on the Committees of our Local History Society and u3a. My hobbies are travelling, reading, knitting and crochet. I love Norfolk.

I am so proud and happy to have been chosen as the first President of this new Virtual WI adventure and although we are a small Committee, spread across the County, we are all enthusiastic about this new venture.

 

Sue Birrell -Treasurer

I was brought up in west London. I got married in 1972 when I then moved to Greenford, Middlesex. We had two girls. I now have two grandsons. We moved to Bowthorpe in Norwich in 1983. I joined the PTA at the girls’ school to meet people.

I have been on many committees, including President of Bowthorpe WI, I am currently on the PPG of the local GP Practice, a member of the Federation’s Leisure Sub Committee, the Social club where I live and now Virtually Norfolk.    I have always enjoyed playing cards so I learnt to play bridge at Federation Office and now run the Bridge group. I also enjoy beading and other crafts.

 

Ann Mason - Vice President & MCS Representative

I was born in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, moved to Fakenham 35 years ago where I first became involved with the WI here in Norfolk. I now live in Dersingham and am a Committee member of Dersingham Evening WI.

Apart from spending time with my family and friends, my particular interests are music and a good book. I also belong to a local quilting group. From an early age, history has fascinated me, especially the medieval period. Norfolk churches are full of medieval graffiti!

I am very much looking forward to a new adventure with Virtually Norfolk WI.

 

Pam Cooper - Secretary

I am Norfolk born and bred, I have lived in or near Norwich most of my life. However, I enjoyed the unique experience of living in Nigeria, Turkey & Cyprus.

I worked for Aviva for many years before retiring and enjoying time with Citizens Advice.

I am a long-standing member, and for the last 11 years president, of Poringland WI. I am delighted to be joining Virtually Norfolk WI as we embark on this exciting technology-led era for the WI. Although I readily admit I will undoubtedly be calling on the IT skills of my children for help!

Helpers - not on Committee

Sandra Vellum - Meeting Host

Anne Nelson - Social Media Editor