Gamblesby & District WI

Since 1949 the ladies of Gamblesby have been joined by ladies from Glassonby, Renwick, Parkhead and surrounding areas to gather at the community centre for the monthly WI meeting. This is an event not to be missed. News is swopped, health issues discussed, jokes laughed over. Sometimes it is the only time in the month when two ladies have seen each other; there is always lots of catching up, new babies to be announced and sad losses to be shared. Newcomers to the area find a ready welcome; no one is left standing at the door, every attempt is made to make people feel at home.About Us:After a short business meeting which informs the members of what is going on locally and county wide in the WI world, it is usual to welcome a speaker. Topics vary from a talk on Hadrianäó»s Wall to a fashion show of Victorian clothes or exotic pets brought from Wetheriggs Animal Sanctuary. With the talk over, the ladies enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit. On some occasions such as an Open Meeting when non- members of both sexes are invited to the meeting, the ladies will bring a shared supper. These usually turn out to be a veritable feast as not for nothing have WI ladies traditionally been known for their culinary skills!Every year the membership decide which local and national charity they will raise funds for and which challenges they will undertake. Recent years saw a Gamblesby & District WI group walking the Midnight Walk for the Eden Valley Hospice, climbing the Via Ferrata over the Honister slate mines and rowing a Dragon Boat across Derwentwater. The wide age range of the membership from forty two to eighty-six results in a wide variety of activities being appealing to this very active group of ladies whether it is a long bike ride, a sedate walk around Talkin Tarn or playing darts in the WI League.Companionability, sociability and a love of their environment and all it offers are just some of the things the ladies of Gamblesby & District WI have in commonäóîand long may it continue.
Where We Meet
Gamblesby Community Centre, Gamblesby, CA10 1HR
When We Meet
Third Thursday of the month at 7.30pm


JANUARY The Linus quilt project – Kate Lishman and Jenny Ryan

FEBRUARY Musical evening with Catherine Riding

MARCH Huxley Cup team talk

APRIL Work of the Calvert Trust

MAY Canary Girls talk

JUNE Visit to Fellside Flowers, Hawthorn Cottage, Long Marton, Appleby

JULY Summer afternoon tea party on Gamblesby Village Green

AUGUST Circle dancing with Anne-Lise

SEPTEMBER An evening with Judge Kate Thirlwall

OCTOBER AGM and quiz night (soup and puds)

NOVEMBER Fundraising evening: An RAF incident – Ian Tyler

DECEMBER Christmas meal at Roundthorn Hotel