Gamblesby & District WI

Name: Gamblesby & District WI
About: 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
Programme:

2020

JANUARY Subs, soup and pudding: Growing up in Malaysia – Vimi John

FEBRUARY Greene Adventures

MARCH Refugess: we all need somewhere to belong – Sarah Wilson

APRIL Sunbeams Music Trust: Annie Mawson MBE

MAY A short and crunchy history of British biscuits – Ros Downing

JUNE The mines of Hartside: RAF incidents – Ian Tyler

JULY Wildflowers and other plants of Cumbria – Stuart Colegate

AUGUST Film night and fish & chip supper (7 pm): Judy

SEPTEMBER The Linus Project: a crafting evening – Jenny Ryan and Kate Lishman

OCTOBER Annual meeting and quiz night

NOVEMBER Open night and fundraiser for Oakwood Animals: Lest we forget – David Henderson

DECEMBER Christmas lunch (tba)