Welcome to the Asby branch of the
In 1915 the Womens’ Institute set out to give women a voice, to be a force for good in the community. A trusted place for women, run by women of all generations – an opportunity to share experiences, challenge yourself or learn from someone with real experience, first hand.
The same is true today.
For many, the WI is an opportunity to share knowledge and learn new skills with other women, coming together socially where you will be listened to and be heard. Whether it’s Family History, Spring Cookery, Experiences of a Himalayan trip or Poetry & Plonk there’s an interest for everyone and always something new to learn.
Some join to campaign; the WI has a voice on the issues of today, from climate change to children’s diet, from human trafficking to supermarket expansion. And it’s a voice people really listen to.
For everyone who joins the WI there is the freedom to make what you want of it. Whatever you choose, the WI promises to be a source of friendship, inspiration and enjoyment.
Asby WI meet regularly on the second Tuesday of the month (except January) at 7.30pm in Great Asby Village Hall. There is a speaker, activity or demonstration and the chance to chat over a cup of tea. See the Diary of Future Events opposite for further details of our current programme.
We also organise occasional outings and visits and there is the opportunity to join other WI’s in the local area at their events.
Below you can also read the reports of our most recent meetings.
Asby WI also runs a Knit & Natter (craft) group who meet on the first and third Mondays of the month in members’ homes. Bring your own craft to do, perhaps knit squares for blankets, or just come along for coffee and a chat.
WI members and non-members are all very welcome.
We meet at 2pm. The dates and venues are published on the ‘What’s On’ Calendar on the front page of this website and in “Asby Matters”.
The WI is arranged into Federations; Asby WI is part of Cumbria Westmorland Federation of WIs (CWFWI). You can find lots more information about them at their web site. We all receive a monthly newsletter, “WI News”, from them with details of lots of events in our area. You can check their 2017 Diary of Events.
The National Federation of Women’s Institutes represents all the WIs in England, Wales and offshore islands. Your annual subscription includes 8 copies per year of a glossy magazine, “WI Life”, which is delivered directly to every member. Lots more information about the WI nationally is available at their web site.
If you would like to come along, with no commitment to join straight away, or simply get more information, then contact:-
Annie Johnson – President.
Jackie Smart – Secretary.
June Sowerby – Assistant Secretary.
Anne Hulse – Treasurer.
or just come along to a meeting, you will be made most welcome.
Reports from Recent Meetings
Poetry & Plonk
Despite the rain and ice Asby WI's December meeting was well attended, including by two guests: newcomers to the village. During the formal business Susan Renshaw reported on two events she had attended recently. Together with the secretary, Jackie Smart, she had been to a promotional afternoon at Dalemain. where she had been surprised that WI members had come from as far as Cheshire, Lancashire and Dumfries to see round.
Mrs Renshaw had also attended a moving talk about so-called 'Railway Children' given by David Maidment where she learned that the worst area in the UK for the problem of children living on and around the railways was in the Manchester-Liverpool-Wigan triangle. A problem we would have expected abroad but not in the UK.
The evening's meeting had been programmed as a members' evening entitled 'Poetry and Plonk'.Read the full report
Annual Meeting 2017
The November Asby WI meeting was attended by 16 members and Margaret Hodgins, from Cumbria-Westmorland Federation. Normal business began the evening during which members reported back on Federation events they had attended.
Five members had joined the Crossfell Group in Ormside for an entertaining musical evening with ‘Pandora’s Handbag’. Annie Johnson had also represented Asby at the Federation’s Annual Council meeting and in her written report declared the day’s speakers as both being very good.
The formal Annual Meeting followed at which the Secretary’s Report recorded a busy year with members enjoying a range of local monthly meetings and other events across the Federation. The Treasurer recorded a successful year with a surplus of £176. In the President’s absence, Susan Renshaw thanked the committee members for their support during the year. In particular she thanked June Sowerby (Minutes Secretary) who had recently moved to Bolton, and presented retiring committee member Rachel Forrest with a gift in recognition of her long service.Read the full report
Fourteen members of Asby WI and a guest were a little apprehensive and unsure about what to expect when they arrived at the village hall for a meeting entitled 'Circus Skills'. But there was no cause to worry for, guest speaker Rosie Kelly, had everything under control and there was definitely no sign of a trapeze!
An enthusiastic presenter, she began her talk by explaining that she was an Applebian and had taken part in circus activities since the age of eleven. She had worked in modern circuses but now concentrated on talking to community groups and introducing young people to circus skills.Read the full report
Note: To access ALL the meeting reports from the last 12 months just choose to read the full version of any of those above, then select from the list of past meetings.