Annual Report 2012

Adderbury & District WI Annual Report 2011/2012

In this report we describe our activities during 2011/2012. We also consider the year ahead and how best to capitalise on the opportunities that arise from our large and diverse membership.

2011/12 was a great year for us with many committee hours spent planning a programme of events to stimulate and educate members. It was all worthwhile as we were entertained by some excellent speakers.

At the start of the year Jayne Kingdom gave a fascinating talk about Siberian Huskies five of which she brought along to the meeting. They were very beautiful and extremely well behaved and it has to be said that the evening was a howling success.  In March we enjoyed a very informative talk about the history of the Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick which was established over 400 years ago for old warriors. Living creatures featured again in April when our speaker Tony Manton showed us one of his portable hives which contained thousands of bees. Fortunately for us only one escaped. Two speakers in particular reflected some of the issues that impact on our local community. We had a talk from a local magistrate and we also learned about the Banbury Young Homeless Project (BYHP).  Both speakers inspired us to explore these issues further with a group of members making a follow up visit to Oxford Magistrates Court. Members agreed to support BYHP this year and we hope to continue and develop our relationship with them. Banbury St John’s Ambulance gave us an extremely helpful session on first aid in the home which was followed by a very lively Q&A.

In July we enjoyed an evening with Simon Davies auctioneer and valuation expert from Bonham’s in Oxford who valued our bits and bobs.   Sadly no hidden treasures but it was great fun having an expert to tell us about our “antiques”.   Special events this year included a Sushi demonstration, wine tasting and a trip to Lord Leycester Hospital.

The Catering committee were busy this year helping with various events in the village.   They excelled themselves in the summer, hosting a splendid party for our OAP,s as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.   WI members were treated to a splendid Christmas feast with a visit from Santa and surprise Christmas gifts for everyone.  Another highlight of our Christmas celebrations was singing carols on the village green which has become an annual village event.

This year we have continued with our reading, knitting, sewing and walking groups. The groups have been a great way of getting to know each other and forging new friendships. The walking group have  ventured further afield this year and walked, talked and barked their way around Swinbrook, Adderbury, Lark Rise and the Tews (mostly in the rain)!  We also enjoyed our own private tour and tea at Ditchley Park.

The knitting group knitted squares for blankets for Africa and our stitchers made Jubilee bunting. Our readers have reviewed several books over a glass of wine or two.

During the year members have attended Federation events including the NFWI AGM at the Albert Hall.   Denman College courses, the Foreign Affairs Committee and OFWI trips. In April members attended the North Cherwell group meeting where we were treated to an evening with John Craven which was extremely popular and we look forward to hosting this meeting in April 2013. Throughout the year we have been supported and encouraged by our wonderful advisers Barbara Grey and Pauline Goddard.

Our website continues to be an important and effective communication tool for us, enabling us to communicate and celebrate the work of our WI. It is also a big step in helping to develop our archive. Please visit us on

The report would not be complete without mentioning all the teas and coffees we have served and the delicious cakes we have baked for fundraising events including the Day of Dance, Adderbury Christmas Market, Fairtrade Fiesta, “Do it for Denman”,  Adderbury Art Exhibition and  Adderbury  Diamond Jubilee celebrations.  A big thank you to all our members for your effort, generosity and continued support.

All in all 2011/12 has been another successful year for Adderbury & District WI and long may it continue. We have 67 members and an average monthly attendance at our meetings of 37 members and 2 visitors.   We also received an education grant of £200 from Adderbury Parish Council for which we are very grateful.

2013 promises to be very busy and in the coming year we aim to:

  • seek out opportunities to contribute further to our local community
  • manage our finances effectively so that we continue to thrive and prosper
  • continue to focus on friendship, learning and enjoyment.
  • expand our horizons

We welcome your feedback on any aspect of the report or work of the WI.


Janet Morgan, Secretary, Pauline Brown, President

February 2013.