We are a brand new Women's Institute (WI) group based in Farnham, Surrey who meet on the third Thursday of every month. This Thursday night was our first official meeting and we welcomed 69 new members - which is amazing!
|Bake, Natter & Roll - The Farnham WI Committee|
But before we tell you about our new adventures, why don't we share a little of our history with you....because you can't just start a WI.
Our journey began last year when our co-founders Cat and Kate decided that Farnham was missing a group where women could make new friends, learn new skills and share experiences. They liked the idea of joining a WI group, but couldn't find one locally that suited the experience they wanted....so they decided to start their own!
Cat started a Facebook page to gauge interest in a group like this and was overwhelmed by the amount of ladies who responded. An initial meeting was arranged with a WI Adviser to talk about the idea some more and to see if there were enough willing volunteers to form a committee. Interest in the group was mounting all this time and in November 2015 we held a preliminary meeting so everyone could find out a little more and vote on a name for the group!
We expected about 40 ladies to turn up at the preliminary meeting.....and were totally amazed when we welcome about 60 into the hall for an evening of natter and cakes!
It was great to meet so many like-minded ladies.
|Bake, Natter & Roll Preliminary Meeting - October 2015|
On the night we voted to start the new WI group and also voted on the name.....
Bake, Natter & Roll (Farnham WI) was born!
Fast forward to the 21st January and a committee of seven ladies were waiting nervously to see how many people would actually turn up to the first meeting and would want to join us...but we shouldn't have worried....
|Bake, Natter & Roll (Farnham WI) first meeting - January 2016|
Over 70 ladies joined us for cake and speed crafting!
But we will save that for another blog post.
We're a WI Group for the young and the young at heart.....our provisional programme for 2016 includes, among other things, an introduction to mindfulness, a talk on social media and a wine tasting evening....but don't worry there will be plenty of crafts, cakes and the odd bit of jam making too!
|There will be cakes....|
|.....and some crafts!|
The Committee is made up of:
Cat - President
Laura - Secretary
Miriam - Treasurer
Kate - Vice President
Lydia - Vice President
Rachel - Vice President
Judith - Membership Rep
Take a peek at what we all look like in the photos on the sidebar! If you see us at a meeting or in Farnham don't forget to say hi!
We hope you will follow us on our adventures on the blog....you can join us on Facebook and Twitter too! We'd love to hear from you, so please get in touch!
Thank you for popping by today,
the Bake, Natter & Roll Committee