Greetings all!

Here’s my September update and information on upcoming events.

First a couple of things about our monthly meetings, held on the 3rd Monday of the month at The Bull’s Head, Lonsdale Road, Barnes.

With the nights drawing in I just want to confirm the timings of the meetings so that everyone can plan accordingly.  Now sometimes things don’t go to plan; it could be that notices take a bit longer if people want more information, it could be we get a really interesting speaker with lots of people wanting to ask questions.  As such things might slip.  However there is nothing stopping anyone who needs to slip out going before things wrap up;  the only thing we would ask is that if you know you have to go at 9 sharp can you please sit near the door so that you don’t disturb either the speaker or the other members as you leave.

19.15                  Member registration/collect badges

19.30                  Meeting starts with WI notices

19.45/20.00       This will depend on how notices go – Speaker starts

20.45                  Speakers Questions

21.00                  Official Meeting ends – pre ordered drinks served

21.00 onwards  Chill and Chat for those who want to stay


Upcoming Events – Sept – Dec 2019

Tuesday 10th September                           Craft Club Red Lion @ 7:30pm

Monday 7th October                                   Craft Club Red Lion @ 7:30pm

Saturday 12th October                                Ham House including Architectural tour at 12:30 – details below

Saturday 9th Nov                                         Winter preserving day – details to be announced at next meeting

Sunday 10th Nov                                         Remembrance Sunday – wreath laying – could everyone bring any poppies they have made to the next meeting and the                                                                      October one latest

Saturday 12th October                               Special tour around Ham House – details below

Sunday 17th Nov                                         Strawberry Hill House Christmas Festival 10 -16:00 £5.00 – details below

Tuesday 12th Nov                                        Craft Club Red Lion @ 7:30

Thursday 5th Dec                                         Winchester Christmas Market – details below


Ham House*

Saturday 12th October @ 11:00 Ham House including Architectural tour at 12:30 (subject to availability) entry cost £12.50. Lunch to follow for those who are interested at the Dysart Arms, I’ll book a table when I know how many people are interested. To reserve please email Sarah Hughes at [email protected]

** Built in 1610 and extended in 1670 when it was at the heart of Restoration court life, Ham House is Europe’s most complete surviving example of 17th century fashion and power. The garden is one of the few formal gardens to survive the English Landscape movement, and out buildings house an Orangery, brick ice house, dairy and still house.

Sunday 17th Nov            

Strawberry Hill House Christmas Festival 10 -16:00 £5.00

Now in its fifth year, Strawberry Hill House and St Mary’s University have come together to create an even more exciting Christmas Festival in 2019. Visitors can enjoy:

  • Bespoke and original hand-made gifts
    • Local crafts & produce
    • Delicious seasonal food
    • New for 2019 – Christmas styling and food talks along with demonstrations by The Décor Cafe experts

Entrance Price: £5 entry per person, pay on the door or book in advance.

Thursday 5th Dec

Winchester Christmas Market

Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market is recognised as one of the best Christmas Markets in Europe because of its unique location, high quality exhibitors and bustling atmosphere. Wonderful Christmas gifts, decorations and festive foods can be found in abundance, with a delightful Food Court, British Crafts Village, and over 100 chalets to explore. Travel by train from Clapham Junction in just over an hour. Details to be confirmed when we know how many people might be interested. To reserve please email Sarah Hughes at [email protected]


Barnes WI president