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Women's Institute


Held in Roxwell every Third Tuesday of the Month 1pm-4pm for ladies that enjoy a chat, laugh and craft. Crafts include knitting, sewing, crochet, paper-craft, jewellry making and more. Sorry no children. No membership fees. If you are interested in coming along call Jan 01245 248644.
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Womens Institute -

On Saturday 1st September we had our official celebrations for our
95th birthday. We have the privilege of being amongst the first
Institutes to be formed in Essex, indeed the UK. Many guests were
invited and we were very happy to serve tea and cakes to amongst others, Nicolette
Chambers, better known as a Borough Councillor, who is also a previous President.
Our vicar, Karen Best, came along after officiating at Joanna Metson’s wedding.
Other village organizations were represented along with the shop and the pub. Our
members had spent time doing what they do best, baking cakes and making sandwiches.
We set up a table of some of our archive material, amongst which was a copy
of the minutes of the meeting to decide whether to start a WI in Roxwell and the
minutes of the first meeting held in the Vicarage garden. Mrs Carroll (wife of the then
vicar) was our first President. Glynn Eastman had provided some wonderful old
photographs depicting members taking part in a very patriotic pageant and a pantomime,
along with group pictures of members long gone. Phyl Ford supplied some old
WI badges that had belonged to her mother and all made for an interesting display.
We were also visited by members from Orchard Spring WI this WI, like us is part of
the Parklands Group.
On behalf of all the Roxwell members I would like to say a very big thank you to all
who came along to support our celebration, we hope you enjoyed the cakes and
indeed the afternoon.
Our meeting on the Wednesday (5th September) was only for a short while. We have
applied for and been awarded a place to decorate a Christmas tree at Hyde Hall. All
the decorations must be organic, so we spent our time, racking our brains to come up
with ideas. It is amazing how inventive the WI can be. We shall be going to Hyde Hall
in November to decorate the tree and are putting our skills to good use over the next
two meetings to come up with the decorations to take.
The first Wednesday in October (3rd), is our next meeting, at 7.30 p.m. in the
Memorial Hall. Some of our evening will be used for the above and we also have a
speaker to talk to us about being a volunteer at the Olympics. Do join us.
Marie Brookes, President