Donation to Midlands Air Ambulance

Every meeting we collect loose change in a "Jerusalem Jar". This year we have collected £150 to donate to the Midlands Air Ambulance. Margaret (our president) is presenting a cheque to Maria Jones, a representative from Midlands Air Ambulance.

In 2017 we are going to support Dementia UK

Craft Competition!! October 2016

If you look at the Photo Gallery, you will see photos taken at the October 2016 W.I. Craft Competition. It was a terrific competition, with over a hundred entries from fourteen of our members.

Here are the winners and congratulations to them!! and to everyone who contributed to the success of this biennial event.

Elizabeth Hill – Rose Bowl – Silver Challenge Cup – first place and Best in Show!

Joyce Williams – Mrs. Wood Shield – second place

Sue Peters – Miss Wynne Shield – third place

There were twenty... Read more

Christmas Fair Success

What a brilliant occasion! We held our first ever Christmas Fair on Saturday 28 November at Nesscliffe Village Hall. We needed to raise funds to cover our costs and for speaker fees at future meetings and just over a year ago we started makings things to sell. We also wanted the rest of our local community involved so invited Nesscliffe School, Nesscliffe Youth Club, and many other individuals and groups to have a stall. The Nesscliffe Hall Committee and Short Mat Bowling Club provided refreshments.

There was a last minute panic... Read more

Glansevern Gardens

Great Ness WI celebrated their 90th birthday by enjoying a walk through the delightful Glansevern Gardens in August 2015. The flower beds were filled with many colourful and varied plants. There was a large lake and lots of majestic and interesting trees. We were lucky with the weather as it was warm and sunny, walking around was a pleasure. Some of us walked down to the River Severn to sit in the bird hide and look out for kingfishers. Unfortunately we didn't see any but there was a lovely scene a few hundred yards further down stream of a... Read more

The WI Centennial Fair

A very sleepy group of 4 members and 1 guest from Great Ness WI left Abbey Foregate car park at 7am on one of the two coaches going to Harrogate on Saturday 5 September 2015. We arrived at the Harrogate Conference Centre, three and a half hours later along with hundreds of other WI members from all over the country. We feasted our eyes, stimulated our imaginations and emptied our pockets going through the four large halls. They were full of stands for Gifts & Fashions; Food & Baking; Home, Gardening & Lifestyle and Make it... Read more

Jerusalem Jam Jar benefits the Shrewsbury Hospice

Great Ness W.I. President,Mrs Margaret Anderson presented a cheque to Mrs.Joan Roberts, Vice-President of the West Shrewsbury Hospice Support Group at one of our recent meetings. The donation was raised through the "Jerusalem Jam Jar",  an easy way to save some pennies at each of our meetings, to support a local charity. Members contribute small amounts at meeting teas and it all adds up! Each year, we pick a new local charity and start the Jerusalem Jam Jar going again.  Building Jerusalem, small step by small step, in our green and... Read more


Our meeting had an air of mystery when the title of the presentation was "Nappy Cakes". It all sounded very strange, but I imagine that innovative and sensible ideas that are also a great deal of useful fun should sound strange, since we haven't dreamed up the ideas ourselves!

So, what ARE nappy cakes? Our speaker for the evening was Alexandra Mellor and this is how she describes "Nappy Cakes".

Rags to Riches

Our June meeting brought Stephanie Gaston as our guest speaker and, with her, an astonishing array of beautiful, handmade rag craft items. Some were made with assorted rags, in the age-old tradition of using up every scrap of material, new or old, to make beautiful and useful things for the home. With little or no money and lots of imagination, homes were decorated, warmed and illuminated by clever, patient fingers. When I say illuminated, I don't mean set on fire, but rather lit up by the care and the time dedicated to making beauty out of... Read more

Women's Institute headline at Glastonbury

The WI feature in yet another article by the Guardian, really excellent coverage and another demonstration of how the WI can shine in the community. 

The article describes how the 'Somerset chapter of 100-year-old organisation keeps party people in tea, cakes and shade as festival enjoys sunny prelude to bands descending on Worthy Farm'. Follow the link below for the full article.

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Shropshire's "best" church?

Our September 20th meeting brought Mr. Richard Byfield as our guest speaker, talking about Shropshire's historic churches and the work of the Historic Churches Trust. There is an amazing number of interesting churches in Shropshire, some of them, old friends, and some brand new, ancient churches of which we had never heard.

It was a fast-paced talk, with good photographs, illustrating the several ages of church building in Shropshire and the treasures that have survived the centuries. His talk left several of us thinking of an idea... Read more