Scarning Women's Institute

History of Scarning WI
Registered Charity No. 1018273I

President: Linda Jones Tel 01362 288742
Secretary: Jo Urquhart Tel 01362 690183

Scarning Women’s Institute was founded in 1952.
The formation meeting took place on 20th February 1952 at 7.30pm at Scarning Village Hall. 42 ladies were present. A resolution was proposed by Mrs Duigan and seconded by Mrs Roper to form an institute in Scarning  and was unanimously adopted. The following bye- laws were passed-
1.That the monthly meeting should be held in the parish room, Scarning on the last Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm. The annual meeting should be held in November.
2. There should be 12 members elected for committee.
3. The Vice Presidents to be elected by the committee.
4. The age for joining should be 16 years.

It was agreed to hold the first institute meeting on Wednesday 5th March at 7.30. (curiously not the last Wednesday of the month!!) Nominations for committee were received by Mrs Broke.

On March 5th 56 members attended the meeting and a ballot was held to elect the committee. Tea was served and a discussion of future events took place. The meeting closed with Auld Lang Syne.

The first ‘proper’ meeting of Scarning Women’s Institute took place on 26th March 1952. 53 members were present. Mrs Allwood the president was in the chair.
The 10/- effort to support county funds was discussed and entered into as was the London AGM although a delegate was not sent. It was agreed to hold a monthly competition and a bowls club was formed.
A talk and demonstration on the art of glove making took place. This was followed by tea and charades. The meeting closed singing the national anthem at 9.40pm.

Scarning Women’s Institute Today

Much of Scarning WI remains the same today. We still hold our meetings at 7.30 on the last Wednesday of the month in the village hall apart from June and December when the date is moved. We don’t have quite such a large membership but still have about 36 members. We don’t always manage 12 committee members but we do have sufficient people to share all the tasks out and other members that will help on special occasions.
Sadly we cannot boast any 16 year olds amongst  our ladies but any wishing to
join would be made most welcome. We do have a reputation for being a friendly outgoing group of people.
We have a visiting speaker most months who give talks and demonstrations on a wide range of topics. We no longer have a bowls club but we do have two Ten Pin Bowling teams which compete with other institutes.
In addition to the bowling we have a scrabble group, a craft club, quiz team
and during the summer months a gardening club.
Tea is still an important part of our meetings but we now also offer coffee and
squash and of course the famous WI cakes.
We have a bursary available for any member/members who wish to go to Denman College in Oxford for a course. These can be on any subject from crafts to history, cooking to walking so something to suit every taste.
If you would like to come along to a meeting you would be most welcome and you can come for three visits free of charge to see if you like us.
The annual subscription for is £33.00 per year. Visitors can come to three meetings before having to pay. There are no othermeeting costs unless you wish to purchase a raffle ticket.

Download the current booklet  here

Please call our secretary Jo Urquhart Tel 01362 690183 before visiting just to
check that we haven’t booked a meeting away from the hall.

Scarning Village Hall

 Scarning Village Hall

Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month and start at 7.30
“East Coast Trucker” Jackie Noy
Competition: Handmade Valentine Heart. Any medium.
MARCH 27th Birthday Meeting -_ cream Tea with Games.
Competition: Favourite Tea Cup.
APRIL 24th “Members Meeting”
Competition: TBA.
MAY 29" Resolutions Meeting and Social
Competition: Flowers in a Teacup and Saucer.
JUNE 26th “Easy Picnic Dishes From Around the World by Juyna Lewis
Competition: Favourite Cruet Set
JULY 25th Bollywood Dancing with Tina Vallance
Competition: Handmade Piece of Jewellery.
AUGUST 28th “Seep Dog Trialling”
Speaker: Miss. Gerry Foster.
Competition: Funny Animal Picture.
SEPTEMBER 25th “Jane Austin’s London.”
Speaker: Melanie Hilton.
Competition: Book Mark. Handmade or Purchased.
OCTOBER 30th “Historic Braids”
Speaker: Rosie Wilkin.
Competition: Interesting Perfume Bottle
NOVEMBER 27th Annual Meeting and Social Evenin
s Competition: Decorated Bauble.
DECEMBER llth “Christmas Party Evening”
Competition: A Wrapped Gift.