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From the 16th July 2009 meetings have been held in the Clubroom, Main Road at 2.00 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month

New members are always welcomed

For more information please contact:
Valerie Brock - Secretary Filby WI
Phone 01493 720014

Women's Institute Reports

This page carries the Secretary's monthly reports on the institute's activities for 2011.

The latest reports will be found on the W.I. main page or by following the link at the top to Village Voice.

19th December 2011

President Jan Howard welcomed members, guests and new member Angela Beeston to the Christmas Meeting on 15th December.
Minutes of the previous meeting were taken as read. A thank you letter had been received from Gill Pope for our donation to Denman College. A donation from members had been sent to the Marie Curie Nurses in memory of our dear friend Barbara Secker.
Lottery Bonus Ball Competition was a rollover.
Birthday posies were given to Lois Duncombe, Valerie Brock, Ella Sleen and Jackie Green.
Our next outing is to the Ambitions Restaurant for lunch on 1st March. Deposit of £3 required at the next meeting.
A lovely bring and share finger buffet was enjoyed.
The raffle was drawn and Ella, May and Lyn provided the afternoon entertainment which was good fun.
Vote of thanks was given by Mary Gay.
Members sang 'We wish you a Merry Christmas' and Jan ended a very enjoyable afternoon by reading 'The Spirit of Santa Claus' as follows; He's seen in the smiles the whole world is sharing. He's found where there's friendship, loving and caring, He's felt in warm handshakes when people are meeting. He's heard in the cheer of a Christmastime greeting. His spirits behind all the gifts we receive. He's everywhere, always to those who believe.


6th December 2011

15th December in the Club Room at 2.00pm we are having a Bring and Share Finger Buffet Party for members. Drinks and glasses will be provided, but please bring your own cutlery. Instead of exchanging Christmas Cards between ourselves a box will be available for donations to the 'Morning Star' Charity for the street children in Nepal if you so wish. Our speaker in January will be telling us all about this Charity. Please let Valerie know if you are not able to come to the Party. The knitted Teddies brought to last month's meeting were passed onto a Charity to make sure they would be loved by some little children at Christmas.


20th November 2011

President Jan Howard welcomed members, WI Adviser Gail Armstrong, 1 new member and 3 guests to the Annual Meeting in Filby Club Room.

At the start of the meeting a minutes silence was observed in memory of Barbara Secker who passed away recently. Barbara had been a loyal member and friend and will be greatly missed. We all then sang Jerusalem.

Minutes of the previous meeting were read, approved and signed. No matters arising.

We are third on the Link List for next year's Annual Meeting in London. Monies collected from members in memory of Pauline Westgate and Barbara Secker will be sent to the Sandra Chapman Unit and Marie Curie Nurses respectively.

December is a busy month with members decorating a Christmas Tree for the Tree Festival in the Club Room, decorating a Crib in the Church for the Crib Festival and serving refreshments to the children at School after their Christmas plays.

Lottery Bonus Ball Winner was Doreen Thompson.
50p Draw Winner was Molly Dorrington.
Birthday posies or cards were for Lyn Ridpath, Chris Martin and Mary Gay.

Official Business - Copies of the Financial Report were given to members with comments given by the Treasurer. Stella Cotton was seconded and the adoption of the Accounts was passed. Valerie Brock read out the Committee Report detailing all the activities undergone during the year. Jan Howard read the President's report thanking everyone for making it a successful year. Vote of thanks to the President was given by Lyn Ridpath. Stella Cotton read out next year's programme with an interesting assortment of speakers. Ella Slean has resigned from the Committee and she was presented with a basket of flowers in recognition of the work she has done there for the last 4 years.

WI Adviser Gail Armstrong was in charge of the voting procedure for the new President and Jan was re-elected.

The afternoon had also been a successful fund raising event for Denman College with tea and cakes being sold.


6th November 2011

Next meeting is 17th November at 2.00pm in Filby Club Room. This is the Annual Meeting and WI Adviser Gail Armstrong will be on hand to oversee the election of the new Officers. Also at this meeting there is a fund raising event for Denman College with a piece of homemade cake and a cup of tea available for £1.00. Members are asked to bake a cake if possible.


24th October 2011


Filby and District are saddened to announce the death of Barbara Secker in October. Barbara was a valued and active member of our WI. Always willing to give a hand with refreshments and fund raising with her beautiful crafts. She will be missed by us all.


After the singing of Jerusalem President Jan Howard welcomed members and 4 guests to the October meeting. Minutes of the previous meeting, were read approved and signed.
May Wanlass was thanked for arranging the recent lunch. We had served refreshments to the children after the School's Harvest Service in the Church. An invitation from Catfield WI to attend their Birthday Party was accepted. At next month's meeting we will be having a Fund Raising Event for Denman College. A cup of tea and a piece of cake will be available at a cost of £1.00. Members were asked to make a cake if possible. The meeting on 15th December will be a Bring and Share Finger Food Party. Members were asked to put their names down against either a Sweet or Savory item.
Four members have entered the Federation Christmas Card Competition. Cards will be on display at the Federation Christmas Fair in Norwich for the public to choose their favourite.
Next year's Federation Rose Bowl Competition is for a poem called 'Your WI in Rhyme'. Members who wished to enter were asked to bring their poem to the December meeting when they will be read out and the favourite will be entered for the Competition.
Lottery Bonus Ball Competition Winner was Vivien Moore.
Birthday Posies were for Molly Dorrington, Janet Laxon, Linda Palmer and Joyce Simmonds.
50p draw winner was Ella Slean.
The Speaker was Mr. Geoffrey Hodson who spoke about the controversial Rasputin.
Vote of thanks was given by Sue Smith.


19th September 2011

Members and 3 guests were welcomed to the meeting on 15th September by Vice President Lyn Ridpath.

A minute's silence was held in memory of Pauline Westgate who passed away on the 9th September. Pauline had been a loyal member for 41 years and she will be greatly missed.
Members then sang Jerusalem.

We had a change to the order of the meeting with the speaker Mr Bob Warnes, a former custodian at the Tolhouse Museum talking about the history of the Tolhouse when it was a prison. Although a grim subject at times, Mr Warnes made it a very enjoyable talk.
Vote of thanks was given by Daphne Newton.

Minutes of the previous meeting were read, approved and signed with no matters arising.

Subscription for next year will be £31.50. An invitation from Gt.Ormesby for 2 members to attend their 90th birthday party was accepted.

Harnser Group Meeting is on 26th October at Hemsby Village Hall at 7.30pm. Members £1.50 with guests £2.00. The speaker will be Jason Roper talking about the Theatre Royal in Norwich. We are to be the Speaker's Hostess.

We were very pleased to hear that Filby had won the Gold Award in their catagory in the Anglia in Bloom Competition.

Birthday cards had been sent to Jan Howard and Doreen Thompson in their absence from the meeting.

Our next outing is to the Van Dal Shoe Factory in Norwich on 27th October at 2.30pm. If you wish to go but were not at the meeting please give Valerie a ring.

50p draw was won by Vivien Martin.


9th September 2011


It is with great sadness that Filby & District WI announce the death of Pauline Westgate on 9th September. Pauline had been a loyal member for 41 years holding the offices of President, Secretary and Treasurer at times during those years. She enjoyed knitting teddy bears and vests for the under privileged children abroad. Her smile will be greatly missed by us all.


6th September 2011

We next meet in the Club Room at 2.00pm on 15th September. The speaker Mr Bob Warnes will give his talk on The Tolhouse Museum before the business part of the meeting. Money for the lunch at 'Moments' on 29th September will be collected at the meeting.


22nd August 2011

President Jan Howard welcomed members and 1 guest to the August meeting in the Club Room.
Amongst the correspondence was information about the availability of the Norfolk Glory Rose at a cost of £8.95, Acle Evening WI have a fashion show on 30.9.11 and the Federation Christmas Fair is at Chantry Hall, Norwich on 26th November. There is to be a Christmas Card competition with entries being on display at the Christmas Fair with visitors choosing the winner. Several members took details to enter the competition.
Members signed a petition in support of public libraries to be sent to Head Office in London for passing onto the Government. A copy of the petition along with a letter will be sent to our local Councillor.
A donation has been sent to 'Filby in Bloom' funds. The flower bed we maintain on the Pound is looking lovely with red geraniums in it.
The Treasurer gave her report.
Flowers and a card were taken to Barbara Secker on the occasion of her recent birthday.

Our speaker was Mrs June Marriage who, along with her husband, gave a very interesting illustrated talk on Norfolk Island, South Pacific - Penal Colony to Tourist Destination.

Vote of thanks was given by Ella Slean.
Raffle prize was won by Esther Ward.


25th July 2011

President Jan Howard welcomed members and guests to our Summer Tea on 21st July at Thrigby Mill, the home of Tricia Gillett one of our members. A short business meeting took place with names being taken for the Autumn Federation Meeting on 22nd September in Hemsby. Orders were taken for next year's Diaries and Calendars. Details were given of a lunch at 'Moments' Restaurant on 29th September.

We had put on a display of Filby WIs various activities for the judges of 'Anglia in Bloom', along with other groups in the village.

Link Delegate Sandra McCullough's report on the Annual Meeting was read out on her behalf.

Lottery Bonus Ball Winner was Ella Slean.

Birthday posies were given to Pam Pritchett, Sue Smith and Betty Burchell.

Vote of thanks to Tricia Gillett for putting on a delicious tea was given by Valerie Brock. The raffle money was given to Tricia and she will be donating it to the YMCA towards a new Youth Project in Great Yarmouth.


19th June 2011

Vice President Lyn Ridpath welcomed members and 3 guests to the June meeting in Filby Club Room
Best wishes were sent to President Jan Howard who is recovering from a Hip Replacement Operation
Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved
An invitation to a Strawberry Tea at Catfield WI was accepted
Stella Cotton and Valerie Brock have set red geraniums in the flower bed on the Pound which is maintained by members during the year
There is a change to the programme in August. The speaker is now June Marriage talking about Norfolk Island, South Pacific - Penal Colony to Tourist Destination
Several knitted hats, vests and Teddy Bears in bags were taken to the local depot of International Aid Trust. These items are for under privileged children abroad
Would members who were not at this meeting please get in touch with Valerie to book your Summer Tea on 21st July
Lottery Bonus Ball winner was Jan Howard
Birthday posy was given to Daphne Newton
The speaker was Mrs Robin McDonald who spoke about Orchids. She brought with her beautiful samples of Orchids and showed colourful slides of amazing plants grown all over the world. Including some grown here in Norfolk. Her question and answer session was very interesting
Vote of thanks was given by Lyn Ridpath
Raffle prize was won by Linda Palmer
Names were taken for visit to Theatre Royal, Norwich in January to see 'Hello Dolly'.


22nd May 2011

Vice President Stella Cotton welcomed members to the May meeting in Filby Club Room. Minutes of the previous meeting were read, approved and signed with no matters arising.
An invitation to Caister on Sea's birthday meeting was accepted. The garden rota to help maintain the flower bed on the village Pound was available. Lyn Ridpath's report on the Annual Meeting at Norwich was read out in her absence. The next outing is to Broad House Museum in Nicholas Everitt Park, Oulton Broad on 23rd June. The home of a world class collection of Lowestoft Porcelain.
Lottery Bonus Ball was a rollover from March. Birthday posies were given to Stella Cotton, Margaret Riseborough and May Wanlass. Birthday card was sent to Monica Betts.
WI Adviser Gail Armstong explained the 2 resolutions to be discussed at the Annual Meeting in Liverpool. They are 'opposing proposed mega farms' and 'against closure of local libraries'. After much discussion both resolutions were passed.
Vote of thanks to Gail was given by Valerie Brock.
50p draw was won by Pauline Westgate.


18th April 2011

Filby WI celebrated its 77th birthday in Fleggburgh Village Hall on 14th April. President Jan Howard welcomed members, guests from local WIs, WI Adviser Gail Armstrong and Daphne Howlett.
Minutes of the previous meeting were taken as read. We have been invited to a party at Filby School on 28th April to celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.
A beautiful card embroidered by Stella Cotton and a garden voucher were presented to Lyn Ridpath. Lyn and Stan will be celebrating their Ruby Wedding on 1st May.
Flowers are going to be taken to Monica Betts with our best wishes after her recent illness.
Lottery Bonus Ball competition was a rollover.
The speaker for the evening was Mrs Maureen Rispin giving "A Living History of when Mrs Watts met Queen Mary". This was very interesting and the vote of thanks was given by Jan Howard.
A lovely buffet, provided by members, was enjoyed by all. Jan thanked everyone who had helped make the evening a success.


20th March 2011

President Jan Howard welcomed members to the March meeting in Filby Club Room.
Minutes of the previous meeting were read, approved and signed.
Invitation to Winterton on Sea's party was accepted.
May Wanlass was thanked for organising the visit to the Furzedown Hotel for an evening meal, which had been enjoyed by everyone.
Members had collected pieces of broken jewellery which will be passed to the Heart Research Charity at the Federation Annual Meeting.
The informal association the Women's Institute had with Taylors of Harrogate has come to an end this year after 20 years. This is because of Charity law red tape.
Knitted baby matinee jackets were handed in and will be passed to the Family Services and Family Nurse Partnership who are working with Teenage Mothers.
Lottery Bonus Ball winner was Daphne Newton.
Birthday posies were given to Olga Marsh and Tricia Gillett. A birthday card was sent to Esther Ward.
A card and garden voucher will be taken to member Doreen Thompson and her husband who are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.
An outing to Gooderstone Water Gardens on 7th July is planned.
Speaker was Ken Sims who gave a very interesting talk about how he came to start Thrigby Wild Life Zoo. He answered several questions afterwards.
Vote of thanks was given by May Wanlass.
Raffle winner was Barbara Secker.


20th February 2011

Vice President Stella Cotton welcomed members, new member Vivienne Moore and 1 guest to the February meeting in the Club Room.
Minutes of the previous meeting were read, approved and signed. No matters arising.
Federation Office have asked for used ink printer cartridges, toners and old mobile phones which they can sell for funds.
Also wanted for Heart Research are any old, unwanted or broken jewellery.
Details of the party in April were given and the food list circulated.
Names were taken for the Harnser Group Meeting on 23rd March in Hemsby. Speaker will be Stephen Bumfrey from Radio Norfolk. We are to do the Sales Table.
The date for our December meeting has been changed to the 15th.
Financial Report was given by the Treasurer.
Lottery Bonus Ball Competition winner was Jan Howard.
Birthday posy was given to Ann Chapman.
Raffle winner was Vivienne Moore.
The Speaker was Coral Hoyos who spoke about and showed lovely slides of how the Gooderstone Water Gardens had been restored. We look forward to visiting the gardens in the summer.
Vote of thanks was given by Pam Pritchett.


6th February 2011

The next meeting is at 2.00pm in the Club Room on 17th February when the speaker will be Coral Hoyos speaking about 'Restoring Gooderstone Water Gardens'. Payment for the Evening Meal on 24th February is required at this meeting please. Also all the tickets requested have arrived for the Federation Annual Meeting. Cost £4.50 each.


23rd January 2011

President Jan Howard welcomed 22 members and 1 guest to our first meeting of the year.
The wool and patterns for the Matinee Jackets had been received and was given to the volunteers. A cheque has been sent to the Livability Charity for young disabled people. This money was given instead of exchanging Christmas Cards. Commission from Webb Ivory was £92.50 plus a £5 donation from a member who did not buy anything from the Catalogue. The Village Hall fund is still benefiting from E Mails which we send to the Mercury twice a month with news of our WI. Resolution forms were collected and information will be sent to Federation Office. Invitations were accepted from Hemsby and Rollesby WIs. Lottery Bonus Ball was a rollover. Birthday Posies were for Rita Hill and Angela Pacey. Names were taken for the evening meal on 24th February at the Furzedown Hotel in Yarmouth. Speaker was one of our members, Tricia Gillett, who spoke about 'How teaching has changed'. Her talk was very interesting and several members spoke of their own school days. Vote of thanks was given by Stella Cotton. Raffle draw was won by Mary Gay.


11th January 2011

The first meeting of the year is January 20th at 2.00pm in the Filby Club Room. The speaker is member Tricia Gillett with her subject 'How teaching has changed'. Tea rota is Mary, Ann and Rita. Subs of £30.00 for the year are due and also please bring Resolution Form filled in out of the last WI Life magazine.

Caister Library have invited us, along with other Women's Institutes, to an open morning with cup of tea and a chat between 10.00-12.00 on Wednesday 19th January. This is to show you what is available at the library, as well as books, DVDs. The computers will be running for use, and is an ideal opportunity for complete novices to have a go. Basic internet use, which is an aid to tracing your family tree, will be available. Hope to see you there.


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