Harlow Women's Institute

Member of the Federation of Essex Women's Institutes
Charity Registration Number 228992

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

October 2021

 This will be the third month we have held a meeting since February 2020.  So far, things are proceeding cautiously.  We have picked up the tattered remnants of 2020's planned programme and endeavoured to reschedule where possible.  Some talks we will never hear now, but there will be new talks and new speakers.  

We have pruned our extra events for the remainder of this year, leaving only the Christmas Lunch on Wednesday 1 December to cheer us up, although rumour has it that there may be a group outing to the pantomime at the Playhouse.  

The Book Group has managed a few meetings intermittently, but has now been suspended until January 2022 to allow members to catch up on their reading.  

The meeting on Wednesday 13 October is to be a social afternoon with quizzes and games plus the usual tea/coffee, biscuits and cake.

The speaker for the November meeting on the 10th is Sara Harrison whose talk is entitled "Verse & Worse" (Pam Ayres with an Edge).  

The two committee members who work together to select and book speakers well in advance, are beavering away to ensure that 2022 will offer an interesting and varied programme.  The range of topics on offer from WI speakers is astonishingly broad.

We look forward to welcoming as many members back as possible, and hope that we can make steady progress towards achieving a normality where we are comfortable with each other again. 

Friday, 20 March 2020


Due to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak
all WI meetings and activities are suspended until further notice.  


Friday, 14 February 2020





Thursday, 13 February 2020


This was a well-attended and busy meeting.  As well as the usual business of minutes, matters arising, and forthcoming events, there was voting to be completed for the choice of Resolution to go forward to the Annual Meeting in June, details of the Open Day to be held in March in place of the previously scheduled Members Day, an announcement about a very special afternoon tea later in the year, and publicity for the International Women's Day event to be held at the Leisure Centre on Sunday 8 March from 2-4 pm. 

The speaker for the afternoon was Jane Dismore who writes thoroughly-researched books about the Royal Family.  Although - as she acknowledged - she was not our planned speaker, she was able to keep everyone interested with her fascinating accounts of how she managed to talk to dukes and duchesses, to royal cousins, and others who had held positions that brought them into close contact with royal circles.  Her talk proved very popular, as did her books which she had on display. 

Jane later judged the competition for "A Souvenir of a Royal Event".  The prize went to Angela Keill for a photograph of a close relative being introduced to Diana, Princess of Wales. 

Jane Dismore with the winning competition entry

Some of the books written by Jane

Entries for the competition

After tea and cake, the Raffle was drawn and Birthday flowers were presented. 

Forthcoming Events

Saturday 15 February - Coffee Plus - 10 am until noon
Thursday 20 February - Play-reading Group - 2-4 pm
Friday 28 February - Craft Group - 11 am-3 pm
Thursday 5 March - Book Group - 2-3.30 pm
Every Monday - Table games/darts - 1.30-3.30 pm

Sunday 8 March - International Women's Day - Harlow Leisure Centre 2-4 pm
Wednesday 11 March - Open Day - 2-4 pm