Hamsterley WI

There are some images of Hamsterley W.I. members on the Hamsterley WI Gallery page.

2015 Programme of Meetings

Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the Month at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall
(unless otherwise stated).





January 13th

1:30 pm

Mary Eleanor Bowes and the        Bowes-Lyon family

Anthony Atkinson

February 10th

1:30 pm

Esma Debman, Cheesemaker              & Fellow Artisans

(Items for Sale)

March 10th

7 pm

Members Night

April 14th

7 pm

Dogs for the Disabled

A talk about the Charity

May 12th

7 pm

Resolutions & Social

June 9th

7 pm

The History of British Wool

Grace Jamison

July 7th

7 pm

Talk & Slide Show about Alaska

Ann Richards

August 11th


A Garden Party to Celebrate          100 Years of WI

Where & When TBA

September 8th

7 pm


Karen Adams

October 14th

7 pm


November 10th

1:30 pm

Crafts for Christmas

A Practical Workshop

Joan Easton

December 9th

12 for 12:30

90th Birthday Lunch and Entertainment

In the Village Hall

Useful Addresses & telephone Numbers

WI House
Barnfield Road
Co. Durham
( 01388 819100
e-mail durhamwi@btconnect.com
Chairman:  Cecilia Wharton
Treasurer:  Audrey Dinning
Federation Secretary: Ruth Richardson

The National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI)
104 Kings Road, LONDON, SW6 4LY
( 0171 371 9300)

Denman College
Marchham, Abingdon, Oxfordshire
(01865 39199)

Committee Members

Mrs J. Embleton: 488 384
Mrs P. Welsh: 762 178
Mrs A. Richards: 01833 638 072
Mrs A. Watson: 488 413
Mrs S. Wood
Mrs A. Walshaw: 488 318
Mrs S. Davies: 488 524
Mrs H. Jenkin: 718 505
Mrs D. Horn
Mrs J. McDowell: 765 166


President: Mrs J. Embleton
Vice Presidents: Mrs P. Welsh & Mrs A. Richards
Secretary: Mrs A. Walshaw
Asst. Secretary & Welfare: Mrs A. Watson
Treasurer: Mrs D. Horn
Asst. Treasurer: Mrs J. McDowell
Programme and Outing Co-ordinator: Mrs S. Davies
Village Hall Reps: Mrs A. Walshaw & Mrs A. Watson
Registration: Mrs P. Welsh & Mrs J. McDowell
Press Secretaries: Mrs H. Jenkins & Mrs J. Embleton

Hamsterley WI members June 2010.

Ann Richards wrote:

Hamsterley W.I. was founded in December 1925 and this year (2010) we will celebrate our 85th Anniversary – we are looking forward to our Centenary and hope we are still going strong in 2025!

Our members have many and varied interests – including crewing a ‘Tall Ship’ (see below), involvement in music and drama, painting, making jewellery, climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge and white water rafting in their spare time! We also enjoy a ‘Knit & Knatter!’ session monthly. We also like making jam and singing ‘Jerusalem’!

Our meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday in the month at 7pm.

We are a dynamic and friendly W.I. and welcome new members in fellowship (and fun!). Please contact me for more information. We hope to see you at one of our meetings.

Ann Richards

Ann WelfordWe recently bade a sad farewell to Anne Welford who has moved to Wiltshire to be near her family – Anne was our President for almost 30 years. We wish her health and happiness in her new home. Many, many thanks to Betty Jackson and Mary Bradley – retiring committee members – for all their hard work and dedication over the year. • (Just click on the image to enlarge it.) ____________________________________________________________________________________________

Ann Richards at the wheel of the Stavros NiarchosAn article by Kaye Jemmeson of the Teesdale Mercury on Tuesday September 28th 2010 reports: • A week of adventure on the high seas may not be every great grandmother’s birthday wish but for one Teesdale woman it was the perfect way to celebrate. As part on a Tall Ships adventure, Ann Richards, from Barnard Castle, opted to spend her 70th birthday on board the Stavros Niarchos, swabbing the decks and steering the 493 tonne vessel.She said: “I’d been on one eight years ago with three friends and I’d always wanted to go back again and it was my 70th birthday so I decided to have a go again.”Used to more sedate cruises, Mrs Richards, who is the chair of Hamsterley Women’s Institute, said the Tall ship’s crew show no mercy when it comes to work.“I’ve been going on cruises for 20 years and when you’re on them you’re ‘don’t be late with those gin and tonics’ but here you’re told not to be late with the mop and buckets, it’s very different. You do everything when you’re on board. They tell you it’s ‘happy hour’ and come up with big buckets and have you scrubbing the deck and cleaning the toilets. It’s physically demanding and everyone on the team does their share,” said Mrs Richards.The septogenarian shared her duties with paid crew and other volunteers, men and women, whose ages range from 18 to 75-years-old. But despite being one of the older volunteers on board the brig, Mrs Richards did her bit. Stavros S Niarchos“They shine a light in your face at 2am and you have to get up and start your four hour shift on board. You’re taught how to steer, how to take a bearing and of course when you’re doing it, you’re responsible for the ship. It’s good because you don’t feel any age discrimination.” she said.Mrs Richards said one of her most memorable nights on deck was at about 4am. She said: “It was really dark and you could just see a blanket of stars above you, which you never really get to see anymore because of light pollution. Then we watched the sun come up, it was just amazing.”

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