Loddon & District Women’s Institute

Last Meeting

The March meeting was an Open meeting when we and several welcome guests heard ‘Stories from the Antiques Roadshow’, said stories told in a most entertaining and humorous way by Mr Robert Tilney, the Beccles gunsmith. Mr Tilney joined the show nine years ago, first as an armourer, whose job was to check the long queues for suitable items, then later as one of the experts. Mr Tilney had a wealth of experiences to share with us, and his talk was very much enjoyed. It was followed by further enjoyment of delicious cake and tea  or coffee.

Next Meetings:

April 18th

We will be celebrating our 88th birthday.

May  16th:  A Brief History of Loddon Doctor’s Surgery by John Bennett   Why not join us? 7.15 for 7.30 at the Jubilee Hall, Loddon.


Visitors are welcome anytime – we ask for a contribution of £4.00 to cover refreshments.  There is an annual membership fee of £41.00 if you join in January, which reduces to £30.75 to join in April, £20.50 for membership starting in July, and £10.25 for October – December.

We already have a really interesting programme in place for 2018 featuring ‘A Policeman’s Lot’, ‘Travels to the Antarctic’ and ‘Tales from the Antiques Roadshow’


Contact Us

You can email us at loddonwi@gmail.com



Our programme of talks for 2018 is set out below:

17 January – A Policeman’s Lot – from the Krays to the Crown

21 February – Travels to the Antarctic

21 March – Stories from the Antiques Roadshow by Robert Tilney

18 April – Birthday party

16 May – A Brief History of Loddon Doctor’s Surgery by John Bennett

20 June – Periods in Time in Relation to Jewellery

18 July – History of Henstead Exotic Garden

16 August – Our outing to Henstead Exotic Garden

19 September – Just a Little Lippy – Make-up hints and demonstration

17 October – History and Work of the Salvation Army

21 November – AGM and Christmas Flower Decorations

19 December – Christmas Party


About the Group

Loddon W.I. was formed in 1930, making 2015 our 85th anniversary.
Those early monthly meetings were held in Loddon’s Lecture Hall on a Tuesday afternoon, when 65, or sometimes more, ladies attended and listened to an uplifting or instructive speaker.  This was followed, of course, by tea and cakes.

Over the years, unfortunately, our numbers dwindled, not because our speakers are any less interesting or our cakes less tasty, but many of the surrounding villages have set up their own W.I.s, and ladies have left to join their local group.

However, we have recently welcomed some new, younger members and at many of our meetings non-members, and even husbands, come along to join us as visitors.

We usually have a Trading Stall each month – a bit like a Bring and Buy, except the ‘bringer’ gets the money (with a small commission to W.I. Funds).  We also have a competition at most meetings.  Nothing too serious, but it gives our members to chance to show their various skills and imagination.
Several of our members play scrabble regularly, entering the Norfolk Federation Competition…and even coming runners-up one year!  And, yes, we use all the silly two letter words, but no proper names…yet.

If ladies would like to join us, either as prospective members, or visitors, just come along and say hello.

We start our meetings at 7.30pm by welcoming our speaker who will then entertain us for approximately 45 minutes to one hour.  We then have a cup of tea and a chat and complete the meeting with W.I. business.  Friends and visitors are welcome to join.