Loddon & District Women’s Institute

Last Meeting

The subject of our meeting on 17 May was a talk by Mr Pip Wright entitled ‘The Class of ’63’.  The year is question was 1763 and chronicled the lives of the master and 8 boys at a charity school in the Suffolk village of Earl Stonham.

Next Meeting

On 21 June we look forward to hearing about ‘My Suitcase, My Patience and HIM!  Please come and join us.

Saturday, 8 April


Visitors are welcome anytime – we ask for a contribution of £3.50 to cover refreshments.  There is an annual membership fee of £39.00 if you join in January which reduces to £29.25 to join in April, £19.50 for membership starting in July, and £9.75 for October – December.


Contact Us

You can email us at loddonwi@gmail.com



Our programme of talks for 2017 is set out below:

January – Rachel Duffield as Queen Elizabeth 1

February – Travels Around Southern Africa

March – Newspaper flowers workshop

April – Birthday party

May – Class of ’63

June – My suitcase, my patience, and HIM!

July – Traditional toys – come and play

August – Laughter yoga

September – Bags and hats from recycled material

October -Norfolk Wildlife Trust

November – AGM – Christmas decorations

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.