Loddon & District Women’s Institute


At our meeting in January Elvie Herd once again gave us an interesting insight into the life led by local people many years ago. In this age of globetrotting it was an eyeopener to learn that even in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s certain individuals from Loddon travelled as far afield as India.

Again on the subject of travel, in February Sue Sursham will share her experiences of travel in Japan and South Korea. Sue’s talks are illustrated with superb photographs and it should prove to be a most enjoyable evening.


Visitors are welcome anytime – we ask for a contribution of £4.00 to cover refreshments.  There is an annual subscription fee of £43.00 if you join in January, which reduces to £32.25 if you join in April, £21.50 for membership starting in July, and £10.75 for October – December.

We have a really interesting programme in place for 2020, including the opportunity to learn about the history of macrame, its recent comeback and use in the home, with the opportunity to ‘have a go’; to find out what ‘Qigong’ is and its benefits; and to meet ‘Magnus’ …….

Our meetings are held in St John’s Chapel, George Lane, 7.15 pm  for 7.30 pm.

Contact Us

You can email us at loddonwi@gmail.com

Our programme of talks for 2020 is set out below:

January 15th:         Elvie Herd – A Local History Talk: Part 2

February 19th:       Sue Sursham – Talk and Photographs : Japan and South Korea

March 18th:            Donna Hodds –  Macrame and Cacti

April 15th:               90th Birthday Celebration

May 20th:                Deniz Paradot – Taiji Qigong

June 17th:               Stephanie Israel –  Dog Training with Magnus

July 15th:                Lynton Johnson – Flower Arranging Demonstration

August 19th            Social Event (TBA)

September 16th:     Frank Hume – Murder in the Family

October 21st:          Maria Pennington –  Diamonds

November 18th:     Junya Lewis – Spice up your Christmas followed by Annual Meeting

December 16th:     Christmas Party


About the Group

Loddon W.I. was formed in 1930, making 2020 our 90th 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.