The WI

The women’s Institute have been running for 100yrs and are still going strong , here in ogwell we have been in existence since 1928, we offer new members the opportunity to meet with like minded women, over a cup of tea and a chat. Meetings include a range of activities and speakers

the evenings are informal and comprise of  a wide range of speakers which span from crafts, food tasting, health and fitness, history and supporting local charities

There is also a trading stall for books, and vegetables/plants grown by the members, and a stall for home baking !!

In addition we organise in conjunction with the garden society day trips. We support the local theatre, with pantomime outings and other productions

we fund raise annually and run a tombola stall at Christmas fayres and also provide cream teas at the Ogwell summer fete.

we are a friendly group of women who work hard at enjoying ourselves. Why not come and try us out !!!!

we meet every first Tuesday of the month at 7:15pm in the memorial hall East Ogwell please contact sandra jones secretary tel no 872663 or email

You will find the most recent updates and information posted below!

Ogwell Womens Institute – April Meeting

The WI met on the 2nd April. Sally Bryson president opened the meeting, there were 2 apologies Jenny and Arlene.

The speaker for the evening was Tom Mcinulty from the macular Society with his guide dog Toby, who had travelled  all the way from Southampton!

Tom is the senior manager of the society and oversees 50 of the 400 support groups in the country. Tom became blind overnight at the age of 31 from cyanide poisioning to the optic nerve. He described how difficult he found it initially to cope with the disability finding it socially isolating , he lost his job and also his self confidence. During a thoroughly entertaining talk he discussed how he moved to Torquay manor house for the visually impaired and gradually gained his confidence, training as a counsellor and eventually getting the first of four guide dogs that have helped him travel not only in this country but throughout the world.

Tom highlighted the main issues with macular, usually it is age related and affects part of the retina causing loss of central vision. There are two types of macular, Wet macular is now been helped with injections sadly the other form dry macular has no treatment currently but work is been done into stem cell research . The macular society started in 1987 and provides support in the form of help lines and free counselling to suffers.

Prevention of macular is to eat a healthy diet not smoke and also wear sunglasses in sunlight, the condition can be hereditary. 6000 people are currently on the register as been sight impaired

Tom completed his talk by outlining the amazing fund raising activities which included climbing Sydney harbour bridge and abseiling off spinnaker tower. A vote of thanks was given by Eve followed by a huge round of applause.

Business was discussed, skittles evening great success £56.00 raised from raffle and further event to be arranged later in year. Bottle donations for table top sale 13/4/19 requested labelling to take place at Glorias 8/4/19

Sally asked for volunteer to take over at memorial hall as Gloria stepping down.

Spring group meeting 17th April requests for cakes and help with teas.

Lady lea cup theme ‘From the Hedge row’ there were four entries winner Eve

Next meeting AGM 7/5/19

Programme for 2019

8 January           ORLEY COMMON – ancient, wild and wonderful

Sian Avon, Senior Ranger, Leisure and Green Spaces TDC

5 February          ORIENTAL FACIAL MASSAGE – Samantha Roderick

5 March              T.B.A.

2 April                  MACULAR SOCIETY – Judy Pride

7 May                  GENERAL MEETING

4 June                 WHALES AND DOLPHINS – Sharon Stevenson

2 July                  DAYSPRING PLANTS – talking about gardens in July.

Plants for sale – Peter Cantrill   Open Meeting

August                FUNDRAISING

3 September      LOVELY LAVENDER – talk and demo on making items from lavender.  Mary Griffin.

1 October

6 November       ANNE MARIE MORRIS MP – Open Meeting

December         CHRISTMAS PARTY


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