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 – June Meeting

The WI met on the 4th June. Sally Bryson president opened the meeting, there were 3 apologies Jenny , Eve and Gwynne.

The speaker for the evening was Fuad Al -Tawil Chair of Transition Newton Abbot. The group formed 10 years ago the idea being that the local community took control of local environmental issues. An Energy group was formed and was involved in the local Teignbridge  climate energy crisis in April.

The CO2 level is rising in the world at an alarming rate due to industrialisation and more recently the 3rd world countries increase in manufacturing. What can we do ? There has to be a change in behaviour firstly by using renewable energy such as wind farms solar panels and water power. and also by reducing our consumption of energy by not using coal in log burners using only seasoned wood. Using light bulbs with LED rating. The group discussed using recycled Tupperware to buy meat and veg at supermarkets rather than all plastic packaging. Apparently in Germany they have bottle banks which give money back for recycling plastic bottles. A smart meter is a good way of monitoring own energy consumption. The group entered into lively debate, a  Vote of thanks given by Sandra Jones.

Business was discussed, Pam has finished pennant banner for WI centenary and looks great  Sally to check if needs to be double sided. Trish was presented with Sylvia Brooks award for Christmas Craft .

Newton Abbot WI have invited local WI to be involved in floral craft event to be held on 21st September at the Avenue Church would like a floral craft demo the group discussed ideas a crochet poppy or forget me not favourable.

Upcoming events John Lewis open evening 16th October five people interested.

Ogwell summer fayre – volunteers and bakers signed up to meet on green at 11am

Stella won the draw which was a planted pot donated by Sandra

Canoe trip now so popular two canoes no ordered

Mary to arrange further skittle evening in November

Next meeting 2/7/19 this open to every one £4 to non members Day spring plants with an opportunity to buy plants on the night

Date for diary come and see us up on the green in marquee for a cream tea at the summer fayre !

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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