Glapthorn Women's Institute

Glapthorn Women's Institute is a friendly group of local ladies who usually meet at 7.30 pm in Glapthorn Village Hall on the first Wednesday in the month, except for August. We also usually have one outing a year, at least, and two fundraising events.

Our meetings are lively and interesting, so please check out our current programme of events on this site. Visitors are very welcome, please contact us via email to arrange.

If you would like further information about Glapthorn WI please send us an email at Glapthorn WI

The committee members are:

  • Lois Cooper - President
  • Carrie Ann Gates
  • Jenny Smith
  • Sian Fox
  • Sabine Croxford
  • Ursula Wide

Glapthorn WI is affiliated to the National Federation of Women's Institutes

A printable version of the Glapthorn WI details, contacts and programme can be found by clicking on the link below:

Glapthorn WI Annual Report, April 2022

The last year can be summed up with the phrase 'To Zoom or not to Zoom'.

Planning for an on/off situation, as others will have found, has not been easy. We are conscious of the fact that if our meeting is on Zoom certain members will not join because of the technology, and if we are in the Hall other members don't participate because of the threat of Covid, although we are, of course, taking all necessary precautions.

Our speakers were deliberately chosen so that our meetings could be either on Zoom or in the Hall, and this has worked well. We did have our own in-house speaker on stand-by in case of problems.

July became our month without a meeting as the committee juggled the new Covid regulations with trying to organise a meeting where we could all meet. Our venue in August was Fotheringhay Church and the church wardens gave us an excellent account of the history of the church, with refreshments afterwards. 15 of us attended and it was lovely to be able to chat and catch up. The chat continued down the drive and out towards our cars!

September was the first meeting back in the Hall and it was so good to meet up 'properly'! Our speaker demonstrated how to make over a pair of shoes which was fascinating, although it left some of us regretting that 4" heels were no longer a part of our wardrobe.

The AGM took place in October and we also had a talk from Helen Frost on 'Faith at the Front'. November was a talk on Ladybird books and I would like to thank the committee for stepping in and covering for me while I was absent. December was back in the Hall for our Christmas supper, and then we decided that our January and February meetings should be on Zoom as it was safer for our members. Both our speakers changed their subjects to accommodate this and both talks, one on Madame Tussauds and one by a Herbologist, were extremely interesting.

Our own member, Sian Fox gave us an account of being a home economist which was very amusing and we enjoyed meeting in the Village Hall again. The April meeting included a talk about Fletton Field and Blooming Oundle.

Our May 4th meeting will be a 'Bring a Friend' so people can experience a WI meeting without commitmentEverybody welcome

We are looking forward to celebrating our 50th Birthday this year with a party in June and planting a tree as part of the Queens Green Canopy in the Pocket Park later in the year.

We now have 28 members including 4 new members joining us this year.

Lois Cooper, President

Programme April'22 - March'23

Wednesday 4 May

You Cannot Be Serious

Alan Gray will be telling 'Stories of a Wimbledon Umpire'

*This meeting is a 'Bring a Friend' meeting.

All are welcome to a taster of the WI

Wednesday 22 June

Glapthorn WI is 50

Birthday celebrations, by invitation only.

If you are a past member of Glapthorn WI and have not received an invitation, please contact us.

Wednesday 6 July

My Work at the Royal National Institute of Blind People

Sabine will be telling us about her day job

Wednesday 3 August

Visit to Blatherwycke Gardens

Details tbc, a members only meeting

Wednesday 7 September

Little Blue, Oundle

Tales from the craft shop in Oundle

Wednesday 5 October

Annual General Meeting


Work of Linus

Jemma Wilkins will be telling us of

Project Linus UK. This is a volunteer organisation that aims to provide a sense of security and comfort through the provision of quilts and knitted blankets to people in distress.

Wednesday 2 November

Dickens' Christmas Carol

Steve Dimmer examines how the classic story was written and how it encouraged the Victorians and later generations to embrace Christmas

Wednesday 7 December

Christmas Social (Details TBC)

Wednesday 11 January


Jo Hood will be gently putting us through our post-Christmas paces!

Wednesday 1 February

The River Nene

Peter Gout tells tales of the river

Wednesday 1 March

Inside a Chanel Jacket

Lucy May gave us a wonderful talk on a shoe makeover and so we have invited her back!

She will uncover the unique construction secrets that make this designer jacket so covetable and apply them to her own creation.