A civil parish in East Northamptonshire

Clerk: Liz Holland
20, Gordon Road, Oundle
Peterborough PE8 4LD

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. Unfortunately due to the ever-changing COVID19 situation, the committee has elected to hold meetings virtually, using Zoom until lockdown rules permit otherwise.

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

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

Glapthorn WI News

Glapthorn WI eased into lockdown. At the instigation of lockdown, our then Secretary, introduced a weekly newsletter and we had a few outdoor afternoon tea parties last summer, limited to 6, all socially distanced. Hopefully we will be able to repeat these this summer. Also our committee meetings were held outside, although the later ones revealed us all to be well wrapped up!

In September we turned to Zoom full time. All meetings, committee meetings, Knit and Natter, and the Book Club have been on Zoom since then!

We have had a succession of speakers – Jane Isaacs and her crime fiction; Leila Khasal hosting a Christmas paper decoration workshop; Tim Mulroy talking about the British Schindler; Sally Mabey telling us of her daughter's Turkish Wedding; Mike and the Peterborough Morris Men giving us a short synopsis of the history of Morris Dancing; plus a little tuition from Sarah Slater telling us of 'Sex, Secrets, Scandal and Salacious Gossip of the Royal Court, 1660 to 1830'. A hugely diverse range of speakers from London, South Yorkshire and Wales as well as more local areas.

We reduced the newsletter to fortnightly and it seems to be as popular as ever. We have articles from our members on a wide range of topics from farming to gardening, keeping allotments and also recipes.

Our Knit and Natter group have been meeting regularly and we have introduced a Book Club which is showing steady interest. At Christmas we held a Cocktail party. Recipes were sent out in advance and we enjoyed a discussion on the making, and the taste of our individual drinks. Previously cards had been sent from the committee with a raffle ticket and a beautiful Christmas floral decoration was delivered to one lucky member. For Easter we had a special 'Decorate an Egg' meeting with wine and nibbles. Again, there was a raffle for a spring planter which was delivered the next day to the winner.

Now that restrictions are being eased slightly we will be moving forward, discussing what we can do, bearing in mind, as always, the new restrictions!

Lois Cooper, President