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

Programme April 21 - March 22

Wednesday 7th April

From crying in supermarkets to being the first woman to paddleboard 162 miles coast to coast picking up litter. (Zoom)

Wednesday 5th May

A History of a Northamptonshire Farmhouse. (Zoom)

Wednesday 2nd June

"How do you take yours?" (Zoom)

Wednesday 7th July

A visit and tour of Fotheringhay Church followed by refreshments. (tbc)

Note 7pm start

Wednesday 7th September

Fabulous Fabric Shoe Makeover

Wednesday 6th October

Annual General Meeting


"Faith in the Front during WW1"

Wednesday 3rd November

The story of Ladybird books.

Wednesday 1st December

Christmas Social.

Wednesday 12th January

Members' night!

Wednesday 2nd February

Your medicine cabinet in the garden

Wednesday 2nd March

"It should not happen to a Home Economist!"

Knit & Natter

Our friendly, active knitting group meets on the last Monday pm of the month via Zoom @2pm.

Non knitters but just natterers also welcome!

Book Club

The small but perfectly formed group meet via Zoom (for now) on the second Monday of the month at 4pm. More members welcome! We take turns to select a book and choose paperbacks to limit costs.