MISTERTON

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE

Middle Street

Misterton

“ALL KINDS OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL KINDS OF WOMEN”

All you need to know about

The ideal hall for the smaller event

 MISTERTON W.I. HALL is available for hire at only £8 per hour; the kitchen is equipped with all your basic needs.   There is an entrance foyer, storage area for chairs/tables/other equipment and it has disabled toilet facilities.

 The building has been refurbished over recent years, including most recently a new roof; it meets all health and safety guidelines and is heated by storage and wall mounted heaters.

 STATISTICS:

Equipment:      80 stacking chairs

                        All round pew seating

12 trestle tables plus several smaller “card” tables

 

Seating:           The room can easily accommodate 70 people, depending on seating style, i.e. theatre style or sat at tables.

 

Kitchen:          5 ring 90cm ceramic hob cooker with three ovens/grill + warming cabinet + hostess trolley

                        + 2 table top hot plates and a microwave.

                        Fridge/freezer

                        China and cutlery to serve 60+

                        Small serving hatch to the function room

 

Toilets:            Gents and ladies (the latter has been adapted for disabled use).

 

Outside:          The building is surrounded by stone walls and railings and is, therefore, quite secure and outside space can be used in fair weather!      On road parking is available.

The hall is currently used for a variety of events, i.e. exercise and dance classes, monthly meetings of various clubs/organisations, private parties (birthdays, anniversaries, after funeral buffets, etc.), Misterton First School and the Parish Council.

 We are able to offer some catering services, i.e. buffets, meals for small numbers, at competitive prices. For more information on this, please contact Carol Walker on 01460 74808 or at cewalker@hotmail.co.uk.

 For further information on hiring the hall or to book an “inspection” please contact Isabella Willis on 01460 74688 or mailto:willishome@hotmail.com

HISTORY OF MISTERTON W.I.

The first meeting of Misterton W.I. was held in the Parish Room on the 19 October 1920 and, in 1921, a piece of land was purchased to erect a W.I. hut (ex-Army) which cost £36.10s 0d. During the war years, the hut was commissioned by the military authorities and was not handed back until 1945. 

 Monthly W.I. meetings continued in this establishment until 1968, when the Wesleyan Chapel which became The Men’s Club, came up for sale and was subsequently purchased by the W.I. for the sum of £1,000. Tom Thomas (our secretary Ann White’s father) donated a piece of adjoining land on which a new kitchen/toilet block, at a cost of £750 was added, and monthly meetings have been held there ever since. 

Misterton W.I. is proud to be one of the few Women’s Institutes to own its own hall which is supported by continuous fundraising; it is also a valuable Community asset.

 

MISTERTON W.I. AS IT IS TODAY:

 Misterton W.I. currently has 26 members ranging in age from 30 up to over 80 – new members are always welcome. 

 Meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of every month starting at 7.15p.m. We have a speaker at most meetings who is chosen by the members each year.   Some meetings take another format, i.e. garden party, picnic and sometimes just a general social evening with food provided by members.  

We welcome new members, who are encouraged to attend a few meetings before actually joining the group, so they can get an idea of what goes on.   If you would like to “try before you buy,” we can arrange for one of our members to collect you and bring you to one of our meetings; if you would like escorting, please call Judy Welch (78931) or Carol Walker (74808) who will be happy to arrange this, otherwise just come along and you will be welcomed at the Hall. 

 We are involved in many village activities, such as the Annual Flower & Vegetable Show, Fete, Carol Singing at Xmas, arranging Pancake Races for the School, Bingo at Easter and Christmas, also jumble sales and table top sales, etc.   All events are advertised in the Misterton Magazine, Western Gazette and free local press. We also arrange outings for members and the villagers to the theatre, on boat trips and shopping. 

 We are members of the Group W.I. Skittles League where we play at local pubs each month. 

 And did you know the Women’s Institute has its very own college? Denman College is based in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, and is in its own beautiful grounds and provides superior accommodation for residential courses. The College runs a miscellany of courses for its members, family and friends.

 Following a survey carried out by the Parish Council, the Parish Plan revealed a need for more social events for the people in Misterton and, in April 2011, the W.I. organised a monthly luncheon club and coffee morning, both proving to be very popular and continue to be so to this day. As long as there is a demand – and we have the resources to do them - we will continue with these events.

The Misterton W.I. also interacts with surrounding W.I’s and is often involved in group W.I. activities and each year helps out at the Bath & West Show.

 The Hall is hired out for various events - socials, fitness classes, family parties, dance/exercise groups, etc.   It is well equipped with a fully functional kitchen and currently costs only £8 per hour to hire (plus a small deposit for parties).

We are a modern, forward thinking organisation for women, whose mission is to help the community, have a say in what goes on in the country/world and, last but not least, enjoy ourselves into the bargain.

The current annual membership is £36 (that’s £3 per month); the fee also includes the W.I. Life Magazine, delivered to your door; we also have a Somerset Federation Newsletter which is distributed at our monthly meetings.

If you would like to know more about us, please contact:

Judy Welch, President (01460 78931),

Carol Walker, Secretary (01460 74808), cewalker@hotmail.co.uk .

                         

WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU!