Women's Institute


Registered Charity No. 1018273I

President: Linda Jones Tel 01362 288742

Secretary: Jan Bell        Tel 01362 850777

History of Scarning WI

The formation meeting took place on 20th February 1952 at 7.30pm at Scarning Village Hall. 42 ladies were present. A resolution was proposed by Mrs Duigan and seconded by Mrs Roper to form an institute in Scarning  and was unanimously adopted. The following bye- laws were passed-

1.That the monthly meeting should be held in the parish room, Scarning on the last Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm. The annual meeting should be held in November.

2. There should be 12 members elected for committee.

3. The Vice Presidents to be elected by the committee.

4. The age for joining should be 16 years.

It was agreed to hold the first institute meeting on Wednesday 5th March at 7.30. (curiously not the last Wednesday of the month!!) Nominations for committee were received by Mrs Broke.

On March 5th 56 members attended the meeting and a ballot was held to elect the committee. Tea was served and a discussion of future events took place. The meeting closed with Auld Lang Syne.

The first proper meeting of Scarning Women's Institute took place on 26th March 1952. 53 members were present. Mrs Allwood the president was in the chair.

The 10/- effort to support county funds was discussed and entered into as was the London AGM although a delegate was not sent. It was agreed to hold a monthly competition and a bowls club was formed.

A talk and demonstration on the art of glove making took place. This was followed by tea and charades. The meeting closed singing the national anthem at 9.40pm.

Scarning Women's Institute Today

Much of Scarning WI remains the same today. We still hold our meetings at 7.30 on the last Wednesday of the month in the village hall apart from June and December when the date is moved. We don't have quite such a large membership but still have about 36 members. We don't always manage 12 committee members but we do have sufficient people to share all the tasks out and other members that will help on special occasions.
Sadly we cannot boast any 16 year olds amongst  our ladies but any wishing to
join would be made most welcome. We do have a reputation for being a friendly outgoing group of people.
We have a visiting speaker most months who give talks and demonstrations on a wide range of topics.
There is a craft group on the last Friday of the month. Outings are arrange throughout the year.In October we hold a very successful Craft Day where WIsfrom the surrounding area join us for a day of crafting.
Tea is still an important part of our meetings but we now also offer coffee and
squash and of course the famous WI cakes.
If you would like to come along to a meeting you would be most welcome and you can come for three visits free of charge to see if you like us.
The annual subscription for is 43.00 per year. Visitors can come to three meetings before having to pay. There are no othermeeting costs unless you wish to purchase a raffle ticket.

For more information please call our President Linda Jones on 01362288742 or Secretary Jan Bell on 01362850777.

Scarning Village Hall

 Scarning Village Hall


Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month and start at 7.30

DECEMBER 16th Christmas Carol- Dickens
Speaker Mike Wabe
Competition: A Christmas Table Decoration

JANUARY 27th Jewellery Making with Wendy.
Competition: Favourite Brooch

Please see monthly newsletter for conformation of venue and dates.

Craft Afternoon
Last Friday of the month at Jo Urquhart or Wendy Browns home.

Federation Annual Meeting. Wednesday 8th April Theatre Royal, Norwich.

Royal Norfolk Show. Wednesday 1st Thursday 2nd July

Scarning WI Craft Day. Saturday 17th October





 President                       Linda Jones

Vice Presidents  Tina Hobbs &Pam Smith
Secretary         Janice Bell
Ass. Secretary   Julie Thornton
Treasurer          Jo Urquhart
Ass. Treasurer    Linda Jones      
Programme       Julie Thornton & Tina Hobbs   
Sales Table        Tracey Perks & Pam Smith
Welcome and     Jennie/Brigid  

Raffle Organizer  COMMITTEE  
Competition        Wendy Brown
Gazette Collection Linda /Jan  
Newsletter           Jan Bell     
Birthday Posies     Tina Hobbs  
Press                   Linda Jones                
Hostess                Jane Dunsire  
Sunshine Fund      Sally Blyth                
Refreshment Chart  Tracey Perks