Scarning Women's Institute

History of Scarning WI
Registered Charity No. 1018273I

President: Linda Jones Tel 01362 288742
Secretary: Jo Urquhart Tel 01362 690183

Scarning Women’s Institute was founded in 1952.
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. We no longer have a bowls club but we do have two Ten Pin Bowling teams which compete with other institutes.
In addition to the bowling we have a scrabble group, a craft club, quiz team
and during the summer months a gardening club.
Tea is still an important part of our meetings but we now also offer coffee and
squash and of course the famous WI cakes.
We have a bursary available for any member/members who wish to go to Denman College in Oxford for a course. These can be on any subject from crafts to history, cooking to walking so something to suit every taste.
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 £33.00 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.

Please call our secretary Jo Urquhart Tel 01362 690183 before visiting just to
check that we haven’t booked a meeting away from the hall.


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Cator Cup

Here is a picture of our last Cator Cup entry. The subject was "A night at the  movies". We chose to depict the film "Chocolat". Our entry came 18th. Scarning WI

The ladies of Scarning WI have been entertained by the St Withburga hand bell ringers. The bells belong to Dereham church and were made to match the church bells. Each church had a set of hand bells to enable the bell ringers to practice making their tunes on the more manageable and quieter small bells before going on to ring the large bells. The ladies explained how the music was converted to numbers and demonstrated the various ways in which the bells could be rung then it was time for the WI ladies to 'have a go'. We found that it took a great deal of concentration to keep up with the music and play at the right time. 

This beautiful banner was embroidered several years ago by WI member and former bell ringer Ruby Gill.

 

Last Year's entry for the Cator Cup

The competition is held in April at the Norfolk Showground alongside the Norwich Spring horticultural show.
The theme this year was A Season and competitors are given a selection of eight items from which five are chosen to display. The competition is a team effort and must be done by at least three members of a WI.
Scarning decided to depict Autumn and chose to display a floral exhibit, a seasonal preserve (chutney), an item of hand knitting, a greetings card and biscuits. Competition is fierce. This Year there were 36 entries and Scarning were very proud to take fourth place. There were just 1 1/2 marks between first and fourth place. Judging is very precise and we were very proud of Heather Hewson's floral exhibit as she achieved the maximum marks of 20. Jacquie Fenn gained 19 marks for her chutney and we were awarded 19 points for staging and 19 1/2 points for interpretation. Altogether a job well done.

60th Birthday 2012

In March Scarning WI celebrated it's 60th birthday. Members were treated to a fish and chip supper followed by birthday cake and were entertained by Rev Sally Theakston who gave an interesting and amusing talk on her years spent as a naval chaplain aboard various different vessels. The evening ended with a raffle and all members being presented with a commemorative china mug.

Here are some pictures of the Birthday party.

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Birthday cake

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Competition table

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Fish and chips

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Fish and chips

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Here are some Christmas party pictures.

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Selecting vintage grape juice

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Competition table

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more Competition entries

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Cheers

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Two hands two drinks!!

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Pass the parcel

In June 2009 we took a guided walk around Norwich looking at the architecture of George Skipper and took the opportunity to view the beautiful interior of the former Norfolk and Norwich building. It is so easy when dashing from shop to shop not to stop and look up at the wonderful buildings in the city.

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