Beckford Women’s Institute

2018 was another great year with a wide range of speakers and wonderful days out.

The Confetti Fields





We began the year with a “Valentines Supper” – a lovely demonstration of a romantic 3 course dinner with a sumptuous chocolate surprise dessert. We met Edwin Alvis who demonstrated his wonderful metal garden sculptures before a tricky Garden Quiz in May. We learnt a little of the “Archaeology and History of Bredon Hill” together with “Richard III – the legend, history & bones”. June gave us an insight into the work of the Evesham Street Preachers, whilst October brought us Morris Dancing! We held a craft taster day in February making bags, cards, a fabric flower corsage, decorative tassels and clay buttons – October brought Christmas crafts and flower arranging at the November AGM.

Members visited the Midlands Air Ambulance, The Confetti Fields and Concorde; went on monthly walks, played scrabble and discussed a wide variety of books through the Bookworm Group. We held our Annual Garden Party on a lovely warm July evening, hosted the Tewkesbury Group Carol Concert at St John the Baptist Church and had fun at the Christmas Party where Vale Connection entertained us after quizzes and games. We heard Michael Portillo and Adam Henson at Group events and spent our time knitting blankets and cardigans for Gloucester Royal’s Premature Baby Unit.

2019 looks to be no less exciting with new speakers, a charity sewing project and not least the Gloucestershire Federation’s Centenary with a Vintage Fair in July and October exhibition at Gloucester Cathedral.

Not forgetting a time to meet friends, chat and share a cup of tea with the WI’s famous homemade cakes and biscuits!

Craft Taster Day

Take a look at our programme for 2019

Be Inspired by Beckford WI.

Make new friends and join in the fun!

Contact details

President; Margaret Darby 01386 881862

Secretary; Helen Wilkes 01242 620727

Beckford WI Programme 2019

All meetings are on Mondays starting at 7:30pm in Beckford Village Hall

14th January Getting to Know You! Membership Renewal and discover co-incidences and links with other members
11th February British Red Hat Society How this zany society pursued friendship and fun
11th March Butterfly Garden – The Unexpected Journey A life that wandered from the plan
8th April Old Paths of Gloucestershire Why paths are there and the history behind them
13th May The Costa Concordia Disaster A survivor’s tale of the capsizing of the Costa Concordia
10th June S S Great Britain Marvel at the engineering, building and history of the iron ship
8th July Summer Garden Party Party Time
August No Meeting
9th September The 1st UK Military Operational Female Pilot How tenacity, stubbornness and humour broke down outdated barriers
14th October I was Bald, One-Breasted and Fifty An inspirational speaker who brings hope to people with breast cancer
11th November AGM & Crafting Workshop Hands on festive crafting
9th December Christmas Party Party Time




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