Diary Dates

We meet every second Monday of the month at Brockenhurst Village Hall starting 19.00 for 19.15 Visitors are welcome.

Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, we are holding virtual Zoom meetings for the foreseeable future and look forward to seeing as many members as would like to join us.


14th June 2021 Zoom Talk  “The Body Through the Porthole” Steve Herra

A true story from 1947 when a young actress sailing from Cape Town to Southampton aboard the Durban Castle had a liaison with a deck steward.  During one such liaison, she died and he pushed her body through the porthole!  The ship was 90 miles from the nearest land and in shark infested waters.  The audience act as jury and decide if the accused was guilty or not guilty or murder.

•         Did Gay Gibson’s ailments cause her death?

•         What was the significance of the alarm clock left on deck?

•         Who rang the cabin alarm bells?

•         How did James Camb explain the scratches on his arms?

•         What happened after the trial?

As usual, the meeting is open to members and visitors. Non-members can contact us for Zoom joining details. We are always happy to welcome new members to our happy throng. If you would like more details, just contact us!

12th July 2021 Zoom talk Jane Glennie on Suffragettes
As usual, the meeting is open to members and visitors. Non-members can contact us for Zoom joining details. We are always happy to welcome new members to our happy throng. If you would like more details, just contact us!

9th August 2021
Summer outing to Furzey Gardens. Meet at the gardens at 6.00pm. Cost £15.00 p.p. Sorry, only assistance dogs are allowed in the gardens. See https://brockenhurstwi.org.uk/2021/06/08/brockenhurst-wi-summer-outing-to-furzey-gardens-minstead/ for more details.

Dates for your diaries:

11th April 2021, 2-4pm
HCFWI Zoom Meeting: Maria Leijerstam tells her story of her cycle to the South Pole from edge of the Antarctic ocean in December 2013 – the first person in the world to accomplish it. More info from the HCFWI website Events.

15th April 2021 6.45 for 7.00pm
Pub type Zoom Quiz for individual households. One ticket per household. Contestants will mark their own answers. The number of people in each household’s team will be deducted from their final score to compensate for additional team members. Application form from HCFWI website. Tickets £5.

16th & 17th April 2021
Sale of all their old stock in the courtyard at the side of the Wool Shop, Lymington. Thanks to Grete for this information!

28th April 2021, 7.00pm
HCFWI Zoom Meeting – Climate Change. Denise Smythe-Wright and 9 Federation Climate Ambassadors give members the opportunity to answer questions, give their opinions and tell you about their interests and aspirations regarding climate change. This a FREE event. More information from HCFWI website.

Tuesday 8th June
NFWI Annual Meeting – members only.
Another virtual meeting, it
will run from 10:30am to 4:30pm. There will be 3 guest Speakers including HRH – The Countess of Wessex GCVO. Tickets are priced at £9 each, including booking fee. Ticket registrations will close on 1st June 2021.

Wednesday 9th June
HFWI Second Zoom Quiz at 6.45 for 7.00pm. Tickets £5 per team, regardless of size.

Saturday 10th July
Brockenhurst Green Day. Volunteers needed for WI stall, please!

Friday 30th July
Closing date for the Lady Denman Cup Competition – “Let Me Show You What a Woman Can Do!” For more details, please contact Liz Wingham.

11th August 2021, 1.45pm
HCFWI Cruise and Afternoon Tea. Sail from Town Quay, Southampton and cruise for about 2 hours. Afternoon tea will be served and there is a bar on board. Musical entertainment. More information and application from on HCFWI website.

Saturday 11th September
Needlework Fiesta in the Village Hall. Volunteers needed at the event, and also for cake-making duties (dependent on Covid-19 restrictions).


Monday 8th March
Our Speaker on March 8th was Misba Khan talking about her participation in a team of European and Asian women’s expedition to the North Pole in 2018.

Monday 29th March – A Treat for Easter
Julie Wootten, WI Member, Holistic Therapist and Neal’s Yard Organic Remedies Consultant, demonstrated a therapeutic hand massage technique via Zoom and experienced the calming effects that the massage induces.

Monday 12th April
Our speaker was from New Forest Bees, talking about bee-keeping.

Monday 10th May – AGM
Our May meeting was our AGM via Zoom. Janet Reid, our WI Adviser oversaw the ballot for the additional committee members who have been co-opted. Members received a ballot form by email for completion and return ahead of the meeting; here is your 2021 Committee. There were also formal presentations by the Secretary, Treasurer and President.

Ahead of the formal proceeds, our speaker was Peta Allingham, who related a Woman’s Experience of Participating in Scientific Expeditions on 4 Continents.