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Farringdon Women's Institute

Farringdon W.I. Closed in 2022
although it may reopen if a New Farringdon Village Hall/Centre is built in the next few Years.

Beyond Jam and Jerusalem - The Changing Face of Farringdon WI

" . . . . The strength of the Wi is it's diversity: make your Wi everything you want it to be . . . ."
Janice Langley, Chair, The National Federation of Women's Institutes

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are available via the links below

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W.I. Christmas 2017

Christmas Dinner 01Christmas Dinner 02



Our delicious Christmas lunch, prepared by the Committee, was enjoyed at Woodside Barn, by kind permission of Hugh and Etta Bevan.
Thank you to everyone for making the occasion such fun; lots of chat and laughter with friends.
A super beginning to our Christmas Celebrations. We raised a glass to those who could not join us this year.


‘WI Centenary Fine bone china mugs for sale £12.50 each.To order, please contact, Secretary, Dee Panes.’


Annual  Outing on August 9th , this year to 
West Green Gardens, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire.

In spite of continuous rain we enjoyed a wonderful exploration of the lush and varied West Green Gardens, ending  the afternoon in true WI tradition with a delicious cream tea!



Trees Seated



On June 14th, the sun shone for us while we enjoyed a magnificent cream tea supplied by the members, in Dawn's garden. .


Party 01

GardenPart 17 17 Garden Party

Farringdon WI members

Quiz Team




Austen Group Quiz 20th June, kindly hosted by Medstead WI at Medstead Village Hall.

Farringdon WI is part of the Austen group, which includes Severn local WI’s: Selborne, Chawton,
Four Marks, Four Marks Foxes, Medstead and Roedowns.

We entered a team :
Kate, Dawn, Dee, Geraldine and Sheila who performed moderately well,
as you can see from the smiles from this selfie!

Joint first were Selborne and Alton branch.



2016 Farringdon Womens' Institute members have been tidying up the area down by the crossroads
on the A32 in preparation for the promised warm weather next week, and at least two Members
took full advantage of the seating available to catch their breath after all that exertion . . . .


Post Clear up Relaxation

Those of you who make us of the crossroads at the bottom of Shirnall Hill may have noticed some unusual activity in the area recently. A number of well known Farringdon residents appear to be erecting some sort of monument adjacent to the Bench on the corner.

Is it a phone mast, the centrepiece for some pagan ritual or a camouflaged speed camera?

The answer is none of the above, it's all down to Farringdon WI, who with the help of one or two other regular suspects are . . . .

Restoring the WI bench and planting bee friendly flower beds.

Dawn Perry, (In an understandable desire to avoid the possibility of the usual scurrilous inaccuracy from your reporter) offers the following information on behalf of Farringdon WI.

We made a start on October 12th and already the village will see an improvement to the area.


Robrt Smith's Obelisk



Our thanks to everyone for their support today- we had some laughs while we weeded and planted in the sunshine!

Before the end of autumn we will plant a honeysuckle, rose or clematis (We are checking out bee friendly varieties.) alongside the obelisk, kindly donated to the village by Robert Smith from Farringdon Forge.

In the Spring 2 briar roses and 7 lavender plants will be planted behind the bench. Foxgloves will complete the plan.

The raised flower bed, kindly built and donated by Tom Maltby, has been planted with seasonal flowers that should ensure a continuous supply of nectar for the bees. A plaque, donated by Graphitech Ltd, based at Farringdon Industrial Park, reads:

"We hope you enjoy the flowers.
Please deadhead, weed, water.
Farringdon WI 2016

Sizing up the Job

Planting and Painting

Man in a BoxPainting the Map Surround



As well as the raised bed and other planting around the bench and Obelisk, Tim Charrington is on the case of replacing the Village map and Dave Williams, on behalf of Farringdon Parish Council, is working a miracle on the restoration of the old Telephone box.

Three Men and an Obelisk

Planters in action

This planting and restoration was initially undertaken as part of a National WI campaign to support local community projects and the cultivation of this area provides an ideal opportunity to make a positive contribution to the village. It also highlights the National Campaign to champion the plight of the bee, a crucial pollinator of crops and the Members of Farringdon WI are using this opportunity to plant bee friendly varieties to enhance this area for the benefit of the community.

It is also hoped that project would give visibility for Farringdon WI, perhaps leading to an increase in membership.

It is the hope of the Farringdon WI that while they, as a group, take the initiative in the planning, design, planting and general maintenance of the area, the project is sponsored/supported financially by Farringdon Parish Council and local businesses, as the local WI does not have the funds to finance the work.

We would like to offer, grateful thanks to the Parish Council for their support and It is also the hope that the village is encouraged to take an interest and pride in the project.

We welcome any ideas you may have for the future planting and maintenance of this area. Please forward to the committee. Many thanks,

Dawn Perry, on behalf of Farringdon WI.

Farringdon Wi is growing and developing, extending it's activities and interests from a solid foundation.

We invite you to join the new faces in the group and be instrumental in the growth of the Farringdon Wi

We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the Month (excluding August) 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. at East Tisted Village Hall. In addition there are various activities speakers and projects planned for the daytime and evening.

If you would like to know more about Farringdon WI please contact any of the Committee members whose contact details are listed below.
Wwe look forward to meeting you!

  E-mail Telephone
Chair Dawn Perry 588437
Vice-Chair Anne Charrington 588200
Secretary Dee Panes 587972
  Kate Faulkner 511252
  Julia Pickering 588238
  Sue Collett 588325
  Kate Causton 588449


Farringdon Women's Institute was founded in 1918 by Mrs Kennedy, Grandmother of the late broadcaster and journalist Ludovic Kennedy who, at the time, was resident at Deanyers, (now Upper Farringdon House) in Hall Lane. For many years meetings were held in Massey's Folly until the building was no longer available, since then, East Tisted Village Hall, on the A32 just south of Farringdon, has been the regular venue for meetings.

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