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Renhold WI

The WI

Renhold WI was formed in 1923 and is still thriving in the Village.

We meet in the Village Hall, Wilden Road on the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm.

Our meetings are as informal as possible starting with some brief WI business then usually we have an outside speaker. 

We always end the evening with a cup of tea and a chat!

The visitors fee for our meetings is £3.50.

Contact us here or contact Geraldine (01234 772390)/Jooles (07766 478974). You will be assured of a warm welcome. You can also find information about events on Facebook

Current Programme



2nd August
OIL PAINTING DEMO - Michael Peachey
c/w humorous talk, for non-art lovers

6th September
Funny Anecdotes.  TV expert. Demo and Slides

4th October
MUSICAL MEMORIES - Peter Scrivener
On Clarinet and Saxophone,  with anecdotes

17th October Derngate Theatre Trip

1st November
Old values for a modern world

6th December

You can download a printable copy of the programme here.

Unless stated otherwise, Renhold WI meets at Renhold Village Hall, Wilden Road, Renhold


6th August
Tour of Mowsbury Park, Wentworth Drive, Bedford – bring a picnic

June 2018 - WI Update

Theme “Celebrating 100 years of the first women being granted the right to Vote” with costumes & celebratory sashes being worn

Committee members in attendance:  Geraldine Pearson-Green, Julie Roberts, Amanda Ash, Pat Lindsay, Claudette Slater, Jeanette Roberts

Attendance: 13 members and 4 visitors

Apologies received from : Di Gow, Jill Barrell, Jill Moubarak, Sonia Warby, Sue Levitt

It was very pleasing to see so many people in costume, and photographs (group & individual) were taken by our Secretary’s husband

President welcomed everyone & explained that as this was an informal meeting business would be kept to a minimum

Pauline Stewart, friend of our President, resident of Renhold,  a Soroptimist,  &  “modern day Suffragette”,  told us a little about Suffrages and Suffragettes, and read an article which started with  their formation through to the 1918 Representation of the People’s Act which allowed women of property, over 30 years of age the right to vote,  and finally in 1928 when all women could vote. Pauline encouraged everyone to continue with the fight to stand up for women - even in our modern day society the imbalance in some areas needs to be addressed.  Pauline issued a list of when and where women earned the right to vote, starting with New Zealand in 1893 and finishing with Saudi Arabia in 2011. Geraldine thanked Pauline for talking to us, and passing on her enthusiasm & commitment to women’s rights. Pauline had intended to join Renhold W.I. at our recruitment evening, but being away so much never got around to it. Will be doing so from July.

Minutes of the previous meeting were signed, with emailed copies having been sent and agreed. Discussion took place about whether they should continue to be read out & the majority agreed email was best, with hard copies being given to those ladies without email addresses.

 Raffle prizes – raffle prizes are very welcome, but should be given to a member of the Committee, not put straight onto the prize table,  in order that a decision may be made as to whether they are appropriate for the raffle or would be best suited to the sale table.  If they are in abundance it is possible some prizes may be held back for a meeting later in the year.  £22 was raised from the raffle at this meeting.

Bags printed with Renhold W.I. logo – orders still be taken by Amanda

All members now registered with W.I. House (after several attempts) so all should receive the magazine. Anyone who does not get one should let Amanda know.

Jan kindly planted tomato plants some weeks ago to be sold for W.I. funds and has 24 for sale at 50p. As it was predicted there wouldn’t be room at the meeting, these are available at 63 Ravensden Road (ring first to check Jan will be at home 01234 297456).  These are now quite big, hardy and can be planted straight into the ground.  Please support and make a purchase, it would not be nice to see them die.

Dates for diaries:-

19thJuly trip in John Bunyan boat Sovereigns Quay to Cardington Lock.  Tickets may still be available

8thAugust 2pm Picnic in the Park, meet by the café.   An organized tour may be possible, but not yet confirmed

October - Behind the Scenes tour of Derngate Theatre and visit to 78 Derngate, Charles Rennie Mackintosh house.  Date to be advised

Geraldine thanked everyone who attended, contributed to the catering, and Julian for the photography. Special thanks expressed to Claudette for opening her house to us and her hospitality.

Meeting closed at approx 9.45pm

WI Archive

June 2018 - WI Update

April 2018 - WI Update

March 2018 - WI Update

February 2018 - WI Update

January 2018 - WI Update

December 2017 - WI Update

October 2017 - WI - Colin Wolf - Bedford Cemetery

September 2017 - WI - Martin Roberts 

22nd August - WI Walk here

August 2017 Meeting - Carriage Driving