Hayton Parish Church

hat is the WI?

The WI is a non-religious, non-political movement for all women over the age of 18.  Its roots lie in friendship and education as the movement was founded in Canada to combat rural isolation and to help women on lonely farms understand health issues.


Nowadays, whilst retaining those core principles, it is also widely associated with practical community activities such as running tea stalls or doing litter picks.  Recently, WI members in Cumbria have helped to make poppies to commemorate the 1700 lives of Cumbrian soldiers who lost their lives in The Battle of the Somme.


There is also a campaigning aspect.  Each year resolutions from the branches are voted on and those selected are promoted nationally.  Equal pay for women, looking after bees and promoting organ donation are just some of the recent campaigns


Hayton WI currently has 29 members and welcomes not only new members but also visitors to individual meetings.  Once a month, on the second Tuesday at 7pm, members meet in the Reading Room at Hayton to listen to a talk or join in an activity together.  After this, there is always food and tea or coffee.  We also have a number of trips out.  This year, we have been to York and in August we are visiting The Devil’s Porridge Museum.  We also go to the theatre, cinema, have walks and meals out together sometimes.


The next meetings are as follows:


Title of talk

Name of speaker



10  Jan

New Year Dinner at The Stone Inn




14 Feb

Carlisle Key


Peter Ryan

A useful or interesting donation

Jackie Ford

Gillian Rayworth

14 March

Living and Thriving in Japan

Jonquil Melrose- Woodman

A fan

Angie Robertson

Wendy Balmer

11 April

Circle Dancing


Anne- Lise Kryger

A scarf

Judy Kyle

Shirley Harrison

Glynis Ion

9  May

Debate of resolutions

Our Members


Isabel Jackson

Helen White

13 June

We’re More than a Refuge

(Animals’ Refuge)

Stuart Bowman

Animal Brooch

Marie Saag

Jackie Morris

Betty Bowley

11 July

Strength and Balance Work for 40 Plus ++

Rebecca Tiffen

Piece of unusual sport equipment

Kath Bell

Mary Smith


8 August

Antiques and my Story


Steven Parkinson

Your own antique

Gladys Hogg

Fiona Holmes

Lynda Hayward

12 Sep

Mills on the Cairn


Pat Newman

A cushion

Pauline Chatterjee

Linda Dawson

Sheila Smillie

10 Oct

 Making a Christmas Wall Hanging

Shirley Elliott

Best piece made in the session

Roelie Beattie

Anita Laird

Dorothy Thwaytes

14 Nov




The Best Sweet

The Committee

12 Dec

The Christmas Party