Godshill WI was formed in 1925. It was suspended during World War 2 and resumed again in July 1948.
We are members of the Fordingbridge Group of WIs which includes the WIs of Avon (in Fordingbridge) Hyde and Frogham, Martin and Damerham, Sandleheath and Woodgreen. We join these for some larger meetings and events during the year, including Quiz and Skittle Competitions, a Carol Service and taking part in the annual Fordingbridge Festival on the town’s recreation ground. Ringwood Group join us on a number of occasions.
We keep in touch with and attend County Federation events, every member receiving their monthly newsletter. A coach is organised to take the group twice a year to the Federation Meetings at Portsmouth Guildhall and The Anvil in Basingstoke, where the speakers were Peter and Dan Snow. We play our part in the WI Tent at the annual New Forest Show held in Brockenhurst.
In 2015 the WI celebrated 100 Years since its formation in this country. Godshill WI took part in the countrywide Baton Relay, members attended the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace and the AGM at the Royal Albert Hall held in the presence HM the Queen. This was screened live in the Town Hall for all Group members to see. The theme for the Patronal Festival at St Mary’s Parish Church was ‘100 Years of the WI and Agriculture,’ our displays and demonstrations were well received. On the actual birthday of the WI Godshill WI invited all village ladies to our Garden Party, but because of the weather it was held in the village hall.
As part of their subscription every member receives a copy of the National Federation magazine ‘WI Life.’
We meet on the first Wednesday of the month, in the village hall at 2.15pm. Do come along, as a welcome visitor, and you’ll enjoy a relaxing afternoon, in friendly company, listening to an interesting speaker and indulging in a delicious tea.
New Forest Jazz Workshop
We are a group of local aspiring jazz musicians, of all levels, and we meet once per month at Godshill Village Hall on a Wednesday evening at 7.30 pm. All musicians are welcome, whatever your level of musicianship. We regularly have a tutor, and the cost is £4 to pay for refreshments, the hall-hire, the tutor and for the music copies. We are a non-profit entity. We also run one-day workshops, usually on a Saturday, at the same venue, two or three times per annum. Additionally, one objective we have, is to supply a 4 or 5 piece marching band for the Fordingbridge Twinning Association’s annual visit to the Vimoutiers (twinned with Fordingbridge) festivities at their annual twinning event every third weekend in October. For further details, see contact Derek Ayling, on 01425 650770, or on email address: Hippotrain@btinternet.com