Here at the Cawston Grange WI Lite we are all about creating a new type of WI one for the women of today. We want to move from the traditional view of the WI (jam making, Jerusalem, tweed skirts) in favour of a more vibrant modern WI group, although many of us do enjoy making jam, baking, knitting or sewing. We hold meetings that appeal to the women of today. We hope that by getting your feedback and suggestions we can hold meetings that are fun, exciting and more importantly what you want!
Our group formed in November 2010 and as such have no set ideas about what should and shouldn’t be included in our programme of events. We have ideas and encourage members to have their say and most importantly, our WI is your WI.
The Warwickshire Federation has been inspiring women for over 100 years but that does not mean our members are this age! Far from it, our ladies are welcome to join us from 18 years and upwards. Why not join us at the next meeting on the third Thursday of the month. We normally meet any time from 7.00pm and the meeting promptly starts at 7.30pm in the Cawston Community Hall, Cawston, Rugby, CV22 7GU, however due to the current pandemic situation, we are instead meeting online using Zoom. If you would like to join us, please send an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will provide you with a link to the next meeting.
You’re welcome to attend as a guest for up to three consecutive meetings, £3 if you are attending an online meeting, otherwise it is £4 for each visit. You are then asked to become a member after this time.
WI membership in 2020 currently is £43 per annum (subs are due in January and it's quarterly pro-rata if you have not been a member before).
The benefits of being a member are:
Membership of the largest women’s organisation in England and Wales
Free access to our 12 monthly meetings and all the other free activities we organise
We have several sub-groups where like-minded women can get together and share ideas, skills, and passions. See the Groups page for more details
Free subscription to WI Life magazine
The chance to win an annual Cawston Grange WI Lite bursary of £50 towards any Warwickshire Federation event or trip which is drawn in December
Being part of campaigns on issues that matter to members, such as tackling domestic violence towards women, cervical screening and single use plastic. In 1954, the WI actually started the ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ campaign
Cawston WI Scarecrow Festival
Cawston Grange WI Lite is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and, with things the way they are we have had to change our celebration plans.
We would like to invite you to invite you to Cawston's very first Scarecrow Festival!
There is no set theme, but the wackier the better!
You will be able to view the scarecrows from Thursday 20th August - Sunday 23rd August, but the WI will be taking the opportunity to have a walk round during our meeting on Thursday 20th August.
It will be the first time we have met up outside of the zoom meetings for months and will be a fantastic opportunity to catch up. Please don't worry, all the necessary social distancing and hygiene measures will be followed stringently.
Meeting Date - Thursday 20 August 2020
Start Time - 7.30pm for a chat and the walk will start at 8pm
We meet on the third Thursday of each month
Cawston Community Hall,
Programme for 2020
16th January - Let's Declutter Our Clutter
20th February - Exercise the Cobwebs Away with Pilates
19th March - Gardening Year at Rugby School *
16th April - Commemorating the Fallen *
21st May - A 30 Year Career In The Police Force
18th June - Keep Calm And Keep Taking the Tablets
16th July - HealthyHappy50
20th August - Members Meeting and Scarecrow Festival
17th September - Tales from a Dairy Farmers' Wife
15th October - Craft Festival
19th November - AGM and Magician for our 10th anniversary
17th December - Christmas Party
* due to the Covid-19 pandemic, these meetings have been rescheduled to 2021
Note - The programme may change during the year and members will be notified.
Trips and Events
Organised by Warwickshire Federation
There are lots of events organised by the Warwickshire Federation. Find out more at warwickshirewi.org.uk/whats-on/category/events/
Any members wishing to take part in any of the trips and events organised by Warwickshire Federation should give relevant the completed form along with their cheque for the exact amount in a sealed envelope to either our Treasurer or Secretary at the next meeting. Cheques should be made payable to "Cawston Grange WI Lite".
Cawston Grange WI Lite is celebrating it's 10th anniversary this year and would like to invite all Cawston residents to take part in the first Scarecrow Festival on the estate, Thursday 20 - Sunday 23 August 2020.
There is no set theme but the wackier, the better! Hope you will all get creative.
To enter your scarecrow(s), please submit below the name or title of your scarecrow(s) and your address by 1 August.
During the four day period, we will publish a map on our website and Facebook page for everyone to find the scarecrow(s) and ask everyone to enter our 'straw' poll to choose their favourite character.