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We are the Sotonettes, a modern, progressive Women’s Institute based in Southampton City Centre.  

Our next main meeting will be in the Eagle Network Lab, on Tuesday 30th November at 7.30pm

This month our topic is climate change, with speakers including Denise Smythe-Wright, Steph Henson and Christabel Watts we will be hearing about the devastating effects that climate change will have if if the issue is not addressed. Steph will tell about the climate effects on the ocean , her experiences as an IPCC reporter and a COP26 attendee.

We will be following National Federation guidelines and recommendations, in an effort to keep us all safe.

This meeting is of course free for all Sotonettes members. Visitors are very welcome, cost £5, (or £3 if you are a member of another WI)

Find out more about this event on our Facebook page here.

If you have any questions, you can email us at sotonettes@gmail.com or send us a message using Facebook.

If you would like to join the Sotonettes (£44 from 1 Apr 21-31 Mar 22, pro rata if new to the WI), then contact us in advance to do so by emailing sotonettes@gmail.com

The WI plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities. Have a look at the National WI website here.

Modern WIs are uniting women across the country, mixing traditional WI principles with a focus on topics and interests of their members. It’s not all Jam and Jerusalem!

Our meetings are a place where women of all ages from the local community can share interests and learn new skills, and, most importantly enjoy themselves.

The Sotonettes WI usually meets on the last Tuesday of the month, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, in central Southampton. On occasion, we may meet on a different date or use a different venue but this will be well advertised in advance.  Each meeting is different and we have a range of things lined up. We may be learning a new craft or skill, having a speaker come in to talk about a topic or focusing on a campaign issue. To find out what we’ve got planned take a look at our Events Calendar. We’re also on Facebook and Twitter too.

Thinking of joining the WI?  You are very welcome to come along to a meeting to find out more about us and you don’t have to be a member to participate – attending as a visitor costs £5 per meeting. Alternatively, you can join the WI for a whole year in 2021 for only £44. You may visit us three times before joining – if you join on the same night as visiting, we’ll even refund your visitor fee! If you are a current member of another WI, just bring along your membership card and it’ll only cost £3 to visit us.

Take a look at our photos to see some our past meetings.