Norwich Lunchtime WI




These are events which are additional to our usual monthly programme. 

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Planned for 2018: Visit to TheatreRoyal

Craft day in March

Summer outing in August

Other events will be added as the year progresses


Lunchtime ladies went to see the daffodils at Thriplow, last March,

one of the best loved charity events in East Anglia.

October 2016 meeting: demonstration of belly dancing by Eleanor Saunders.

Our October meeting: Morris Dancing - see the video page for a taster or see it on our Twitter feed 

The August meeting was an outing to Kirstead Hall, Norfolk.

A guided tour of the 16th. century Tudor house by its current owners, followed by a delicious cream tea.

Some members visited Beth Chatto gardens in Essex in August.


Reports on past meetings, visits and other events

Tuesday July 7th meeting

The meeting began with business and lunch followed by our speaker Mr Nicholas Hartley giving a talk entitled “Bitter Sweet, the History of Hartley's Jam”. Nicholas spoke for about 30 minutes giving us the full history of how his great-great-grandfather started the company and progressed throughout the years to still be one of the top producers of jam in the country.  It was interesting to learn that Hartleys along with other companys from the  time in early 1900s were charitable to their workers building homes and education facilities. Nicholas had 2 very full photo albums of the factories for members to browse.

May 5th 2015 Resolution meeting

 The meeting began with business followed by Ann Simons, our advisor, reading out the information of this year's resolution, which was followed by questions and answers before the vote, it was generally felt that the wording should be changed but a good mixed vote was given.  We then had a quick lunch followed by a short talk by Gail Bradley who is doing several talks through the county this month to raise money for ACWW, quite  entertaining and as she has several subjects will be kept in mind for future as a speaker.

April 7th 2015  -  9th Birthday Meeting report

The meeting taking place was a party to celebrate the end of our 9th year, and at these yearly meetings we have a nice salad meal rather than just a quick bite as we do not have a speaker on these dates.  The business came first and then members had their meal, and after clearing away we had 2 photo quizzes, 1 with past photos of the committee members and the other one of Norfolk locations to identify.  These were just for fun with a lucky dip bag of sweets for the best entries.  The raffle was then drawn for the several prizes and the meeting closed knowing the memebrs enjoyed the meeting.



On 6th August a three hour local boat trip was enjoyed by some of our members. 


  The August meeting is usually an outing, and on the 6th a group of members and friends went on a 31/2-hour afternoon river cruise departing from the quay near the train station. When leaving the city area we passed the huge Colman's factory building and it was obvious mint had been harvested and was being processed into mint sauce as the aroma in the air was very refreshing. We travelled along the Rivers Yare and Wensum through Thorpe St Andrew, Bramerton, Brundall to Surlingham Broad from where we made the return journey. We had an excellent commentary pointing out the many historic parts of the area and saw lots of wildlife as well.  A cream tea had been booked and was very much enjoyed giving us a special treat for the afternoon and making the trip a good choice of outing.


Our seventh birthday meeting - 2nd April.






Chocolate making workshop


On Saturday November 10th at Federation Office Margaret Furness gave a group of 12 members instructions for making chocolate truffles. First we made a small box, then Margaret made the mixes of Coffee Crisps, Chocolate Truffles and Wicked Baileys Truffles with us following her instructions on the recipe sheets she gave us, the 3 mixes were left to set, while we had a coffee break. We were all given an amount of each mix to create 3 truffles of the 3 flavours putting them in the boxes to take home. The morning was well enjoyed and of course the chocolates were delicious and with the instructions to follow this gave us ideas of gifts make for Xmas with a personal touch.