Fund Raising has been an important aspect for our members especially at the initial stages of our inauguration.
Members have been enthuasiastically involved in various activites to raise money including boot fairs, jumble and book sales. Refreshments were provided for various community functions amd other Blandford institutions such as drama productions and the Georgian Fayre.
Our most successful source of income comes from catering for Anderson Manor when they open their gardens for their National Garden Scheme twice a year.
The money raised has provided our newly constructed W.I. with essentials such as china, table linen, and aprons and most importantly of all our Blandford W.I. banners - all of which were hand-made and embroidered.
In addition, because of our most successful fundraising activities we have been able to offer one bursary a year to any individual member who expresses an interest in attending a course at Denman Collage. Denman college was founded by the National Federation of Women's Institutes in 1948. The college offers a wealth of opportunites to members to learn more skills on day or residential courses.
For more information visit their website at denman.org.uk
Due to our successful fundraising activities for 2016 we have been able to offer two members a £100 bursary each to attend an educational programme of their choosing, on the proviso they come back and tell us about what they have learnt.
Our meetings are held monthly and we have a different competition each time, these have included a photo of your favourite pet, a strange shaped vegetable, a short poem with the title 'My W.I.' and an article of clothing made by yourself. The winner gets a cup to hold for the month and some of these ladies are featured on our gallery page. We decide who should get first prize by putting coins by our favourite entry. This money is collected and sent to support the A.C.W.W. (Associated Country Women of the World) which is an association of women-led societies and groups that support women and communities worldwide. More information about the group can be found on their website which is acww.org.uk