President Sandra Dingle
I have been a member since 2007 and the Treasurer since 2008. I edit this website and produce the Halstead W.I. Newsletter. I am a Town Councillor, a Trustee on 3 charities and from the end of July the organiser of our Town's NEW Community Fridge. ….
And still have time to socialise !
We are a large, mixed age Women's Institute with over 100 members, which was formed in 1965
Every month we have a guest speaker or activity to entertain and/or inform our members, except in December when our members enjoy their Christmas Meal at an external location. As part of our meeting we have a refreshment break where our members can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with a biscuit and an opportunity to catch up with friends and make new ones.
We arrange various trips which have included Theatre Trips, both local and London, Walks, Quiz Nights, Boat Trips, Barn Dances, New Year's Eve Parties and many, many more. Please see our events calendar for further details of up coming trips & events.
Vice President Vera Mitchell
I have lived in Halstead for 37 years and wouldn't want to live anywhere else. I owned two ladies shops in the Town for over 10 years and obviously got to know a lot of people. I joined Halstead W.I and soon became a Committee Member, I then became President and was for three years. I absolutely loved being the President and made some lifelong friends. I am now Vice President which I am also enjoying without all the responsibilities of a President.
Secretary Sue Webber
I joined the WI in 2013 as I was coming up for retirement and thought it would be nice to have another interest. In 2016 I went onto the Committee and then last year I took over as Secretary. I have been married to Steve for 40 years. I have 3 children, 5 grandchildren (although No. 6 grandchild is due any day now), and 1 great grandchild. I have lived in Halstead for 36 years and think it is a wonderful town. Please come and see me if you have any questions, or just come and say hello.
Treasurer Helen Woodman
I moved to Halstead in 2009 because of work, I was introduced to the WI by a lady I had taken my trousers to in order to have them shortened. I attended a meeting and everyone I met was so friendly and welcoming I became a member and have not looked back. Unfortunately I work shifts, which will mean me missing some meetings due to work commitments, on the other hand I will be able to attend some functions during the day. I am looking forward to being the Treasurer and getting to know as many of the members as possible. My interests include the Darts team, Warblers, baking cakes and having coffee or food with friends.
Membership Secretary Jackie Ovel
I moved to Halstead 44years ago, when I married, we have two children and a granddaughter who lights up my life. I first joined WI in the 1980s, and then I re-joined in 2009 and have been on the committee since 2013. I have found that by getting involved with activities (Warblers, dancing, trips, etc ) I have actually got a lot out of the WI, some lovely friends, a certain amount of confidence and also a broader view on life. I look forward to greeting you every month.
I have just recently retired after spending eight years as a Trustee of Essex County and am really looking forward to serving on our committee. My main interest is our Archives and will be very happy to receive any items you would like to be preserved for the future. I am very keen to ensure that all members enjoy all events both in Essex and locally in Halstead.
I moved to Halstead 4 years ago, not knowing anyone I joined the WI to make friends. Yes, it was a great idea as I signed up for the committee a year ago and am having a great time working with the craft club. I am also arranging the WI trips and look forward to hearing your ideas for future trips.
After being a WI member many years ago with my best friend, I decided to return just a couple of years ago, and what better way to support the WI than being on the committee, sharing ideas and the enthusiasm the group has. My role will be to meet and greet new members and I ask all existing members that when I approach you with a new member, that you take on the challenge of welcoming them into the WI community.
Press Secretary Cheryl Woods
Hi, I am married (47years) have two children and four grandchildren. I moved to Halstead in 2013 from just outside Romford and didn’t know anyone here, I thought I needed to do something about that and went to my first WI meeting soon after, a bit daunting, but I was lucky enough to make some lovely friends and joined the committee 2years ago. I organise trips and events and I am also the Press Secretary (sounds posh!) I get us in the papers and magazines!
I am returning to Halstead WI committee after a 'career break' of about 5 years. Having been a WI Member for many years I hope to use my experience and knowledge to enhance and support Sandra and the committee for the benefit of you all. My 'first job' is to run the New cash prize raffle.