November Message from Federation Chairman Jane Probitts

The recent Centenary Art & Craft Exhibition

was a huge success - thank you to all of

you who entered the competition, exhibited

your work and came along to support the

show. My thanks also to those behind the

scenes who ‘made it all happen’. By the time

you read this the evening with Dame Stella

Rimington will have just happened. I’m really

looking forward to hearing her. She truly is

an Inspiring Woman.

There are still some fantastic events to

come before the year ends; a Christmas

decorations workshop, the Christmas

Extravaganza, a seasonal outing to

Dickensian London, all designed to get you

in the festive mood and have fun with like minded


As we near the end of our Centenary Year

thoughts turn toward ‘what next for the WI

in Oxfordshire?’ The Trustees have been

considering how Oxfordshire WI can best

meet the needs of all members going forward.

We also recognise that the expectations of

members are changing as the world around

us changes and, as I’ve often said, that we

must support you all. Whether you look to

Oxfordshire WI for advice in running your

WI, the chance to learn a new craft or to

hear from an interesting speaker - we aim

to provide new ideas and the favourites - do

tell us what you want.

We are about to launch our new website - It is the same

website used by WI committee members

to access their Oxfordshire WI email

account. If your WI isn’t using theirs yet do

please contact Louise Kelly at digitalteam@ The trustees are excited

to announce that soon we will be offering a

digital version of News & Views, as well as

the printed copy, the choice will be yours.

We want to reach more of you in a way that

best suits you. Look out for more details.

And have you seen the updated fritillary

logo? Not that different you may say, but a

subtle change giving flexibility in how it can

be used; in print or digitally, and of course,

yes, it will be introduced alongside all the

existing fritillary badges and posters.

It’s been a hectic, exciting and very

successful Centenary year - thank you for

supporting it. Look out for a round-up of

photos in January News & Views - do send

us pictures of your centenary events. And as

we enter our next century, I’m sure you will

agree a positive, bright future for Oxfordshire

WI lies ahead for us all.

With my best wishes for Christmas and the

New Year and new decade!


Federation office - 5 Court Farm Barns, Medcroft Road, Tackley, Kidlington OX5 3AL

Telephone: 01869 331081