Parish Council meetings are cancelled until further notice due to Covid-19.
Please contact the Clerk with any issues in the meantime.

Click here for information regarding Coronavirus Support

 

 

MISTERTON

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE

(Registered Charity No: 228257)

Middle Street, Misterton,

Somerset TA18 8LX



Drawing by WI member Lynn Drew

Hall Hire - £8 per hour plus small (refundable) deposit for parties

Seating: The room can easily accommodate 60 people, depending on seating style. There are 80 stacking chairs (incl. 6 upholstered with arms) and all round pew seating.

12 trestle tables plus several smaller “card” tables, 3 medium tables

2 patio sets and 1 large umbrella

Heating: Night storage and wall mounted heaters

Kitchen:

5 ring 90cm ceramic hob cooker with three ovens/grill, 2 hostess trolleys + 3 table top hot plates and microwave

Fridge/freezer

Washrite Commercial Dishwasher

China and cutlery to serve 50 +

Small serving hatch to the function room

Outside:

The building is surrounded by stone walls and railings and is, therefore, quite secure and the outside space can be used in fair weather!

To book our hall, please contact Margaret Small

on 01460 78453/smallmargaret47@gmail.com

HISTORY OF MISTERTON W.I.

The first meeting of Misterton W.I. was held in the Parish Room on the 19 October 1920 and, in 1921, a piece of land was purchased to erect a W.I. hut (ex-Army) which cost £36.10s 0d. During the war years, the hut was commissioned by the military authorities and was not handed back until 1945.

Monthly W.I. meetings continued in this establishment until 1968, when the original Wesleyan Chapel, which later became The Men’s Club, came up for sale and was subsequently purchased by the W.I. for the sum of £1,000. Tom Thomas (our then secretary Ann White’s father) donated a piece of adjoining land on which a new kitchen/toilet block, at a cost of £750 was added, and monthly meetings have been held there ever since.

Various updates/repairs and additions have been carried out in order to keep the hall “fit for purpose.”

Misterton W.I. is proud to be one of the few Women’s Institutes to own its own hall which is supported by continuous fundraising; it is also a valuable Community asset.

MISTERTON W.I. AS IT IS TODAY:

Misterton W.I. currently has 26 members. If you would like to come along to one of our meetings and find out more about us you will receive a warm welcome and there is no obligation to join.

Meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of every month starting at 7.15p.m. We have a speaker at most meetings who is chosen by the members each year. Some meetings take another format, i.e. garden party, picnic and sometimes just a general social evening with food provided by members.

We are involved in many village activities, such as the Annual Flower & Vegetable Show, Fete, Carol Singing, Bingo at Easter and Christmas, also jumble sales and table top sales, etc. All events are advertised in the Misterton Magazine, Western Gazette and free local press. We also arrange social outings for our members - and any villagers - to varied events, such as the theatre, boat trips, County Shows, National Trust Houses, shopping, etc.

We are members of the Group W.I. Skittles League and play at local pubs each month.

And did you know the Women’s Institute has its very own College? Denman College is based in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, and is in its own beautiful grounds and provides superior accommodation for residential courses. The College runs a miscellany of courses for its members, family and friends.

The Misterton W.I. also interacts with surrounding W.I’s and is often involved in Group W.I. activities and each year helps out at the Bath & West Show.

The Hall is hired out for various events - socials, meetings, family parties, dance/exercise groups, etc. It is well equipped with a fully functional kitchen. Please see back page for full details of hire, hall spec., etc.

We are a modern, forward thinking organisation for women, whose mission is to help the community, have a say in what goes on in the country/world and, last but not least, enjoy ourselves.

The current annual membership fee is £41 which includes the W.I. Life Magazine delivered to your door for 10 months of the year; we also have The County News and our own Newsletter both of which are distributed at our monthly meetings.

If you would like to know more about us, please contact:

Susan May, President (01460 73934), smay20@btinternet.com

Carol Walker, Secretary (01460 74808), cewalker@hotmail.co.uk

 

Coronavirus Support

Following discussions, this week, between Misterton Parish Council and the Misterton Emergency and Resilience Team (MERT) the following is how we hope to support the village during the current Coronavirus pandemic. It is agreed that the lead will be taken by the MERT and our aim will be to coordinate support and communications.

We will use the Misterton Village Magazine for periodic updates and the facebook sites 'Misterton Parish Council' and 'Residents of Misterton (Somerset)' to share the latest information. In due course we may expand the social media we use. The Parish Council noticeboards will also be used and are located outside the WI Hall and on the corner of Turnpike Green with Silver Street.

From what we understand, from other community activities, local support is the most important way to help others i.e. looking out for immediate neighbours. We know this is already happening in the village. To assist with this we are going to use the contacts we have to check on vulnerable people and also compile a register of potential supporters and those who many need help. If you would like to be included in either of these groups please let me know via the contact information below and we will put people in touch with each other. Please note the team contact information is included in the magazine every month.

As often happens, in times of crisis, there will be some people who may want to take advantage for personal gain. To this end we recommend that if you are receiving help only accept it from people you know or via the MERT as we will check all the volunteers and advise if we are going to put them in touch with you. Similarly there is a lot of information being circulated and some of it may be unreliable. Our recommendation is that only follow advice from recognised authorities like the NHS, government or other official bodies. Any information we distribute will be checked for its authenticity.

Finally if you share your information with us we will keep it only for the duration of the pandemic and check we know each of the volunteers we receive.

Keep safe and please help support the village initiative.

Phil
Misterton Emergency and Resilience Team
philclifton@hotmail.com
01460 73815