Bearley Women's Institute is a member of Warwickshire Federation which is made up of 114 separate Institutes.
Bearley WI was founded in February 1946 and currently has 22 members who meet on the second Thursday of the Month with the exception of August. We have a good social calendar visiting the Theatre, Historic Houses and places of Educational Interest plus visits of various "Speakers" to our Institute in the course of the year. Our aim is to enjoy each others company,be there for friends who need us and improve our knowledge.
We meet on the second Thursday of the month at Bearley Village Hall at 7.30pm - Ladies we will be very happy to welcome new Members - come and visit us. Our President for 2012 is Bridget Jones and our Secretary Sue Musson Telephone 01789 731794 or 01789 731545 respectively
A Short History about The W.I. Garden
The W.I. Garden is part of the large stretch of land that runs along the front of our Village Hall. It had previously been planted at some time but had now become overgrown with weeds and untended shrubs. Our W.I. approached the Village hall Committee to ask if we could cultivate a small part of this ground – the strip on the right hand side at the entrance to the car-park. One of our members -Ros Kimberley had seen an offer in the WI Life Magazine for a small grant available to W.I’s who could regenerate a small garden. We successfully applied for a grant of £250 and the Committee agreed that we could plant that particular piece of garden in the name of The W.I.Garden. Ros having been the lucky winner of the W.I. Bursary donated her winnings to enable a plaque to be carved and duly erected. We were in business!
The Grant of £250 enabled us to purchase the necessary preparations to improve the soil and purchase plants/shrubs that would be easy to manage for the future and give ground cover and colour during the winter months.
The ground was dug over with help from husbands and friends, weeds and old plantings removed and the ground treated with weed killer and then good top soil added. A list of ground cover shrubs and evergreens was made, agreed and purchased. Subsequently after a lot of hard work from our members planting was completed and the decision made to lay bark to help suppress any future weed growth. We are pleased with what we achieved, and we hope it will give pleasure to visitors and encourage outsiders to use the Hall more