Ockford-Godalming's Blog

Recent Activities 

It is with great sadness we have to report the recent death of a well loved and greatly respected Ockford-Godalming WI member, Margaret Atkins. She had been a member since 1996 and will be sorely missed.  Margaret was willing to give many things a try - not least riding a bike which she did not so long ago!

Margaret enjoyed art and here are two of her framed paintings (on the right)


The Surrey Virtual Vixens is a new on-line group which meets monthy on Zoom.  Details below.


Surrey Virtual Vixens VWI meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 8pm via Zoom. The meetings are completely free until April 2021 when subs are due in the same way as any other WI.   If you, or someone you know, is interested in joining them for a fun-filled and varied calendar of events in 2021, email surreyvwi@gmail.com and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to  keep up date with what they are up to!

Congratulations to our President on the safe arrival of her first granddaughter in January 2021!  Some happy news.

Jacky completed this puzzle recently. It is called 'Rainbow Heroes' and is supporting the Samaritans with its sales. Captain Tom is at the top,  very up to date. Jacky enjoyed doing it.

Following our very interesting talk and slide show on "Behind the scenes of RHS Chelsea Flower Show" members enjoyed seeing spring flowers arranged in a tea cup.  Here are some of the arrangements beautifully arranged by members.  To see who has arranged the flowers below, hover your mouse over each picture.

WI Womblers busy wombling on Aaron's Hill, making the environment nicer for all of us.  More "Wombles" needed!

Some of our members holding paintings which Margaret Atkins painted and framed before she died.  One of these beautiful pictures will be donated to the church for everyone to see. A lovely memory of a special lady.

Easter Goody bags being assembled ready for distribution, socially distanced of course!

Jeanette, as the Easter Bunny about to deliver goody bags to our members to make their day!

Jacky with her special basket ready to visit members on a beautiful sunny day.

Jacky in her Easter Bonnet ready for the

Surrey Vixen's WI meeting on line!

Our new Walking Group at Witley Common.  Gillian, Jacky with Wendy and her two dogs walking in sunshine and snow showers! Typical April weather!

Wendy's dogs Chuckles and Kerry with snow on them!

Jacky held a very sucessful art session recently, in her garden.  She and Kris painted tiles ready for the new Art Studio which will be officially opened on 3rd May by the Godalming Mayor.  

Games in the garden on a beautiful sunny afternoons.  Here is a game of Rummikub.

Well Done The Womblers!

6 intrepid WI members (pictured left) collected 5

bags of rubbish from Aarons Hill and Eashing Lane.  Next date for going 'Wombling' TBC.

 "Keeping Britian Tidy"  on Ockford Ridge.   Sadly this is very much needed.


Several members went on a Sunday afternoon walk to Peper Harrow with their four legged friends!  Pictured left are Dinah, Jacky and Wendy sitting on the bench dedicated to Jacky's husband George, outside Peper Harrow Church.


Here is the Mayor opening the new "Jaytees" Art Studio recently. She is pictured (left) cutting the ribbon. WI members are invited to join in with various art projects.  Speak to Jacky.

Ramster Garden outing to view the sculptures.

The walking group at Witley Common recently.  New members are always welcome!

18th June

The first Chinthurst Six Meeting! Enjoying afternoon tea at 'Changing Perceptions' in Godalming on a very wet afternoon!

Our recent Committee Meeting "face to face" in the fresh air.  It was wonderful seeing everyone and, of course there was cake!

Our delicious Cream tea at Secretts.  We were able to meet face to face with our WI friends and have a proper chat under the grape vine which gave much needed shade on a very hot afternoon.  Wonderful!  A big "Thank you" to Niki.

Gillian and Jacky were able to pick some strawberries (pictured above left).  Diana and Beryl (above right)

A lovely lunch was included in our outing to Selborne house and gardens recently.  The food was delicious. The outing was very successful, 10 of us were able to go.

Gillian organised a very successful fund raising fair recently in aid of  'Ovarian Cancer Trust'.  She raised over £500 which was an amazing effort.  The cakes and cream teas were very popular and delicious.  Colin put on an interesting display of his models of old Godalming.  There was a raffle with some great prizes as well as various stalls including books.  This wonderful effort was very well supported by our WI ladies.

A few photographs of our beautiful "Rainbow Picnic" held on Wednesday in the Phillips Memorial Cloisters.  We were so lucky with the weather, the lily pond and surrounding flower beds were full of colour. We can recommend a visit for anyone wanting a pleasant walk by the river.  We had a very happy occasion which was well attended by members. 

Monica received a congratulations card from our President on the occasion of her Diamond Wedding Anniversary. 

Photographs from our Rainbow Picnic held on the 4th August 2021 in bright sunshine!

Wendy delivering a beautiful arrangement to  Alan and Monica on the occasion of their Diamond wedding anniversary.

A Sunday afternoon cream tea, at Waverley Abbey House on a bank holiday weekend.  16 of our members were able to visit this lovely house and grounds.

Our Produce & Handicraft Show was a great success!  There were some beautiful handicraft entries.  We had such a good selection of flower arrangements entered this year and they were so colourful.  It was very interesting looking at the different interpretations by our talented flower arrangers.  The cookery section was very competitive. (perhaps people have been watching the "Bake Off" and getting inspired!) The judge had a very difficult task judging this section as well as the jams and preserves too.  Many congratulations to all our members who took the time and effort to enter this our first show since Covid!

We could have done with more entries for the art and photography section so perhaps members can start planning now for next year!  Do look at the pictures below which show some of our entries.

Gillian receiving her cup from the Mayor of Waverley.  Well done Gillian for arranging a great show this year.  It was special having our local school taking part too.  The children were fascinated to see their work displayed  and to view the WI members entries.  (See the photos below)

Our local school, St Mark & All Saints Church of England School put on this lovely dislay of their work. Pictured above,  Decorated pebbles on the left and a beautiful rainbow made of recycled materials on the right.  Below are displays of creative writing about "Lockdown", which were very interesting but also very poignant to read.

Here are some of the beautiful floral arrangements produced by the talented ladies of our WI.  The classes were


1) "Rainbow"

2) A Gilbert & Sullivan Operetta

4)A Modern exhibit

5) An arrangement with a fan.


The standard was very high, as you can see from this small selection pictured left.   The rainbow arrangements were extremely colourful. 


Well done to everyone who took part.


Some of our photography entries.

Here are some of the art work entries.


Janice completed this beautiful butterfly puzzle recently.  She has a lot of patience!