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Kirkandrews-on-Eden & District WI

The Kirkandrews-on-Eden & District WI local group is a local WI group belonging to the Regional Cumbria-Cumberland Federation of Women’s Institutes

We were formed in December 1950 and several founder members still attend our monthly meetings. We try to offer a wide range of topics with our speakers and demonstrators and we have a very active craft group. A place to socialise with our friends and neighbours.

Both men and women are welcome to attend any of our meetings as guests. If you are interested in listening to a particular speaker then please come along and join us. EVERYONE WELCOME!

We are a small and very friendly group recently celebrating our 70th anniversary.

The Cumbria-Cumberland Federation offers warm friendship and the opportunity to learn together. There is a huge variety of subjects and activities on offer within your local WI or the Federation through the sub committees, whether it is astronomy, photography, creative writing, walking, cooking, craft, music and singing, art, the environment, visiting gardens and historical houses, travel or social occasions. We campaign on National issues and have been very active in our support for continuing the usage of cheques, the honey bee situation, violence against Women and many others.

Click here to view photographs of the planting of a commemoration oak on the centenary of the WI.

A message from KOE WI at the start of opening up following the covid pandemic shutdown. We are delighted that more ladies have joined our weekly walks around Watchtree, lovely to have you with us Dorothy and Gill. June's challenge is "Make something new out of something old" so we have all been scratching our heads to see what we can conjure up! There has been a very positive response to this challenge and we look forward to seeing what appears. The finished articles will be brought along to our meeting at Beaumont Parish Hall at 2.30pm on Friday 9th July when we will sell them in aid of Hospice at Home. Weather permitting we plan to meet outside and enjoy catching up with everyone over our own picnic tea, the committee will provide the liquid tea. We will also discuss our plans for our August meeting, Friday 13th which I am sure will be lucky for us! ​

Please join us, you will be more than welcome, take this opportunity to meet new friends and help us decide our future plans to make the W.I. what you want it to be. For further information please contact Kathleen Bowron 01228 575010


A message from KOE WI during Covid-19 pandemic.  A year has passed since the first cases of Covid19 in this country and what a year! But there is a light at the end of the tunnel and several of our members and friends have received their first dose of the vaccine. Although we have not been able to meet we are able to keep in touch. One of our community projects has been to display favourite poems (or parts of) in the local villages of Kirkandrews, Beaumont, Grinsdale, Monkhill and Hosket Hill. If you are out walking please do look out for them. Other poems which are too long to be displayed have been shared using email. There is room for more if you have any favourites.

The Cumbria Way is 83 miles long and there is a challenge in Cumbria to knit scarves to stretch the length of the Way. The scarves can be knitted or crocheted so the knitting needles of our members are clacking away. Finished scarves will be donated to homeless charities in the county. There is a demand for personal items such as soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste and face cloths for patients in the Cumberland Infirmary who live too far away for relatives to bring them these things. Please look around the house and let our President know if you can help. Collection can be arranged. Although the weather is miserable the days are getting longer and Spring is coming. We will be able to meet again and so until then please take care and stay safe. During January Members have been asked to choose their favourite poem which has been printed and laminated and they are now popping up all around the parish to brighten the day of anyone out walking for their daily exercise.  How many can you see whilst out?

70th Anniversary On 8th December 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, the Kirkandrews on Eden WI organised an Afternoon Tea Box for each of the Kirkandrews on Eden members which was to be enjoyed simultaneously at 3.30 pm but apart. Glynis Milburn, Treasurer. awarded the 70-year certificates to two of the founding Kirkandrews on Eden WI members, sisters-in-law, Mrs Sadie Bell and Mrs Margaret Roe.


Treasurer Glynis Milburn awarding the 70-year certificates to Sadie bell and Margaret Roe.

Message during August 2021Thanks to the Parish Hall committee, who erected a marquee in the hall field, we had a very successful get together on Friday 9th July. Having been set the challenge of making something new from something old there was a very interesting stall selling these items in aid of Hospice at Home. We were able to send a cheque for £127. There was plenty of chatter as we met together for the first time since March 2020.


Our programme of events includes:-

Demonstrations      Talks given by experts in their field

Open Evenings       Work Shops

Craft Evenings        Social Events

For further information please contact: Kathleen Bowron, President Tel. 01228 575010

WI weekly walking group at Watchtree NR in July 2022

Committee members:

President                                         Kathleen Bowron

Vice President + Meet & Greet       Margaret McKenna

Secretary                                        Jean Wharton

Treasurer                                        Glynis Milburn

Programme Secretary                    Jan Tupper

Register, Literature                         Jean Wharton

Press Secretary                              Kathleen Bowron

Sports Secretary                             Jan Tupper

Federation Drawings                       Glynis Milburn

Members of the Kirkandrews on Eden WI


We meet on the second Friday of each Month (except August) usually starting at 7.30pm at Beaumont Parish Hall, Kirkandrews-on-Eden. Check the programme below for the venue and times of the events.

There is ample car parking in the hall car park with disabled parking.

Minutes of meeting held during 2020

Click here to view the 2020 programme.

To view the details of how the K.O.E. WI celebrated their 70th birthday on 8th December, click here.

To view the notes on February's meeting, click here.

To view March's notes click here.

Minutes of meetings during 2019

To view the notes of November's meeting, click here.

To view the notes of October's meeting. click here.

To view the notes of September's meeting, click here.

To views August's notes, click here.

To view June's notes, including the details of the Pemrith Players, click here.

To iew May's notes, including details of a talk by Mary and Val who are volunteers for the Samaritans, click here.

To view April's notes, including details of Eileen Cook's talk on "Life in Africa", click here.

To view March's meeting notes on "Modern Policing", click here.

To view Februay's notes where Josephine Hope gave her talk on district nursing through the ages, click here.

Click here to view the 2019 programme.

Minutes of meeting in 2018

November's minutes including details of Fred Brooks' talk about his mother working in the mills "My Mum the Mill Girl", click here.

To view October's minutes including AGM, click here.

To view September's notes about "Water biscuits - the irony" an history of Carrs Biscuits given by Ian Beattie, click here.  

To view August's notes where Caroline Johnson describes the work of Oak Tree Animals' Carity, click here

To see the notes from June and July's meetings of the visit to RSPB Campfield Marsh Reserve and the talk "Knickers Etc" by Helena Thompson Museum, click here

To see the notes from May's meeting with Heidi Jackson and her talk "The challenge of developing gluten free and dairy free cakes", click here

To view the notes from the April meeting when John Huggon gave his talk on Bygone Carlisle, click here.

To view March's notes when Tracey Fawcett gave her talk on the "Wives of Henry VIII", click here.

Minutes of meeting in 2017

To view the notes of November's meeting where Stella, Margaret and Judith demonstrated various Christmas crafts, click here.

To view the minutes of the AGM in October click here.

To view September's minutes with Harold Bowron speaking on the re-openong of the Bathgate railway line, click here.

To see the August meeting minutes where Joanna and Janine described their "no hands" massage, click here.

To view the June/July meeting notes on the visit to Home Cultram Abbey, click here.

Click here to view the notes of May's meeting in which Tracy Fawcett continues her talk from last year on the six wives of Henry VIII.

To see April's minutes with Glynis Milburn's talk " No regrets" click here.

To view the minutes of March's meeting with Judith Swinsco and her talk  of her ancestry titled "Paupers and princes", click here.

To view the notes of February's meeting with Pam Jago and her talk "What's it all about" her life as a W.I. member, click here.

Minutes of meetings in 2016

Click here to view the details of November's meeting and a description of "Christmas Crafts".

Click here to view the details of October's meeting and AGM.

Click here to view September's meeting with Jules Wooding, who works at the Cumbria Museum of Military Life based at Carisle Castle, and an exhibition "Voices from the Somme 1916-2016".

Click here to see the report from June and July's meetings, including details of Duncan Hamlett's talk on the hospital Mercy Ship in Africa.

Click here to view the report from May's meeting including details of Lorraine Priestley's talk, Encaustic Art and Beeswax Products.

Click here to view the minutes of April's meeting with Renata Breadon with her talk of living in Germany "Voices from the Somme 1916-1921", before and during the Second World War.

Click here to view March's meeting minutes with Tracy Fawcett on her talk "The six wives of Henry VIII".

Click here for February's minutes including notes on Mari Reay's talk "Life as a lady vet".

Minutes of the meetings in 2015.

Click here to view November's minutes with details of Michael Cowen's 12000 mile trip to china on a motor cycle.

Click here to view October's meeting together with details of the AGM.

Click here to view September's minutes with details of a talk given by Mike and Judy Less, "Our life with craft".

Click here to view August's minutes about the Derbyshire tradition of Well Dressing given by Audrey Dorman.

Click here to view June and July's minutes detailing the groups visit to The Devil's Porridge Museum in Eastriggs.

Click here to view May's minutes including details of guest speker Richard Miller on his talk about exhibiting and breeding world championship budgerigars.

Click here to view April's minutes.

Click here. to view March's minutes with details of guest speaker Linda Dason on her talk "Improve your sleep".

Click here to view February's minutes with details of speaker Harold Bowron and his talk on "Life on the line".

Minutes of the mettings in 2014:

Click here to view the minutes of December's meeting.

Click here to view November's meeting with guest speaker Gordon Little titled "Never Give Up."

Members of the WI with Gordon Little at November's meeting.

Click here to view October's meeting including the AGM.

Click here to view September's meeting with Lesley Connolly with her talk about jewellery making and jewel stones.

Click here to view August's meeting with Deborah Bullock with her talk on upcycling old unused items into something new and useful.

Click here to view the report on July's BBQ and informal meeting.

Photograph of the BBQ in July 2014.

Click here to view June's meeting with Jane Maggs from Wild and Fruitful with a talk on what can be made from nature.

Click here to view May's meeting with Sue Gallacher on being a Games Maker at the 2012 London Olympics.

Click here to view April's meeting with Jean Rawlings on Competition Criteria.

Click here to view March's meeting with Sue Hotchin from Linton Tweed.

Programmes from previous years

Click here to view the 2018 programme.

Click here to view the 2017 programme.

Click here.to view the 2016 programme.

Click here to view the 2015 programme.

Click here to view the 2014 programme.

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