March's Meeting & Newsletter Caterham WI

Carshalton lavender

Join us on the 15th March at 7pm for 7.30pm for a wonderful talk by Kathleen and Louisa from Carshalton Lavender, a not-for-profit community project that manages three acres of lavender in Carshalton Beeches, Surrey. This area was once famous as “the lavender capital of the world”, and they work to keep the heritage of local lavender alive for current and future generations.

Carshalton Lavender is staffed entirely by volunteers. They work together to organise the annual harvest weekend in July (open to public), to maintain the field, to distil the Carshalton Lavender oil, to give talks to local schools and community groups and much more.

Carshalton Lavender was named Conservation Project of the Year at the 2007 Observer Ethical Awards and were highly commended in the Sutton Green Guardian Awards 2009.

The talk will be on the history of lavender and the Carshalton project with the opportunity for you all to ask questions. The ladies will also be bringing lavender crafts and other lavender related products for you to purchase.


Getting your bake on! We welcome some Lavender themed cakes and bakes for our refreshments table.

Please also bring:

  • Money or "makes" for the Here's One I Made Earlier table
  • Unwanted goods (food, clothes or other random things to give away) for the One Woman's Junk table. The only rule of the table is that at the end of the evening if your items are still there you take them home again.
  • Raffle money for, our "Lavender" raffle & Carshalton lavender crafts & products!
  • Stripey Stork donations (see below)

Stripey stoRk UPDATE


Thank you to everyone who gave donations last month for our chosen charity, Stripey Stork. They were very gratefully received and there are photos on Facebook. This month we would really like to donate Mother's Day gifts to the charity for them to give out with the children's items. So please can you keep an eye out for nice little things that would make good gifts, such as bath smellies, chocolates, scented candles etc. Please also bring along any other normal donations.


Stripey Stork would love to welcome volunteers from Caterham WI on a Monday morning from 9:30am-12:30pm. If you would like to volunteer please drop us an email at and we can send you the details.


We are still collecting knitted (or crochet) squares to make blankets for the babies. If you have any squares ready (approx. 5"x 5") then please bring them along to the next meeting.

The wi fair

The WI Fair is running from 29 March - 1 April 2017 at Alexandria Palace. Bringing together four fabulous days of craft, cooking, creativity, shopping, learning and travel, it promises to be a grand day out. The Fair is open to all and welcomes WI members and non-members alike.

Caterham Hill WI are booking a coach to attend on the 29th March if they get sufficient numbers. Let them know if you'd like to join at

Read more and book tickets at

The purple MAze event

AT QUEEN'S PARK, CATERHAM on 8th March, 4pm

Organised by Caterham Rotary, this is an event to mark the official opening of the crocus maze in Queen's Park, complete with stepping stones from local businesses and clubs.

Ladies from the local WI's have been invited to attend as it is also International Women's Day. Caroline and Steph from your committee will be there to represent us. Please let us know if you would like to join them. We expect there will be some tea and cake!


Spread the word! Please make sure your friends and fellow WI members have read this newsletter.

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