top of page

Year Book Oct 2015 - Oct 2016

Monthly Summary for October 2016

   October Meeting

Our October meeting was our Annual Meeting. We said a huge thank you to Barbara Paetow and Sally Jagger ( staying as a valued sub committee member) and welcomed Gillian Micklewright as a new sub committee member.

Thank you to Julie and Jan from Mole Valley WI for being our tellers for the evening.

It has been another wonderful year ... with so many great trips and fundraising ...looking forward to what year 3 holds!

This was definitely the month of the Quiz Evening! With Butterflies going to three and putting in four teams and winning Silverware!

We also picked sloe berries on Bookham Common and made sloe gin time for the Christmas season!... and spent an enjoyable morning at a Gallery  Workshop being creative with metal and glass.

    Group News 

Monthly Summary for September

Our September meeting was a talk by Ann Walker "The History of Quilting"

Along with an informative slide show she brought a wonderful selection of quilts.

This month we had a new group start "Ladies who Lunch". Our first meal was at The Red Bar & Lounge which I can highly recommend.

As always we had another busy month with a visit to The Houses of Parliment and a Macmillan Coffee Morning which we hosted with West Horsley WI. We raised £885....not to mention all are other ongoing weekly activities! 

Monthly Summary for August

Our speaker for August sadly had to cancel at the last minute it was the ideal oppertunity to have a Summer social combind with disscussing relevant issues and spending time on improtant issues without rushing to make time for the speaker!

While most local WIs took a Summer break we carried on through August and enjoyed some great outings while carring on with all our Groups.

* Exploring Gardens.

* Bat Walks.

* Open Air Theatre.

*Articles in both The Surrey WI News & The Leatherhead Advistiser.

Monthly Summary for July


Did you know that the nearest RNLI lifeboat station to Bookham ( in land locked Surrey ) is just 10 miles away in Teddinington? Just one of the fascinating facts we learnt during our interesting talk by local volunteer David Richmond-Coggan on the History of Women in the RNLI. When the RNLI was formed almost 2oo years ago, superstitions prevented women being part of crews, although they often helped launch lifeboats. Since 1969 , women have been part of operational crews and perform a very important role accross the country. We heard the stories of some inspirational RNLI women and how are speaker himself became involved in the organisation - because his future father -in-law was rescued by the RNLI from the English Channel during the War.

*Two visits to The Slient Pool Gin Distilery

* A visit to Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club

* WI Celebration of Summer

* Book Group 1 read A Spy Among Friends

* The History of Women in the RNLI

Monthly Summary for June

    June Meeting

The History of Knickers.

Carol Ranson... an expert with a rather unusal specialism was our speaker this month. The History of Knickers through the ages. Carol makes her own knickers and brought a wide variety of different garments from over the years. She was hugely entertaining and we all learnt a huge amount regarding  an every day subject- about which many of us knew very little.

    Group News 

* Village Day 

* Village Week Quiz Evening

* Bletchley Park

*Inter wi Walk with West Horsley WI

*Book Group 2 read Cuckoo's Calling

* Exploring Gardens Group visited Loseley House, the picturesque walled garden.

Monthly Summary for May

    May Meeting 

Our May meeting was about writing Wills and Power of Attorney. Keith McDonald gave us an insight about all the issues surrounding these legal documents. It brought up many issue many of us had not considered!

    Group News 

May has been a very busy month for the Butterflies. As well as our monthly activites we have had an Inter WI Quiz Night, A Moonwalk and  three articles in the press!

We have introduced a ticker tape to our website and even more local news.

Our Book Groups have read 'Bad Science" and "The Children Act"

Our Cinema Group went to see Eye in the Sky.

Our Exploring Gardens Group went to visit Dunsborough Park.

We were invited to a Lecay Day by the Bookhams WI. We were treated to a talk by an ex paramedic who told us stories of his life as a paramedic after life as a diary farmer!

June looks like it will be an equally busy month for us!

Monthly Summary for April

    April Meeting 

Another busy month for Bookham Butterflies....Our speaker was Keith Smith from Surrey,Sussex & Kent Air Ambulance. We had a small insight into the amazing service they provide.

We also had our Resolutions meeting to vote for which resolutions would go forward to the AM in Brighton.

*Avoid Food Waste, address Food Poverty.

*Appropriate care for people with dementia in hospitals.

Both had a majority vote by our members.... and are now in the capable hands of our West Horsley deligate pressure!

    Group News 

The Exploring Gardens Group visited Painshill Park Cobham: The Book Groups read The Kashmir Shawl & The Children Act: The Film Group went to see Eddie the Eagle.

The Moonwalkers continue their training .. showing great committment and self disapline in all weathers.

Jen Mcallister wrote a wonderful article for the Bookhams Bullentin.

There have been more updates and changes to our website including a ticker tape ,pin pointing important news.

Monthly Summary for March

This months meeting was "Wild at Heart ". Ginny brought along a great selection of ingredients for us to try, which included Elderflower Preserve, Nettle Pesto & Crab Apple Jelly.  Her talk was very informative and included a great slide show. We are looking forward to her Sloe Gin workshop in October.


    Group News 

More pages were added to our website this month  which included  Talking Points : Surrey Matters.


Another great Exploring Gardens trip to Wisley . Wonderful photographers were taken by Sheila.

Our walking groups have been joined by several of the Moonwalkers training for the 14th May. The majority of our Moonwalkers are training on a Thursday & Friday morning.

The Book Groups have added a rating system to their books . ( *Did not like at all **Ok, but not very captivating. ***Enjoyed,would recommend. ****Absolutely loved the book ,would highly recommend. )

We have been approached by Lee Campell from  " Older Persons Services " for any one who would like to volunteer : contact him at

Monthly Summary for February2016

This month our speaker was John Griffin " Having Fun with Poetry". A great evening with an enthusastic speaker who clearly loves what he does ... We all learnt a great deal about how poetry is put together and the very different ways it can be written.

John very kindly sent us a letter of thanks ..which reads.. " I just wanted to say a big Thank you for having me along last night and to voice my appreciation of the very good turn out. One never knows if one has chosen the right material, but judging from the laughter and the smiles amoung my audience, it seems it was well received. I would like to reitterate that I will be very happy to come again to entertain the Butterflies. You have a throughly enthusiastic group of people, a very worthwhile concern, most efficiently organised. It was a priviege to be part of it last night. Thank you again John x


A little poem written for us by John.


The Butterfly Ladies of Bookham bake cakes and boy, can they cook ;em!

They're the best you can buy in the W.I.

They're delicious, so I went and took 'em.

A great deal of work has been done on the website this month ... up dating pages and adding a new header and sub-pages. The new header to look out for is Monthy Diary & News. The new Sub - Pages are  Surrey WI News & WI Life, WI Resolutions & Volunteering.

This month a group of Bookham Butterflies started their monthly cooking for "The Meeting Room". The food was well recieved  and the clients were extremly apprecative.

The 17 Bookham Butterfly walkers met for the first time to run through their training program for their Moonwalk on 14th May.



DIARY NOTE    March's Meeting is on the 22nd Which is a TUESDAY.

Monthly Summary for January2016

Happy New Year to all our Members. Welcome back to all our exisiting members and a warm welcome to our six New Members who have been waiting to join.

Our January Monthly Meeting was "Killing Sugar" hosted by Be Kassapian from Be in the Kitchen (voted local Business Person of the Year.) We started the evening by trying her little festive muffins ... well we are the WI after all !Be then gave a very lively and passionate talk about cutting out sugar from our diets, pointing out that it was an addicition and that giving up sugar would not be easy to eradicate overnight. We then sampled a green healthly smoothie and a simple instant banana ice cream. A great evening enjoyed by all. Thank you Be and Catherine.

The Walking Group have kept going come rain or shine. The Monthly Walkers were soaked on their first walk of the New Year, while the weekly Walkers have coped with sliding in the mud and heavy rain.One week however has been a beautiful , frosty morning walk with clear blue skis and stunning views. 

The two Book Groups are enjoying reading and reviewing "Kiss me First" by Lottie Moggachs and " The Various Haunts of Men" by Susan Hill.

We have Two New Groups starting this month Elploring Gardens & Pilates. We also have a date planned for a taster day of Nordic Walking.

Diary Note. Our next meeting is on the 22nd February.This will be a fun evening of Poetry with John Griffin. Some of you may know him as one of the Quiz Masters at The Anchor Pub and the Grange.He also wrote the Cock and Bukk story in a Roundabout Way in which he played the judge and he gave a sell out performance of Kiplings East and West.

Important ...Our March Meeting will be on TUESDAY 22nd.

Monthly Summary for December 2015



Cinema News : We have had two wonderful cinema trips this month. The first was to see Suffragette and the second a live screening of a Winters Tale.


Trips: This month we have had two group visits to the Tower of London for Ceremony of Keys. Please watch this space for pictures and an article about this great trip.


New Group : Exploring Gardens Group. Visiting different Gardens which will be the first Thursday of each month. Our first trip will be on the 4th Feb to Wisley. If you would like to go please contact Anne via the contacts page if you are interested for more details.


Christmas Concerts : Bookham Choral Society are holding two Christmas Concerts on 15th December at the Old Barn Hall, Bookham @ 8pm and 19th December at St Nicolas Church, Bookham @ 8pm. Tickets are 310 each available from bcsboxoffice@ gmail .com

December meeting


 We held our December meeting two weeks early so it did not coincide with the Christmas Holidays. We had a wonderful evening - a local community choir "All Aloud" provided us with some seasonal entertainment and got us into the Christmas spirit with a selection of carols - our vocal cords having been lubricated with mulled wine! 

Group News


 This month the Supper Club met at the beginning of the month and welcomed two new members. The Wednesday walking group have been very active meeting in a variety of places. BBWI members will be going to see The Nutcracker and The Lady in the Van over the festive holidays. A second Book Group was formed.





    DIARY NOTE.   Januarys meeting will be on Monday 25th when Be Kassapian will be giving ua a talk on "Killing Sugar" , sp those of us who have overindulged can start dieting!!! Important the March meeting will be on TUESDAY 22nd March so not to clash with Easter Monday the following week.











Monthly Summary for November 2015

Monthly Summary for October 2015

This month the Butterflies held their first AGM. We warmly welcomed four new members, Elspeth Young,Trudy Price,Sally Jagger and Barbara Paetow to the Committee. We said a heart felt thank you to the five that helped to get the group established. Jill Preiss,Caroline Tombs,Margaret Anstis,Brenda Walters and Linda Hallsworth.

A big thank you to Ann Lilywhite, our WI adviserand the two members of Mole Valley, Julie Alexander and Margaret Barnes who helped the evening run smoothly.

A list of all the committee members is under the contact tab.


In December we celerbrate  Bookham Butterflies first birthday.  Thank you to all the Bookham Butterfly members for making it a special year.


A mixed winning team of eight represended the Bookham Butterflies at Mole Valley WI Quiz Night. Our first away win, well done team. The week before we had a fun family and friends Quiz night This was enjoyed by all and included a very successful charity raffle ,which raised £150  for Sight for Surrey.


A small group attended a Photographic Course at Polsden Lacey. All the members found the course inspiring. Photos and the days news can be found on the past events tab.


The Film Group continues to be very popular. This month included their first live screening "The importance of Being Earnest ". Details of other films and screenings for November are on our homepage.




The meeting at Dorking Halls was very fully attended and this was due in no small part to the list of speakers. On the morning  agenda were Kevin Connell of Ember Travel, Catriona Adams, NFWI Trustee and Chair of Science and Leisure and Dame Sarah Goad, DCVO. J.P., HM Lord Lieutenant of Surrey. Dame Sarah gave us lots to think about including women having mental health problems.Beryl Dunham our Chairman had received information from the Chairman of Yorkshire Federation about how to make comfort cushions to help those ladies who have had to have a mastectomy

Our special guest speaker for the afternoon was Michael Portillo giving us a very entertaining talk covering his career to date with a short section about being an MP and a rather longer time talking about his change to being a television presenter and especially about the railway programmes he has been involved with.  A great deal of hilarity ensued and his question and answer session gave us a lot of information on his jackets, the Bradshaw's guide and travelling times on the railways. If you haven't seen any of these series there is another one due this summer which covers the USA so do try it out, you'll be surprised how interesting the trains and stations can be, and we can all look out for the two new jackets he will be wearing!


PS   Bookham Butterflies President Clare Cody, along with VP Sam Sponer, attended as special guests of Surrey Federation and were warmly welcomed as representaives of Surrey's newest WI. They much enjoyed Michael Portillo's talk and the opportunity to talk to other WI members from across Surrey. 

February 2015

February 2015

Screenshot 2023-05-14 at 19.30.12.png
bottom of page