The first meeting of Sharow and District Women’s Institute was held on the 31st October 1928 at Sharow Hall. Forty three members attended paying an annual subscription of two shillings. This gave members the opportunity to socialise and learn skills such as glove making, basket making, leatherwork and cookery. The W.I.was established by Mrs. W.F. Powell of Sharow Hall, along with others. During WW11 the W.I. was suspended, but meetings of the members were held weekly at Sharow Hall to knit garments for the armed forces, collect and pack Christmas parcels for all those serving from the Parish. A savings group was also formed to sell war savings certificates and classes for canning fruit and vegetables were held. After the War meetings were changed to evenings and held in Sharow School. The W.I. is still in existence today with a much depleted membership and the annual subscription is higher than the original one. It meets every first Tuesday of the month in the Village Hall and we usually have a speaker on a range of topics, including a charity. Because the National W.I.have charitable status, we are not able to give a donation, but members are very generous when donating personally. We enjoy evenings of friendship and fun . For more information, please contact Sandra Price 01765 607102 [email protected] or Edna Colley 01765.