Charney Bassett Women’s Institute
Charney Bassett Women’s Institute ran from 1950 to 1990. The Oxfordshire History Centre holds the following:
- Committee Minutes Jan 1969-1990: Reference O3/2/24/A1
- Monthly meetings 1972-1990: Reference O3/2/24/A2
- Annual Reports 1983-1988: Reference O3/2/24/A3
- VCO Reports: Reference O3/2/24/A4
- Correct 1974: Reference O3/2/24/C1
Reading Mercury – Saturday 25 January 1958
Mrs. L. Stevens presided at the Charney Bassett W.I. meeting on Friday last week. It was also the institute’s seventh birthday party, and a number of members’ husbands and sons were present. Games and dancing were enjoyed. Mrs. Parsons gave a talk on how to protect one’s home and family in the case of nuclear war. A gift token was presented by Mrs. Stevens to Mrs. Roy Hodgkins, who is leaving Charney to live in Wantage.
Reading Mercury – Saturday 01 March 1958
In the absence of the president, Mrs. L. Stevens, the vice-president, Mrs. V. Blackall, presided at Charney Bassett W.I. meeting on Thursday last week. The members welcomed back Mrs. Thomson after her six months’ travel abroad. A coloured film dealing with the North Cotswolds was given by Mr. and Miss Hatton, of Oxford. Mr. Hatton commented upon the pictures. Both he and Miss Hatton were thanked and presented with a small gift by Mrs. Browning.
Reading Mercury – Saturday 29 March 1958
Mrs. L. Stevens (president) was in the chair at the meeting of Charney Bassett W.I. Mrs. Simpson, of Kidlington, gave a demonstration of knitting on a knitting machine.
Reading Mercury – Saturday 26 April 1958
Mrs. L. Stevens, the president, presided at the Charney Bassett W.I. monthly meeting. Mrs. Talbot, of Long Wittenham, gave a talk on the annual meeting resolutions.
Reading Mercury – Saturday 24 May 1958
Charney Bassett W.l. held their May meeting Thursday last week in the Village Hall. Mrs. L. Stevens presiding. There was a long discussion on resolutions for the Albert Hall meeting. Mrs. Thomson gave a talk on her recent travels in New Zealand. Mrs. Thomson was thanked by Mrs. Browning.
Reading Mercury – Saturday 26 July 1958
A short business session preceded the Charney Bassett W.l. annual garden party held in the garden White House. Charney Bassett, by permission of Colonel and Mrs. Thomson. There was a good attendance and excellent weather favoured the event. The attractions included a gift stall, a produce stall, white elephant stall, competitions and a party of children from Abingdon gave a dancing display. The garden party realised about £14 for the institute funds.
Reading Mercury – Saturday 16 August 1958
Women’s Institutes CHARNEY BASSETT
Mr. and Mrs. Stein, two Americans living in Charney Bassett, provided an evening’s entertainment for members of Charney Bassett W.I.. their husbands and families at the August meeting, when the Americans showed films of local scenes and activities. The president. Mrs. L. Stevens, and the committee had arranged with Mr. and Mrs. Stein to give the show. Mr. and Mrs. Stein were welcomed by Mrs. Stevens and thanked Mrs. Thomson.
Reading Mercury – Saturday 29 November 1958
Mrs. L. Stevens, who presided, was re-elected president of Charney Bassett W. I. Other officers elected were: Vice-president. Mrs. Thomson: secretary, Mrs. Browning: treasurer. Mrs. Bungay: Press correspondent, Mrs. A. Bird. The financial report, presented by Mrs. Bungay, showed a credit balance of just under £18. Mrs. Tumber (Shrivenham) spoke on W.I. rules.
Mrs Jevons Garden Rectory Farm
Charney WI Play: Wives of Henry VIII 1970
Left to Right: Joan Falcus, Elizabeth Marks, Sheila Terry
Mrs E Hosegood, Charney Bassett