We are the Whiteley Jambusters WI and we formed in 2017. We are a relaxed, friendly, informal group of women based in Whiteley in Fareham. We are a forward-looking, group of women and we have had talks on everything from bee keeping to jewellery making.
We are hula-hoopers, history walkers, walkers, theatre goers, cocktail drinkers, readers, gardeners and everything else in between. But most of all we like to have fun together. We have an active Book, Culture and Dining Club as well as a Walking and seasonal Garden Club.
So if you're looking to have fun, make friends and learn new skills please explore our website to find out more about what we do, what we've got coming up and how to get involved.
Meet The Team
Hi, I'm Lucy, the current President of Jambusters. I am a general enthusiast, lover and thoroughly opinionated consumer of art in all its forms especially books.
I am environmentally friendly, a keen allotmenteer, walker, technophile, evolving cook, craftily challenged, amateur mixologist, dedicated Chelsea supporter, fiercely feminist and well established, unashamedly mad cat and dog lady.
Vice-President Pat loves cooking, baking and dining. She also enjoys Pilates and gardening but says she has black thumbs not green fingers. Pat loves spending time with her family but also loves travelling and Cornwall is a favourite destination. She says Jambusters is perfect for meeting new friends and learning new skills and she loves being a part of this lovely group.
Sue, Assistant Treasurer
Sue is also a founding member of Jambusters and is our Assistant Treasurer. Like many of us Sue joined initially to make new friends and after a couple of years decided to become more involved by joining the Committee. Sue often takes the lead organising dining and garden group activities and is also our raffle guru. She has a passion for gardening, enjoys reading and walking and volunteers in a school library. Sue and husband Lawrence have just welcomed grandchild No2 Arthur.
I am an early retiree (I hope this is a real word) having completed 27 years lecturing in A level Biology at 6th Form College. I became an enthusiastic returner to sunny Hampshire in November 2019. I have 3 children and acres of time to fill, now they've fled the nest. I came here for love, but have settled with a lodger and a part-time job.
I love to play tennis, countryside/seaside walks, kayaking, cycling, gardening, painting and singing. I really like socialising, so am very positive about the Jambusters crew. What a wealth of potential we have...for meaningful causes and good fun! It makes me feel so much more at home already.
I've been privileged to be Jambusters Secretary for the last couple of years and think we have an amazing group. The WI is such a diverse organisation-moving with the times yet also staying true to its core value with friendship and community at its heart.
Aside from WI, I enjoy walking, travelling, reading and, of course, spending time at the allotment (if you didn't know). Hubby and I are slowly ticking off sections of the South West Coast Path-and we're always looking forward to getting our boots on.
Lorraine (in Spain) is our longest serving Committee member, having joined right at the beginning, and she have been our Treasurer since 2017. In 2020 Lorraine and husband Colin moved to Estepona in Spain, and from their townhouse rooftop terrace enjoy views of both the mountains and sea. Lorraine works remotely for a UK firm of accountants based on Hayling Island and in her spare time loves crafting, exploring her new surroundings and visiting daughter Penny who lives in nearby Gibraltar.
Jenny heard about a new WI starting in Whiteley from a friend and decided to give it a go, although wasn't sure if it was her "thing" - jam and Jerusalem and all that! And all these years later she's enjoying all the activities on offer and has made lots of new friends along the way. When she's not looking after her grandchildren Jenny loves to travel. As a keen gardener and reader she enjoys our Book and Gardening Gals' Group. She is also amazing at making our Birthday Cakes!
Probably the longest serving WI-er in town!? I joined Woolston & Sholing WI in 1993, after being introduced to this fantastic network of women by my mother-in-law, who in turn was introduced by her m-i-law. I was quite a novelty then - pregnant with my daughter who is now 28. I have served as Treasurer and Secretary and many years on the Committee. As a Londoner I love living near the sea and being on the sea. Having retired in March, I'm looking forward to more cruises with my husband Cliff. We enjoy quizzing and have just become first time grandparents to little Cecilia. Reading, sewing, knitting, crafting and a lapsed amateur musician and singer - that's me !