Hartpury W.I. meets in the village hall on the second Thursday of each month. The programme of events for 2019, which is the group's centenary year, is available here.

HARTPURY WI 1919-2019

The First World War had ended claiming the lives of fourteen village men when on Wednesday 5th February 1919 a meeting was held in the Hartpury Club Room. This was the very first meeting of Hartpury and Ashleworth Women’s Institute. The Lady of the Manor, Mrs Gordon Canning, was patroness with Mrs Calvert as President. The speaker at the meeting was Mrs Watt of British Columbia, the official organiser of Women’s Institutes for the War Agricultural Department in London. There was also a lecture on home toy-making and the Glee Club formed by Mrs Pearce Ellis performed some musical entertainment. Tea and buns were enjoyed by about forty members. Some years later a separate WI opened in Ashleworth.

One hundred years on Hartpury WI is celebrating with a Centenary Dinner at Corse Lawn House Hotel. So much has happened over these one hundred years but the tea and buns still continue the tradition at meetings which are now on a Thursday and held in Hartpury Village Hall. Today’s membership is still around forty but the range of activities and the involvement in our local community flourishes. For the past five years we have supported the National Riding for the Disabled National Championships at Hartpury College with stalls and activities for children over the three days of the event. This has enabled Hartpury WI to donate much needed equipment to the local Maisemore Riding for the Disabled. Each year alongside other Village organisations we take part in the Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary’s Church. Hartpury WI also has a thriving Craft Club. Gardening Club, Scrabble Club and Walking Group all meeting regularly. Some memorable trips have been to BBC Bristol, the Cotswold Lavender Fields and the Cotswold Distillery with more planned for 2019. Moving with the times we have a Facebook page and have on-line banking facilities and our programme is on the Hartpury Village Hall website. In our Centenary Year we will be planting a tree in the centre of the Village and working with the Parish Council on the War Memorial and the garden surrounding it.