2019/2020 Committee

Helen   President   I enjoy being involved in STWI and would love to be re-elected to the committee to help make it a great group for our members. I work as a nurse on the Stroke Unit in the daytime which I love and find very rewarding. I am a active member of Tonbridge Rock Choir and North Tonbridge Flower Club.

Helen
President

I enjoy being involved in STWI and would love to be re-elected to the committee to help make it a great group for our members. I work as a nurse on the Stroke Unit in the daytime which I love and find very rewarding. I am a active member of Tonbridge Rock Choir and North Tonbridge Flower Club.

Lynn    Secretary   I've lived in South Tonbridge for 14 years having previously attended secondary school here followed by University and a number of years in London. I live with my husband and our young daughter and work at a professional services firm in London. I've recently started to learn campanology (bell ringing) at the parish church so if you live nearby, I apologise!  I love and am proud of both our WI and our town and can frequently be spotted with my family at local events. STWI is a fantastic community and I’ve met and become friends with wonderful women. I’m very excited about my second term on the committee and looking forward to another successful and fun packed year!

Lynn
Secretary

I've lived in South Tonbridge for 14 years having previously attended secondary school here followed by University and a number of years in London. I live with my husband and our young daughter and work at a professional services firm in London. I've recently started to learn campanology (bell ringing) at the parish church so if you live nearby, I apologise!  I love and am proud of both our WI and our town and can frequently be spotted with my family at local events. STWI is a fantastic community and I’ve met and become friends with wonderful women. I’m very excited about my second term on the committee and looking forward to another successful and fun packed year!

Melanie   I have lived in the Tonbridge area for 40 years. Recently retired, I’m looking for new challenges so I’m excited about joining the STWI committee & I’m looking forward to meeting new people.  I spend my time in the garden with my husband & walking all the family dogs. We have two daughters & four grandchildren.  I enjoy singing & I’m also an active member of Rock Choir.  I’m looking forward to getting involved in local community events whilst helping support the committee & members of this amazing WI group.

Melanie

I have lived in the Tonbridge area for 40 years. Recently retired, I’m looking for new challenges so I’m excited about joining the STWI committee & I’m looking forward to meeting new people.
I spend my time in the garden with my husband & walking all the family dogs. We have two daughters & four grandchildren.
I enjoy singing & I’m also an active member of Rock Choir.
I’m looking forward to getting involved in local community events whilst helping support the committee & members of this amazing WI group.

Amy   Vice President  &  Membership Coordinator   I've been involved with STWI since the introductory meeting at the beginning. Membership of this vibrant group has offered me new friendships and an opportunity to learn about a vast range of topics that I never even knew I didn't know anything about! When I'm not at WI meetings, I'm a busy Mum of two boys and a Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist working in South East London. I've lived in Tonbridge for most of my life with a few adventures elsewhere but returning to this friendly town where my own family now have strong roots.

Amy
Vice President & Membership Coordinator

I've been involved with STWI since the introductory meeting at the beginning. Membership of this vibrant group has offered me new friendships and an opportunity to learn about a vast range of topics that I never even knew I didn't know anything about! When I'm not at WI meetings, I'm a busy Mum of two boys and a Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist working in South East London. I've lived in Tonbridge for most of my life with a few adventures elsewhere but returning to this friendly town where my own family now have strong roots.

Tracy   Vice-Secretary   I moved to Tonbridge just over 3 years ago and joined STWI as I wanted to meet people locally and hopefully learn some new skills. With the variety of topics at monthly meetings and a great group of people, I’ve really enjoyed being a member and want to contribute to the continuing success as part of the committee this year. When I’m not at work in London, I enjoy being outside walking or running (slowly!), baking, reading and eating out. Since STWI started I’ve helped to organise the walking group which has enabled me to get to know other people with similar interests and enjoy exploring the local area.

Tracy
Vice-Secretary

I moved to Tonbridge just over 3 years ago and joined STWI as I wanted to meet people locally and hopefully learn some new skills. With the variety of topics at monthly meetings and a great group of people, I’ve really enjoyed being a member and want to contribute to the continuing success as part of the committee this year. When I’m not at work in London, I enjoy being outside walking or running (slowly!), baking, reading and eating out. Since STWI started I’ve helped to organise the walking group which has enabled me to get to know other people with similar interests and enjoy exploring the local area.

Laura   Communications   Originally from Washington DC, I have lived in Tonbridge since 2014 to be closer to my husbands family. I’ve been a member of STWI since we began and held several roles on the committee. Without the STWI, I would not feel at home here in Tonbridge and I am so grateful for the community we have created. I don’t have kids but a sweet doggy Bellatrix and an American cat Zoey.

Laura
Communications

Originally from Washington DC, I have lived in Tonbridge since 2014 to be closer to my husbands family. I’ve been a member of STWI since we began and held several roles on the committee. Without the STWI, I would not feel at home here in Tonbridge and I am so grateful for the community we have created. I don’t have kids but a sweet doggy Bellatrix and an American cat Zoey.

Karen   Treasurer   I joined our WI when it started 3 years ago and have thoroughly enjoyed all the activities but most importantly it has been great getting to meet lots of local people and a fantastic way to make new friends. During the daytime I work at St Thomas' Hospital in London as the Lead nurse for cardiovascular research, a job I love. You will often hear me singing which is another hobby of mine and I have been a member of the Tonbridge rock choir for the past 8 years. For the past year I have been the vice treasurer on the committee this role trying to learn as much from Lesley as I can before I take over the role as Treasurer for the next year. Hopefully my organisational skills and the experience gained in the last 2 years on the committee will help to make the next year a great success.

Karen
Treasurer

I joined our WI when it started 3 years ago and have thoroughly enjoyed all the activities but most importantly it has been great getting to meet lots of local people and a fantastic way to make new friends. During the daytime I work at St Thomas' Hospital in
London as the Lead nurse for cardiovascular research, a job I love. You will often hear me singing which is another hobby of mine and I have been a member of the Tonbridge rock choir for the past 8 years. For the past year I have been the vice treasurer on the
committee this role trying to learn as much from Lesley as I can before I take over the role as Treasurer for the next year. Hopefully my organisational skills and the experience gained in the last 2 years on the committee will help to make the next year a great success.

Mary   Meeting Coordinator   I’m Mary and I have lived in Tonbridge for the last 9 years. I work in Human Resources for a law firm in London. I was part of the first STWI Committee and met some great friends as a result. I stepped down when I had my daughter, Eloise, as I found the first year of motherhood pretty all consuming (mainly due to the lack of sleep!). She’s now nearly two and I am ready to get involved again in a group that I feel passionate about and that has made a real difference to my life here in Tonbridge.

Mary
Meeting Coordinator

I’m Mary and I have lived in Tonbridge for the last 9 years. I work in Human Resources for a law firm in London. I was part of the first STWI Committee and met some great friends as a result. I stepped down when I had my daughter, Eloise, as I found the first year of motherhood pretty all consuming (mainly due to the lack of sleep!). She’s now nearly two and I am ready to get involved again in a group that I feel passionate about and that has made a real difference to my life here in Tonbridge.

Ros  Vice  Treasurer   I’m Tonbridge born and bred – although moved away for a few years up to Leeds and then London. Since moving back in 2014 I’ve loved being part of the community and getting to meet lots of lovely new people. I’ve been a member of WI since it first started – I didn’t know anyone when I joined but have since made some great friends and am really excited to be part of the committee this year. I’m Mum to a 5 year old boy and a 2 year old girl so they keep me busy and in the last 2 years I’ve started running – starting with WI support at parkrun (where I mainly walked) and recently completing a 10k and a sprint triathalon. I love trying new things, baking (badly), drinking (mainly gin or wine) and meeting new people.

Ros
Vice Treasurer

I’m Tonbridge born and bred – although moved away for a few years up to Leeds and then London. Since moving back in 2014 I’ve loved being part of the community and getting to meet lots of lovely new people. I’ve been a member of WI since it first started – I didn’t know anyone when I joined but have since made some great friends and am really excited to be part of the committee this year. I’m Mum to a 5 year old boy and a 2 year old girl so they keep me busy and in the last 2 years I’ve started running – starting with WI support at parkrun (where I mainly walked) and recently completing a 10k and a sprint triathalon. I love trying new things, baking (badly), drinking (mainly gin or wine) and meeting new people.

Gemma   Sub-Group Coordinator   I moved to Tonbridge over 3 years ago and joined the WI to meet people locally and to get more involved in the community. I joined the WI in January so am a new member. Everyone has been so welcoming. I enjoy the speakers at the monthly meetings and the social subgroups that are also organised....there is something for everyone! As the new subgroup coordinator I hope to develop these further and promote them!I have a young child and work full time but like to keep busy! I enjoy the WI for some child free conversation and fun!

Gemma
Sub-Group Coordinator

I moved to Tonbridge over 3 years ago and joined the WI to meet people locally and to get more involved in the community. I joined the WI in January so am a new member. Everyone has been so welcoming. I enjoy the speakers at the monthly meetings and the social subgroups that are also organised....there is something for everyone! As the new subgroup coordinator I hope to develop these further and promote them!I have a young child and work full time but like to keep busy! I enjoy the WI for some child free conversation and fun!

Committee members are expected to attend both the committee and members' meetings, help with finding and booking speakers, be in touch with our members regularly and also help with organising fundraising and other events. All committee members stand down and are re-elected each year at our Annual Meeting in May.

However, you don't need to be on the committee to play a role in organising and running South Tonbridge WI. There are lots of opportunities to get involved, including sharing your skills and knowledge, helping to set up side groups and organising fundraising events and activities. If you are a member who is interested in getting involved in this way, get in touch via the Contact Us page.