Shipdham Wives Group

This group meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7.30pm at the United Reform Church Hall.

For further details on this club, please contact Wendy Doel on 01362 820193


The group was formed initially as part of the Mothers’ Union in 1953 and was known as the Young Wives.
Unfortunately many records were lost during a turbulent period in the group’s history, but in 1975 a diary of the group’s activities were recorded. The first entry stated that membership numbered over fifty and the yearly subscription was 30p.  Activities included visits to the pantomime, trips to the coast, children’s Christmas parties, the introduction of an annual car rally, monthly speakers, and a fund raising event of a Barn Dance. Meetings were held in the Church Hall which was situated on the land on which two new houses now stand, near Shipdham Stores (formerly Ken’s Kabin and Candy Cave). Unfortunately this historic building was demolished in 1992.  In 1976 the committee decided to ‘break away’ from the M.U. to avoid affiliation fees, and form their own group; the decision heralded a new period in the history of the Wives Group.  In August 1978 the group participated for the first time by entering a float (themed, tied to the home) in the Shipdham Carnival, for several years hence it became an enthusiastic project for its members.  Unfortunately the Carnival has ceased to be an annual event in the life of the village but the group has continued to thrive and grow over the years and still meets every third Thursday in the United Reformed Church in Chapel Street.  The Wives Group welcomes women of all ages (whether or not they are married) and offers entertainment, excursions, discussions, eloquent speakers, demonstrations and friendship. The annual subscription fee is £6.