About the WIs and federations
The Women’s Institute (WI) was formed in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and to encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then the organisation’s aims have broadened and the WI is now the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK. The WI will celebrate its centenary in 2015 and currently has over 210,000 members in around 6,600 WIs.
The WI plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities.
Who we are
The National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) board of trustees has 12 elected members, plus the Chair of the Federations of Wales Committee (elected by federations in Wales) who is an ex-officio board member. The NFWI board can co-opt two further trustees from within the membership, so the board can be a maximum of 15 trustees in total. At the moment no-one has been co-opted, meaning that there are 13 board members with Ruth Bond, the NFWI Chair, at the helm.There are nine Senior Staff members – heads of the various departments – and they are led by the NFWI General Secretary.The Institute was reformed in 1998 and currently has 37 members. Visitors are most welcome.
For further details contact:
County Office tel: 01604 646055
The WI group in Staverton has just celebrated its 21st birthday. It is a modern sociable group which enjoys listening to inspiring speakers, going on fun day trips recently including Ladies Day at Newmarket, theatre trips, bowling, and Christmas shopping with lunch, crafting, and leading charitable initiatives (e.g. recently an impressive collection of unwanted bras was made for “Against Breast Cancer”). They are delighted to welcome new members. It really is for all ages of women who want to be part of a community group. They are delighted to welcome new members. It really is for all ages of women who want to be part of a community group. If you have been in the area for many years or have just moved in please just come along to a meeting and say “hello” or contact Ros. We always meet on the third Thursday of every month, at 7.30pm, in Staverton Village Hall. Also, if you’re feeling sociable and peckish “Ladies Wot Lunch” meet on the fourth Thursday of the month at The Countryman, in Staverton.
You can also see us on Facebook.
Programme for 2019
January 17th – Working with Willow to make a bird feeder. Speaker: Deborah Adams
February 21th Russian Dolls Speaker: Glennys Grimshaw
March 21th – My Walk. Arthingworth to St Andrews Speaker: Cannon Mary
April 18th – Beauty Demonstration by Body Shop. Speaker: Sian Semosugiu
May 67th – Resolutions followed by a discussion of artefacts bought by members
June 20th – Riding for the disabled and carriage horse driving. Speaker: Olive Belcher
July 18th – Me Myself and I…. Speaker: Alison Armitage
August 15th – Tea Party at 4pm in Carol Undy’s garden
September 19th – Death in the Garden . Speaker: Michael Brown
October 17th – AGM. Followed by an Autumnal Feast!
November 21th – Saints, Stars and Scandals. Speaker: Derek Blunt
December 19th – Christmas party
There will so be several outings for members.