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 20th birthday. It is a modern sociable group which enjoys listening to inspiring speakers, going on fun day trips (2017 included 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 2018
January 18th – 20th Anniversary Meeting. Mercy Ships. Speaker: Lorraine Montgomery
January 31st – Pam Ayres at The Castle Theatre, Wellingborough
February 15th Pilates on a chair! Speaker: Tina
March 15th – Tales from a Dairy Farmer’s wife Speaker: Jane Barnes
April 19th – Sheaf Street Health Shop. Speaker: Director
May 17th – Resolutions followed by Wine, Nibbles and A Beetle Drive
June 21th – Cynthia Spencer Hospice. Speaker: Member of the Hospice Committee
July 19th – Miniature Engraver. Speaker: Graham Short
August 16th – Around Myanmar. Speaker: Judith Hurst
September 20th – Basket Weaving. Speaker: Deborah Jones (Green Acres)
Macmillan Fund Raising, afternoon tea or coffee morning
October 18th – AGM. Followed by a Autumnal Feast!
November 15th – My Life at the BBC. Speaker: Sarah Kennedy
December Christmas party
There will so be several outings for members.