The Women’s Institute – Why try the WI

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This week I attended my first WI meeting,  yes the Women’s Institute and it was a far cry from what I thought it would be.  There was a wide age range of women, it was welcoming, friendly and very chatty, and honestly there was a table of CAKE.

The Women’s Institute was formed in 1915 during the first world war and is the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK with approx 220,000 members.

event poster for women's institute

Each month’s meeting has a theme,  this months meeting had an American theme. There was a USA quiz, line dancing and hot dogs, and someone had made mini  ‘stetsons’ which were a feast of chocolate.

chocolate stetson hats, made with chocolate crisps and a rolos

Don’t be misled by all the fun stuff, it’s not just chatting and cake. What really surprised me was the work done to make changes in the world. Every year WI members have the chance to put forward issues as ‘resolutions’ that they want to see the national body campaign on.
“From equal pay to climate change,  from gaps in the midwifery workforce to the plight of the honey bee, WI members have embraced a diverse set of challenges and built a reputation for the WI as a practical and ambitious organisation that doesn’t shy away from tricky issues.”

Any member can suggest resolution ideas and I look forward to being part of an inspiring group of women having fun while working towards changing the world for the better.

There are over 6000 WI groups across England and Wales, find your local group here.


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  1. Jade The Parenting Jungle
    August 3, 2016 / 10:05

    When I was younger my mum and nan were in the WI I do feel it is synonymous with cake but also lovely friendly people, we held numerous fundraisers…I am really tempted to go join, at 28 I could do with some schooling how to make jam. I think its sometimes undersold that they tackle local or national issues! Fab post. Thank you for linking to #ablogginggoodtime

    • August 3, 2016 / 15:54

      28 is a great age to join, I think it must be in you blood having the history of Mum and Nan. I do know someone who has been on a jam making course and had great fun when learning.

  2. Emma T
    July 29, 2016 / 20:40

    It does quite appeal to me (I remember my mum going to her WI meetings at a similar age), but round here they’re all old fuddy duddy groups. I don’t know anyone who goes to one. I don’t think I’d have the time because of blogging and dancing outside of work. I already struggle to fit those in!

    • July 29, 2016 / 23:09

      It’s something for the future I think, when you have more time.

  3. July 26, 2016 / 21:48

    Did somebody mention cake lol. My friend joined the WI about a year ago and you could well have met her if it was the same group. Glad you enjoyed it Lorraine x

  4. Anca
    July 22, 2016 / 16:28

    It sounds great! I saw at Great British Menu details about their work and I was impressed. I was thinking of joining in, so I’ll have a look on their website.

    • July 22, 2016 / 16:51

      Anca, we had great fun. Every group is a bit different, this one has cinema nights, and coffee meet ups, and craft evenings. Lots to dip in and out of once you are a member.

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