The ideals of the Women’s Institute of truth, justice, tolerance and fellowship are as strong and important now in the 21st century as they were at the birth of the WI in 1915. The WI is the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK. It exists to educate women to enable them to provide an effective role in the community, to expand their horizons and to develop and pass on important skills.
'WI Life' is the inspiring magazine issued to all WI members.
It is published by WI Enterprises Ltd. the trading subsidiary of the WI, which transfers its taxable profits back into the NFWI. The company raises funds through activities with commercial organisations and produces bespoke products for members. It also runs the annual NFWI raffle.
The National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFW)
104 New King’s Road
London SW6 4LY
020 7371 9300
As well as our own monthly meetings and other activities we belong to the Chinthurst Group of WIs
comprising : -
Grafham & Smithbrook WI
Julia Foster (G-M)
Gillian Martin (0-G)
Jill Bryant (G & S)
A Group Meeting is held each Spring and Autumn with a speaker, bring and buy stall and raffle. The host WI usually provides a yummy tea when friendships and links with the other WI members can be strengthened.
The Group also share outings, summer garden parties and hold other events including craft days,quizzes and lunch together.
The Centre imparts knowledge and practical experience in the fields of cookery, art, craft, well being and lifestyle. Everyone is welcome - men and women, members and non- members and can also cater for groups of friends and hen parties!
The Surrey Federation run weekend and day courses throughout the year and offer bursaries to members to defray the cost.
Ockford-Godalming members may enter for a £300 bursary drawn annually which must be used for a course within the following two years.
Based in Paris - not the City, but offices at 6 Paris, Parklands, Railton Road, Guildford GU2 9JX the Surrey Federation arrange events for WI members to enjoy.
In addition to the Spring and Autumn Council meetings, selection days for prospective speakers are of interest, as are craft days, skills classes sports, musical and other events that are held.
Details of all Federation events, committee workshops, social events, musical/dramatic performances, public affairs or sporting activities and the 3Cs Science Group are included in Surrey WI News