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Women’s Institute


A Short History about the WI and federations

The Women’s Institute (WI) was started in 1915.  During the First World War it was formed to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in growing and preserving food  to help to increase the supply of food to the war-torn nation.   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.  To find out more please visit the WIs website on www.thewi.org.uk/

Arkesden’s WI

Arkesden WI have now disbanded. If you are interested in starting a WI group in the village please contact the Women’s Institute Headquarters for information.