Feckenham Women's Institute
Who Are We?
The Feckenham Women’s Institute (WI) was founded over 90 years ago in 1919. It is part of a larger national organisation which was started in 1897 in Canada by Adelade Hoodless, a staunch campaigner for the education of women. Each WI belongs to a regional Federation with the Feckenham WI coming under the umbrella of the Worcestershire WI Federation having a membership of around 4,000, with members coming from small villages such as Feckenham to the city of Worcester itself.
The first WIs in Britain were formed in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Today the WI has some 220,000 members in approximately 6,300 WIs – it has grown into the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK and even challenges the Government on issues that matter.
The WI is an excellent way to become more involved in your local community and to make new friends.
More information on the WI can be found at NFWI website: www.thewi.org.uk
What We Do
The Feckenham WI is very much part of the village and surrounding community being actively involved in the annual Wake, the Garden Festival, Church functions and many other events. We arrange theatre visits, walks, visits to stately homes and much more.
We aim to support women of all ages to develop new skills, to work as a team, to take part in wide-ranging activities, to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities, and to have fun and fellowship.
We are a far cry from ‘jam and Jerusalem!’
Where Do We Meet and How much Does It Cost?
The Feckenham WI meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7.30pm in the back room of the village hall.
There is an annual subscription of £42.00 but visitors are welcome to join us for any meeting at a cost of £4.00 per meeting.
For further details please contact Linda Harris on 01527 892850
Programme for 2019/20
12th September 2019
'A History of Waitrose’ with small cheese and wine tasting. Ingrid Bauer
10th October 2019
‘Worcester porcelain- a collector’s Tale’. A quiz and bring samples for comment. Colin Millett
14th November 2019
‘The hidden meaning of Handwriting’. Sandra Grayson
12th December 2019
Christmas sing-along- with guitar, mandolin and dulcimer. Georgia Jacobs
10th January 2020
‘The River Salwarpe- from the Lickey Hills to the River Severn
13th February 2020.
‘An introduction to needle felting’. A demonstration and opportunity to make a heart
12th March 2020.
‘Children in the mills: life and time of children in the industrial revolution: the real Jerusalem.
2nd April. 2020
Hereford and Worcester’s first female paramedic. ‘On the ground and in the air’. Yvonne Cocks
14th May 2020
AGM and Resolutions
11th June 2020
Hearing dogs for deaf people- how these amazing dogs assist their recipients.
Merleen Watson with dog Grace
9th July 2020
Lundy :island without equal. Adrian James