The Women’s Institute has a long history.
The WI movement began at Stoney Creek, Ontario in Canada in 1897
when Adelaide Hoodless addressed a meeting for the wives of members
of the Farmers' Institute. WIs quickly spread throughout Ontario
and Canada. The first WI meeting in England and Wales took place
on 11 September 1915 at Llanfairpwll on Anglesey in North Wales.
The WI was originally set up in the UK 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
currently has over 210,000 members in around 6,600 WIs and will
celebrate its centenary in 2015.
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
Lightwater WI was founded on 8th January, 1936 and ranks as the
second longest running WI within the Chobham Ridges WI Group. We
are friendly, vibrant, active, and community spirited. We run a
number of activities which range from craft to lunch clubs and from
knitting to solo clubs, to name a few. Our monthly meetings and
various activities are not only fun but also enable members to learn
or perfect various skills.
Our meetings are on the 2nd Wednesday of every month, at 2.00pm,
at All Saints’ Church Hall, Broadway Road, Lightwater. They
are fairly informal and we usually have a speaker or entertainer.
Please do contact us via e-mail at: :firstname.lastname@example.org
if you would like to know more about the Lightwater WI.
Our Committee for 2020
From L - R: Joan,Linda,Pauline,Wendy,Marian (President),
Plus our two new Committee Members
From L - R: Anne and Fran.
Marian presenting flowers to Janet
who had been a committee member for many years