Join Hadleigh’s W.I. & Be Part of a Fantastic and Powerful Institution

Pat Millard - founder of Hadleigh Evening Women’s Institute

Hadleigh Evening Women’s Institute has been running for 39 years, since 1972 and is currently based at Hadleigh Salvation Army Farm. Having spoken to the co-founder Pat Millard (pictured), she explained to me that the Hadleigh Evening W.I. have a meeting once a month, on every 3rd Thursday of the month. The meetings take place in the evening for around 2-3 hours, which allows you to fit around any work commitments you may have.

Hadleigh Evening Women’s Institute currently has about 80 residents. It is a brilliant foundation to be a part of, whether you’re a young mum or a retiree, you’ll be made to feel very welcome and have a sense of achievement by being part of such a successful, long-running institute. The Women’s Institute was formed in 1915 with two clear aims: to revitalise rural communities and to encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then their aims have broadened and they are now the largest women’s organisation in the UK.

Hadleigh W.I. helps the country as a whole, but also brings a local support to Hadleigh, by organising fund-raising events and occasions that the local community can join in with. A great example of work Hadleigh W.I.’s achieved is the organising and erecting of the Hadleigh sign, located across the road from Morrison’s. No matter what your interests are, there are a number of groups within the W.I. offering; crafts, rambling, choirs, gardening as well as food and cooking, so you’ll have plenty of choice as to which group you may like to be a part of.

W.I. meetings are well organised and structured, firstly beginning with 30 minutes to discuss business sent to them from the national W.I. based in London and the county W.I. based in Chelmsford, 45 minutes is then allocated to a speaker, followed by refreshments and then a local chat takes place for the remaining time. The W.I. is a strong educational force and has so many opportunities to offer, that it really is suitable to women of all ages.

As a member of the W.I. you will be invited to come forward to put resolutions in place for problems that may be troubling you and your community. Each year a major vote will take place at the annual general meeting of the W.I. in order to find a resolution for the problem. A matter that is currently under discussion within the W.I. is the use of mega farming and the closing of local libraries. W.I. membership offers a whole range of opportunities including monthly meetings, a membership magazine W.I. Life, and the chance to take part in wide-ranging activities.

The W.I. play 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. So why not become a member of Hadleigh W.I. and have a powerful voice on local, national and international issues?



Published: July 1st, 2011


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