Monkton Farleigh Women’s Institute (MFWI) is our village branch of the national organisation, fondly known as the WI.
MFWI meet every month on the third Tuesday in the Monkton Farleigh Village Hall at 7.30 pm. We start with a short business meeting usually followed by a speaker, refreshments and a raffle. There is also a sales table where members are able to bring along books, DVDs or other items for sale.
We have some interesting speakers covering a variety of talks for example, recent meetings we have learned about 20th Century Bath, Rare and Common British Butterflies and recently Nick McCamley spoke about ‘Secret Underground Cities’ including the stone mines at Monkton Farleigh. At some meetings we explore activities with the speaker – in June we spent a fascinating evening learning Needle Felting. In 2017 we will hear Paul Jupp speak on Gardening for Wildlife and renown chef Rachel Demuth will be ‘Spicing up Seasonal Vegetables’.
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.
MFWI welcome guests and anyone interested in coming along would be made most welcome. For further information please contact Jenny Grant -Tel. 01225 859919.
We enjoy going out for lunch or supper together each month and also have the opportunity to attend county events organized by Wiltshire WI, whose headquarters are in Devizes. We are involved in the Wiltshire WI Skittles League and Whist League. The Annual National WI Meeting is held at various venues all over the country and we are represented there.
The Women’s Institute was formed in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and 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 celebrated its centenary in 2015 and currently has almost 220,000 members in approximately 6,300 WIs.