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Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor Women's Institute.

We are delighted to welcome you to our web site, our virtual WI.

This webpage was compiled to help and interest our members and to tell the rest of the world what our aims are, what we do and why we exist.

The WI. is the largest voluntary women's organisation in the UK. The ideals of the Women's Institute are truth, justice, tolerance and friendship. The WI. exists to educate women to enable them to provide an effective role in the community, to expand their horizons and to develop and pass on important skills.

'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'. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

So what do we offer?

Photograph of WI Stall at Village Fete July, 2014.

Our WI Stall at our Church Fete July, 2014

The W.I. offers women the best opportunity to make an impact in their communities,to influence local, national and world issues affecting the social, economic and environmental life of families and communities, and to learn traditional and new skills.

Did you know that since its inception in 1915 the W.I. has campaigned on a wide range of issues including:

Domestic Violence , Equal Pay, Oil Pollution, Aids, Farm Gate Milk Prices, Care of Our Environment, Stop Climate Chaos, Chemicals and Health, Supermarkets, Fairtrade Fortnight, Children's diets, exercise and health, Healthy Eating, and Supermarket Packaging Campaign.

Lady Denman Cup

'What my WI means to me'

The Lady Denman Cup Competition 2014 invites WI members to write a poem based on the theme 'What my WI means to me'. The poem may be comical or serious and written in any style, but must reflect and explain the individual's personal feelings, or experiences. The competition title must be used as the poem's header and there is no restriction on the number of words used.

Entries can be submitted either via email or by hard copy.

Members must submit four copies of their entries to their Federation Secretary, by the date advertised by the federation office. Federations may then select up to three entries to go forward for judging by national. Closing date for federations to submit their entries to the NFWI-Unit is Friday 8 August 2014.

This competition is open to all WI members and WI Associates.

Please contact your Federation Secretary for a full schedule and entry form, or visit the Competitions section of the WI Moodle. - See more at:

Read the Current News on things such as Current news and events SOS for high streets and town centres - See more such as Floral Art and Gardening/

What can be behind the door of 104!

More Midwives Resolution

WI members call for more midwives

see more on this and other campaigns here.

Milk price cuts.

WI members are backing dairy farmers.


Mission Milk

The NFU and the NFWI are campaigning to safeguard the future for Britain's dairy farmers. WI members got behind dairy farmers in their thousands during the Great Milk Debates however there is increasing concern that momentum has been lost, and many farmers are struggling to make a decent living.

By revisiting the Great Milk Debates we hope to show that consumers have a real stake in the vibrancy of the British Dairy industry. We will be calling on retailers, processors and the Government to play their part in ensuring there is a long-term future for British milk. Over 15,000 members took part in the debates in 2007 and we believe that there is still a huge strength of feeling to evoke change today. An action pack will be available shortly.  Read on...

All this Midwives and Milk talk makes me think of Moodle.

I hope you didn't say 'What is that?' You did? Well the WI Moodle, is the training and resource site for the National Federation of Women's Institutes. It is really interesting and you really should read about it and join in.

So what is it about?

WI YouTube Channel, Woman's Hour Podcasts, Craft Club, What's on in Denman and WI Facebook and Twitter and lots more. You will find it here.

There are currently 17302 WI Moodle members?! Make sure you become one too.

The Great Food Debate


The WI's Love Food Champions are working in their communities to help individuals reduce food waste.

We also campaign on wider policy issues including: human trafficking and violence against women, adult education and trade justice. In 2009 our campaign was for honey bees, which we are still following. See more here.

Photo of a honey bee

SOS for Honey Bees - Honey Bees play a vital role in the pollination of food crops and in our environment. In view of concerns about the accelerating decline in the UK honey bee population, this meeting urges HM Government to increase funding for research into Bee Health.

Honeybees play a vital role in the pollination of food crops and in our environment. In view of concerns about the accelerating decline in the UK honeybee population, this meeting urges HM Government to increase funding for research into bee health.' WI Life.

WI members knit their way into the record books

3,083 WI members knitted their way into the Guinness Book of World Records in May this year during the NFWI AGM at the Royal Albert Hall, London, by breaking the record for the most people knitting simultaneously for fifteen minutes to celebrate traditional craft skills.

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So, come browse and discover more about us! We hope that you enjoy your visit to our website and will return soon. Better still, maybe you will come along to our meetings and see what we are all about.

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