The WI is the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK with approx 205,000 members and 6,500 WIs.
It 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.
Newnham WI is 105 years old on 5th June 2023
We have 26 members and meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month in The Armoury Village Hall at 7.30 pm
THE PROGRAMME FOR 2023-24
APRIL 11th “Pictures from Japan”
MAY 9th Resolutions, Cocktails & Canapés & Stories
JUNE 13th Mosaic, presentation and practical
JULY 11th Tales of a Travel Rep
SEPTEMBER 12th Afternoon Social venue to be arranged
OCTOBER 10th The Hugely Huggable Teddy Bear
NOVEMBER 14th Annual Meeting/ Christmas Cracker making
DECEMBER 12th Christmas Party
JANUARY 9th Inspiration from the Natural World
FEBRUARY 13th Wild Hogs Hedgehog Rescue
MARCH 12th Women & Medicine in Tudor England
ALL ABOUT THE WI
The WI is for all women, offering them opportunities for friendship and for learning and working together to improve the quality of life in the community, to enable development of individual skills and talents and opportunities to join in a wide range of Wl activities. This year the WI Movement is 108 years old.
Newnham WI which is 105 years old is part of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI), and also the Gloucestershire Federation of Women’s Institutes (GFWI). We have approximately 30 members, mostly from Newnham and the surrounding area. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 7.30 pm in the Armoury Hall, High Street, Newnham.
MEETINGS The main part of the evening is a talk or demonstration, preceded by some brief W.I. business. Members on a rota basis are hostesses for the evening once a year.
SUBSCRIPTION for 2023-4 is £46.00 of which Newnham keeps £22.60, GFWI receives £10.80 and NFWI receives £12.60. Dual members pay £22.60 to their second WI
WESTSIDE GROUP Newnham belongs to this group which is made up of local Wls (Longhope, Mitcheldean, Newnham, Vale of Castiard. The function of the Group is to encourage members from neighbouring Wls to get together to get to know each other and enjoy social events together.
GFWI acts as an umbrella body for all the WIs in the County Federation and has a Federation Secretary, Lindsay Gow, who works in WI House, Brunswick Square, Gloucester (01452 523966). There are several committees that arrange events and activities to cater for the needs and interests of members. These events are advertised in the monthly newsletter GLOUCESTERSHIRE NEWS.
NFWI is an even bigger umbrella for all the Wls in England and Wales and has an office at 104 New King’s Road, London, SW6 4LY (02073) 719300. Each year an Annual General Meeting is held at which one delegate represents up to 4 Wls, the 2023 meeting will be in The M & S Arena, Liverpool.
RESOLUTIONS on social and topical matters, submitted by individual Wls, are selected and discussed thoroughly at all levels. If carried at a general meeting they empower the WI to influence local and national policy
ACWW (Associated Country Women of the World) is a world-wide organisation to which NFWI belongs. Each WI donates small amounts to ACWW which funds projects to help under privileged women in third world countries.
COUNTRY MARKETS comprise of shareholders who do not have to be WI members but can earn money from selling home produced goods at these markets our nearest are Coleford and Gloucester
WI PUBLICATIONS These are NFWI newsletter, GFWI newsletters and a monthly magazine called “WI Life”. There are many booklets published on a wide range of subjects plus an annual diary and GFWI calendar.
Link to national WI web site
Link to county WI web site