We are an active and lively WI that meets on the first Wednesday of the month in our local village hall. We come together for friendship, to share interests, learn new skills and to enjoy ourselves. We have a programme of interesting talks that focus on topics to interest our members. We also enjoy a range of other activities including crafts, book club, diners, skittles, walking netball and walking group that meet at other times during the month. We get together with other WIs a couple of times a year for group meetings and we have the opportunity to take part in a range of events and activities organised through our county office.
Our membership is drawn from the village of West Lulworth and beyond, and includes surrounding villages and army camps. If you would like to find out more about us you are very welcome to come to one of our meetings. Feel free to just turn up or contact a committee member for more information.
Nationally, the Women's Institute was created 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. The National Website is located at www.thewi.org.uk
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. West Lulworth WI was formed in 1920, and we currently have over 30 members.