National Association of the Womens Institute

Womens Institute

The Women’s Institute (WI) was formed in 1915 with two clear aims: 1) to revitalise rural communities and 2) to encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War.

Since then our aims have broadened and we are now the largest women’s organisation in the UK. We celebrated our 90th anniversary in 2005 and currently have 205,000 members in 6,500 WIs.

We 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.

Our national structure: The national headquarter of the WI, the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, is in London. We produce a membership magazine WI Life.

Our regional structure: Our 6,500 WIs are grouped together to form 70 county and island federations, each with a regional office. These can be found in the Find your WI section. Each level of the organisation is run by a committee of elected members.


Ripon Belles WI - a young, fun WI based in Ripon

Ripon Belles

Bedale Town Information

Bedale Information

LazerCheer, Cheerleading Club

Lazercheer Academy

Scorton Archers, Archery Club

Scorton Archers

Dance Kiya

Eastern/Oriental dancing group (Belly dancing)
Classes and demonstrations. Call Pat Lawson on 01677 422096 for more information

Autism Plus, adding vallue to lives

Autism Plus

Atech Computers, Computer Engineer

Atech Computers

Swaledale Mountain Rescue

Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team is a registered charity which provides a mountain and cave rescue service within the Swaledale and Wensleydale areas of North Yorkshire.
Swaledale Mountain Rescue

Alistair Baldwin, Landscape designer

Alistair Baldwin

John Gill Garage in Aiskew

John Gill Garage

Helen Adams, River Mountain Experience

Providers of private instruction and guiding for Hillwalking skills, Paddle Sport and Nordic Walking.
Helen Adams, River Mountain Experience

Gregory Abouna, Creole Carnival

Salsa dancing, from the Caribbean to Latin America. Classes at the Voodoo Cafe, Skinnergate, Darlington, DL3 7LX
Creole Carnival

Thorpe Perrow Arboretum

Thorp Perrow is the most important Arboretum in the North of England. It covers 100 acres and is currently home to 5 National Plant Collections and 51 Champion Trees. Well worth a visit every month to see the changes
Thorpe Perrow Arboretum

Made at Muddfields

Personalised service making fudge and shortbread biscuits for any occasion

Made at Muddfields






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