The Women’s Institute (WI) is the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK. Formed in 1915, it 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. The Devon Federation is one of the largest WI Federations with well over 225 institutes in towns, villages and hamlets throughout the county.
Broadhembury WI was formed in 1922 and generally meets on at the Memorial Hall on a Tuesday evening – with added winter meetings in the afternoon, and also social events. During the re-building of the Broadhembury Memorial Hall, we met at the Payhembury Village Hall, or occasionally at the Drewe Arms in Broadhembury village.
Our agendas are many and varied; our 2015 programme, for example, includes speakers on reflexology, art therapy, the National Gardens Scheme, farming in Somerset, WW2 on Dartmoor, gospel singing, the design and production of fine bone china, floristry, travels in Ladakah, William Morris’ garden, and the changing role of women in the 19th century. We also have a spring bulb show for members. Refreshments are served at each meeting, allowing a bit of socialising too. Our members are of all ages from 20s to 90s.
Outside our regular meetings, our expert members share with us their skills in jam-making, cake decoration, cookery and floral art – and we have visited a member’s farm and various National Trust properties in the region. Members participate regularly in “group activities” in the Honiton area and at County level – in quizzes, choirs, skittle matches, croquet, educational meetings and outings to places of interest across the south-west and beyond. We also sponsor a member, every three years, to attend a course at the WI’s national
training centre, Denman College in Oxfordshire.
We enthusiastically welcome new members, as well as visitors, at every meeting and encourage you to bring along a friend or family member to listen to speakers that may interest them. First meetings for visitors are free; after that we charge a nominal amount which goes towards our costs. You can be assured of a warm welcome at the WI and we hope to see you soon!
To find out more, please contact:
Our President, Mrs Linda Wilson [lindawilson01 @ talktalk.net]
Our Vice President, Mrs Ewa Shephard [shephards @ mac.com]