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
Broadhembury WI was formed in 1922 and generally meets 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 are most often
meeting at Payhembury Village Hall, or occasionally at the Drewe Arms in
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
To find out more, please contact:
Our President, Mrs Linda Wilson [lindawilson01 @ talktalk.net]
Our Vice President, Mrs Ewa Shephard [shephards @ mac.com]