About Us

Welcome to South Street WI

The Women’s Institute in the UK began in Anglesey in 1915 and the ideals of truth, justice, tolerance and friendship, are as important today as they were then. The WI is the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK. The WI will celebrate its centenary in 2015 and currently has 212,526 members in around 6,600 WIs. It exists to enable women to expand their horizons and to learn and pass on important skills and have an effective role in the community.

As WI members, we all belong to the National Federation of Women’s Institutes and at a more local level, we are part of the East Kent Federation.

Our South Street Women’s Institute celebrated its Diamond Anniversary in January 2014 in true WI style with wonderful birthday cakes, made and decorated by two of our members. From an initial membership of just 34 ladies in 1954, we have grown in 60 years to a large friendly and active membership of around 110.

At 60 years of age, we thought it a good time to develop our own web site and truly move into the 21st century! We hope you’ll explore our website and then come along, if you’re not already a member, to see what the South Street WI for you.

Interest groups at South Street WI

Many interesting individual groups offer a wide variety of activities for our members. Most meet in members’ homes and some may charge a small fee or ask for donations for refreshments.

Established Interest Groups

Book Clubs: book clubs meet once a month to discuss the chosen book and enjoy coffee and biscuits.

Craft Group: meets once a month. You can learn a new craft or improve your skills.

French Group: We have a French group who like to put their lessons to practice by often having a day trip to France.

Gardening group: we manage to visit at least three gardens of interest during the summer, also plants and ideas are shared.

Drama group: entertains us at least twice a year at our meetings. They perform skits and enjoy singing.

Walking group: meets twice a month for local walks about town. There’s always a coffee stop along the way.

Darts group: meets every Monday at a local pub for a friendly game of darts.

Other Interest Groups and Classes

We are always trying new classes or interest groups to meet the needs of our members. For example, we’re in the process of starting a Bridge group, a camera club, and another book club. We're also taking suggestions for new classes.

Link Groups: Each WI member is assigned to a Link Group, according to the area where she lives. Members living close to each other can meet up socially by having coffee mornings or afternoon teas. The Link Groups also serve to support each member in times of illness or other needs.

For more information please contact us at info@southstreetwi.org.uk

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