President: Felicity Liebmann | 01844 261861
Vice President: Bronwen Sweet
Hon. Secretary: Judy Dudley | 01844 260131
Hon. Treasurer: Jenny Howse
The Women's Institute was formed in 1915, originally set up in the UK to encourage women to become more involved with food production in rural areas during the First World War. It gained great support with its groundbreaking and progressive campaigns empowering women to initiate positive change within society. With almost 220,000 national members across 6,300 WI's, it is now the largest voluntary women's organisation in the UK.
The WI has a rich history of campaigning for a wide range of social issues, including the current campaigns of tackling climate change, avoiding food waste, providing adequate facilities for carers of individuals with Alzheimer's disease or dementia, alleviating loneliness, supporting the bees and addressing the shortage of midwives.
Thame WI is a wonderful community of diverse women that celebrates the heritage of the WI, with an exciting social calendar and engaging campaign schedule to partake in. With the combination of monthly meetings, a varied speaker programme, a plethora of trips to enjoy, charitable fundraising opportunities and specialist clubs to join; it is a fantastic way to become more involved in your local area.
We welcome new members of all ages.
groups & CLUBS
WHERE WE MEET:
Meetings start at 7.30pm at Thame Town Hall on the third Monday of the month.
Visitors are more than welcome to attend two meetings before making a decision about joining. On joining, there is an annual subscription fee renewable in January. The annual fee includes the monthly News and Views magazine and WI Life magazines.
What to expect at meetings:
You will be welcomed by members of the committee
An opportunity to purchase a raffle ticket and to buy something from the 'Bursary Table' of which proceeds go to fund bursaries for Denman College courses.
The meeting is opened with 'Jerusalem'
The President, Secretary and Treasurer conduct official business such as the minutes from the previous meeting and dates for your diary
Speaker - a different talk each month covering an array of interesting topics with a themed competition to partake in.
Social time - a cup of tea/coffee with a biscuit and a chance to chat to members of the group.
Other business is discussed such as competition/raffle winners and upcoming events.