Edwinstowe Merry Women WI (Women’s Institute)
Edwinstowe Merry Women WI – The Women’s Institute (WI) was originally formed in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then the organisation’s aims have broadened and the WI is now the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK. The WI celebrated its centenary in 2015 and currently has almost 220,000 embers in approximately 6,300 WIs
The WI 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. As well as a warm welcome and friendship, Edwinstowe Merry Women WI offer crafts, speakers, and lots of other fun activities for members over 11 meetings a year. We also organise extra activity days, outings and workshops such as machine quilting and Christmas wreath making.