Womens' Institute

Celebrating Kindness - 100 Years of the WI

Rehanon Mackenzie | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rehanon Mackenzie

The WI is very much an atmosphere of growth. During the two years I've been a member we've learned such a variety of skills. We can now make cocktails from ice-cream, we've been taught what makes a great beer from a local independent brewery, how to make seed bombs and make an insect friendly garden...

'Loose Women' Do 'Calendar Girls'

The Huffington Post UK | Ashley Percival | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK Entertainment

The ‘Loose Women’ ladies have found the perfect way to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Women’s Institute - by recreating the infamous calend...

10 Things That Will Surprise You About The WI...

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 20.07.2015 | UK Entertainment

To help the Women's Institute celebrate its centenary in the UK, historian Lucy Worsley is going behind the town hall doors tonight to see if there's ...

The WI - More Than Just Jam and Jerusalem

Michaela Parker | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Michaela Parker

I joined soon after and have never looked back. Having moved to Bristol through work (at the time, I managed a shop and the only people I knew were the people working for me), I was desperate to meet new friends and people in my community. I wanted to try new things and do something of an evening that resulted in more than just sitting in front of the soaps.

What Goes on in a WI Meeting: Cake Baking or Booty Shaking?

Lucy Adams | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Adams

People are often intrigued as to what the 'new breed' of modern WIs' actually do during their meetings. Do they bake cakes, sing Jerusalem or perhaps hate on men? The answer is none of the above (I do eat cakes that other people make though).

Brogan Driscoll

Forget Tea And Cake, The Young Women's Institute Members Would Rather Have A Beer

HuffingtonPost.com | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

The Women's Institute (WI) has long been associated with blue rinse, homemade jam and knitted cardigans - but, as the organisation reaches its centena...

A Guide to Celebrating the Royal Birth

Ben Dalton | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Dalton

Fellow country(wo)men, rejoice in the ceasing of all our woes! The blessed babe this day is born, joy to the world, etc. Here's the Tab guide to getting on a jolly that will rival that time there was a daddy longlegs in your McDonald's and you got a free six-pack of nuggets.

WI and NCT Report Finds Women Unsupported and Midwives Pushed to Their Limits

Ruth Bond | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Politics
Ruth Bond

Maternity care is a journey, and all too often, there are points along the way where women are let down, left uninformed, and disempowered, and the lack of midwives lies behind this. Government directives, clinical guidance and decades of policy based around 'choice' is only worth the paper it's printed on,

LOOK: WI Group In Epic Pirate Fail

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.05.2013 | UK Comedy

Not a headline you read every day, we grant you. But then not every day has a story like this one, from the North Devon Journal: Whoops. ...

Rebuilding Consumer Trust in Food

Ruth Bond | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ruth Bond

Food labelling is back in the headlines as EU ministers meet today to discuss the deepening horse meat crisis as it spreads across Europe. As recent events have shown, regulations regarding food labelling in the UK are lax and frequently serve to mislead the consumer.

Volunteers Cannot Continue Being Used as Sticking Plasters in the Library Service

Ruth Bond | Posted 24.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ruth Bond

As the demand for volunteers grows, we must look at what can be realistically expected of our volunteers. People volunteer for a wide range of reasons; they might care passionately about a cause, it might be the sense of affirmation that they get, others might volunteer in order to gain new experiences or to meet new people.

In Praise of 'Old School' Women

Melanie Jones | Posted 27.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Melanie Jones

I sit on the committee of the Wylye Women WI Lite (like the traditional Women's Institute but aimed at younger women - think Mojitos and Mamma Mia rat...

Life in the Country: Winter Part Two and Latest in Hay-On-Wye's Battle Against Tesco's

Kate Holmes | Posted 16.03.2012 | UK
Kate Holmes

Tesco's seems to be getting a lot of flack in the national press - maybe its monopoly will finally break. Whatever the outcome, the negative press is all good timing for the Plan B protest group in Hay.

The Art of Being a Wingwoman

Jo Rourke | Posted 08.10.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Rourke

Women like to do things together - go to the bathroom, try things on, drink wine, hunt. We're pack animals - always have been, always will be.