The Women’s Institute (WI) was 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 will celebrate its centenary in 2015 and currently has 212,000 members in around 6,600 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.

The Essex Federation currently has responsibility for 225 WIs with a membership of nearly 8,500, and will be celebrating its own centenary in 2017.

Whether your interests lie in crafts, cooking, the Arts, sport or current affairs there is something for everyone all undertaken with fun and friendship.

Would you like to join the WI and there is not one local to you? We can help! Please contact the WI Centre on 01245 382233 or email

If you would like more information feel free to contact us.

Womens Institute