Has your WI done something unusual, original or newsworthy recently? Please email us a short write up, and up to 5 digital photographs to admin@essexwi.org.uk . We’ll endeavour to post as many as possible on here and/or our Facebook page.


Petticoats on Parade

An exhibition celebrating the role of the women’s auxiliary service in the first world war is being held at Grays Thameside Theatre.

“Come and learn about Thurrock’s involvement – for example read about Gwendoline Wakeling from Purfleet, who joined the WAAC and trained as a carpenter before moving to the WRAF where she sewed canvas onto aeroplane wings”.

The exhibition runs from Monday 13th November until Friday 17th November from 10am till 4pm.


A Call For Centenary Menus Please!

Please would the ladies attending the Centenary Ball from Tollesbury, Thorrington and Hockley Hawkwell, PLEASE return your menu choices ASAP. If you have not received the menus, please call the Federation Office for a copy.


Woodlands Group Afternoon Tea!

Woodland Group with Martin Harrison

Members from Woodland Group of WI’s gathered together for an afternoon of homemade cakes, tea/coffee together with an alphabet of songs from Martyn Harrison. The produce, plant and raffle stalls did a roaring trade and members went home having enjoyed a lovely afternoon.


Hornchurch Harmonies Turn 5!



It has been a busy year for Hornchurch Harmonies WI as they celebrate their 5th birthday. Members have attended the Essex Centenary meeting and the WI Fair. They also entered the Diverse Essex show (their first time of entering a WI show) and they received three gold stars, which was not bad for their first attempt! Members have also enjoyed trips to Romford Dogs, the theatre, a meal out plus a picnic and fun and games in the park. They’ve tried Burlesque, been interviewed by the local paper, held a plant stall at the Ingrebourne Group meeting, held a quiz to get them thinking on resolutions, made green hearts whilst discussing climate change and had various speakers and welcomed many visitors. They have also taken their craft skills to the local women’s refuge to teach them how to knit, crotchet etc. Their 5th Birthday celebrations in October included spooky Halloween treats made by members, making flowers using wire and nail varnish and of course tea and cake.

Has your WI celebrated a birthday recently? Have you got a good digital photograph of the event? Why not email us the details?


Grand Prize Draw Prizes Announced

FEWI are delighted to announce the Grand Prize Draw 2017 prizes as follows:















1st prize £500

2nd prize £250

3rd prize Ambassador Theatre Tickets

plus many more prizes including those pictured. Tickets £1 each available from your Secretary or Fed Office, draw will take place on Saturday 25th November.


Centenary Ball Postcode Change

Please be aware, especially sat nav users, that the postcode for the Centenary Ball is CM3 1QP not CM1 1QP as previously stated.


WI Christmas Trees at Hyde Hall


The WI Christmas Trees are being decorated on Friday 24th of November 2017 by our members. You will be able to see them after that date until Friday 5th of January 2018. Please look on the Hyde Hall website for opening times and entrance fees.


New Adviser for Essex Federation


The FEWI Board of Trustees were delighted to welcome Jan Curtis as a brand new WI Adviser, at their meeting on Thursday 26th October 2017. Jan is pictured here, receiving her advisers certificate from County Chairman, Kay Lodge, at the Board Meeting.

Dolphin WI Heads Back to Ally Pally!

The Dolphin WI, got to display their knitted Braintree at Alexandra Palace again last week, at the Knitting & Stitching Show.

You may have been lucky enough to see it for real at our Diverse Essex County Show in July. They started knitting it two years ago, when they first created St Michael’s Church. Since then they have replicated many more well known buildings from in and around Braintree. A big well done to The Dolphin WI from us all at FEWI – we’re very proud of you all – the skills they have demonstrated are truly amazing.

Centenary Mugs Back In Stock!


Essex Federation Centenary Mugs!! Get them whilst you can, very few remaining!! They’d make a lovely Centenary momento for that someone who is just to tricky for words to buy for, and whilst we are still in the Centenary Year of the Essex Federation, it is perfect timing! 

At £10.00 each they really are a lovely gift! 
(Dare we mention Christmas!!??!!)

Please call the WI Office on 01245 382233 to order!

Oak Group Annual Meeting 2017

Oak Group held this years meeting in the lovely Thaxted church. Convenors, Guildhall Girls, welcomed everyone with a bucks fizz and there were a variety of stalls to wander round. The speakers were excellent and the evening was enjoyed by all.

FEWI Denman Weekend 2017

In September, a coachload of FEWI members made their way to Denman just in time to coincide with our 100th birthday! Denman eve had their record books open at the appropriate page for us. It was a wonderful weekend with many activities completed and many new friends made.

Can You Help Us?

Can you help solve a mystery? The wonderful piece of work shown in the picture was recently found at WI Centre. There wasn’t any covering paperwork with it giving details of who had made it or which WI they were from.

We are hoping someone has information on the piece as it has now been cleaned & framed ahead of being put on display in the Federation’s meeting room. It would be great if it’s creator & WI could be mentioned alongside the work.

If you have any clues please get in touch with the Archive Team via the Federation office.