The Women’s Institute was founded in the UK in 1915. We set out to give women a voice and to be a force for good in the community. Since then, its membership and ambitions alike have grown tremendously. Today, it is the largest women’s organisation in England, Wales and the Isles and prides itself on being a trusted place for women of all generations to share experiences and learn from each other.
Wednesday Women WI was formed in 2011 and is open to all women aged 18 plus whether or not they live in Barton. It meets on the third Wednesday of each month, except August when we aim to hold an informal social event such as “Pizza and Pictures”, open air theatre visit or a punt outing followed by a meal.
The usual venue is Barton Pavilion. However, as with many groups we have had to adapt to the “new normal” of the corona virus pandemic and have moved our meetings to Zoom, but don’t worry if you don’t have access to a computer you can still join in by telephone. All meetings open at 7.45 p.m. for an 8.00 p.m. start.
Following the most recent Government advice we have taken the decision to hold all of our meetings remotely using Zoom for the foreseeable future and have arranged meetings for the next seven months on this basis. We have also been discussing the fact that given the new restrictions announced this week and the likelihood that at some point in the next few months there may be periods of time when these are tightened there may be ladies in Barton and the surrounding area, particularly those who live alone, who are feeling lonely and would like to be in touch with other ladies. In addition to our main meetings we also have an active book club and during lockdown earlier this year had regular social gatherings on Zoom to chat, do quizzes and play games if there is interest in this over the winter months then we would certainly consider holding similar events. It is not necessary to be online to use Zoom as people can dial in, but if there were ladies who wanted to join us but were nervous about the technology one of us would be happy to meet with them (suitably socially distanced of course) to help them. There is an annual subscription to join but at the moment we are offering 6 months (October 2020 to April 2021) for the price of 3 for any lady who is new to WI.