the WI - Inspiring Women

Shenley WI was formed in 1919. We meet on the first Thursday of the month at 7.30pm in the village hall, except for August when we go on an outing.  Being a fairly large WI with over 50 members, we are lucky to be able to attract some very good external speakers for our meetings.

Apart from the meetings, we also have a book group and a craft club and we have a monthly ladies-that-lunch outing.

We are a friendly bunch with a wide range of ages and interests, so why not attend a couple of meetings for free to see if you'd like to join?  Tea and cake are also free!

Please contact: Cathy Waddington on 01923 858 373


2017 Talks sponsored by Hertsmere Borough Council.

Items marked * to be members own work

Inside Story...

The National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) is the largest voluntary organisation for women in the UK with over 220,000 members in more than 6,300 WIs. Shenley WI is part of the Hertfordshire Federation (HFWI) which has 94 Institutes and 4,000 members. HFWI is based in Wheathampstead and features a unique craft shop selling items made by WI members.

Membership includes 11 monthly meetings, usually with a speaker; 12 issues of County News (giving details of events in the Hertfordshire Federation) and 8 copies of WI Life delivered to your door. This year’s subscription is £39.00 of
which we keep £19.00, HFWI has £8.80 and NFWI has £11.20.

Book Group meets monthly on a Thursday afternoon in the Methodist Church Room at 2 pm.

Craft Group also meets monthly, same time and place as the above, but on a Tuesday.

Lunch Outing to a different venue every month. Details announced at the monthly meeting.

Gift Aid is tax which is reclaimable from the Government on your subscription. This is a very welcome addition to our funds – sign up for this scheme if you are a taxpayer.

Associated Country Women of the World is active in over 70 countries worldwide and is dedicated to making life better for women and their families. The “Pennies for Friendship” tin is for this charity.

Bursary Shenley W.I. awards two annual bursaries of £100 each to enable two members to attend a course at Denman, the WI’s residential college in Oxfordshire. Names are drawn from a hat in February – be in it to win it!

Sales Table Items can be donated to WI funds or sold at a commission of 10%. Tea Hostesses are volunteers (we need more) and are reimbursed £2.00 for each cake.

Competitions Points are awarded for entering or winning these and at the end of the year – points mean prizes!

Address Book is a list of ‘tried and trusted’ tradesmen. Contact Margaret (01932 850 522).


SUBSCRIPTION FOR 2017 £39.00 (payable in January)

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