The National Federarion of Women's Institutes was formed in 1915 and Mendlesham's WI was formed in 1926. We are affiliated to the Suffolk East Federation.
The aim of the WI is to provide women with friendship, the opportunity to learn new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their community.
Fundraising enables us to provide bursaries to Denman College (the WI’s own residential adult education college in Oxfordshire) and for courses locally; we have several craft workshops during the year to encourage the development of new skills. Our Grow Cook and Sew show in August and the Suffolk Show exhibition is a testament to this.
We support the community whenever possible by continuing to plant in the Millenium wood and the school garden project has been very successful. We have a small walking group that meets once a month, weather permitting and we meet on the first Wednesday morning each month to "Knit Stitch and Yarn". This has proved to be very popular.
With a variety of good speakers, the odd quiz and poetry readings our meetings are happy affairs. We meet on the third Tuesday of each month (second Tuesday in December) in the small hall at the community centre and commence at 7.30. Visitors are always welcome, so come along and see that we are not all Jam and Jerusalem. 2016 is the ninetieth year for Mendlesham WI and with our membership growing it is a very exciting time.
Contact. Ruth Orchard. 01449672334.
National Federation of Women’s Institute Website: www.womens-institute.org.uk
Suffolk East Federation of Women’s Institute Website: www.sefwi.org.uk