The WI Inspiring Women

A Brief History

The Women’s Institute (WI) Movement in Britain began in 1915 during the First World War. It was formed to encourage country women to get involved in growing and preserving food to help increase the supply of food to the nation.

1939 brought the outbreak of the Second World War and again WI’s up and down the country contributed enormously to the growing and preserving of food. Between 1940 and 1945 over 5,300 tons of fruit was preserved by means of canning and jam making entirely for the nation. The jam making (an accolade still fresh today) was enabled also by extra sugar rations allowed by the Government.

1950 Lady Brunner was instrumental in The Keep Britain Tidy campaign which continues to this day!


Warborough & Shillingford Women’s Institute (W&S WI)

W&S WI formed in February 1922. On the last Wednesday of each month at 2.30pm, members met at The Greet Memorial Barn (Hall). There, discussions and plans were made to help village events and activities:- i.e., salvage collections, mains drainage, erection of bus shelters, limiting speed of motor cars through the village, reinstating footpaths, replanting of trees taken away by farmers; other successful projects included protests to the Parish Council (PC) and eventually appointing women to the PC committee!

From October 1966 the WI Car Service to the local doctor’s surgery came into being and is still successful today!

Joining the WI can create great lasting friendships which also plays a pivotal role in village activities, such as: Book Club, gardening, indoor bowls, tennis. walking clubs, bell ringing and choir to name just a few. Turn ‘interests into achievements and concerns into campaigns’ with us!

We have an exciting programme for 2018/19 and would be delighted to share this with you. Come along to our meetings at St. Laurence Hall, Warborough on the second Wednesday each month at 7.15pm.

Just a little taster for you, gin discovery and tasting, internet dating for the more mature.

Further information can be obtained from:

Ruth Webb: 01865 858 187



Why not just pop along to one of our lively meetings.


2nd Wednesday of each month 7.15pm, at St. Laurence Hall.


The WI Inspiring Women