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WOMENS INSTITUTE

Welcome to Norham WI.  Founded in 1923 our aim is to promote women’s interests, education and friendship within the local community.  Fundraising for local charities is also an important element of our group.

NORHAM WOMENS INSTITUTE (W.I)

Norham WI meets in the Village Hall at 2pm on the first Thursday of every month, except August. Our ladies come from a variety of backgrounds and are always willing to support each other and new members through the sharing of experiences/knowledge and by offering practical help where necessary.

Throughout the year we have a varied programme of speakers and activities to suit all interests.  Following the main meeting, there is time to socialise, catching up with old friends and making new ones over Afternoon Tea.

Norham WI is part of the national network of WIs.  The WI was first introduced into the UK in 1915 and its ideals of truth, justice, tolerance, and friendship are as strong and important now as they were then. 

 

The WI is all about inspiring women and plays a unique role in providing women with the opportunity to join and be involved in a way that suits them.  For some this will be an opportunity to make new friends, for others, it is about learning new skills and for some, the campaigning aspect may be the key motivator.

 

The WI has a long history of campaigning on a wide range of social and environmental issues.  All of the WI campaigns are about changing things for the better and tackling the issues that matter to members.  Some of the more recent campaigns have included making it acceptable to talk about Mental Health issues, reducing the amount of microplastic fibers entering our oceans and combatting loneliness.

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Not just Jam and Jerusalem!

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For our monthly meetings, we strive to arrange an innovative programme of talks, e.g. previous topics have been as diverse as a talk on Forensic Art and a demonstration of tribal dancing! 

 

Our annual Soup and Sandwich event is well-established and eagerly anticipated with all proceeds going to charity.  We are also noted for hosting an afternoon tea for the annual Coldstream Rideout.  We have a very successful Craft Group which meets every fortnight and is open to members and non-members alike, going some way to alleviating the problem of loneliness.