How to join

Annual membership 2016 £36

Contact Jean Pocock 01635 248213

Useful links

National Women's Institute

Berkshire Women's Institute

Wikipedia - The W.I.

W.I. Cookbooks on Amazon

Chieveley Women's Institute 

Programme 16/17

All events take place in Chieveley Village Hall on the 2nd Thursday of the month (except Aug)

Doors open 7pm

Meetings start 7.30pm

Mar 10 Thu
Annual Meeting & Duncan Knight, Berkshire Fire & Rescue

Apr 14 Thu
"I climbed Mount Everest"
Sam Lipscombe

May 12 Thu
Resolutions Meeting

Jun 9 Thu
The History & Meaning of Nursery Rhymes
Barbara Hately

Jul 14 Thu
"Mysteries of the Mind"
Neil Sommerville

Aug 11
Garden Picnic

Sep 8 Thu
The Archaeology of Chieveley Parish
Alex Godden

Oct 13 Thu
Old Farm Tools & Quiz
Daughter of Founder Member of Sutton Seeds

Nov 10 Thu
Wildlife Photographer
Tom Way

Dec 8 Thu
Christmas Meeting - "The Golden Oldies"

Jan 12 Thu (2017)
London with a Difference
Nick Channer

Feb 9 Thu (2017)
Birthday Meeting


Chieveley Women's Institute

Who we are

We are the Chieveley branch of The Women's Institute and are the longest running village organisation. We celebrated our 95th birthday in 2015.

Where and when we meet

We meet on the second Thursday of every month in Chieveley Village Hall where we enjoy an interesting programme of talks and also take time to socialise. In addition we have other activities and trips from time to time ranging from picnics, theatre visits, walks and more besides.

We also offer our services to support village events such as the fete for example, where we serve up our popular cream teas.

Do we still bake cakes? (and other old stereotypes)

Yes of course we do, and we make jam, and we are involved in all the other home economics and craft activities most people associate with the W.I. However, the W.I. as a national organisation does much more than that.

Did You Know - the W.I. is the largest women's organisation in the UK with over 200,000 members 

Did You Know - the first W.I. in the UK was set up in Llanfairpwyll in Anglesey, Wales in 1915.

Did You Know the W.I. campaigns nationally on many issues such as;

  • Food labelling
  • Safeguarding the future for dairy farmers
  • Violence against women
  • Climate Change
  • Against detention of people with mental health problems
  • Saving honey bees
  • Third World Poverty

Did You Know the W.I. has its own training college in Denman, Marcham, Oxfordshire where it runs hundreds of day and residential courses - cookery, crafts, self-development, music, literature and languages are among the many topics covered. The college is open to non-members.

Did You Know the W.I. is now active on Facebook and Twitter and sells many books on Amazon.

History of the W.I.

The W.I. was formed in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then the organisation's aims have broadened and the W.I. is now the largest voluntary women's organisation in the UK.

The W.I. plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities. The W.I. celebrated its centenary in 2015 with over 212,000 members in approximately 6,600 institutes.

The Women's Institute - alot more than just cakes and jam!