The National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) History
The National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) was formed in 1917. The Values and Objects were based on the ideals of fellowship, truth, tolerance and justice, with its roots in rural and agricultural communities.
In 2013 this is being changed to include women in all areas of the UK and not just in country areas. The membership age will be from 18 years except in the Isle of Man where it will remain at the age for voting, which is 16 years.
Each year the Annual Meeting of the NFWI is held in different venues around England and Wales, the most popular being at the Albert Hall in London. The year’s events and the future are discussed at the meeting and well known personalities are invited to speak. Every WI is represented by a Delegate who votes on the new Resolution for that year. A great deal has been achieved over the years by members supporting many Resolutions such as Farm Gate Prices, Breast Screening Clinics; Food Labelling; the Plight of the Bumble Bee; Keeping Libraries open, and More Midwives. To be at the Albert Hall with 5,000 other members all singing “Jerusalem” is a mind blowing experience. Members then all walk across the busy road to picnic and in the park, make new friends and compare how different WIs are run.
On 1 June 2013 the AGM was held held in Cardiff International Arena and no prizes for guessing how good the singing was there!
As part of the annual subscription each member receives through the post a quality colour magazine called “ WI Life” which shows the activities of the diverse membership. New WIs are opening in towns, cities and universities, meeting in pubs and cafes, corresponding via the internet but the members are also anxious to learn home economic skills. The WI is in safe hands.
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