The WI and us



The Women's Institute (WI) was formed in Britain in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in food production during the First World War. Since then the organisation's aims have broadened and the WI is now the largest voluntary organisation in the UK.  The WI celebrated its centenary in 2015 and now has over 220,0000 members and over 6,300 WIs.


The WI 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.


For more information about the National Federation of WIs, NFWI, click on the link.





As a member of the WI you can access a private members area on the website, please follow the instructions from the homepage for the login instructions.






Our Federation is Hampshire, one of largest Federations in the country.  The staff working for the Federation are based at WI House in Eastleigh.  The Federation has a number of sub-committees made up of volunteer (unpaid) members working under the direction of the Hampshire Federation Board of Trusteees, again, all these are volunteers.  The sub committees are, Membership (made up of a team of Advisers who work with groups of WIs across the county to help set up new WIs, advise and assist existing WIs etc), Trading Post (sourcing and selling merchandise), Leisure Activities (organising trips and events for members to take part in, enabling members from around the county to meet together), Creative Arts (organising craft-based competitions and activities). Surplus funds raised by the sub Committees go into the funds for the Federation.  The Federation produces a monthly news magazine which we purchase for our members which gives you access to information about the events and activities.  






Denman is the WI's own college, an imposing Georgian House set in beautiful grounds at Marcham near Abingdon in Oxfordshire.  Denman is the WI's centre for learning, offering a wealth of opportunities to learn new skills on day courses and short courses in the field of cookery, craft and lifestyle.  Everyone is welcome - men and women, members and non-members, individuals and groups.  Members benefit from a discounted price.


For full details and to download the current Denman course brochure please click on the link. 




Through careful management of our WI funds, the WAGs are delighted to be able to offer five members

a bursary of £100 each to put towards a course at Denman.,