A Message from the Federation Chair

A very warm welcome to Wiltshire - a beautiful and diverse county in the South West of England almost half of which is designated an area of outstanding natural beauty.  Wiltshire is uniquely rooted in the past; Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age people all built settlements on the hills and downs, while Romans, Normans and Saxons left their mark on our countryside and towns.

Stonehenge and Avebury are by far the most famous Neolithic sites in the UK, but Wiltshire is also known for the eight iconic white horses carved into its chalk hills.  Other attractions and landmarks include Salisbury Cathedral which boasts the tallest spire in England, Castle Combe voted one of the prettiest villages in England, Lacock the home of photography, Caen Hill Locks - one of the original seven wonders of the waterways, and last but by no means least the home of Brunel’s Great Western Railway in Swindon.


At this unprecedented time, I would like people to know that we are still operating behind the scenes ready to start meetings, events, holidays and all that we will be able to do safely.  The WIs in Wiltshire have been amazing, they are helping each other and those who have had to shield, they have been sewing masks, PPEs and bags to wash clothing.  Here are some other recent WI Activities: held competitions, learnt to use technology, had virtual meetings, joined weekly Federation quizzes, theatre groups have watched live streamings and followed up with zoom discussions and book clubs have operated in a similar way, walking netball …. (I am still not sure how they pass the ball!!)


We have closed our office but can still be contacted on the email addresses below, our staff are either furloughed or working part time so if you do not get a response quickly, you will as soon as can be managed.

So for any news within the Federation, please watch this space or keep an eye on our Wiltshire WI Group on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/WiltshireWI).

If you are not a member and want to find out more about how to join a WI near you then please contact our office on 01380 739340 or email fedsec@wiltshirewi.org.uk 

We welcome all ladies over 18 to this wonderful organisation which is the largest organisation for women in England and Wales. It is a great place to meet other women, learn new skills, have new experiences, campaign on issues and have fun.

Go on, give us a call.

Lesley Holdway

Lesley Holdway
Chair - WFWI


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