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What does Shadforth WI do?

Monthly Meet-Ups

Each 3rd Tuesday in the month, at Shadforth Village Hall, 7.00pm - 10.00pm.

Most monthly meetings include:

  • news of new things to get involved in
  • a talk or demonstration
  • games
  • competitions and prizes (at least 2 chances to win)
  • time to socialise
  • tasty treats!

We welcome anyone, even on a temporary basis!  It is always great to meet new people and Shadforth WI has enjoyed welcoming visitors from as far apart as America and South Korea.  Come along to one of the Meet-Ups and let us welcome you too!

Other Shadforth WI Activities

Other activities are chosen and organised by the members! 

If you are interested in something you can make it happen! 

Some activities and examples:

For nearly 70 years, Shadforth WI has provided a meeting place for women in the rural area of Shadforth, County Durham.

Shadforth WI has charity status and is self-governing within the framework of the WI Constitution and Rules.  Shadforth WI is part of Durham County Federation of Women’s Institutes (DCFWI).

Shadforth WI remains an important and vibrant part of Shadforth's rural community.  It still meets in the Village Hall it helped build and provides a chance to meet others and learn and try something new. 
It aims to provide a contact point, enabling people to meet and socialise regularly, to listen to interesting talks, and take part in various activities.  In an age of increasing social isolation and a growth in dormitory villages, the WI remains important in local areas and as a national organisation.  Being part of a major national organisation also means that Shadforth WI members have access to a huge range of opportunities on a county and national level, as well as in Shadforth.

New members are always welcome and the nature of the group is that the WI is there for it's members - your WI is up to you!


County Activities

Shadforth is part of Durham County Federation of Women’s Institutes (DCFWI) so additionally members can take part in activities on a county level, including: 

Art and Craft classes - monthly: WI House Art Class, Embroidery Class, Quilling Workshop.
Games and Competitions – Kurling, Monthly Games and Quizzes, Annual Car Treasure Hunt, Pub Quizzes, Scrabble, County Quiz, Poetry Competitions
Education - Bursaries for Denman College (the WI college), Recycling Information.
Travel - regular trips, for example to the Houses of Parliament
Chance to be a Delegate – at DCFWI AGM and the Autumn Council Meeting (a delegate from Shadforth WI attends this and reports back to Shadforth WI).

National Activities – through the National Federation of Women’s Institutes

Competitions - Photo competitions, poetry, walks challenges, scrapbook competitions, etc.
Offers, Merchandise and Travel
Education – Denman College (the WI college), WI magazine, training courses.
Chance to be a Delegate – Representing your WI at national level by attending the National AGM with over 5000 other WI members.  This rotates its venue, for example between Cardiff (the Cardiff International Arena), London (the Royal Albert Hall), and Liverpool.  The National AGM has had such speakers as The Queen (a WI member) at the WI's 75th anniversary AGM in 1990, and Tony Blair at the Triennial General Meeting at Wembley Arena in 2000.
Chance to Change the UK – Every WI member can put forward resolutions which can become the basis for a WI national campaign, influencing UK government policy and the UK way of life.
Chance to Make a Difference – By taking part in campaigns and being a member of the largest women’s organisation in Britain you really can make a difference!

Reviews of Shadforth WI

"After being a member for 52 years I think I must enjoy it!!  There's so much fun and friendship between us, we're a great group."

“Always an interesting meeting with a varied programme – with friends old and new.” 

“First and foremost a lovely group of people! Varied topics and social time with lots of chat and laughter.” 

"Congratulations on SWI's 60th birthday.  I miss the day we met the lady with big bag filled with beautiful embroidery.  Thank you, SWI members.  Memories in Shadforth make me happy."

“After 16 years in Pittington and Littletown WI it closed in January 2005. We decided to join Shadforth WI as when we visited it we were made so welcome by everyone – it was a very friendly experience.”