Fairwarp Women’s Institute (WI)

The Women’s Institute (WI) 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 WI is now the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK.

Not a WI type person? Neither are the rest of Fairwarp WI. How many WIs do you know with a wine cellar and an entertainment fund under the bed? (we’re not telling you whose bed)

We meet on the second Tuesday of the month at the village hall at 7.15pm and we really do have a lot of fun. No talks on the history of broccoli and you won’t be obliged to take your clothes off – unless you particularly want to.

Extra curricula activities include a reading group, a supper club, theatre visits and a film club. If you feel your life could do with a bit of pizzazz then come and join us. Contact Anita Long, Secretary, on 01825 712632 or Caty Worlock-Pope, President on 01825 713884.

Fairwarp WI celebrated its 91st birthday in style with special royal guest Henry VIII. Tony Harris regaled members on how he got into playing Henry VIII at Hampton Court and now Warwick Castle. His amusing anecdotes and insights had everyone laughing. After his amusing and enlightening talk he retired to don his costume. He returned to the Tudor banquet in full regalia and to the sounds of Tudor Court music.

Members had got into the Tudor spirit with some wearing full Tudor dress and others with Tudor headdresses. Fairwarp Village hall seemed transformed back to the 14th century. We drank wine from jewelled goblets, ate a spread of meats, salad and bread and finished with small sweetmeats. A splendid way to celebrate a birthday!

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