Windlesham W.I. was set up in 1917. Sarah Boyce was elected President.
The first national campaign was to encourage country women to get involved in growing and preserving produce to help increase the supply to the war-torn nation of World War 1. Membership was a mix of ages and included both ladies from the large houses in the village and their employees. Meetings were held at the Institute, Kennel Lane, nowadays the meetings are held at The Link, St John's Church, Windlesham. Cookery and preserving still remain an integral part of the W.I. programme today. The National website provides a weekly menu which focuses on what produce is in season and plentifully available.
The Windlesham W.I. continues to compete in handicrafts and cookery events with other local W.I. groups. Many members have learnt a new skill and enjoy each other’s company at meetings locally, with nearby W.I.’s and county events or national activities.
I have been a member of Windlesham W.I. since I came to live in the village in the late ‘70’s!
During this time I have attended the AGM at the Albert Hall in 2015, an exhilarating experience to hear all those ladies singing Jerusalem. I have attended courses at Denman College, at Surrey Federation Headquarters in Guildford, where I caught the quilting bug, and which is now one of the many hobbies I have learned by being a member of the W.I. I have attended endless garden parties, played golf for the W.I. Rose Bowl, visited numerous places and made lifelong friends. Why not come along and open up a whole new world.
WINDLESHAM W.I. 2019 COMMITTEE
Jean Harmes President
Linda Chapman Secretary
Sylvia Ferris Treasurer