As the largest voluntary women's organisation in the UK with over 220,000 members, 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.
Swalecliffe with Chestfield Women's Institute was formed in 1931 and following fundraising, the hall pictured above was built and opened in 1933.
In 2019 the members voted to change the name to Chestfield Women's Institute to reflect more accurately its location. We have over 60 members, and visitors and new members receive a very warm welcome. We meet in the hall on the second Wednesday of the month from 2.00pm to 4.00 pm where the meeting starts with singing "Jerusalem" followed by the business section. We then draw the raffle before having a cup of tea and biscuits, fully refreshed to enjoy listening to the month's speaker. As well as our regular meetings, most months we have a social get together hosted either by the committee or one of our groups and usually involves lunch or tea. We also enjoy quizzes, beetle drives and more recently a games afternoon which was very successful.
Meetings this year will be held on the following dates, commencing at 2.00pm.
Wednesday 12th January
Wednesday 9th February
Wednesday 9th March
Wednesday 13th April
Wednesday 11th May
Wednesday 8th June
Wednesday 13th July
No meeting in August
Wednesday 14th September
Wednesday 12th October
Wednesday 9th November
Wednesday 14th December
All visitors are welcome.
Meet every Tuesday from 10:00 to 10:45
Our Instructors, either Darren or Julie, give our brains as well as our bodies a good work-out.
Meet once a month on a Monday morning
Walks are varied and limited to a maximum of 4 miles and always include a pit stop!
Meet every Wednesday from 14:00 to 16:00
Energetic group who usually have 2 tables in operation.
Meet every Thursday 14:00 to 16:00
A very active group who always have some sort of joint project in progress normally quilting. They knit premature baby clothes, jumpers for children of the 3rd world countries and various items for our Christmas Fair.
Meet 1st and 3rd Friday in the month
14:00 to 16:00
A small but happy and enthusiastic group who would welcome new members to share their love of art.
Meet the fourth Friday of the month
14:00 to 16:00
All members share a love of reading and enjoy a variety of books which always leads to lively discussions.
Games afternoons are held on the second Monday of the month from 2pm until 4pm. Come and join us for a game of Rummikub, cards, mahjong, etc. Please bring along any other games you'd like to play.