Thursby WI 2017-18

Welcome to Thursby WI! We meet on the second Monday of each month except January at 7:15pm in Thursby Parish Hall.

Visitors are always most welcome to join us.

For more information, please call Peg Eastwood (president of Thursby WI) on 01228 710101

National Federation of Women’s Institutes 

Thursby WI is a members of the Cumbria-Cumberland Federation. of Women’s

Institutes, whose office in Carlisle is 13 Earl St, Carlisle, CA1 1DP

Nationally, the NFWI has its Headquarters  in London. Denman is a residential adult education  college in the Oxfordshire countryside, and its own national magazine, WI Life.

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. The WI celebrated its centenary in 2015 and currently has almost 220,000 members in approximately 6,300 WIs.

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.

The NFWI is a non party political, non sectarian  organization

The WI has campaigned on such  issues as:    Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening,    Child Benefit,    Consumer Rights,    Environment,    Pollution

Public Transport,    Support and Recognition for Carers,    Equal Opportunities


All the members of the Thursby Women’s Institute would like to extend a warm welcome to you

Thursby WI has been meeting in the village for over sixty years. We hold monthly meetings, when a short business meeting is followed by an evening speaker. A wide range of subjects are covered over the year by professionals and enthusiastic amateurs from the area. There are often meetings and social evenings also with other WIs.

The aim always is to provide  entertaining and interesting evenings.


Thursby WI’s Programme –  June 2017 – May 2018

12 June  –  Through the Ages—Poems, Songs, Stories. Kate Lishman

10 July  – Lake District Calvert Trust.   Jennifer Scott

14 August – Bees, Bee Keeping and Painting with Wax. Lorraine Priestley

11 September –  Linton Tweeds. Mrs Walker

9 October –  An Indian Visit. Anna and Robin Swindells

13 November –  Dalston Handbell Ringers. Stephanie Diver

11 December – Members Christmas Party

6 January – Matinee at Theatre by the Lakes

12 February – Thomas Bouch. John Mather

12 March – Wainwright: A Biography in words and pictures.  Paul Heslop

9 April – Birthday outing

14 May—AGM

For more information on any aspects of the WI, please contact: Mrs Anna Swindells (sec) 01228 710944





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