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Celebrating its Centenary in 2015, the Women’s Institute was formed in the UK during the First World War to help to revitalise rural communities and to encourage women to become more involved in producing food. However, its aims over the years have broadened considerably. It is now the largest women’s organisation in the UK – there are currently 212,526 members in 6,600 Women’s Institutes.

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. Women who would not previously have thought about joining are changing their minds, and women in their twenties, thirties and forties are becoming increasingly keen to sign up.

There has been a Women’s Institute in Chesterford for 50 years.   It is affiliated to the Cambridge Federation of Women’s Institutes which has a wide programme of events that are available to local members throughout the year. 16 years ago the villages of Chesterford, Hinxton and Ickleton combined to form the local WI as it is today. 

Our WI members may not be Calendar Girls – but we are a group of lively minded ladies of varying ages - and meetings are not all jam and Jerusalem!  We enjoy a varied programme of speakers throughout the year but our socail time and our excellent refreshments are always an important part of any meeting. 

New members and visitors are always most welcome.  Make new friends and join us in the involvement of village life!

Meetings are held at the Chapel, Carmel Street, Great Chesterford on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7.45 pm  (unless otherwise indicated)

To find out more, email or ring:

 President Jenny Palmer 01799 530783                              

Forthcoming Meetings

Wed 16th April A Night in the Life of a Badger - Peter Pilbeam
Wed 21st May From the Sheep to your Back - Jilly Maynard
Wed 18th June Medieval London - Barbara Megson
Wed 16th July What's the Smell in the Kitchen - Gerald Dodd
Wed 17th September The Arthur Rank Hospice and the Community - Peter Tingley
Wed 15th October Members' Night
Wed 19th November WWII Special Agent - Clare Mulley
Wed 10th December Christmas Party
Wed 21st January Homemade Porcelain Jewellery - Sean Brady
Wed 18th February Police Community Neighbourhood Policing and the Role of the PCSC - Chris Barnett
Wed 18th March AGM


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