The movement was formed in Canada 90 years ago as a democratic vehicle to support women in isolated communities, to educate and pass on knowledge about childcare, catering and household skills. The W.I. has led the fight for a cleaner fairer world, from global warming to health and social issues and the W.I. is still campaigning locally and nationally over issues that affect us all. This year we are throwing out weight behind the plight of our honey bees.
Morley Women's Institute was formed in 1950. Membership then was mostly local farmers' wives, and non-working housewives/mums. How different today! Members follow various careers, or are retired professionals, and farmers' wives are still there, maintaining links to agriculture. Members take part in village life in various ways, including the Parish Council, St. Matthew's Church, the Evergreens and the school.
The WI and You
Morley W.I. offers a friendly welcome to women from Morley and from surrounding areas who are welcome to come along, either as members or visitors. We enjoy talks, demonstrations, arts, drama, visits, fund-raising and events together. Morley W.I. is a vibrant, healthy organisation that is an asset to the village of Morley.
Meetings are held at 7:30 pm on the second Tuesday of the month at Morley Hayes, Main Road, Morley.
New members are always welcome.
The W.I. Committee is as follows:
Morley WI Members - Jan 2011
Meetings held second Tuesday in the month at Morley Hayes
Items of interest for 2014
A Craft Dabble Night; Backs and Bones; Behind Closed Doors; Extend Again; Bags to Riches; Seasonal Gardening; Potty About The Peak; Hands on Floristry. Visits to various venues include Annie Get Your Gun; A Taste of Bakewell; Birmingham Concert; No Meeting in August but an August Outing;. This Year we are also holding a Garden Party and Coffee Morning It is also nationally the 100th Anniversary of W.I. in the Country and we are sure to joining in County and National Celebrations.
The walking group continues to enjoy a programme of very varied and interesting monthly walks of around 4 miles long. Walks are lead by individual members and normally end at a watering hole where we enjoy a well earned lunch.
April 16 - Linda
May 21 - Chris
June 18 - Audrey
July 16 - Margaret
August 20 - Thelma
September 17 - Barbara
October 15 - Veronica
November 19 - Yvonne
The walking group also hopes to undertake longer walks during the year, for those who feel 8-10 miles will be achievable. Anyone interested in the walking group please contact Chris Gilbert on 01332 882865.
The craft club meets once a month in members' homes. Varied projects are undertaken and skills shared, so if you have an interesting hobby to share or are interest in trying something new this is the group for you.
Morley WI is a very friendly and active institution. We extend a welcome to all so do come along and join us at one of our meetings and find out more about our activities.