The first W.I. group was commenced in Ontario, Canada but it was not until 1915 that a group was started in U.K. It is a non sectarian and non party political organisation reaching out to women in all sections of the community. Groups are friendly and stimulating with much to offer in our own villages as well as at county and national levels.There are opportunities to make new friends, learn new skills and become involved with sporting and leisure activities.
Denman College is the W.I.s own residential adult education college near Oxford which was established in 1948 and now offers some 500 greatly varied courses of 2 to 4 days duration.
Bassingbourn-cum-Kneesworth W.I. commenced in 1920 and has been running ever since except for a short break in 1948. On 21st February 2019, the WI reformed in the village and decided to call ourselves the 'Bassingbourn Belles'.
Meetings are held monthly except for August and take place at the United Reform Church in South End at 7.30pm. Light refreshments are served and a raffle. Non members are always very welcome for just £5.
A variety of guest speakers will be arranged, at our first meeting, we were given a very interesting presentation by Kate Wrangham-Briggs MA, Founder and Director of the charity Kasiisi Porridge Project, Western Uganda.
Our next meeting is on 21st March and we look forward to Sharon Cousans telling us about the setting up of her business Chimney formal menswear in the village and the history about the Victorian building the shop occupies.
April's guest speaker is shortly to be confirmed, however, we are pleased to announce that on 16th May, Heidi Allen, Politician and MP has agreed to give a talk on 'Women in Government'.
We look forward to welcoming visitors and new members.
WI Bassingbourn Belles Secretary