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.
Upcoming events arranged are;
October - Craft - Making felt poppies - ready for remembrance day, wear with pride at the war memorial in the village in November.
November - Tasting session - fun comparing Tesco/M&S with Aldi (Christmas nibbles and mince pies/Christmas cake slices). Will you be able to tell the difference?
December - Not a Christmas paper hat or cracker in sight, no, its belly dancing! Trust us to be different. Lets have a fun night with a demonstration by Sue Baker and have a go if you would like to.
As always, if you would like to join us one evening, you are always welcome (just £5 on the night including cup of tea/coffee).
We look forward to welcoming visitors and new members.
WI Bassingbourn Belles Secretary