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1930s

1930

An AGM resolution was passed asking for improved water supplies in villages, as was another calling for the preservation of ancient buildings.

Collecting water from a village tap in Oxfordshire
Collecting water from a village tap in Oxfordshire.

Delegates on their way to the 1930 AGM in Blackpool
Delegates on their way to the 1930 AGM in Blackpool.

1931

A resolution was passed at the AGM requesting better medical supervision of pregnant women in rural areas.

1932

The NFWI received a grant from the Carnegie Trust to expand WI markets.  [* existing PDF file on WI markets already referred to]

WI Market stall
WI Market stall

1933

1933 saw another resolution passed, this time calling on all WI members to support local efforts to deal with unemployment and distress among men and women. Madge Watt set up the Association of Country Women of the World (ACWW). The number of WIs had now reached 5,111.

WI members teaching rug making to the unemployed
WI members teaching rug making to the unemployed    

Madge Watt forms ACWW
Madge Watt forms ACWW

1934

Nancy Tennant
Nancy Tennant
  

Nancy Tennant was sent, as the NFWI delegate, to the International Peace Conference in Geneva following a resolution at the AGM reaffirming the NFWI's faith in the League of Nations and urging the Government to continue to press for world peace.


1937

Lady Denman was presented with an 'Institute Book' to mark the 21st anniversary with one page created by each federation. This book is now on display at Denman College.

Lady Denman looks at the Institute Book at the AGM
Lady Denman looks at the Institute Book at the AGM

1938

The NFWI held WI War Week, when plans were made to organise evacuation at the time of the Munich crisis. Lady Denman was asked by the Minister of Agriculture to become Director of the Women's Land Army, which she accepted whilst remaining Chairman of the NFWI.

1939

The Produce Guild was formed, with funding from Government, to encourage more home grown food and to preserve more fruit and vegetables.

School for Produce Guild Judges
School for Produce Guild Judges

Produce Guild Day school
Produce Guild Day school

WIs help with evacuation scheme.

Evacuee children being escorted down a village street
Evacuee children being escorted down a village street