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2000

The Prime Minister addressed the Triennial General Meeting and a science conference was organised with the Natural History Museum. The Women 2000 exhibition took place and the website was redesigned and relaunched.

The millennium exhibition, Craft Spectacular, took place at Tatton Park. WIs organised a 'Buy British, buy local' fortnight.  The NFWI Chairman of Public Affairs Jill Cobley, addressed MEPs in Strasbourg about threats to postal services in rural areas
   
Helen Carey and Tony Blair
Helen Carey and Tony Blair

Save Post Offices campaign
Save Post Offices campaign

2001

The Volunteers' Hours Survey taken from 1,000 WIs, showed that their members devoted 3,477,312 hours to voluntary work each year. In that same year, following the Foot and Mouth crisis, the NFWI called on the Government to support family farms. The NFWI was also invited to join the Rural Task Force. The 'Pathway to the 21st century: celebrating our communities' project was completed.

IGM 2001
IGM 2001

2002

The What Women Want postcard campaign was launched, leading up to the Earth Summit in Johannesburg. A review of the constitution took place, Denman College became integrated with the NFWI and the Community Challenge Project was launched.

What Women Want postcard campaign

2003

Barbara Gill was elected as the NFWI Chairman and the WI campaigned with  WWF-UK and the Co-op bank on the 'Chemicals and Health' campaign. 

Five WI members completed the London Marathon and the Membership Communications System was introduced. 

Five WI members completed the London Marathon

Chemicals and Health campaign 

2004

The NFWI archives were deposited at The Women's Library and opened up to the public.

The NFWI membership survey results were published and the National Needlework Archive project was launched to record the WI's needlework textiles

National needlework archive
National needlework archive

Display of some WI archives at The Women's Library
Display of some WI archives at The Women's Library

2005

The WI celebrated its 90th anniversary. A special badge was issued and the Community Challenge Project was completed.  The WI garden at Tatton Park won an RHS gold medal. Following the sudden death of Barbara Gill,  Fay Mansell was elected NFWI Chair. The 90@90 report was published.

90 @ 90 project 
90@90 report

2006

The final issue of Home and Country magazine, which was started in 1919.

The final issue of Home and Country magazine 

replaced by
  
The first issue of WI Life
First issue of WI Life

2007

Launch of WI Life, a new membership magazine.

2009

The WI Cookery School opened at Denman College.
The WI Cookery School opened at Denman College.

2010

The First Real Jam Festival was held at Denman College and a WI Album by The Harmonies was launched.

2011

Coming soon