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Devon Federation

Devon is a delightful county to live, play and work in. The county covers 2,590 sq miles with a population of 1.1 million people. As well as agriculture, much of the economy of Devon is linked to tourism. Due to its mild climate, coastline and beautiful landscape Devon is a popular destination for recreation and leisure.

Devon Federation has just over 6,500 members in 206 WIs and 46 groups. The Federation was formed 99 years ago and will be celebrating its centenary in 2020. The first WI to form was Cullompton on 28thApril 1917, but unfortunately it closed in 2007. Our oldest WI is now Cornwood, which was formed in June 1917 and celebrated its centenary in 2017.

We treasure and cherish our hard working team of 11 advisers, who cover this vast county to support our WIs. To enable and support a range of exciting activities we have five hard working subcommittees, providing craft workshops, holidays, special interest days, cultural event, etc.  At Christmas we have a wonderful service in our beautiful cathedral in Exeter, with our outstanding choir of 150 women. Our Denman representative works tirelessly. Devon sends at least four coaches twice a year to Denman College with an average of 150 members, covering nearly 100 specialist courses.

In the spring we hold our annual Spring Council Meeting in the Riviera Centre in Torquay. This is a great occasion with outstanding speakers and a time to celebrate the past year’s achievements of our members and the Federation, and meet up with old friends and make new acquaintances.

Devon Federation has recently registered with the Alzheimer’s society to enable the Federation to become a Dementia Friendly Organisation. Our small team of Dementia Friends Champions is now working with our WIs to provide information sessions.

Plans for our centenary celebrations in 2020 to be outstanding and memorable are well on the way.

We welcome new members at all our WIs.  It is possible to visit a WI and decide on membership, and if you want to belong to several you can become a dual member. If you are unable to get to a local WI then you can become an associated member.

The WI is whatever you want it to be, so do come and try us.  You will be given a warm welcome with tea and cakes and we won’t forget the jam and Jerusalem!

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