About us

Marilyn Holehouse
Chairman, Dorset Federation of WIs

Chairman’s Introduction March 2017

Welcome to the Dorset Federation website.  The Federation is now 100 years old, having formed on 14th March 1917.  We started the Centenary celebrations off in style with a Formal Afternoon Tea, attended by Angus Campbell Esq., HM Lord Lieutenant of Dorset, and Janice Langley, the Chair of NFWI.  The Century has seen many changes in family and community life but the WI in Dorset has been adaptable, supporting women, giving them a voice and helping them to master skills appropriate for the times they lived in or are living in.

Today the WI in Dorset continues to support members socially in coming together at monthly meetings. It expands their horizons with talks of local and national interest, demonstrations of skills, and information to enhance their own lives and those of their families and communities.  The Federation offers further support with various training sessions and workshops on interests such as craft and IT, organises campaigns on issues that matter to women, social events to places of interest and activities such as an annual skittles tournament.  In our Centenary Year 100 members will “take a ride” on the Bournemouth Zip Wire.

The WI strives to be relevant to the needs and expectations of its members.  We want you to benefit from your membership, do as much as you wish, choose events and activities that you enjoy and wish to take part in, use your talents and skills to help others in your WI or in Dorset Federation, or just enjoy meeting and making friends at a WI monthly meeting.  The WI is what you make of it.

If you would like to join us please contact the County Office and we will put you in touch with WIs in your area.  Visit a few as a guest and find the Institute that best fits you.



NFWI  is pleased to advise that the Officers elected are 

Marilyn Holehouse, Federation Chairman;
Linda Barber and Jenny Preston, Vice Chairmen;
Tess Burt, Federation Treasurer.

See separate tab for full details of Board of Trustees members.

To contact us :

Office via e-mail
Office telephone :01305 266366
Office open :Tue & Wed - 10.00am to 1.00pm, 2.00pm to 4.00pm
 Thu - 10.00am to 1.00pm
Office address :County House, 58 Icen Way, Dorchester, DT1 1EW

If you are in Dorchester do visit our office and we will be pleased to assist you.