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Marilyn Holehouse
Chairman, Dorset Federation of WIs

Chairman’s Web Greeting July 2017

Welcome to the Dorset Federation of Women's Institutes website.  My name is Marilyn Holehouse and I am the Federation Chairman.

Dorset WI members had a memorable June, coming together with picnics and social events to celebrate the Centenary of the formation of the Federation.  The weather was not kind for some but the atmosphere, even when indoors, was bright and cheerful, members catching up with friends from other Institutes or making new ones.  For all it was the best of the WI coming together to enjoy themselves.

As the summer progresses 70 WI volunteers will be 'manning' the WI Tea Tent at Camp Bestival, serving the festival goers with bacon and filled rolls, sandwiches, cakes, cream teas and, of course, plenty of tea and coffee.  All the things the WI does best, with appreciative customers.  This will be followed in early September with further volunteers, along with the planning and supervising team, selling their wares over the two days of the Dorset County Show.  Altogether a busy but enjoyable time.

Another aspect of WI life will be seen at the Dorset Art and Craft Exhibition in August.  Craft items made by members will be displayed in the WI Room at the exhibition, along with cards designed by WIs to celebrate the Federation Centenary, and the entries from the pin cushion competition.

Dorset WI offers many opportunities to follow an interest, learn something new, gain a new experience and use your skills.  I invite all members in the County to make the most of their own WI and the opportunities the Federation and National sections of the organisation have to offer. To those who are not members why don't you come and join us?  You are openly invited, and will be welcomed as a friend, to any local institute you would like to visit to gain first-hand knowledge of WI life in Dorset.



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.