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Marilyn Holehouse
Chairman, Dorset Federation of WIs

Chairman’s Web Greeting November 2017

Welcome to the Dorset Federation of  Women's Institutes website.  I am Marilyn Holehouse, the Federation Chairman.

Dorset WI members have had a memorable 2017 celebrating the Federation Centenary Year.  Dorset is a County that has been in the forefront of the movement since 1915 when Wallisdown became the second WI to form in England. The year, for all, has been the best of the WI coming together to reflect on its achievements over 100 years and to celebrate the success of the movement today in long established, not so long established, and newly formed Institutes.

2018 will bring new opportunities for members as well as a continuation of the educational opportunities, events and public affairs campaigning and raising awareness incentives already well established in the Federation and WIs.  The WI in Dorset continues to be inclusive strives to meet the aspirations of its members, but it remains a friendly meeting place to enjoy the company of other women. 

The new year has the prospect of joining in with Dorset communities and, in particular, to extend the catering support we give at Camp Bestival to the Bestival at Lulworth in August.  Delegates from WIs will be attending the NFWI Annual Meeting in June and members will be supported in taking up the challenges of competitions and events organised by the National Federation.  The Dorset Federation has many varied events planned for the year and up to date information can be found in the events section of the website.

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 you who are not members, why don't you come and join us?  You are invited and will be welcomed, as a friend, in 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.