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Marilyn Holehouse, Dorset Federation Chairman

Chairman's Web Greeting

Welcome to the Dorset Federation of Women's Institutes website.  I am Marilyn Holehouse, the Federation Chairman, elected on the 25th October 2016 and I would like to tell you a little about myself and my experiences of the WI in Dorset.

Before moving to Dorset in 2002 my only contact with the WI was through my mother and aunt, who were members in East Sussex while I was growing up.  Life circumstances did not bring me into contact with the WI again until 2006 when I was invited to attend a meeting of my local WI, Broadmayne and West Knighton, and since then I have attended as many meetings as I have been able to.  The meetings introduced me to many new friends, as well expanding my knowledge on many subjects and current issues.  It was not long before I was able to make a contribution to the Institute by first becoming a committee member, then Secretary and, finally, the President. After my time as an officer for the Institute I was invited to consider joining the Dorset Federation Board of Trustees and I was successfully elected in 2012.  Since then I have been part of the team of WI members who support other Dorset WI members to make the most of their WI membership.

As a Board member I have been privileged to travel around the county meeting many WI members in their Institutes, and when taking part in events or attending County and National Meetings. On every occasion I have always been welcomed as a friend, a common experience in any WI gathering.  Each WI in Dorset is individual and reflects what the members want to make of their time together, within the framework of the National organisation.  Some are in the little villages which are spread throughout the beautiful countryside of the county and some in the varied urban areas, including one workplace Institute.  Some are small in member numbers and some are very large, but they all have one thing in common   -   they are routed in their communities and reflect the women members of that community and their life experiences.

I have enjoyed and continue to find great rewards in my time spent with the WI and I would 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?



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 :

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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.