About us

Welcome to the Essex Federation

Pat Pratley, Essex Federation Chairman

Welcome to our Federation. We cover a huge geographical area in Essex from the beautiful coastline, the rural villages of the north, the industrial area in the south east to the outer London area.

Our WI Centre office is in Hatfield Peverel, near the City of Chelmsford, and is more or less the centre of the county.  It is easily accessible from the A12. There is ample parking at the Centre which is situated on a business park called Whitelands. Hatfield Peverel railway station is only a mile away, and volunteers can be available to pick up visitors and return them in time for their train after an event.

We have a large room which doubles  as a Board Room, where we hold the Trustee and sub-committee meetings, as well as special interest days, workshops, and educational classes. These can be Resolutions meetings, New Speaker Audition days, workshops for crafts, and training days for computer know how and help for the officers of WIs and much more.

We have 215 WIs in Essex holding 9000 members.  Each WI hold their meetings each month either in the morning, afternoon, or evening. Apart from the monthly meeting, many WIs have extra interest groups such as: rambling, book club, craft group, drama group, choir, lunch club, and any group that the particular WI would like to run.

The aim of the WI is to have fun, friendship and education.

Kay Lodge
Federation Chairman

Note: The Essex Federation office is fully accessible for the disabled including toilet facilities.

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