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Welcome to the Essex Federation

Jan Curtis, Essex Federation Chair

A warm welcome to the Federation of Essex WIs’ website, which I hope you’ll find interesting and full of useful information, whether you’re an existing member or new to the WI.

I have been a WI member for several years after being encouraged to join by friends. I received such a warm welcome that I instantly felt part of this inspirational organisation. Since then I have been on various WI committees at local and Federation level, helped organise two successful Essex based camping weekends for WI members and friends, qualified as a WI Adviser in 2017 and met hundreds of other members from across the country. I was co-opted on to the Board of Trustees in 2017, became one of the Vice Chairs in 2018 and after the 2019 County Annual Meeting was elected as Chairman of the Federation.

At home, my two sons and grandson keep me busy, along with spending several hours a week tending to my allotment (complete with its chickens), and I enjoy holidays and many social events with my fiancé and friends as well as relaxing with a good book or having a go at various crafts.

There is a full and exciting programme of Federation events and workshops planned for the coming year which you can find out more about on this website and WI Essex Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Full details, reminders and much more are also published in the monthly Federation magazine Essex WI News. Hopefully I’ll get to meet many of you when attending some of these events.

Jan Curtis

Essex Federation Chair

Note: The Essex Federation office is fully accessible for disabled people.

FEWI Official Website: www.essexwi.org.uk