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Miss Val Ware Miss Val Ware

Welcome to the Isle of Ely Federation

The Isle of Ely Federation is small but beautiful! Set in the fens and waterways of Eastern England, we have WIs in small villages, market towns and in the city of Ely itself. Our WI Office is situated in the market town of March, which lies roughly at the centre of our Federation. We have over 800 members in 34 WIs and our membership is steadily increasing. We would love to welcome you as a member and if there is not a WI close to where you live, our WI Advisers would be happy to look into forming one.

Our Federation offers a good range of activities to our members. Our Home Economics sub committee arranges Day Schools for trying out new craft skills, a biannual Show and opportunities to see the work of skilled craftsmen and women. We encourage members to take an informed role in public affairs through the events organized by our Public Affairs committee.

Leisure activities are wide ranging and include sedentary activities such as whist, jigsaws and Scrabble as well as more active participation in 10 pin bowling and walks. We also arrange an annual Federation holiday. A choir meets twice each month and leads the singing at our Carol Concert each year, as well as performing for WI and other groups as requested.

The Federation holds two meetings each year, the Annual Meeting in April, which is an evening event and a full day or afternoon meeting in October. We have had some excellent speakers at these meetings and they are well supported by our members.

Our WIs have their own interesting speakers at meetings, as well a time for members to meet together socially. As well as holding 11 0r 12 meetings each year, many WIs also meet on other occasions for outings, craft or walking groups. WIs always welcome new members. Try more than one to see which suits you best.

Fun and Friendship are two words which occur frequently when members are asked why they joined our fantastic organization. Contact our Office in March and talk to Su, our Secretary, and she will be able to provide you with any information you need. The Office opens on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.

We look forward to welcoming you as a member of the Isle of Ely Federation.

Chairman – Miss Val Ware