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We welcome visitors and new members of all ages and abilities to our meetings on the first Thursday of the month in Aylsham Town Hall. Meetings start at 7.30pm but come from 7 pm to meet everyone and join us for a great variety of activities. Note that our May meeting is in the Friendship hall, Cawston Road due to voting in the Town Hall.

A brief history

Aylsham Women's Institute  has been meeting since September 1922 and always has a warm welcome for visitors and new members on the first Thursday of every month.

The first meeting was held in a barn next to Barclay's bank and opened by Lady Suffield with 50 members. Later, meetings moved to Aylsham Town Hall with 150 members and a waiting list.

There have been a wide range of talks, originally on practical subjects such as goat keeping and glove making.

During the war years we adopted a mine sweeper and sent knitwear. Over the years our activities have included, in 1958 a football team, raising money for a guide dog, planting trees and bulbs around town, a centenary bench, playing bowls, darts, scrabble, bridge, making bread and chocolate eggs.

We have taken part in gymkhanas, plays, processions, carnivals, fairs and produce shows. In 1969 The Mini's entertainment group was formed.

We donated the original Town sign depicting John of Gaunt, son of Edward 111.

The Town Sign