Round-up of the 2024 Wales Conference


Members from across Wales and further afield came together for the hybrid Wales Annual Conference held at Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon on 4 April.

In her Chair's Address, Jill Rundle, Chair of the Federations of Wales Committee, reflected on recent years and the challenges presented by the Covid pandemic, and looking to the future, discussed the WI’s Theory of Change. Rhian Connick, Head of NFWI-Wales presented a report of work.

NFWI Chair Ann Jones addressed delegates on the theme ‘Making a Difference’, reflecting on the power of the WI, from its early years to the present. Singer-songwriter Bronwen Lewis spoke openly about her ADHD diagnosis and the impact of ADHD on her daily life. Ffion Fielding from the Wales Women’s Peace Petition discussed the fascinating story of the 1923-24 peace petition which was taken to America by a Welsh delegation to call for world peace.

The winners of the NFWI-Wales 2023 Recruitment Awards were announced. Congratulations to Penllwyn WI, Ceredigion Federation for winning the award for WIs with under 25 members and to Miskin & Mwyndu WI, Glamorgan Federation for winning the award for WIs with 25 members and over.

Awards were presented to the winners of the Rose Bowl and Brecon Cup competitions on the theme ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’. Congratulations to Powys Brecknock Federation for winning the Rose Bowl and to Ceredigion Federation who were awarded the Brecon Cup.

During the afternoon, members had the opportunity to take part in an activity. Activities included acrylic painting; a historical walk around Brecon town; a sing-along with The Choral Hub; yoga mindfulness and meditation; and an online ‘introduction to British Sign Language’ session.

WI members will be able to download a conference report on My WI.