Womens Institute


The Women's Institute has been up and running in Elsenham for over 80 years now. We meet on the third Thursday of the month (except December when the meeting is on the second Thursday) in Elsenham Memorial Hall at 7.45 p.m.

Our monthly meetings cover a wide and varied range of topics, from crafts, cookery, gardening, health and fitness to subjects of local and historical interest, so there is hopefully, something for everyone. We have a small competition each meeting linked into the subject of the speaker and, of course, no WI meeting would be complete without tea (or coffee) and cakes. There is also the opportunity to voice our concerns, and to vote, on matters of national interest each May, the results of which go on to the  WI Triennial or Intermediate General meeting at national level. Although every meeting is a chance to catch up with old friends and meet new ones,  throughout the year we also hold more relaxed evenings such as the Summer Garden Party, Members Day and our Annual Dinner which normally takes place at one of our local hostelries!

Each year we join other local Institutes for the traditional Spring Group Meeting. By pooling our resources we can run to a more expensive speaker and over the years have been entertained by some well-known personalities.

In past years we have competed at both County and District level in Crafts, Cookery and Flower Arranging, with some notable results. Nearer home, we raise funds for charity at the summer meeting which is held at the garden of one of our members, as well as other times throughout the year. 

We are delighted to find our membership on the increase again and we are always glad to welcome visitors to our meetings. Why not give it a try, you have probably got a lot to contribute, a chance, as well, as to gain from it. We look forward to seeing you!

If you would like to learn more please contact Janet on 01279 813786

Diary of Events 2009

February 19th  “Better Blood, Better Health” Speaker Mr Errol Denton
Competition: An old fashioned health remedy

March 19th  “Fun at the Flicks” Speaker Mr Derek Treadgall
Competition: A list of films during the 40’s – 60’s

April 16th  “The Art & Craft of Bookbinding” Speaker Miss A Wood
Competition: A bookmark

May 21st  “A Paramedic and His Unusual Experiences” Speaker Mr John Newmeir
Competition: A Limerick –
There was a young medic called Dave . .

June 18th  Summer Garden Party

July 16th  “Silk From China to Braintree” Speaker Mrs Frances Harper
Competition: A Silk Scarf

August 20th   “A nice Cup of Tea” Speaker Mrs Margaret Rodgers
Competition: A cup and saucer

September 16th  Members Day

October 15th “Christmas Cards & Decorations Around the World” Speaker Mrs Anita Howard
Competition: A decorated box

November 19th  Annual Meeting  “ Essex, Defender of London Speaker Mr David Killick
Competition: A photograph taken in Essex

December 10th  Christmas Party
Competition: A decorated gift box