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About Us

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The first Women's Institute was founded in 1897 at Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada  with the aim of bringing women from isolated communities together and offered training in home economics, child care and farming. The first group in Britain  was started at Llanfair PG, on Anglesey, North Wales in 1915 and to date there are now nearly 7,000 groups throughout the UK with over 220,000 members.


Barton Bees started life in July 2017 and were inundated at their inaugural meeting with 100 women joining on the night. The WI is synonymous with good food and crafts and members are offered a wide range of opportunities, to develop their existing skills and learn new ones.  From competitions, talks, theatre trips and meals out to book clubs,  walking and dancing ; the WI has something for everybody! Have a look at our past events page to see what we've been up to.

Your WI is what you make it. 

Have a look at what we have planned in 2020

2020 Programme




WI membership usually runs from January to December and costs £43.00 for 2020 - pro-rata fees apply for new ladies joining at certain points in the year. Due to coronavirus and the fact that we have been unable to hold our usual meeting the 2021 subscription rate will be £44.00 and will be payable from 1/4/21. We have had to close our waiting list due to demand but if you fancy setting up another local WI group, Hampshire Federation will be more than happy to assist you

You can come to one of our meetings as a guest for 3 meetings at a cost of £4.00. As places are limited you will need to book in advance.

 The benefits of being a WI member include free Barton Bees  meetings,  early booking for workshops, WI Life Magazine and access to a wealth of activities and opportunities at The Hampshire Federation and The National Federation of WIs.