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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. 

The WI membership runs from 1st April to 31st March each year.

Subscription payments are due in April, the cost for 2022/2023 is £44.00.


Whilst we have all been under strict Covid guidelines over the past year, Barton Bees WI has continued with monthly meetings and a full programme of fun and varied activities using zoom. This has kept us all in contact, given us lots of laughs and kept us all sane!


Zoom has been a new experience for many of our members, but easy to use once you become familiar with it (and members of the committee were always at hand to help you get onto it!).


Our monthly meetings are now back in person and are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month.


The benefits of being a WI member include your monthly Barton Bees WI meeting, access to all our clubs, activities and events, WI Life magazine and lots of additional opportunities and events through the Hampshire and National WI Federation.


See our Monthly Meeting Programme for 2022 on the Homepage