Women’s Institute



wi_countess_wessex_90th_anniversaryWE are a friendly group of ladies who meet on the first Thursday of every month at 2.15pm in the Parish Hall in Church Road. Bagshot WI was founded in 1923 – eight years after the UK’s first WI was formed in Anglesey. In 2013 we were privileged to be joined by Sophie, Countess of Wessex, for our 90th birthday celebrations.


We provide members with interesting, entertaining and thought-provoking speakers, lots of chat and companionship and a lovely cup of tea! We also have outings and a group of us meet for lunch in local pubs once a month. We send out a monthly round-up of what we are doing by email or post, to keep you up to date if you have to miss a meeting. We would very much like to welcome more (and younger!) members to help keep the proud tradition of Bagshot WI going for the next 95 years. For details of our programme and speakers see the Calendar.


BAGSHOT is in the Chobham Ridges Group which includes Lightwater, Bisley, Windlesham and Mytchett WIs. Each WI hosts a group meeting in turn with eight to ten members invited to attend from each of the other WIs and as many as wish to can attend from the host WI. We have a special speaker or entertainer, a group competition, finishing with tea. We are also members of the Surrey Federation of Women’s Institutes, which celebrated its centenary in 2018. The Federation holds craft workshops where you can learn a variety of skills at its headquarters in Guildford, cookery schools utilising a school kitchen and you can gain qualifications for hygiene in catering. There are outings to places of interest and the Federation holds two special meetings a year at Dorking Halls with celebrity speakers. It publishes a monthly magazine free to all members giving details of all workshops and events plus news from WIs throughout Surrey.

As a WI member you will have access to Denman, our country house college in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside, where you can go on residential or day courses covering a huge range of skills or special interest subjects (i.e. history, rambles, archaeology, architecture) all led by expert tutors. Bursaries are available to help with the financial side. For more information on what is available go to http://www.denman.org. The rooms at Denman have been furnished by individual WIs or federations, and you can also stay on a b&b basis if you want to explore the Oxfordshire Cotswolds or take a partner with you.

2009_wi_celia_planterMAKING OUR MARK

YOU may have noticed our millennium planter by the Jubilee Lamp in The Square. This was the brainchild of one of our members, Celia Waller (pictured – she continues to keep the planter looking pretty to this day) and achieved with the help of grants from Surrey Heath Council and Windlesham Parish Council. Our members also made the first set of robes worn by the Mayor of Surrey Heath.


The subscription includes all the benefits detailed above, plus a subscription to the WI’s magazine, WI Life, packed with interesting features, special offers and useful info. We ask for a donation towards the cost of refreshments at our meetings, and members go on a rota to provide tea for which they can claim expenses. You can attend three meetings as a visitor free of charge (apart from the tea donation) to see if you like us.


wi_life_magazineOur President  Ann Bull and Secretary Daphne Mitchell will be happy to answer any questions you have.



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