The Women’s Institute (WI) was formed in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then the organisation’s aims have broadened and the WI is now the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK. The WI celebrated its centenary in 2015 and currently has almost 220,000 members in approximately 6,300 WIs.

The WI plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities.

WI Dance

Glanvilles Wootton WI was formed in 1929 and has been meeting in the village hall or local area ever since. Meetings may involve a speaker, a discussion subject or an outing to a local attraction. In the autumn we play skittles against local WIs and in the spring we field a team for a pancake race. In the summer you may find us hosting a cream tea for a local charity group and at Christmas we celebrate with a Christmas party.

WI Christmas Dinner 2016

We meet on the first Thursday of the month every month except August @7.30 pm in Glanvilles Wootton Village Hall (see below for details).

6th June – Summer Flower Arranging – Janet Ridout

7th June – CHARITY EVENING FRIENDS OF YEATMAN HOSPITAL – Sir Oliver Letwin speaks on 100 years of Women’s right to vote and 70 years of the NHS – tickets £5.

4th July – Cream Teas with Wednesday Club – Sherborne Youngers Singers – 6pm

22nd July – Visit Black Shed Flower Farm (Toy Barn Sherborne) – 6pm – £5 to include coffee/tea.

5th September – Friends of the Yeatman Hospital – David Hayes

3rd October – Cooking/Curry Food Tasting – Clare/Michelle

7th November – “My Life So Far” Dorset Farm/Trains – Chris Loder

5th December – Christmas Party 90 years of GWWI

2nd January – Art – Sandra Green

6th February – “My Life in Song” – Eddie Upton

5th March – “Forty Fiery Years” – Kevin Waterall

2nd April – AGM Quiz Night “Name that Tune”

WI Walk

If you would like join us contact one of our members at:


Joyce Dibble (President)
Jane Goodfellow (Vice President)
Janice Hembry (Treasurer)
Diana Collett (Correspondence Secretary)
Pat Whitfield (Minutes Secretary)