About Elsenham WI
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 212,000 members in over 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.
About the WI
Responsibilities for 2017/18
(* Denotes NON Committee Member)
President: Moyra Jackson
Vice President: Gloria Eatson
Secretary: Janet Tulley / Gill Hathaway
Treasurer: Sandra Smith
Assistant Treasurer: Glynis Davis
Membership: Avril Braidwood* / Karen Pitcher*
Cinema Club: Glynis Davis
Refreshments: Caryl Benner
Competitions: Gill Hathaway
Elsenham News: Moyra Jackson
Events, Programme & Speakers: Carol Cramer / Moyra Jackson / Janet Tulley
Flowers / Birthdays: Gloria Easton
Media Team: Carol Cramer, Lynsey Jackson*, Moyra Jackson, Lindsey Peters*, Karen Pitcher*
Merchandising: Carol Cramer
Advertising: Moyra Jackson
Raffle: Gloria Eatston
Visitor / Speaker Hostess: Glynis Davis
Meet & Greet: Penny Lee, Sue Everett
Welcome and Drinks Table: Barbara Pether
Welfare Co-ordinator: Sandra Smith
Elsenham is a small village in northwest Essex with neighbouring towns of Bishop's Stortford, Saffron Walden, and Stansted Mountfitchet.
Our population is about 2,500, but this is growing rapidly with the governments initiative for new housing! However we are all hoping that this will now stop before we become completely overtaken by the new - that would be a very sad day for such a lovely village and community.
There are many events during the year in Elsenham, and our WI plays a large part in supporting all local activities from the Tea4Two dementia teas, the annual Flower Festival, local fete's and more.
You can find out more about Elsenham from our Community website - just click on the link below
2017 is our 96th Year
It's amazing isn't it to think that this small village has had an active WI since 1921, what a great moment in our local history. Back then, Elsenham had around 60 houses and just over 150 inhabitants - today our small village is growing rapidly as the government's plan for housing expansion is implemented. However, what we do know is that Elsenham WI is growing fast and will survive far into the future.
Elsenham WI are a very active and it's not just monthly meetings that you can attend, but natter nights, members projects, days out, cookery classes and more; we also wherever possible support with local projects improving the community where we live.
With members in their early 20's to those in their 90's, we aim to involve everyone in what we do and listen to what our members are asking for and try to deliver on those requests and include everyone in what we do.
So, if you're looking to meet more people from your village, we would love to see you - why not come along and check us out - visits for prospective members are free, and we don't bite...
We have a new logo for 2017 created by a member's daughter Catherine Cramer. Our logo takes its design from the heritage of our village with the Gilbey family famous for not just their Gilbey's Gin, but Elsenham Jam which as produced in the village for many years. Both products are world renowned and we are often asked about them.