Avon Federation of Women's Institutes
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About Us

Chairman: Jean Sims

A very warm welcome to our Federation
Vice Chairmen


Federation Secretary
Finance Officer
Office Administrator
Veronica Packham
Linda Sellers
Marion Hulance

Sally Wilson
Sarah Birch
Belinda Hudson

The Federation with 114 WIs and 4980 members offers fun and friendship for members, with an opportunity to improve the quality of community life. Many events are organised by the sub committees during the year. These include outings to places of interest, holidays, speakers evenings, sports, crafts, historical and musical events.

Your Board of Trustees


Carol Coombs, Sue Murphy, Jo Morton, Libby Lockyer, Di Millard,
Susan Meadows, Pauline Matthews.

Veronica Packham, Linda Sellers,
Jean Sims, Marion Hulance

Pauline Matthews
Jo Morton
Susan Meadows
Veronica Packham
Linda Sellers
Elizabeth Lockyer
Sue Murphy
Carol Coombs
Marion Hulance
Di Millard
Jean Sims
          Chairman of Environment & Public Affairs
          Chairman of Combined Arts
          Member of Sport & Leisure
          Vice Chairman, Member of Combined Arts
          Vice Chairman, Member of Membership Support
          Membership Rep on the Board
          Chairman of Sport & Leisure
          Denman Ambassador & Member of Home Skills & Garden
          Federation Treasurer & Member of Sport & Leisure
          Chairman of Home, Skills & Gardens
          Federation Chairman
Whitchuch Evening WI
Shortwood Village WI
Stockwood WI
Timsbury WI
Mangotsfield WI & Bromley Heath WI
Bleadon WI
Wesbury-on-Trym WI
Mangotsfield WI
Kenn WI
Thornbury WI
Banwell WI


Chairman: Jo Morton

This Committee is involved with all forms of music, drama, creative writing, together with art and photography. It is also famous for its Christmas interpretations.

Environment and Public Affairs

Chairman: Pauline Matthews

The Committee has a very wide remit. It is involved with all matters concerning the Department of Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs, Science and Technology, European Affairs, Consumer Protection and the DSS. The Autumn lectures have taken place over several years when various topics have been studied.

Home Skills and Gardens

Chairman: Di Millard

The Committee arranges various craft workshops.  The yearly coffee morning with demonstrations is always very popular.  There's the Home Skills and Gardens Day, when 3 expert speakers entertain members on food, craft and gardening topics.  There is a competition relation to one of the speakers and Country Markets provide a wonderful selection of goods for sale.  The Committee always welcomes new ideas from members.

Membership Support

  Chairman: Judith Massey

This Committee is made up of WI Advisers who are NFWI trained.
They in turn arrange training sessions for WI members and are responsible for opening up all new WIs within Avon. They are also involved in the Agenda/Resolution meetings as well as ACWW (Associated Country Women of the World).

Sport and Leisure

Chairman: Sue Murphy

The Committee organises many indoor and outdoor activities ranging from horse riding and sailing, croquet and bowling tournaments, walks, skittles and dance sessions, darts and the popular quiz evenings.  Being active has high priority, so this has a big part to play in all the Committee’s arrangements.”

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