Office & Finance
This small committee, chaired by the Federation Treasurer, is responsible for ensuring that the finances and administrative activity of the Federation comply with Charity Law and other legislation.
The committee is made up of the Officers of the Federation, the Vice Treasurer, the Federation Administrator, a representative from the Sales Team and has the power to co-opt other trustees who may have relevant skills.
Creative Activities covers all aspects of craft and the arts. The committee regularly hold workshops, quilting days, dabble days and poetry mornings. Alternate years we hold the Ros Trophy, a public speaking competition, and also work on the Corunna Cup Competition usually staged at the Annual Federation Meetings.
Alongside these activities we arrange trips to museums, exhibitions, galleries and craft shows. Knitting days are increasingly popular, and we now have a Warwickshire Forum on the popular website Ravelry. We endeavour to hold a Literary Lunch annually at a central venue.
Many of our committee are demonstrators at promotional events including the Sewing For Pleasure event at the NEC.
This committee also provides judges for Federation events and shows round the county.
Our programme meetings look at possible new opportunities to ensure we are offering our members a wide range of activities.
- To take note of and implement national digital strategy recommendations.
- To consider and recommend the Warwickshire Digital Strategy to Trustees
- To implement the Warwickshire Digital strategy through training and information for members
- To recruit a county wide Digital Team to help to disseminate the Warwickshire Digital Strategy effectively.
- Anne Bufton-McCoy – Newton Regis WI
The Leisure Activities Committee offers a wide variety of events, trips and activities to stimulate members’ interests. Our plans for our Centenary year include a trip to the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, Kyacking on the Leam, visits to Tutbury Hall with a talk by Lesley Smith and Chelsea Hospital and National Army Museum.
In keeping with our Centenary the Treasure Hunt will be around Warwick and a talk on The Great Fire of Warwick is also planned. Don’t forget to enter a team for our annual Darts Tournament as well.
Our aim is to continue to provide trips and events with a wide of topics to, hopefully, have something to suit as many members as possible. We are always happy to receive any ideas you may have of places or events to visit.
This committee has a varied remit covering Education, the Environment, Farming, Rural Affairs, Health, Science and Technology.
The committee organises the four Serious Science Lectures and the “Women Reaching Women” Days. Visits to museums and exhibitions are organised.
The Public Affairs committee is responsible for conducting Resolution Briefing Meetings and any work involved with the WI Mandates.
ACWW – The Associated Country Women of the World
The ACWW is an international organisation supporting rural women & their families through education, training & community development programmes. The NFWI has been affiliated to ACWW since its formation in 1933. WIs can raise money for a specific project, to which Warwickshire Federation has pledged its support.
ACWW Website: www.acww.org.uk
Membership & Promotion
This committee is made up of 7 WI advisers and the officers of the Board of Trustees. Advisers are trained and appointed by the National Federation to work with all the WIs in Warwickshire.
Their role is to help and support WIs to function as well as possible, by offering advice about the WI constitution, and offering workshops and training for all members of WI committees. During the year workshops are run to support committee roles and ideas of topics that would be of use to committees are always valued. It is their responsibility to look for suitable areas in which to open new WIs and to suspend / close WIs when necessary.
Promoting the WI across the Federation is an important part of their work and they are very happy to attend events in your area where this could happen. A gazebo is available and Advisers can bring this, with promotional material, to advertise the WI and support you in encouraging new members to attend your meetings.
Advisers are happy to attend your Annual meeting to help with the election of new committees and to iron out any problems. They would also be pleased to hear from you if you would like them to attend a meeting to meet your members during the year. They can also give a free* talk about the history of the WI (*mileage only)
Listed here are details of the advisers and the WIs to which they are linked. Your link Adviser is always happy to help with any questions that you might have about the running of your WI. Either call or send an email if you have a question or concern that you would like help with.