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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 will celebrate 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.


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The WI is broken down into Federations and Ashtead WIng belongs to The Surrey Federation of WIs. Based in Guildford, The Surrey Federation focus on friendship, learning new skills campaigning on important issues and of course, having lots of fun!

We are a fledgling WI having only formed in January 2016.  Ashtead WIng  embraces the traditional ideas of the WI but with our own little modern twist. Born out of our first joint-president Lesley Stewart's desire to meet new like minded women in her community, to share and learn new skills with, in an inclusive environment whilst ultimately having fun together. Since the first Facebook message went out, we have been overwhelmed and delighted at the diverse number of women wanting to join Ashtead WIng, this has ultimately resulted in a move from our original venue and we now meet monthly at Ashtead Baptist Church, 192 Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead KT21 2LW.

We have sub groups, ranging across a broad spectrum of topics and interests with the aim to offer something to every member of Ashtead WIng.


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