We enjoy talks, tastings and social times. Our members range in age but everyone enjoys the chance to build local connections and learn new things. We love to have guests drop in to try a meeting for £5 a time.
WI members enjoy visiting new places and contributing to the local community.
- In 2019 we raised over £1,200 for Homestart Wandsworth, which supports local families with children under five. In 2020 we will be fundraising for the local branch of Refuge, which supports women and children experiencing domestic abuse.
- Trips out have included Strawberry Hill House, the Mayfield Lavender Farm in Carshalton, lunch at the Clink restaurant inside Brixton Prison and the recycling centre down at Smugglers Way.
- Our garden group is a chance to pool knowledge, visit gardens and maybe even buy things in bulk to save a few pounds.
- Our meet and eat group visits local restaurants to share a meal and meet more informally.
The group as a whole helps to suggest activities and ideas which helps keep our programme fresh. Our past meetings have included:
- a coffee tasting
- the evolution of forensics with DNA and fingerprinting
- a ‘mini Antiques Roadshow’ for members
- the early pre-Raphaelites
- a zumba session
We meet once a month on (usually) the first Thursday of the month from 7.15pm at the Vestry Hall, 10a Wiseton Road London SW17 7EE. Wiseton Road is by the Sainsburys on Bellevue Road, so buses 219 and 319 stop nearby. .
There’s a lot more to the WI than baking and crafts – it’s been described as a ‘well kept secret’. It offers residential courses at its own lovely country house Denmans, and campaigns successfully on issues like mental health, more trees in cities and reducing plastic micro-particles in the ocean.
Wandsworth Common WI had its first official meeting in February 2017 and was set up by Amanda Johnson, formerly a member of Balham WI, who found there was significant interest locally in the idea. It has since doubled in size, although we are still small enough to be friendly.
If you require further information about Wandsworth Common WI, please don’t hesitate to message us through our contact page.
More information on the Women’s Institute in general can be found here
A bit more about the WI
The Women’s Institute is now the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK. Its centenary was in 2015 and now it 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.
Examples of past campaigns:
Mental Health Matters (2018)
“Mental health matters as much as physical health. The NFWI urges all WI members to recognise the importance of parity between mental health and physical health, and take action to make it as acceptable to talk about mental health issues as much as physical health issues, and to lobby government for better support for mental illness.”
Plastic soup: Keep microplastic fibres out of our oceans (2017)
Microplastic fibres are shed from synthetic clothing with every wash and are the main contributors to microplastic contamination of the oceans. The NFWI calls on Government and industry to research and develop innovative solutions to this problem
Alleviating loneliness (2017)
This meeting calls on every WI and the NFWI to work alongside health and social care providers and their local communities to raise awareness of the causes and impacts of loneliness
Avoid food waste, address food poverty (2016)
The WI calls on all supermarkets to sign up to a voluntary agreement to avoid food waste, thereby passing surplus food onto charities thus helping to address the issue of increasing food poverty in the UK