Stanford in the Vale Women's Institute
Founded in 1920, Stanford in the Vale W.I. currently has 30+ members who meet in Stanford in the Vale Village Hall from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.
Advertising for the meetings can be found in "Stanford in the Vale Parish Newsletter", the 5 Village notice boards and in the "What's On In And Around Faringdon" newspaper. All are welcome to the meetings.
At most meetings there is a Speaker who will talk for about 45 minutes and there is a wide range of subjects. There is usually about 20 minutes W.I. "business" then refreshments and social topics. Members are also involved in village activities. The W.I. has a stall at the Village Festival, a Bring and Buy or Jumble Sale most years, organises the Horticultural show Teas and has a stand at the Stanford Forum.
Membership of the W.I. also offers the opportunity for excursions and visits to places of interest organised by Oxfordshire Federation of Women's Institutes and to attend courses organised by O.F.W.I. and by the National Federation of Women's Institutes at Denman College, Marcham, the continuing education college of the W.I.
Nationally, the W.I. has been involved with a number of campaigns. In June 2008, at the N.F.W.I. Annual General Meeting, two Resolutions are to be discussed. The first urges a "Ban on Bottom Trawling" which causes catastrophic loss of marine life. The second concerns "Inappropriate imprisonment of the severely mentally ill".
Further information about the W.I can be found at the Oxfordshire Federation of Women's Institutes web site and the Women's Institute web site.