Littleport Women’s Institute is a tiny part of the largest women’s organisation in the country.
We are a section of the Isle of Ely Federation of Women’s Institute, this in turn is affiliated to the National Federation of Women’s Institutes which has its office in London.
The list of activities and aims etc., is very long.
Our meetings are held once a month on a Tuesday evening in the village hall, and consist of a certain amount of business, i.e. reports of meetings, treasurer’s report, correspondence. Invitations, and up and coming events. Then this is followed by our Speaker. This can be on any subject apart from (religion or politics) and can consist of a talk, film show, demonstration or debate, usually followed by a Question and Answer Session. We usually learn something useful and most sessions are peppered with humour. After our Speaker we have a break for refreshments and a short time for socialising.
When the break is over, time is spent finalising arrangements for events, outings and other things that we take part in.
Birthdays of members are announced (they receive a small gift) and results of the raffle and the competition which is held at each meeting. Members do not have to take part in the competition, but many do and the points awarded are accumulated and a prize awarded at certain stages. The evening is often rounded off with one of the members reciting an amusing tale.
As part of the Isle of Ely Federation we are frequently invited to the meetings of other Institutes in the group. This is enjoyable as we then meet other like-minded women and hear different speakers etc., great networking.
The Isle of Ely Federation has its office in March where they organise a variety of meetings and events to which we are all invited, in particular the annual Federation meetings are very enjoyable and well attended as after the business they always provide a Speaker of a very high standard. In the past these have included many television personalities, local dignitaries, local radio personalities and much more.
So if you feel that there may be something in our meetings for you, why not give us a try. You would be most welcome. We meet on the second Tuesday of every month at 7.15pm in the village hall.