Littleport Life explains why the WI is known for ‘Jam and Jerusalem’

In 1915 we set out to give women a voice and to be a force for good in the community. Since then, our membership and our ambitions alike have grown tremendously. Today, we are the largest women’s organisation in the UK and we pride ourselves on being a trusted place for women of all generations to share experiences and learn from each other. Making jam is probably one of the things that the WI is…

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Littleport WI Embodies that War-Time Spirit

Through the pandemic WI members have been keeping in touch with each other by phone, new technology and Tuesday Zoom meetings, just chatting and offering help and support. With the current situation easing members are starting to meet up in small groups in gardens. Lots of us have been busy learning new skills, how to use smart phones and tablets, a favourite pastime is talking to our family and friends on Face Time and Zoom….

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Littleport Women’s Institute – Still Going Strong Through the Recent Lockdown

Littleport Women’s Institute – Still Going Strong Through the Recent Lockdown

Any group or organisation is as strong as its constituent parts – its individual members. And Littleport WI has demonstrated that in a manner reminiscent of the old World War 2 spirit and its refusal to be down- hearted aftermath! WI Secretary Ms Linda Whytock recounted just some of the huge efforts made by the members during what was for many a truly isolating experience. Not everyone had a significant other with whom they could…

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Littleport Women’s Institute

Littleport Women’s Institute

Why become part of the Women’s Institute? Following my retirement, I joined the WI as a way of getting to know people, and be involved in village life but it’s turned out to be so much more than that. If you were to ask people their concept of members they would most likely answer, it’s silver-haired pensioners sipping tea, well yes some of us are and do, but many of the ladies from young women…

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Littleport Women’s Institute – Jam and Jerusalem?

A member of the Littleport Women’s Institute writes: We do sing the beautiful hymn Jerusalem, but make jam? No, I have not made jam in all the time I have been a member which is over 10 years. Apart from our speakers, demonstrators, entertainment etc which we enjoy at our monthly meetings; we receive invitations to other Institutes. We make frequent visits to place of interest, or outings simply for entertainment, and often invite guests…

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Littleport Women’s Institute – You Are Invited!

Littleport Women’s Institute – You Are Invited!

I am Maureen and would like to invite you to our monthly meetings held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month in the Village Hall at 7:15pm. We start by singing Jerusalem followed by the minutes of the last meeting. Then we have our speaker of the month. Let me tell you about our last meeting. Soham Tourist Board presented a hilarious and informative talk on the Tudors. The ladies in costume took us through…

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The Queen has fun at the WI

The Queen has fun at the WI

In January this year Her Majesty the Queen, President of Sandringham WI, joined members of her local Women’s Institute in a live game of ‘Pointless’ hosted by Alexander Armstrong and was on the winning team. The Queen joined the Sandringham branch in 1943 when she was still Princess Elizabeth and visits WI members at West Newton village hall every year as part of her winter stay on her Sandringham estate in Norfolk. Armstrong, host of…

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Littleport Women’s Institute

Littleport Women’s Institute

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…

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Memories of 2018 at the Women’s Institute

Memories of 2018 at the Women’s Institute

The Women’s Institute ended December 2018 on a happy note with a party at our December meeting, we were entertained by Jaqui Huggins with music, poetry and stories. The evening also included a buffet meal which was most enjoyable. Throughout the year we have enjoyed such a wide variety of meetings, outing, demonstrations, talks and much more. A talk about a Thai orphanage stirred a whole range of emotions as well as talks about the…

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Rita Williams tells us how she was welcomed by Littleport WI

Rita Williams tells us how she was welcomed by Littleport WI

I moved to Littleport 4 years ago to be nearer my son, but I knew not a soul. I had been a WI member many years ago. I rang the then President Mrs June Bird and asked when they met, thinking it would give me some time to steel myself to walk into a room full of ladies I did not know. Her reply was: “We meet tonight my dear, see you about 7”. She…

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