Harlow Women's Institute

Member of the Federation of Essex Women's Institutes
Charity Registration Number 228992

Friday, 20 March 2020


Due to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak
all WI meetings and activities are suspended until further notice.  


Friday, 14 February 2020





Thursday, 13 February 2020


This was a well-attended and busy meeting.  As well as the usual business of minutes, matters arising, and forthcoming events, there was voting to be completed for the choice of Resolution to go forward to the Annual Meeting in June, details of the Open Day to be held in March in place of the previously scheduled Members Day, an announcement about a very special afternoon tea later in the year, and publicity for the International Women's Day event to be held at the Leisure Centre on Sunday 8 March from 2-4 pm. 

The speaker for the afternoon was Jane Dismore who writes thoroughly-researched books about the Royal Family.  Although - as she acknowledged - she was not our planned speaker, she was able to keep everyone interested with her fascinating accounts of how she managed to talk to dukes and duchesses, to royal cousins, and others who had held positions that brought them into close contact with royal circles.  Her talk proved very popular, as did her books which she had on display. 

Jane later judged the competition for "A Souvenir of a Royal Event".  The prize went to Angela Keill for a photograph of a close relative being introduced to Diana, Princess of Wales. 

Jane Dismore with the winning competition entry

Some of the books written by Jane

Entries for the competition

After tea and cake, the Raffle was drawn and Birthday flowers were presented. 

Forthcoming Events

Saturday 15 February - Coffee Plus - 10 am until noon
Thursday 20 February - Play-reading Group - 2-4 pm
Friday 28 February - Craft Group - 11 am-3 pm
Thursday 5 March - Book Group - 2-3.30 pm
Every Monday - Table games/darts - 1.30-3.30 pm

Sunday 8 March - International Women's Day - Harlow Leisure Centre 2-4 pm
Wednesday 11 March - Open Day - 2-4 pm

Saturday, 11 January 2020


January's meeting was on the 8th - the earliest date possible.  Numbers were just slightly down (winter chills, winter hols, who knows?) but the atmosphere was as lively as ever.  No speaker had been booked as this was to be a social afternoon,  All the usual events took place - WI business, notices, forthcoming events, competition and raffle plus two quizzes - as well as voting for Harlow's selection of  Resolution choice for the NFWI Annual Meeting, and queueing up to renew membership.  It was quite a packed afternoon.

Committee members getting to grips with the quizzes

Some of the entries for the competition

Competition for the prettiest card received this Christmas

Time passed very quickly, and the afternoon closed with the singing of the National Anthem.


Thursday 16 January - Playreading Group 2-4 pm  (New play)
Saturday 18 January - Coffee "Plus" 10 am until noon  (Hot
                    drinks & cake plus sales tables)
Friday 31 January - Craft Group  11 am-3 pm   (Making items
                        for premature babies)
Every Monday - Table Games 1.30-3.30 pm
All the above take place in the WI Hall and are open to non-members.