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Kington St Michael WI
(Founded 1937. Registered charity no. 1016260)

A member of the National & Wiltshire Federations of WI & the John Aubrey Group

Joint Presidents: Jenny Hayne, tel. (01249) 750443
                            Rosemarie Johnson, tel. (01249) 655151
Secretary: Gill Lasbury
Assistant Secretary: Nina Beese
Treasurer: Hilary Holt
Assistant Treasurer: Viv Penney

Kington St Michael WI meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm in the village hall, when members generally have the opportunity to listen to a speaker. They also take part in skittles and whist leagues, which are county wide. Outings are arranged periodically. We have over 53 members mainly from Kington St Michael, Chippenham and Stanton St Quintin. New members are always welcome; for further details please contact our President.

Newsletters: there is a newsletter each month from the Wiltshire Federation.
Other things to do:

Walking group: meets monthly for walks of 5 – 6 miles.
Singing for Fun group: meets monthly on a Monday, in the village hall when the hall is available.
Book group: meets on the 4th Thursday of the month.
Quilting & sewing group: meets most weeks.
Skittles team: plays in the WI league during the winter.

If you are interested in any of these activities, please speak to the President or any committee member.

Singing for Fun group
Singing for Fun group

(Towards the bottom of this page is a brief history of KSM WI, with photos of the WI Reminiscences booklets from 1987 and 2007. There is also a list of presidents from 1937 to date.)




Meetings & Events

WI Walks


Tuesday 13th September: WI meeting via Zoom.

WI News 2020

September: For the first time since lockdown the members of KSM WI held a meeting.  To facilitate this unique event the meeting was held via Zoom. This worked very well and approximately 15 member “zoomed” in.
Jenny Hayne, joint President, conducted the meeting which was organised on zoom by Rosemarie Johnson (joint President). An agenda had been previously emailed to members and so the meeting followed the usual WI format.
Firstly there was congratulations on birthdays and anniversaries, minutes of the last normal meeting held on 10th March were signed and matters arising were discussed - these were mostly the cancellation of events that were in the pipeline.

However, some WI events, such as the Annual Council Meeting and the John Aubrey Group Meeting will go ahead, albeit via Zoom (trust the WI to move with times!).  Calendars and diaries have been ordered, as per normal, and the NFWI Newsletter is to return to normal publication in October.

Norma was thanked for hosting the recent outdoor, socially distanced picnic; it was a shame about the weather. Rosemarie was given a warm vote of thanks for producing the KSM WI Newsletter; this has been a delightful way of keeping in touch, full of interesting and informative information from our ladies.

Following the business side of the meeting, Sue Maddick from Hardenhuish WI, gave a talk, via Zoom to the members. This worked very well and the members found Sue’s talk on the history of the bra both funny and informative.

At January’s meeting, members were warmly congratulated for their generous donations to the Food Bank at the December meeting.  Malmesbury Food Bank was overwhelmed by the collection and gave its heartfelt thanks.

Following business and an update on skittles matches, members were treated to an interesting and informative talk by Bernard Purrier, from the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Trust.  An interesting fact is that smallest and rarest marine dolphins, the Hector and Mauis, are very near extinction off the coast of New Zealand; commercial and recreational fishing is decimating these species and only one fifth of their habitat is protected.


WI News 2017 - 2019
News, events and photos from 2017 -2019

WI News 2016

News, events and photos from 2016

WI News 2015
News, events and photos from 2015

WI News 2014
News, events and photos from 2014

WI News 2013
News, events and photos from 2013

WI News 2012
News, events and photos from 2012

WI News 2011
News, events and photos from 2011

WI News 2010
News, events and photos from 2010

WI News 2009
News, events and photos from 2009

WI News 2008
News, events and photos from 2008



Kington St. Michael WI was established on 3rd December 1937; a branch of the National Federation of Women's Institutes which is the largest voluntary women's organisation in the UK. This seeks to offer women the opportunity to develop interests and skills in a wide range of subjects including sport, craft and science. It also takes an interest in issues of the day, which affect us all on a local, national and international level - but above all it provides an environment of fun and friendship.

As part of a wider organisation there is the opportunity for members to take part in events further field and to attend courses at Denman College, the WI's own educational centre in Oxfordshire.

New members and visitors are made most welcome. For more information contact the current President (see top of page).

WI reminiscences booklets
(Illustration by the late Kathy Kirby & photo by Linda Durno.
Thank you to Jenny Hayne for providing the above booklets.)

Presidents from 1937 to date (some serving several times)

1937 - 1987
Mrs Thompson
Mrs Rawlings
Mrs Evans
Mrs Adams
Mrs Lee
Mrs Summers
Mrs Vincent
Mrs Kathy Kirby
Mrs Higgins
Mrs Taylor
Mrs Lyn Vaughan
Mrs Barbara Fenner
Mrs Humphrys
Mrs Jenny Hayne
Mrs Janet Elms
Mrs Margaretta Strickland

1987 to date (with thanks to Janet Elms)

1988/89: Margaretta Strickland
1989/90: Mary Humphreys
1990/91: Mary Humphries
1991/92: Kay Sambell
1992/93: Kay Sambell
1993/94: Joan Jackson
1994/95: Joan Jackson
1995/96: Joan Jackson
1996/97: Barbara Fenner
1997/98: Barbara Fenner
1998/99: Barbara Fenner
2001/02: Kay Sambell
2002/03: Mary Humphreys & Janet Elms
2003/04: Janet Elms
2005/06: Janet Elms
2006/07: Kay Sambell
2008/09: Kay Sambell
2009/10: Viv Penney
2010/11: Viv Penney
2011/12: Viv Penney
2012/13: Jenny Hayne
2013/14: Jenny Hayne
2014/15: Jenny Hayne
2015/16: Kay Sambell
2016/17: Nina Rack
2016/17: Nina Beese
2017/18: Nina Beese
2018/19: Jenny Hayne & Rosemarie Johnson (joint presidents).
2019/20: Jenny Hayne & Rosemarie Johnson (joint presidents).

The first Flower & Produce Show was staged in 1974.

Previous WI logo

The WI movement was founded in 1897 in Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada, by Adelaide Hoodless, a farmer's wife. Having lost a child through, as she thought, her lack of knowledge of household skills and hygiene, she realised that there were other women in the same position who had the will to learn and so the WI movement was born.

The first WI in the UK was started in Lllanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Angelsey, in 1915. The 90th Anniversary of the formation of the National Federation of Womens' Institutes was celebrated in 2005. Nationally, there are 230,000 members who have the opportunity to enjoy friendship, learn new skills and broaden their interests, and ,as a corporate body influence local, national and international affairs.

In 2009 the Wiltshire Federation of Womens' Institutes celebrated its 90th Anniversary.