What We Do

WI WalkAdderbury and District Women’s Institute was formed in November 2010. We now have over 50 members. We meet in The Institute on the first Thursday of every month at 7.30pm.

Activities over the past 2 years have included guest speakers on subjects of local history, Dogs for the Disabled, beekeeping and the Mystery of Agatha Christie. We have had demonstrations of how to make ourselves look more glamorous and make the best of our wardrobes as well as  how to cook Japanese and trips out to Denman College, Lord Leycester Hospital, Ditchley Park, and Broughton Grange garden.

In May 2011, we were privileged to have Pru Leith come and give us a very entertaining evening, recalling her life experiences and some of the amazing things she has achieved.

Not only do we meet once a month but we also have various activities going on throughout the month for those who are interested. So far these have included; a knitting group, a reading group, a walking group and a sewing/patchwork group. You are most welcome to come along to any of these ‘extra activity’ groups. They are usually held in a member’s house, so please keep an eye on our notice board at the Institute or on this site, as the venue could change.

All ideas are very welcome, whether that is suggestions for our monthly meetings, trips, speakers or for our extra monthly activities. So, if you have a skill or would like to learn something new, please do let us know and we will try to accommodate.

Many of members come to our meetings in order to meet and make new friends. We all live very full and busy lives but if you would like to come along to one of our meetings you will be assured of a warm welcome and we will ensure that you will not be left alone if you do not know anyone.

Each year we like to support a charity.  Last year we supported GAGA.  Goodwill & Growth for Africa UK (GAGA) – looks at working, funding and forging relationships with organisations which aim to alleviate the effects of poverty, disease (HIV/AIDS) and violence on African children and the greater communities that they live in.

This year we have decided to support a charity that is closer to home.  Banbury Young Homeless Project,  BYHP, exists to support and assist Young People in finding and maintaining a safe home from which they may be assisted to determine their own opportunities in life.

Over the past 21 years, BYHP has been working with Young People aged 16-25 who are homeless, inappropriately housed or at risk of becoming homeless in Oxfordshire.  BYHP’s head office is in Banbury.

Our charity for this year, 2014, is the Frank Wise School, a community school for children between the ages of 2 to 19 years, with special needs, which Ofsted describes as “Outstanding and inspirational”.  The School has been open for 50 years, beginning at Wood Green House with 30 pupils, now currently caters for 107 children.  Jill Head, School nurse for 20 years and currently chair of the Friends of the School, gave an interesting, inspiring and sometimes moving talk at our WI Meeting on Thursday, 3rd April 2014.

Future ideas for fundraising activities and practical help are currently under consideration.


In 2015, we produced our 2016 WI Calendar to celebrate our fabulous village of Adderbury with all entries from Adderbury photographers.

We have wonderful walks, events and happenings and guest speakers each month presenting subjects on a wide ranging variety.  Andrew Jenkins of Cherwell District Council presented his talk on Ardley Energy Recovering Facility and here we are touring Ardley to see for ourselves how they proccess our household waste.



Extra Activities

Reading Group
Needlecraft Group
Catering Group
Walking Group