Saddleworth WI meets at 8:00pm on the first Wednesday of each month at the Saddleworth Hotel on Huddersfield Road (A62) near Delph, Saddleworth.
WI began as a group of new mums who met at the local mother and baby group. As most of us were new to Saddleworth, our children provided a great excuse to go out and meet other women in the area. It made us realise that there was space for a modern women’s group in Saddleworth. This was a group which would allow women of all ages, from diverse backgrounds, to meet, learn new skills and most importantly, make lasting friendships. Forming a WI seemed like the obvious choice as Saddleworth had always had a very successful WI and the national WI ethos matched our own objectives. Saddleworth is an idyllic area, steeped in tradition, with a real community spirit. It was hoped that in setting up a WI, we could be part of that thriving community by bringing women together and raising money for local causes. Since our initial meetings in the summer of 2008, our launch in October 2008 was an unprecedented success. We have 110 members and an exciting programme, combining contemporary and traditional topics for the year ahead. If you want to join please come along to a meeting held on the first Wednesday of every month.
Saddleworth WI is a member of The Lancashire Federation of WI's.
We meet on the first Wednesday of every month at The Saddleworth Hotel. At the meetings (8pm – 10pm) we firstly notify members of any notices from the Lancashire federation and discuss any issues with the group. We then have a speaker, or other event, that the committee think may be of interest to the Saddleworth WI members. We always welcome ideas from our members as to the type of speakers and events they would like to see. Tea and coffee are provided and there is also a bar where soft and alcoholic drinks can be purchased.
Once a month, usually the week before the main meeting, the Committee (voted in annually at our AGM in October) meet at one of the committee members homes. If you would like to get more involved in the WI and become a member of the committee, or want to know how to stand for election onto the committee at the AGM then speak to one of the committee members at the monthly meeting.
We also have a large number of sub groups that cover the interests of Saddleworth WI members. These are organised by members who meet up outside of the main meeting.