Women’s Institute

During non-Covid times Bunbury W.I. meets at 7.30pm on the 2nd Thursday of every month in the Playing Fields Pavilion with a talk or demonstration, some brief WI business and refreshments prepared by Members.

The WI is a great place to meet and make new friends, visitors are warmly welcomed – £2 per visit which includes delicious refreshments – contact: Sue Watson on 01829 260 642

Bunbury WI is part of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI). There are 6,500 WIs nationally grouped together to form 70 county and island federations, each with a regional office. They are also in the Cheshire Federation of Women’s Institutes (CFWI). The Headquarters are at 11 White Friars, Chester, an interesting building in the city centre.

Bunbury WI belongs to Forest Group, which has twice yearly meetings for all its members to socialise and enjoy excellent speakers, a carol concert and even a darts evening. The WI also has its own residential college near Oxford where members can enjoy a wide variety of courses in lovely surroundings.

Apart from our monthly meetings we have regular outings to the theatre and live screenings at the cinema amongst others. We have smaller groups for reading, keep fit, craft and scrabble.


Bunbury WI 2020

Due to Covid we did not hold regular meetings.

Bunbury WI 2019

In 2019 our monthly speakers for 2019 were:

  • May 9th. Resolutions and Social Evening
  • June 13th. A Spanish evening with Flamenco Dancing
  • July 11th. Hearing Dogs – Ruth Allen and Piper
  • August 8th. My life at Granada TV – Judy Popley
  • September 12th. Floristry Demonstration – Margaret Bourne
  • October 10th. Gin Tastings – Densem Wines Nantwich
  • November 14th. AGM and Social Evening
  • December 12th Travels around South America – Hazel Griffiths

Bunbury WI AGM November 2018

We looked back on another successful and enjoyable year for Bunbury WI, everyone has played their part in it and we have shared fun and friendship whilst benefitting from a wide range of activities, experiences and speakers, highlights being our New Year lunch at the Tollemache Arms, creating a canvas painting, discussing Mental Health issues at our resolutions meeting in May, Phil Alcock shared his love of books, our own Member Pat Blackwod shared her Secret History and a DIY Harvest Supper and quiz in September. Live screenings of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in February and the Ballet Swan Lake in June was enjoyed by many.

Bunbury WI 2017

In 2017 we had some very interesting and entertaining talks by various speakers including a visit from Waitrose which took us on a cheese and wine tasting journey.  And not only that, as we had to vacate our usual meeting place due to the Voting for the General Election we were forced to hold the meeting in the beautiful setting of Bunbury Mill.

Our outings included visits to the Odeon Cinema in Crewe to enjoy live screed theatre performances, a night at the new Storyhouse complex in Chester, a visit to the Garden Open Day at Haughton Hall and an enjoyable day at the Emma Bridgewater Factory.  Some members even had an overnight visit to London.

Back in Bunbury we were delighted to be invited to partake in Village Day in June and we also had a Crown Bowls Tuition day with Afternoon Tea in Bunbury Playing Fields Pavilion.  And as well as our usual groups a Scrabble Group was started this year and our Craft  skills were challenged when we learnt a new skill of painting on crockery with our completed projects fired and displayed at our WI Produce Show in September.