Here is a snapshot of what Greet WI has to offer:

It is a chance for women to:

  • make new friends and enjoy friendship
  • take part in a wide range of opportunities including monthly meetings, a varied and interesting programme with speakers and demonstrations, fundraising, social events, outings and activities
  • widen their horizons by taking advantage of educational opportunities
  • find and learn new interests and develop these
  • build  on their existing crafts and skills
  •    - and most importantly – have fun!


All visitors are very welcome! You will be looked after by our "hostess" for the evening and we hope you enjoy the meeting.We are happy for visitors to attend two meetings- we do not make a charge for this, but ask for a voluntary donation of £2 per meeting to cover the expenses for the Speaker and refreshments. We then ask that you become a full member of the WI and pay a subscription.  New members joining in October, November and December pay the rate which will be payable in January of the following year, but do not have to pay again that year. 


History of Greet WI

Our institute began with a meeting of 44 ladies at the Milestones Nursery School in Greet, on February 5th. 1974 to agree the foundation of the new group. With no village or church hall in Greet, the group met for some years in a large room in the local pub, which had once served the cattle market. They quickly established the pattern of lectures, outings, social activity, crafts and friendship which still marks the group today, and were often welcomed by other local institutes at other activities and outings. Members began to explore the benefits of living within easy reach of Denman College and many have attended courses over the years and enjoyed walking holidays and courses arranged by the Gloucestershire and National Federation. A few of those original members remain, having given invaluable support over the years.

As the pub expanded with a restaurant, there were occasional problems with accommodation, and members freely offered theirs homes and gardens for meetings, coffee mornings, barbecues and lunch. One meeting was even held in the famous local pottery, to include a demonstration. At the end of 1983, the landlord decided he could no longer offer the ladies a room, and they accepted the offer of the local school library, despite its being upstairs and with no access to a kitchen. For the next 22 years, refreshments came in baskets and flasks. After a trial meeting at Abbeyfields, the new community centre in Winchcombe, on May 8th. 2005, it was unanimously agreed that they should move again.

Meetings have continued almost from the beginning, on the second Monday of the month. Now in more spacious and well equipped surroundings, Greet WI continues to offer wide and enjoyable opportunities to all its members.

History of The Women's Institute (WI)

The WI is as relevant today as it was when it was launched in 1915. The WI is here to enable women like you to 'make a difference' - to the life you lead, to the community you're a part of and to the world you live in.

To find out what's going on nationally in the WI, click on NFWI, and for information about what's on in Gloucestershire, click on GFWI.

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