Welcome to Christchurch Belles WI
Monthly meetings are normally held on the 3rd Monday at 7.30 pm in Druitt Hall. Please arrive by 7.15pm. Check out the upcoming events on the events page and calendar
A monthly newsletter and other important emails will keep you informed of news and events from National Federation, Dorset Federation and Christchurch Belles
Visitors are welcome for a maximum of three visits at Christchurch Belles.
Your first visit is free.
If you wish to contact us please email
How it all started
The first WI meeting in the UK was held in Llanfairpwll on Anglesey, Wales, on 16 September 1915. Since then, the organisation has grown to become the largest women's voluntary organisations in the UK with over 212,000 members in over 6,300 WIs.
The WI was first established to educate rural women, and to encourage countrywomen to get involved in growing and preserving food to help to increase the supply of food to the war-torn nation. Education and the sharing of skills have always been at the heart of the organisation, and this remains true today.
Whilst the meeting venues might have changed from the local village hall to local café, the ethos and reputation of the WI remains the same, and women join now to meet new friends, learn new skills and make a difference on matters that are important to them now as fellow members did in 1915.
We formed as a new WI group in January 2019. With a dedicated committee of volunteers and a fantastic membership we enter our fifth year. We currently run groups for community activities, craft, walking, skittles, book club and dinner club. We offer outings and events alongside our monthly meetings and outings.
Annual subscription for 2023 is £46.00 which includes the WI Life magazine (8 editions). Subscriptions due at the latest by the April 1st.
We support a range of projects including local beach and station cleaning, Christmas gifts to local care home residents, collecting items for the food bank, warm clothes for the homeless in winter.