The Women's Institute movement was formed in Canada in 1897 and the first Institute to be formed in Great Britain was in Anglesey at Llanfair P.G.
Stockton on the Forest WI opened in 1941 and along with all the other institutes contributed greatly to the war effort. They organised the evacuees, collected herbs including nettles and berries, raised money for various charities and of course made hundreds of pounds of jam.
Today each year they put pressure on the government about various matters; closure of libraries, closure of rural post offices and farm milk prices are just a few. Back in 1954 they were the driving force behind the Keep Britain Tidy Campaign.
The Stockton on the Forest Institute meets on the second Wednesday of every month in the long room of the Village Hall. There are interesting speakers on varied subjects along with tea and biscuits. There is the opportunity to learn new skills and go on interesting outings as well as meeting people and socialising.
All women are welcome, just turn up on a meeting night or contact one of the members.