About us

Belles at a march holding a banner

We are Borough Belles Women’s Institute. Founded in September 2009, we’re looking for as many like-minded ladies as possible to join our group.

We celebrate all the things the WI stands for: insightful speakers and presentations, interesting craft projects, and a whole lot of cake. Our mascot is our lovely London honeybee – industrious and adaptable, not to mention a provider of delicious treats!

We seek to embody the WI’s motto of ‘Inspiring women’, forging friendships and sparking passions that will benefit both us and the communities we live in.

Our next meeting: Wed 16 Sept, 7.30pm

For our (virtual) September meeting will we be talking about women in politics.

Politics can be a turn off these days, but many of the women involved in setting up the WI were active in the women’s suffrage movement and they saw the WI as a way of educating and encouraging women to take an active part in public life. A hundred years on, there’s still a lot to do.

Come and hear from fellow WI-er, Claire Sheppard, founder of Nunhead WI and more recently the Covid support group, Nunhead Knocks. Claire has stood as an independent in the 2018 local elections and for the Green Party in the 2019 General Election. Claire is part of the Parliament Project, a non-partisan project to inspire, empower and encourage
women to run for political office in the UK. They run online workshops to demystify the process for women wanting to get involved in politics and online peer support circles. We will be joined by Hannah Stevens, their London Programme Manager.

Whether you nurture a secret ambition to change the world or are simply curious about what it’s like to be a political activist we can promise a lively evening.

The Zoom login details will be circulated to our members but we’re very happy to welcome guests to this meeting. If you’d like to join in please drop us an email (info@boroughbelles.com). Guest fees to a WI meeting are normally £5 but a ‘visit’ to virtual BBWI this month will be gratis 🙂

How to join the Borough Belles

If you’re interested in joining the Borough Belles or coming as a guest to a meeting, please email boroughbelleswi@gmail.com.

**Membership for 2020 is open for the cost of £43 for the year. Guests are always very welcome to meetings for a suggested donation of £5. Guest fee for members of other WIs £2.50**

If you’ve signed up as a fully fledged Borough Belle you’ll receive one of our fantastic 2020 members’ packs with a selection of wonderful goodies the next time we have a physical meeting.

As a member you get free entry to every monthly meeting until April 2021, invites to our member social events and eight copies of WI Life magazine a year delivered directly to your door.

What to expect! Our physical meetings run for two hours. Our virtual meeting duration varies and is usually 1.5 hours. Don’t worry about coming on your own, many of our ladies, including half the committee, came along on their own! 

Our chosen charity

This year’s chosen charity as voted for by the Borough Belles Members is Bede House.

Bede House is a leading Southwark charity, working with victims of relationship abuse, young people, adults with learning disabilities and the wider community.

Find out more about Bede House on their website.

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