We are Borough Belles Women’s Institute.

Founded in September 2009, we have 60+ members and 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.

We are always looking for people to step up and take on roles within the committee. If you are interested please do get in contact for more information or look at the Jobs Board HERE




PRESIDENT: Muireann Grealy 


As the President my role includes co-ordinating committee meetings, planning our monthly meetings’ activities and listening to our members to find out what they want from their WI. I also correspond with WI Head Office regarding publicity and resolutions and act as the public face of BBWI. I write the monthly newsletter and on top of that run the Dancing Belles Club, which keeps my toes tapping.

I joined the WI partly for the cake and crafts but also for its commitment to education and campaigning. It’s been wonderful to meet so many interesting, interested women at Borough Belles and learn all sorts of new skills. Favourites have been the self-defence class, learning to Charleston, and spotting goldfinches and peregrine falcons on Bankside. Also the night our cake table had beetroot cake, carrot cake and spinach cake and I realised that thanks to the WI I could consume my 5-a-day via the medium of cake.

SECRETARY: Alison Pearce

hadrians-wall-2012-iain-iphone-44.jpgI’ve taken on the role of Secretary in May 2018 after coordinating the Belles of Fire and being a general Committee member too. I think it’s fantastic that it’s possible to get involved as much as you like in the Borough Belles and enjoy helping to make it all happen alongside the rest of the Committee. I’ll be there with the Treasurer at the front desk at every meeting making sure everything is present and correct and managing our member data. I also minute the Committee meetings and share news and info from our Federation and the NFWI where needed.

I joined the Belles in 2015 after coming along to a couple of meetings as a guest. I work in Southwark with my partner and since there’s only two of us and we own a business there’s not a lot of socialising going on so I was on the lookout for like-minded people to make friends, get involved and broaden horizons. The Borough Belles have been so welcoming I wouldn’t be afraid of coming along on your own like I did – I’ve not looked back.


As Treasurer I look after the finances for our W.I. club: handling membership fees,  paying expenses and helping to manage our budget.

I also organise a few walks a year for our Wandering Belles club,  alternating between day long countryside walks and short city walks along London’s Green Chain or Thames Walks.




I have been a keen Borough Belle of Fire for three years. We meet for chatty weekend morning runs in South East London’s lovely dog-packed parks including Dulwich, Peckham Rye and Crystal Palace and sunny evenings along the Thames. Belles of all running abilities are welcome to join our jogs! I am taking over organising the group in 2018 and we are going to branch out to other exciting forms of exercise including hula hooping, yoga and trampolining.





I joined Borough Belles in January 2017. It’s a great fun group with lots of social activities and opportunities to do and learn different things! I joined wanting to widen my social circle and I have certainly done that since joining! Somehow I recently volunteered to set up a new FilmClub – this was as an off-shoot of the Bookclub. We are checking out all the cheap ticket deals at the local cinemas on the first Monday or Tuesday of the month to see the new releases and are also finding new and interesting ways to watch beloved films! Recent and upcoming trips include picnicing at an outdoor screening at the Barbican, drinking cocktails and watching in comfort on bean bags and I’m hoping we can try interactive cinema in the future too!




I joined the WI after hearing so much about the work they had done historically, and continue with today, in the local community. In London it is sometimes hard to gain that sense of community that I immediately felt during that first meeting I attended. It was just what I had been searching for!


As the Social Media Officer, my role is cover both the Borough Belles Twitter to get the latest news of meetings, events and successes out there and our Facebook page as Belle Borough to keep all the events we run up-to-date. I also run the Instagram account and update our blog to show what we’ve been up to. I joined the Borough Belles in 2015. I came as a guest to for a session on urban beekeeping and I was hooked! It’s a really friendly group that makes you feel welcome from the very first session. There’s such a great range of activities and events going on, as well as ways to get involved and give back to the local community, so there really is something for everyone.


I joined the Borough Belles in 2010 and can honestly say it was the best New Year’s resolution I have made. I am a really proud WI member, I love that it raises a few eyebrows in the office and is the largest voluntary organisation of women in the UK. When I first moved to London I really missed having a group of crafters to hang out with and with the Borough Belles I have found a wonderful community of likeminded people.
I’ve learnt to dance like Beyonce (ahem), embroider, make amazing jam, dream of keeping bees and learnt about giant squid! Currently I’m a committee member without portfolio, helping out as needed.


I joined the Borough Belles in 2016 and have recently taken on the role of Culture Club Officer. Events range from museum visits, art galleries and trips to castles. I have really enjoyed my time with the Borough Belles so far, as it has given me the chance to try lots of new activities and meet some lovely people!



I’m a dressmaker, costumier, prop maker & passionate crafter. With a love for British products and slow fashion. I’m a committee member without portfolio and been a member of the Borough Belles for 3 years.  I’ve so enjoyed all the varied talks from learning to belly dance to a fascinating talk from the Death Cafe.

CRAFT OFFICER: Sarah Miloudi


As Craft Officer, it’s my role to organise great craft events.

Crafting is a fun way to get involved with the WI – whether you’re into knitting, sewing, crochet, paper crafts or even craft beer making. The possibilities are endless, so get involved!





I had been toying with the idea of joining the WI for a long time and after a lot of research I took the plunge and went to a meeting of the Borough Belles meeting at the end of 2017. The Borough Belles puts me amongst like minded individuals who are extremely welcoming and open to everyone who joins. For someone like me with a naturally introverted personality the clubs offer me an opportunity to meet new people in a small comfortable setting and the monthly meetings offer really informative and interesting discussion topics. I am currently part of the Committee without portfolio but happy to be involved wherever needed.




I joined the Borough Belles in 2015 after recently moving to the South East London area. I was immediately bowled over by the welcoming sense of community that the Belles have created and love the diverse range of activities that happen at each meeting, not to mention all the great clubs and social activities that go on the rest of the month. I can honestly say joining the Belles was the best decision I’ve made in a very long time!







35 thoughts on “ABOUT US

  1. Hi, I don’t live in the borough I live in the Bromley Area but it is easier for me as I work by London Bridge Station, is that okay to join?

    • Hi Anita, yes certainly – we have people from all over! Sign up to our mailing list for all our updates – hope to see you at our April meeting.

  2. Hi, I am very excited about your website! Lovely idea and feel to it. May I please be added to your mailing list for the next meeting you are having? Many thanks, George xx

  3. I am hoping that you might be able to advertise amongst your members a concert that I am organising on September 14th at City Temple with the London Welsh Male Voice Choir, who sang at the Olympics. Huw Edwards is compere for the evening and we are hoping to raise enough money to buy five syringe pumps for Great Ormond Street Hospital. I appreciate that this is not one of your designated charities this year, however, I felt it would be a concert that I am sure many of your members would enjoy.

    If you could spread the word it would be enormously appreciated. Ticets are £20 and available from http://www.LWMVCandGOSH.com

    Many thanks

  4. My name is Emily and I work for Hestia Housing and Support, which is a charity providing services for victims of domestic abuse across London.
    Domestic abuse is one of the biggest issues facing women in our society, with one in four women experiencing domestic abuse in their lifetime. Shockingly, two women are killed each week in the UK as a result of domestic abuse.
    We passionately believe that it is important for all women to be educated about domestic abuse, which can include financial and emotional abuse as well as violence, and affects women from all walks of life. We would like to come to one of your meetings to give a short presentation on domestic abuse and how it is affecting women and their children in London, and the services we offer to help women rebuild their lives after they experience domestic abuse.
    If you are interested in having a representative of Hestia come to speak at one of your meetings, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


  5. Hi, my mum and I have just been looking at your website and were intrigued by your upcoming talk on herbs. would it be ok if we came along? Thanks Isy and Jan

    • Hi Isy and Jan,
      We’d love to have you along, you’re both very welcome! See you on the 15th. Borough Belles

  6. Hi, Id love to see if there are any speaking opportunities. I work for the Childrens Air Ambulance and was hoping we could share some ideas.
    Happy to fill any last minute spaces too :). oh and if you are having any kind of bakery or food related theme, im your girl. please can you email me – its carrie.moran@theairambulanceservice.org.uk

    • Hi Carrie, Thanks for getting in touch, we will drop you a line to discuss ideas. Thanks Lara x

  7. Hi, my email has gone to ground and I wanted to volunteer for the cake rota for the South London choir – could someone point me in the right direction?

    • Hi Stephanie, That is great that you want to volunteer. If you can make it to next meeting do you want to speak to one of the committee members and we will add you to our lists. Or if your email is back up and working please email us as boroughbelleswi@gmail.com Thanks Lara x

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  9. Hi there!
    I live in Bermondsey and would love to join the Borough Belles!
    Are you taking new members at the moment?
    Many thanks,

  10. Hi,
    I am a member of The Society Of Mudlarks and have a special licence to search The Thames Foreshore. I do not use a metal detector as i search only by eye. I have a vast collection of finds and a slide show. I have recently given a talk/display at Crayford WI who seemed to enjoy my enthusiasm for this hobby . Where do you meet? Have you an address? Would you be interested in booking me.
    Sara-Jane Ladbrook-Hutt

  11. My Hubbi (PIANIST) would be pleased to play piano for any special function – a la Richard Clayderman etc…….

  12. Hi! I’m chuffed to find a WI in SE1 and would love to come to the next meeting. Would you be able to send me the details please?
    Thanks! Lucy

  13. Hi,
    I’d like to come along to the next meeting if that’s possible, do I need to do anything beforehand or just turn up?



  14. Hi there,

    I was delighted to see that there is now a WI in SE1, I’d love to come along to your next meeting in February, please add me to the mailing list,

    Thanks very much,

  15. Hello ladies! I have contacted Kirsty via the LondonSe1.co.uk website, to offer to come to one of your meetings. I am the local Tupperware consultant, and I have been along to meetings of other London WI groups to speak about being a rare Tupperware Man, and about how Tupperware has empowered women to run their own businesses for the last 50 years, as well as providing retro-chic storage for our bijou London kitchens. Good luck with the group, and hope to hear from you soon.

  16. Noswaith dda,Kirsty !
    I guess that you’ll all be absorbing the Cymreig atmosphere in your new surroundings-you’re sure to be happy in the Chapel.
    Will your next meeting be January 20th ? I’d be very interested to join your meeting,if that’s so.
    Many thanks,diolch,
    ps.I’ve almost exhausted myknowledge of Welsh vocabulary here !

  17. Dear Borough Belles,

    What a marvellous idea to form a WI, I’d love to come along to the meeting on 30th Nov, please add me to your mailing list.

    Thanks & best regards


    • Hi Annegret,
      Of course! Everyone is welcome. I’ll add you to our mailing list so you can get details of our next meeting.
      We look forward to meeting you.
      All the best,

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