The WI plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities. Learning and development has always been an integral part of the WI.

The NFWI also offers a range of courses at their own training centre, Denman, and we also provide training and courses specifically for WI members at our FEWI premises at Whitelands Business Centre in Terling.


Essex Based Courses & Events

For Essex events, please see our Essex Events page.


Denman Courses

Their courses range from curries, to cakes and crochet, to papercutting, photography and Pilates. Everyone is welcome – men and women, members and non-members, beginners and more accomplished practitioners. Click to find out more about what Denman can offer you!


Federation and National WI Roles

As well as learning new skills or crafts, there are also a range of roles are available for WI members to undertake either for the NFWI or within their local federation. These include:

WI Advisers

responsible for forming, suspending and closing WIs as well as making sure members are aware of what opportunities are available to them within the WI.

Federation Representatives

volunteers within their federation who act as a liaison between the NFWI and members in promoting and raising awareness of sport and leisure, science and combined arts.

NFWI Judges

OCN qualified and have sound technical knowledge in specific areas such as cookery, preservation, craft, floral art and staging and interpretation and to act as an educator whilst helping to improve the standard of show entries.

To find out more about these roles please contact Sarah Lawton, your Federation Secretary, or the NFWI Unit on 01865 391788.