Arts & Leisure covers events and workshops, including the theatre, photography, poetry, literary lunches, Christmas Carol concert/services. They organise our darts tournament, inter-WI quiz tournament, walks, relaxing and informative days out, and the occasional sporting activity. For more information click here.

Sue MacEwen, Purleigh WIChair 
Moyra Jackson, Elsenham WI  
Kay Lodge, Sandon & Marconi Belles WIs  
Gill Sewell, Great Hallingbury WI  
Kate Clarke, Orchard Springs WI  
Penny Patman, Burnham on Crouch WI  

We organise day courses and demonstrations in all aspects of Cookery, Flower Arranging and a wide variety of Crafts, to appeal to as wide a cross section of members as possible, in line with the WI ethos to offer opportunities for enjoyable learning for life. For more information click here.

We welcome suggestions for future workshops from our members.

Fiona Cattermole, Hatfield Broad Oak WIChair
Lesley Evans, Dolphin WIVice Chair
Gill Hathaway, Elsenham WI 
Paulette Brabin, Great Hallingbury WI 
Angela Flynn, Chignals & Mashbury WI 
Moyra Jackson, Elsenham WI 
Margaret Cooper, (Country Markets), Woodham Ferrers WI 

Members Advisory Team (MAT):

The Members Advisory Team or MAT as it’s often referred to, comprises the WI Advisers, (some of whom are Federation Trustees), Trainee WI Advisers and MAT helpers. WI Advisers are voluntary WI members who have undergone training provided by the NFWI, which enables them to help and support members in every aspect of their WI life. They provide the vital link between WIs, Federation and the National levels of the organisation. For more information click here.
MAT is a fully inclusive team offering flexible working for any member to train as an Adviser regardless of her work, family or care commitments.

WI Advisers

Angie Stephenson, Eastons & Tilty & Dunmow WIs 
Jan Curtis, Bulphan WI  
MAT Helper with Group Responsibility
Kay Lodge, Sandon & Marconi Belles WIs  
Pat Pratley, Manuden WI  


MAT Helper

Diane Tyrrell, Harold Wood Evening WI  
Tricia Evans, Shenfield & Hutton Morning WI  
Sue MacEwen, Purleigh WI  
Shirley Perkins, Leigh Evening WI  
Jan Nash, Buttsbury WI  


Public Affairs aims to help members turn their concerns in to resolutions be they at local, Federation or NFWI level.


Resolution Coordinator can advise on the process to take your resolution forward across these levels. The Resolution Coordinator is also the go to person for updates on NFWI campaigns and finding out how to become the Resolution Representative for your WI, please contact for more information or click here to visit their page.

Laura Pisaneschi, Chafford Hundred WI, Resolution Coordinator


Essex are lucky to have several Climate Ambassadors who discuss and work on matters relating to Climate Change, our Lead Climate Ambassador coordinates meetings, contacting MPs and arranging events and welcomes members interested in this topic, email if you’d like to find out more about becoming a Climate Ambassador or click here to visit their page.

Jill Bruce

Chappel & Wakes Colne WI

Lead Climate Ambassador


Essex Federation are an Associate Member of ACWW – take a look at the ACWW section under Links for more information and updates or contact for more details.

Philippa Croft

Guildhall Girls WI

ACWW Representative

I have been a WI member for 36 years – a natural progression from Brownies and Guides in my distant youth, where I learnt crafts, home-skills, a love of the countryside, community involvement and making friends from a wide range of backgrounds.

I was brought up in Kent, moved to north London when I married and after several job and house moves finally settled in the Cambs/Essex borders area near Saffron Walden. My career in computing included working in a variety of industries (sometimes in Europe), and as General Sec. for Girlguiding Anglia region. When my daughter was small I took time out to train as a teacher and enjoyed the adult learning experience so much that I went on to study for a degree with the Open University – I love a challenge!

I’ve been a member of five different WIs, currently at Guildhall Girls (Thaxted) and Radwinter, taking on various committee roles along the way. This included being on the Community & International Committee in Cambridge, participating in the ‘Think Romania’ campaign.

The invitation to be further involved at committee level for Essex Federation was an opportunity to gain a wider understanding of WI matters. Since 2012 I’ve been part of the Public Affairs team and took on the role of FEWI Rep for ACWW shortly after. Initially I knew very little about this amazing organisation (Associated Country Women of the World) but am now a passionate advocate for everything it stands for and works to achieve towards international friendship and the empowerment of women.

I enjoy promoting ACWW to WIs in Essex, and especially meeting Reps from other Federations at ACWW events and Conferences, both in the UK and abroad.


Website, Publicity, Social Media and Digital Team:

Janet Attewell (Mayflowers WI), Eileen Brown (Great Bromley WI), Jan Curtis (Bulphan WI), Sue MacEwan (Purleigh WI), Dora Bowes (First Ladies Barking and Dagenham WI) and Clare Wood (Witham WI)

EWIN Editorial Team:

Lesley Crisp (Bulphan WI), Jan Curtis (Bulphan WI), Tracey Enderby (Associate) and Clare Wood (Witham WI)

The Media Teams aim to facilitate better communication and marketing between the Federation and individual WIs, and their members, through the use of Essex WI News, the Federation website, and the Federation social media streams (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter). They also aim to help educate, promote and encourage individual WI members to improve their own IT skills through education and support.  For more information please click here.


For more information click here.

Liz Buxton (Shenfield & Hutton Morning WI), Jan Curtis (Bulphan WI), Tina Holland (Paycocks WI) and Hazel Welch (Wanstead WI).