Arkendale Women's Institute


About Arkendale W.I.

Arkendale WI was formed in 1929. We meet on the first Wednesday in the month at the Arkendale Community Hall. Our WI is a member of the Boroughbridge Group and the North Yorkshire West Federation of Women's Institutes.

Arkendale WI presently has 20 members. Our members take part in a wide ranging field of activities, walking, swimming, pilates, yoga and zumba to name a few. Most of our members live within Arkendale and surrounding villages.

Arkendale WI is famous for its friendly and relaxed atmosphere and especially make new members welcome. We involve all members in the choice of subjects to be covered at our monthly meetings, thus ensuring that there is something of interest for everyone.

Recently we have had speakers on 'The Oldest Sweet Shop in the World', 'Travelling Through South Africa', 'Safety in the Home' and 'Birds in your Garden'. A dozen or so members meet every four or five weeks for lunch and several members get together for beading.

We also join in WI Federation activities organised by Alma House (Federation office in Ripon). We help at the WI catering pavilion at the Yorkshire Show and we always field a team at the annual quiz that we sometimes host in Arkendale.

At every meeting our ladies provide a light supper and tea acting as hostesses once a year by rota.

Why Not Sample One Of Our Meetings?

If you would like to come to a meeting you would be most welcome and under no obligation to come again (although most of our guests do!).

Please contact the secretary, Margaret Beal - tel: 01423 340628.

All meetings are held at 7.30 p.m. at Arkendale Community Hall, Moor Lane, Arkendale, HG5 0RF (disabled access available).

Click here for further details of the local Yorkshire Federation of Women's Institutes

Contacts & Programme

President: Diane Horne - 01423 340440
Vice-President: Betty Morland - 01423 340286
Secretary: Margaret Beal - 01423 340628
Treasurer: Janet Grimes - 01423 340846

Programme 2019

  • January 9th - History of Knaresborough
  • February 6th - Wonders of the Waterways
  • February 19th - Group Meeting: Quiz Night - Boroughbridge Coronation Hall
  • March 6th - TBA
  • April 3rd - The Notorious Emma Hamilton
  • May 1st - The Dutch Bulb Fields
  • May 21st - Group Meeting: Welcome to Summer Cooking - Arkendale Community Hall
  • June 5th - Working for Wonderwoman
  • July 3rd - A visit to her garden
  • August 7th - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
  • September 4th - Hospital Radio
  • September 17th - Group Meeting: Beetle Drive - Boroughbridge Coronation Hall
  • October 2nd - Christmas Crackers
  • November 6th - AGM + 90th Birthday Celebration
  • November 20th - Group Meeting: Crafts & Skills - Aldborough Village Hall
  • December 4th - Christmas Meal