About Thame Belles
We are a new WI in Thame, Oxfordshire. We meet on the third Thursday of the month at Thame Town Hall at 8pm. We have a modern view of the WI and our members range in age from 18 upwards. If you'd like to hear more from us, please use the form below to sign up for our monthly newsletter HERE.
*Member information is entered into a membership database in order for you to receive WI Life magazine.
Benefits of Becoming A Belle
There are loads of great reasons to join us:
Supportive and friendly group of over 90 local women of all ages.
Varied and exciting monthly meeting programme.
Additional ticketed events and evenings out.
WI Life Magazine delivered to your door each month.
Thame Belles monthly email newsletter that includes speaker interviews, news and dates for your diary.
Lively social media community.
Support to run your own club or event.
Opportunitues to get involved with local events and good causes.
National WI community of over 200,00 women.
Involvement with national campaigns & resolutions to fight for social and environmental change.
WI member discounts on events, trips, courses and more.
Reduced priced courses at Denman College in Abingdon.
What happens at a Thame Belles meeting?
You are welcome to attend up to two meetings as a guest. Guests are asked to pay £5 at each meeting which is deductable from the full cost of your membership should you choose to join on the evening.
When you arrive all members need to sign in and new members can sign up at the membership table. Val, our treasurer can advise you of the current pro-rata joining fee that is payable depending on when you join in the year.
There are around 90 members of our WI and we are a friendly diverse bunch with a wide range of ages and interests. We currently have nine committee members who make themselves know at most meetings so feel free to chat to them if you have any questions.
Doors open at 7.45pm for an 8pm start. We begin with any official business, announcements and news from Sarah, our president, and the rest of the committee. We try to keep this as brief as possible but it is important to keep members informed and some information is better delivered in person rather than online.
Once the official bit is over we introduce our speaker or activity. We usually break about halfway through the meeting for tea or coffee (or you are welcome to bring a bottle of something if you'd rather). If we've had a bake off we ask our guest speaker to be our judge while we all natter and get to know one another. Meetings end around 10pm once we've tied up and put chairs away.
The full membership subscription for 2020 is £43.
The fee covers the cost of the meeting venue for the year and any speakers or activities planned for the meetings, as well as supporting the WI, a registered women's charity. Members joining a WI for the first time will pay a reduced pro rata fee depending on the quarter of the year in which they join:
1 Jan- 31 March = £43 | 1 April - 30 June = £32.25 | 1 July - 30 Sept = £21.50 | 1 Oct - 31 Dec = £10.75
About the WI
By becoming a WI member you are joining over 212,000 other WI members in the UK where ‘Thame Belles’ are 1 in almost 7,000 different WI groups. Become a part of history by signing up and breathing a new lease of life into the WI for the 21st century whilst also having fun and making new friends within our community.
The Women’s Institute plays a unique role in enabling women to develop new skills and gives them opportunities to campaign on issues that matter to them. The WI was formed in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then our aims have broadened and we are now the largest women’s organisation in the UK.