Bath WI


The Bath WI is part of the the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK.

We hope to provide an open, friendly and supportive environment that inspires women to learn new skills, discover new interests and share experiences. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at St Mary’s Church in Bathwick, a short walk from the centre of the city.  Doors open at 7pm for a drink and a chat, with the meeting proper starting at 7.30. A map is available here.

We hope to welcome women of all ages and from all backgrounds in Bath who are looking for a safe and inspiring environment in which to find friendship and support. We hope to play a unique role in providing the women of Bath with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on the issues that matter to us and our community.

We would love you to come along and find out a little bit more about us, so feel free to come along to a meeting and introduce yourself. There is a small charge to come to a meeting as a guest, details in join the Bath WI. You may also want to bring some change with you to buy refreshments.

The Bath WI is one of a number of WIs in Bath and comes under the Avon Federation of Women’s Institutes. To find out more about the Women’s Institute or to find a group closer to you then visit:

29 thoughts on “Bath WI”

  1. Judith Lacey said:

    A friend and I would like to come along and see if Bath WI is for us, can we just turn up for a meeting and then decide whether to join or not?

    • Hi Judith, yes please do drop in to one of our monthly meetings. They happen on the first Wednesday of each month at St Mary’s Church in Bathwick. It would be great to meet you!

  2. Christine said:

    Is there a daytime WI group in bath pleas? From Christine Mottram @

  3. Dear WI Members –

    I could not find an attendant telephone number, so I hope it’s in order to write via the reply channel.

    As an author an playwright, I offer talks and readings from my book, Alias Richard Lee: Pictures of a Chaplin actor. (Based on my grandmother’s memoirs, which tell of the family tragedy after her husband left to appear in Chaplin films.) Talks have been enjoyed by various groups in Bristol, Bath, Gloucester, Derby, Cornwall and at the Globe Bookshop in Prague.

    The play, based on the book, ‘Dick and Daisy’, is a new and very dramatic costume drama. It has been performed at Barons Court in London and, hopefully, will be shown in Prague in the near future.

    A production of Dick and Daisy is scheduled for the Mission Theatre, Bath the week after Easter (2015) and I wondered whether your WI group would like to come to support this new play? (This is not yet advertised).

    I have, for some while, been giving opportunities for young people in theatre, but am unfunded as such, and would most appreciate your support. Tickets should be between £10 and £12, and there is an added discount for larger groups at our discretion.

    I would be happy to follow such a visit with a talk.

    Yours sincerely,

    Nanette Ackerman (Licentiate London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art)

  4. Hi, I’m quite new to Bath and looking to make more friends here as well as helping with any worthwhile voluntary work, would it be ok to come along to the next meeting to find out more?

    • Hi! We are always happy to see new ladies at our meetings – we meet the first Wednesday of each month at St Marys, Bathwick. Doors open at 7.30 and we start at 8. Our next meeting is about women’s suffrage and we are all dressing in suffragette colours of green, white and purple. Membership for the rest of 2015 is £36, but you might prefer to come as a guest, which costs £4 on the door, to see what you think of us before you join. if you have any questions please feel free to email and we will get back to you. Looking forward to meeting you!

  5. Hello ladies,

    Please could you mention our Village Show at your next meeting (2nd September?). The date is Saturday September 12th 2015 at 2pm, the place the Playing Fields and Village Hall, Holcombe Lane, Bathampton. There is lots going on including stalls, music, cream teas, games and activities for children as well as the exhibits in competitive classes which are for all kinds of home-grown and hand-made items. If anyone feels like entering they can download a schedule from our brand new website, or obtain one from the village shop or the Treasurer on 01225 465781.
    I apologise for the last-minute nature of this email – I am new to the publicity and now I have discovered you I will try to let you know about next year’s show before your summer break.
    Thank you for your time,
    Catherine Anderson (on behalf of the organising committee)
    tel 01225 466393

  6. Ruth Cooling said:

    Hi, I would like to come along to a meeting to see if I would like to join, please could you confirm there will be a meeting on Wednesday 2nd September?

    • Hi Ruth – we certainly do have a meeting this Weds, 2nd Sept. Our MP Ben Howlett is coming to talk to us about his experiences as a new MP. Doors open at 7.30pm at St Marys Bathwick (we meet in the hall at the side of the church). We would love you to come along and see what you think of us. This month, as Sept marks 100 years since the first WI was set up in the UK, we are asking our members to wear a hat to the meeting…!

  7. cheralyn bailey said:

    Hi, I live in France but watched Gardeners World on TV, Bath WI showed pickled runner beans and I would love the recipe please as I grow in my garden and would love to try the recipe.
    Thanks in anticipation

    • Hi Cheralyn – sorry for the slow reply!
      Trim about 1kg of runner beans, cutting them the right length to stand up in your jar(s).
      Blanch the beans in boiling salted water until just tender.
      Heat 1 small bottle of cider vinegar and 250g sugar in a pan with pickling spices of your choice (Kitty used juniper berries) until the sugar has dissolved
      Put a small piece of bruised ginger (bashed with a rolling pin) and a sprig of mint in each jar. Stand the strained beans in the jar and cover with the warm cider vinegar and sugar mixture. Seal the jars.
      Best allowed to mature for a couple of weeks, but lovely even after just 24 hours!

      • cheralyn bailey said:

        Thanks very much for recipe, have a lot of friends who want to give it a try.

  8. HI Bath WI – I’m a Wardrobe Consultant & Stylist and I revamp and rework women’s wardrobes! I recently did a talk to Wells WI on ‘how to wear the leather skirt!’ it was so much fun and the room of 80+ women loved it. I’d love to talk to your Bath ladies so please could your committee co-ordintator give drop me a line on 07720 290 531 or – take a look at my website. I’ve written for The Bath Magazine, infact it was the Editor who suggested I give you a call. bye for now, Natasha x

  9. The Bath WI work by the canal in Widcombe is excellent. Just one detail – the birdbox slopes backwards so will get wet inside. It is attached to a leaning tree. Is there a chance of borrowing a ladder and moving the box to the other side of the tree ? I also hope the Swifts will be back in Bath in the summer. Have people put up boxes for them to nest ?

  10. Hi ladies. Me and a friend are home makers and looking for something to spice our lives up abit. is there By group meets in Weston village? We don’t drive. 😕

  11. Mrs Victoria Collomb-Richards said:

    To whom it may concern, I am keen to become a member of the WI. I enquired some while ago but I wasn’t able to attend on the day when the meeting was held but now I am.
    I would like to attend the meetings at the St Mary’s Church, Darlington Street, Bath on Wednesday evenings at 7.30 if I may. Would someone kindly let me know how to proceed either via email or telephone – 07885 728 155
    Yours sincerely
    Mrs Victoria Collomb-Richards

    • I’m so sorry about the delay in responding – I’ve only just picked up your message. It would be fantastic to see you at a meeting. We’re on our summer break at the moment so the next meeting is in September. If you’d like more information then have a look at our website ( or email us at That’s the main email address and the one that’s checked more regularly. Apologies again in the delay in responding and we hope to meet you in September

  12. Good morning, l hope this email finds you well and that you do not mind me contacting you via email.

    We are holding a wreath making event at Bath Racecourse and were wondering if you would be kind enough to pass the details onto any of your colleagues who may like to join us for a fun and creative day of wreath making, mulled wine making and lunch.

    Taking place in the Bath Racecourse Royal Crescent Restaurant, our guest florist will host a fun day of both wreath and mulled wine making alongside a two course lunch.

    The day starts at 10am with a warming welcome glass of mulled wine, then enjoy a two course lunch at 12pm, with the wreath making tutorial running until 3pm. You will then get to take your master piece home with you to grace your front door.

    The event is in support of the CRPS UK living with pain, a Bath based charity. There will be a large selection of raffle prizes to win on the day, as well as £5 from every ticket going to the charity.

    I do hope this event will be of interest to your members and please do let me know your thoughts.

    Kindest regards

    01225 424609

  13. Hello

    Dose the WI in Bath have a produce, jam and marmalade, sale.
    You used to have a weekly sale but I can not find any information on your website.

    Yours hopefully,


    • Hi Penny, unfortunately we don’t have this sort of sale. We do occasionally have cake sales and our members are amazingly generous with their delicious donations. We will announce via our facebook page and website if we do any cake or produce sales so please do continue to check and see when our next one is.
      Kind regards,

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