My interview with Margaret Ward, President of Goostrey WI, was very insightful and informative. It was great to understand more about this long running institution.

This year, 2021, is Goostrey WI’s 100th anniversary! It’s inaugural meeting was held on 23rd November 1921 and 45 ladies joined. The first President was a Mrs Glazebrook and Secretary a Mrs Armistead.

Meetings are still held on the third Wednesday of each month, as decided at that very first meeting and a special meeting is planned for later this year to celebrate the centenary.

Current membership stands at 42, including members from Holmes Chapel, Sandbach and Middlewich as well as Goostrey. During lockdown members maintained contact with each other via emails and telephone calls. At Christmas each member was given a small ‘goody bag’ of gifts to let everyone know they are not alone: a nice touch!

Normal monthly meetings have speakers on a wide variety of topics, ranging from music to making jewellery or food items, legal topics and community policing, graphology, a magician to garden birds. And of course, each meeting has tea and cake with time for chat! Additional groups meet for walking, lunch, reading and darts outside of the Wednesday meetings.

Pre-covid day trips visited places such as Media City in Salford when the group toured the BBC studios, the Potteries Museum, making our own pots at the Emma Bridgewater pottery, a trip to John Lewis for a special WI shopping evening, cinema outings and of course the WI tent at the Cheshire show. Goostrey WI also holds an annual craft exhibition and a jumble sale. In addition the group holds occasional craft classes, such as making Christmas wreaths, Jewellery and learning to paint. Holidays take place with other WI groups. Suffolk was planned for this year, but unfortunately has been cancelled due to Covid.

Goostrey WI will be pleased to welcome prospective members once open again for meetings. You can have a few visits as ‘tasters’ before committing yourself. If you are interested in becoming a member please email Margaret on :


Charlotte Fellows

Researcher and Writer


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    I was a member of the Wildboarclough W.I. They met at a village hall at foothills of The Peak District National Park in any weather. Most of the members were daughters of farmers, and had lambed in barns with over six feet of snow outside in gales, they crossed cattle over flooded roads to safer pastures.
    But, there was always a pot of tea on the farmhouse table and delicious baking for the workers. After a fifteen hour day, they still had time and energy for the W.I work, meetings, and knitting together blankets for hospitals.
    It has been a pleasure to read both articles relating to both sides of the local W.I. Goostrey and Jodrell.

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