About us


Gunfleet Women’s Institute is the Walton-On-The-Naze, Essex,  branch of the national Women’s Institute , which is a non party political campaigning organisation for women.

The Women’s Institute (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 the organisation’s aims have broadened and the WI is now the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK. The WI will celebrate its centenary in 2015 and currently has over 210,000 members in around 6,600 WIs.

The WI plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities.

Gunfleet Women’s Institute is a  group with around 25 members. It was established in Walton-On-The-Naze in October 1963, so we have celebrated our Golden Anniversary.

Our group now meets in the Emmanuel church hall, New Pier Street, Walton-On-The-Naze, once a month on the second Thursday, in the afternoon at 2pm until around 4.00pm. New members are very welcome, the group is friendly and a good place to make new friends. Meetings vary in content, we often have a speaker, followed by tea/coffee and then a short business meeting. We also have a regular raffle. Sometimes our meeting will be an activity evening of some kind. We also have various groups such as crafts, music and movement, and social meet ups. We go on several outings a year and enjoy a party or two.

Visitors are also made welcome if you just want to come along and find out what we do. Just come along to one of our monthly meetings or contact us via the contact page.