Oxfordshire Federation of Women's Institutes



A wonderful day with super speakers and delicious homemade refreshments. Philippa Bilton, with the sign below, told us about the suffragette movement and Wafaa Powell, (in blue) born and brought up in Lebanon reflected on a very different life for women. Fascinating day. The two on the outside are committee members.


These super cakes were iced by those doing a Cake Decorating workshop for Easter. What wonderful colours and ideas.


Yes, OFWI is now on Twitter!  Very excited at taking ourselves on to a new social media.  Do join us and 'follow' us!  https://twitter.com/OxfordFedWI


This event is always a wonderful start to the Christmas season. This year we were treated to the delightful sound of the St Giles Church Choir on arrival to enjoy with our glass of wine and homemade mince pie; we then listened to some beautiful singing by the Garsington School Choir and were also treated to a couple of carols from our own federation choir, the Foxy Singers. Later we did some singing of our own, led superbly by Jenni Matthews, listened to some lovely readings by the Combined Arts Committee as well as their usual amusing sketch to round off a wonderful evening. 


Oxfordshire Federation was delighted to welcome Michael Portillo to Oxford Town Hall in October. A charming and considerate man, he gave an amusing and informative talk to our members, dipping into his political career and his work with Margaret Thatcher, as well as giving some humourous insights into his railway TV programmes. Lots of laughs, lots of questions, lots of book signing, a wonderful evening! He is pictured here with Federation Chairman, Cheryl Boorman, standing behind him.


The OFWI Choir, The Foxy Singers, conducted by Nick Prozillo,  is competing in the first round of the NFWI Choir Competition on 18 October in Dorking. Their dress rehearsal drew many compliments and we wish them every success for the first round. They can be seen here at the concert they gave in St Giles Church, Oxford.


This was a very successful day in Woodstock. A splendid turnout of 73 members ensured there was much chatter and fun to be had while walking round Woodstock looking to solve the clues. Pleasant weather helped and a nice lunch was already laid out for the quizzers on their return. The marking resulted in a three way tie to find the winners, which was then decided by several tie break questions. The winning team was the PSVs, no, not Public Service Vehicles but a Pauline (Goddard, Wendlebury WI) a Sue (Oliis, West Witney WI) and two Vals (Val Lester from West Witney WI and Val McCarthy from Langford Village WI). They are shown with their prizes.

The eventual runners up were Thame Tearaways, namely Sue Jenkins, Julie West and Chris Burrows, all from Thame WI. Well done to everyone who took part in such good humour, a real day of true WI fun.