2nd Thursday of the month

The Kingsland Church, London Road, Lexden

The Women's Institute Girls meet on the first Wednesday of every month from 19:30 to 21:30 currently at The Kingsland Church, Lexden, Colchester.

Meetings start at 19:30, although, the room is usually open 10/15 minutes earlier.  This is the perfect opportunity to grab a seat and catch up with your WIGs friends or get to know some new people.  Every meeting begins with a few words from our President and an introduction to the speaker.


Speakers vary every month but could be an interesting talk from a visitor, a practical demonstration on flower arranging, a singing workshop or a dance class.  For more information on speakers for 2022 please see below.  


After the speaker we share any notices and updates, then have refreshments, usually involving cake! We then have some social time. Sometimes this might be a quiz, making something such as bird feeders or just a chance to wander around the room and meet some new faces or catch up with friends.

The meeting ends at around 21:00 often with a draw for the raffle. Most nights you'll find groups of WIGs chatting away as they head through the car park!

Non-members are always welcome at our monthly meetings for a recommended donation of £5.00.

Craft Club takes place at The Kingsland Church in Lexden and is run by Julie Peck and Karen Bartlett.  The club make a different craft every month and a small charge of £3 covers the cost of the venue and materials.



4th Tuesday of the month

Rose & Crown, East Hill

Knit & Stitch takes place at the Rose & Crown, East Hill and is run by Adrienne Fauser. Feel free to bring along your own knitting/
sewing/cross-stitch etc project to work on, or contact Adrienne to see what group projects are currently ongoing. 



4th Friday of the month

Various venues


Meetings 2022

January  - New Year New Start

Talk by our charity of the year, The Medical Detection Dogs and Grace Darke from Eco Colchester about ways to save water.

February  - Colchester Zoo Conservation

Talk by Andy from Colchester Zoo.

March - Extreme Challenge for Breast Cancer

Talk by Tina Oldfield about her extreme challenge that took her to base camp at Everest to raise awareness of the Breast Cancer campaign.

April - Renewal month - get to know your WI activities

A chance to find out more about the WIGs and all the fantastic subgoups we run.

May -  Talk by Perrywoods garden centre and AGM

Talk about the history of Perrywoods, the popular garden centre, which actually started its life in a garden shed! Then a chance to make a mini-terrarium to take home.

June - The Civic Society: The Eyes and Ears of Colchester

A talk by the Colchester Civic Society followed by tea and cake to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee, a rosette craft activity and a Jubilee quiz. 

July -Family History for Beginners

A talk about genealogy and how to research your family tree followed by a quiz designed to find out fascinating facts about other members of our WI.

August - All About Colchester 

A walking tour of Colchester led by Sir Bob Russell followed by a drink at The Castle pub in the High Street.

September - Sustainable Fashion

A talk about how to be more sustainable with your fashion choices followed by a clothes swap.

Wednesday October 5th - Kingsland Church, Lexden - 7:30pm

At this month's meeting we have a best-selling, award winning author with quite a story to tell. She comes highly recommended by several other WIs and will be talking to us about how unexpected circumstances led her to becoming an author at a young age, setting up a charity and appearing in an Oscar nominated documentation among other things. After tea and cake we will be making wax wraps for you to take home.
As usual there will also be a raffle to raise funds for the Medical Detection Dogs, our charity of the year.
This meeting will be free to visitors so if you have a friend who you think might like to join the WIGs this is a great month to bring them along.
We really hope to see you there.
Visitors are very welcome and this month entrance is free. Please contact us for more details.

November 2nd - Christmas sugarcraft

December 7th - Christmas party

Supper Club hosted by Angela Taylor visits a different restaurant in Colchester each month.  This is a great chance to sample local restaurants and have a chat with other members of the WIGs. Restaurants will be chosen that cater for a variety of dietary requirements.



1st Saturday of the month

Various venues

The Walking Group is run by Lisa Lucas and takes place on the 1st Saturday of the month.  Short walks, long walks, coast, town or countryside.  Usually finishing in a cafe or pub for a reviving cuppa or drink!



3rd/4th Sunday of the month

Various venues

The only sub group open to members and non members alike, the Sunday Social is the perfect opportunity to meet with friends over coffee and a cake.  Taking place at various coffee shops across Colchester and surrounding areas, the group is run by Annie Engle.