About Membership

Membership information

You don’t have to join Chavey Down WI on your first few visits but here’s some information about the benefits of membership.

The WI subscription year runs from January to December; the subscription for 2020 is £43 for the year and of that:

Chavey Down WI will receive £21.10

Berkshire Federation will receive £10

National Federation will receive £11.90

New members joining a WI for the first time pay a pro-rata subscription depending on the quarter in which they join which is:

1 Jan-31 Mar £43.00
1 Apr-30 Jun £32.25
1 Jul-30 Sep £21.50
1 Oct-31 Dec £10.75

WI members can belong to more than one WI, by paying the full membership fee to the first WI, and a further £20 to any additional WIs at any time of the year; there is no pro-rata rate for dual membership

Every WI holds a minimum of eleven meetings each year. In August Chavey Down WI also arrange a social event such as a garden party or picnic.

WI members receive eight copies per year of the WI membership magazine, WI Life, and each member of Chavey Down WI receives a copy of the Berkshire Federation newsletter Berkshire News which is issued at our meeting.


Membership of the WI also provides access to discounted courses at Denman.

Denman (formerly Denman College) is a residential adult education college centred on Marcham Park in Marcham near Abingdon in the English county of Oxfordshire OX13 6NW. The courses offered are not restricted to the WI; anyone can attend.

Chavey Down WI Bursary

Each year we give a £250 bursary to a member that has never been to Denman before, wishes to go and has been in our WI for at least 12 months.

Many of our members have attended and all cannot speak too highly of the experience, the fantastic courses on offer, the excellent meals and food which does not stop appearing but most of all the wonderful WI members one meets and learns from.

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