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Welcome to the Cockfield WI web page!

Cockfield WI is a member  of Suffolk West Federation of WI’s and is affiliated to the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, NFWI, the largest women’s organisation in the UK. Members come from Cockfield and several neighbouring villages.

We are a friendly group and new members and visitors are  warmly welcomed.  Our members come from all walks of life and although some of us are retired , we have a young outlook on life and many varied interests. Between us we have a huge skills bank to draw on including law, education, finance, catering, gardening, Science,  child-care  and nursing. 

Meetings  are normally held on the first Thursday of the month in Cockfield village hall, and usually consist of a talk or demonstration on a variety of subjects, followed by WI news and information about upcoming events. We have regular clubs such as Book Club, Craft and Canasta. In addition, country walks and work shops run by  members such as quilting, cookery , flower arranging and Christmas Wreath making are held throughout the year. A cup of tea or coffee with home made cake is always on the agenda at our monthly meeting!

Adult education is also on offer at Denman College in Oxfordshire, the WI’s own college. A huge range of courses are on offer, to both members and non-members.

There is something for everyone at our WI so if you are new to the village and want to make friends or would just like to find out a bit more about us, please contact us via the website or by calling our secretary Andrea Hartshorne on 827446

For more information please email:

WI February 2019

We started February’s meeting with our President, Sue Cole, giving a short description of the Indian trip she has just undertaken with a couple of other WI members. She described the vibrant colours and experiences they enjoyed whilst there and had some photographs and postcards to highlight this.

Unfortunately our planned speaker couldn’t attend so we were very lucky that Wendy Butcher was able to come along and give her talk about The Connie, The Constitutional Holiday Camp based at Hopton-on-Sea, which was a family enterprise involving first Wendy’s grandfather and then her father. Growing up at the camp with her family (where early morning tea would cost you 3d), accommodation cost 50/- a week and there was something for the whole family.

There was no running water or toilets within the accommodation (just a jug and wash stand) so showers and toilets were housed in blocks around the site and depending where your accommodation was situated on the camp, you could have had a short or long walk for the bathroom!

During the war years the camp was used by the Navy after which some sprucing up was required and the camp reopened in 1949. Rationing was still in place so ration books were surrendered on arrival at the camp.

Ever popular games and competitions were held every week and there were tournaments with other local camps too. Fancy dress competitions, dancing and torch lit processions all made the holiday makers’ stay even more enjoyable and families came back year after year. They were even treated to the likes of the Beverley Sisters, Harry Secombe and Tommy Cooper to name just a few.

A most unusual childhood but filled with many happy memories and recollections.

The speaker for our March meeting will be Adrian Walters talking about Sudbury Water Meadows.

If you think you would be interested in this or any of our future events, please give us a try. We are a friendly group, meeting on the first Thursday of each month in Cockfield Village Hall. The annual subscription works out to approximately £4.00 per month, which is extremely good value for a night out with friends!

Lifts can be arranged if transport is an issue.  Please contact for further details.

Programme of Events 2018-19

Meeting dateTalkSpeaker
7th June 2018Who gets Granny’s Spoons? Inheritance & Wills
Marie Brown
5th July 2018Doxa Project, bringing hope & education to families in Nakuru, KenyaRay Balmer
2nd August 2018Tudor FashionJacquie Norman
6th September 2018Eco FrenzyAnthony Whittingham
4th October 2018How the business of supplying sausages & hot roasts began
The Giggly Pig
1st November 2018Gardening TalkKaren Kenny
6th December 2018Cheese sampling with wineThe Suffolk Cheese Company
3rd January 2019Cinema Night'Some Like It Hot'
7th February 2019BeekeepingAlan Seager
7th March 2019Sudbury Water MeadowsAdrian Walters
4th April 2019Mercy Ships (Hospital Ship)Jill Stevens
2nd May 2019Annual Meeting, Resolutions & Social Time