About Us

We are the Margate branch of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, a charity formed with the aim of education & enhancement in the lives of women.
We meet on the second Thursday of every month, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, to socialise, learn, and generally have fun together! All visitors are welcome to come along and try out our institute, we charge a very small fee for visitors on the door.
Our current venue is: Cliffs, 172 Northdown Road, CT9 2QN Cliftonville, Kent
We hope to see you there soon!
Membership is currently £39.00 a year if you wish to join.

Your Committee Members

Zoe Murphy

Zoe Murphy


Q. What has been the highlight of your WI year

A. One of my favourite events was the produce show that our members organised and competed in. We had registered WI judges, rosettes, and trophies. It was a BRILLIANT day!
Q. How did you feel when you first joined, and how do you feel now
A. When we first formed Margate WI I had no idea what to expect, I think we thought a few women would want to participate and come along to meetings, the response and connectivity we’ve all been able to enjoy with our members has gone well beyond any expectations. Feeling now – Happy! And excited about the future.
Q. Where is your favourite place to go in Margate
A. I love to rummage around at Scott’s in Bath Place. A second hand wonderland with generations worth of antiques and house clearances to shop from – it’s the best!
Louise Askew

Louise Askew

Amanda Priestly

Amanda Priestly

Q. Why did you join/create the Margate WI?
A. Creating a WI in Margate seemed such a great opportunity to get together so many of the talented and creative women who live locally. The WI is the perfect way to share skills and learn new ones. I’ve met so many new people in the year since we formed and made friendships which I’m sure will last a long time.
Q. What is your favourite view in Margate?
A. Having lived in Margate all my life, any sea view, it constantly changes. It’s always a pleasure to turn into my street and see the sea at the end of the road. I love the view of the revetment steps with the seafront beyond especially when viewed from the Harbour Arms on a sunny day.
Q. What has been the highlight of your WI year?
A. We were lucky to be able to create a new WI at an exciting time in the WI’s history, it’s centenary year. A highlight was definitely seeing how many people came to our first meeting. Jo, Zoe and I were never quite sure if anyone would turn up! Another big highlight was volunteering to help out at the tea and cake tent at the WI’s first appearance at Glastonbury. I did my bit and squeezed in a non stop washing up shift. It was so busy and I’ve never seen so much cake.
Lorraine Smith

Lorraine Smith

The thing I am most proud of: I’ve served at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle for 3 state banquets and 1 order of the garter
What I’m looking forward to this year: In 2016, I really would like to promote the develop of sub groups as this is where we can share and learn from each other.
Where is my favourite Margate place? My favourite place in Margate is anywhere I can share and laugh with friends, too many individual spaces to mention just one!
Orla Dollman

Orla Dollman

I joined the WI to meet new people, I love making new friends, and this is the perfect place to make new connections and make time to meet up with all your other girlfriends too.

My highlight of the last WI year has to be the Salsa dancing.  We all got dressed up, some of us went for the moustached latino look which made us feel less foolish as we rocked the dance floor with our new Salsa moves.

I’m really looking forward to our Birthday party in February, we have another dance teacher coming to teach us some classic tea dance moves – will I be better at the Charleston or the Cha Cha Cha than I was at Salsa?  Strictly – here we come!

Zoe Blackmore

Zoe Blackmore

I joined the Margate W.I. after having my daughter – as a stay-at-home mum I wanted to meed a variety of people.

There has been so many highlights of the last year – so many I can’t choose! I love the variety – never boring – it has expanded my mind! All our speakers have been so talented – with many from Margate.

Things to look forward to next year? The Birthday Party!!

Jo Bridges

Jo Bridges

I joined the WI to meet new friends and learn new skills.

My highlight of the year was our Salsa dance session.  Although I felt a bit foolish it was so much fun to dress up, you’ll see me donning a rather sexy moustache in our gallery, but it was seriously high energy fun.

I’m really excited about the development of our already well established Turner group this year. There is some exciting new collaborative projects coming up, and we would love you to get involved too so keep an eye on our news page too!

Interested in joining the committee?

We are always on the look out for new committee members, so if you are interested sign up here.

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