About the Dalston Darlings

Welcome to the website of the Dalston Darlings.

We are the Dalston chapter of the Women’s Institute (WI).

We are not for profit, volunteer run and provide a friendly place for women to meet new people, have fun, hear from interesting speakers, learn new skills and to take part in a wide variety of activities. We don’t really fit the old fashioned WI stereotypes and come from all backgrounds, professions, ages and experiences. Everyone is welcome.

We meet up once a month, usually with a theme. We also organise by sub-groups, like our book group and special social events (Gin mastercalsses, canal boat trips and much more) for members and guests to get involved in.

Any lady from anywhere can join us. Don’t worry if you don’t know anyone, or will be coming by yourself – we are a friendly bunch and many of us came along by ourselves too.

We are a member based organisation and hold eleven meetings every year. You can also get involved in the various regional and national level events and activities. Each member  (in our case a ‘Darling’) joins the Dalston branch of  the WI. If you are interested in learning more about how to become a member and the benefits you receive, visit our membership information page.

We recommend that you come along to see what we are all about before joining. Guests are welcome to most meetings (occasionally subject to availability) for a £5 entry fee which covers the speaker(s) and incidental costs e.g room or projector hire and materials if we are doing something special. We are not for profit.

More about the WI

WI is now the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK. The WI will celebrate its centenary in 2015 and currently has 212,000 members in around 6,600 WIs. As a WI member, you will enjoy a varied programme that is chosen by each WI; every member can contribute ideas to the annual programme of speakers, activities and events – the options are only limited by your imagination and we welcome suggestions!

Get in touch if you’ve any queries or suggestions and be sure to see what we are up to on Facebook and Twitter.

We look forward to meeting you soon.

Dalston Darlings Committee.