The Women's Institute Movement in Britain (WI) was formed in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War.
Since then, their aims have broadened and the WI is now the largest voluntary women's organisation in the UK. The WI celebrated its centenary in 2015 and currently has over 220,000 members in approximately 8,000 WIs.
The WI plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities.
The WI is broken down into Federations and Scarcroft belong to The West Yorkshire Federation of WIs. Based in Rodley, The West Yorkshire Federation focus on friendship, learning new skills, campaigning on important issues and of course, having lots of fun! The Federation regularly holds craft workshops as well as social and educational outings.
Scarcroft is part of the Golden Plover Group (formed in 1928) which is made up of five local WIs, including Bardsey cum Rigton, East Keswick, Roundhay and Scholes, who get together throughout the year. It celebrates its 90th birthday this February.