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Steeple Aston Women’s Institute (WI) has been in existence for over a century, since it was started in 1918. The WI is non-partisan and takes no political position, but nationally it is a powerful agent for change in society, and has helped to bring about such things as equal pay for equal work, organ donation, and the provision of more midwives. Current WI campaigns include ending plastic pollution, and expanding the network of stem-cell transplant donors.

The Steeple Aston branch is affiliated to both the National WI and also to the Oxfordshire federation, and members are free to choose their degree of participation. Some may wish to get involved in the national campaigns, others are content to just be active in the village branch.

We meet regularly on the second Tuesday of each month except August. There are a variety of events scheduled throughout the year: speakers, social evenings, meals out, craft workshops, excursions and the occasional party. There is also a book group, a lunch club, walking netball group and a walking group who explore the local countryside and usually finish up at a friendly pub or café. And at every event, there is plenty of time to socialise, catch up with old friends and make new ones.

We are always ready to accept new members – any woman over 18 is welcome, young or old, married or single, parent or not, working or retired, of any faith or none.

Meetings are held in the Village Hall.  Details of WI events can be found below and in both the print version and the online version of Steeple Aston Life. Look out for the WI Report and for entries in the Calendar.

If you are interested in joining please call one of the contacts listed below for more information.


Julie Hillier – President

Tel: 01869 349185‬     Email: j.hillier3@hotmail.co.uk

Merrill Bayley
Tel: 01869 347802     Email: merrill.bayley@gmail.com

Website:  https://www.oxfordshirewi.co.uk/ (Oxfordshire Federation of Women’s Institutes)


Programme for 2023/24

October 10th       Speaker: Alastair Lack – My Life in the BBC World Service.

November 14th   Speaker: Jennifer Cowling –  Those extraordinary things we say.

December 5th.    Members Christmas Lunch.

January 9th.        Speaker: Pam Newell – A walk around Rome, off the beaten track.

February 13th.     Speaker: John Paine Photography Sabah, home of the Orangutang.

March 12th.          Birthday Night – Speaker: John Kinory – My life and times as a film extra.

April 9th.               Speaker: Hildy Frenken – Lady Anne Clifford, a long distance walk.